March 23, 2018

Springfield, PA – Lynn Yeakel, the one-time Democratic nominee for US Senate and longtime community leader, has endorsed Ashley Lunkenheimer’s campaign from Pennsylvania’s 5th District.

“I have known Ashley and her family for many years and have always been impressed by Ashley’s intelligence, spirit, and determination to do the right thing. Having grown up as the daughter of a 22-year member of the US House of Representatives, I am committed to restoring integrity to our national government, and I will be proud to have Ashley represent my family and me in Congress.”

Yeakel has worked for decades to advance women’s leadership and is currently leading Vision 2020, a national initiative to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of American women’s voting rights attained in the year 1920. She came to national prominence during her 1992 senatorial campaign in which she won the Democratic primary and nearly unseated Republican incumbent Arlen Specter. She was subsequently appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services where she spearheaded initiatives to end family violence and improve access to health care.

“Lynn has been in the vanguard pushing for strong, female leadership, with a service career standing as testament to her dedication. She was a key member of the ‘Year of the Woman’ in 1992, and I hope to be a part of my generation’s echo of that movement. Her work expanding access to health care in the Mid-Atlantic region is inspirational. Her commitment to improved community health and women’s issues has set an example I hope to emulate in Congress. I am honored to receive the support of such an accomplished woman.”

Lunkenheimer served for nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor in the US Attorney’s Office, where she played a key role in removing illegal firearms from the streets and protecting seniors from fraud. Afterward, she transitioned to work as Senior Counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas, where she helped implement a program to expand access to Medicaid and Medicare services for thousands of Pennsylvania seniors.

The primary election is scheduled for May 15, 2018. You can learn more about Ashley Lunkenheimer and her campaign by visiting