ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Tonyelle Cook- Artis
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tonyelle Cook-Artis, D-Phila., was sworn in to the House of Representatives last week, beginning her first term as a legislator.
She was one of three members sworn in today to the 198th Pennsylvania General Assembly. Cook-Artis won a special election March 15 to represent the 200th Legislative District.
“I am honored to embark on this new path as state representative,” Cook-Artis said. “I look forward to the opportunities to represent and work for the great people in the district.
“I will focus on what is important to my constituents: supporting our schools by investing in education, building opportunities for economic development in our neighborhoods, better tracking of lost and stolen hand guns, and ensuring the adequate and excellent funding of our human-services departments, especially for seniors.”
Cook-Artis recently served for 10 years as chief of staff for former state Rep. Cherelle Parker, who represented the 200th Legislative District. She previously worked for former Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian Tasco and Congresswoman Dr. Alma Adams.
Cook-Artis is an avid member of several community-based organizations including: The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund, and the 50th Ward Committee. She is a graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., and she has a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.
She and her husband, Raimon Artis, an Army reservist, live in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, which is part of the 200th Legislative District.
Cook-Artis said residents are encouraged to sign up for periodic e-mail updates by registering through her website, www.pahouse.com/cookartis, adding her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RepCookArtis and following her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/RepCookArtis.