First elected to office in 2018, Senator Katie Muth is a passionate advocate for change. Grounded in the strong values of hard work, dedication, and commitment to helping others, Senator Muth is determined to be a champion for hardworking Pennsylvanians. Senator Muth has challenged both her own party and the opposition in her first three years in the Capitol, while dubbing her workplace as the “dome of corruption.”
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Senator Muth’s background and experience instilled a fervor for citizen activism and service. She was educated at Penn State where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, and obtained her master’s degree at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.
While completing her master’s thesis, she promoted health care for student athletes and studied concussion-related injuries at high schools in the Phoenix area. Senator Muth most recently served as an adjunct professor of kinesiology at a local university, while also practicing sports medicine.
Never backing down from a tough fight, Senator Muth has stood up to corporate polluters and defended the constitutional right of all Pennsylvanians to clean water, air, and land. She’s taken up arms against the Senate GOP for everything from transparency around judicial appointments to general assistance funding.
In November 2022, Senator Muth was elected to her second term representing the 44th Senatorial District which includes parts of Chester, Montgomery and Berks County. She was also re-elected to Senate Democratic Leadership and serves as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. In her first session in leadership, Senator Muth hosted 47 public hearings across the Commonwealth highlighting Senate Democratic legislative initiatives and providing an outlet for impacted residents, experts, and policy makers to discuss how current policies, or lack of policies, have either helped and or harmed Pennsylvanians. Senator Muth also serves as the Minority Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
As a member of the legislature, Senator Muth has worked tirelessly to ensure that the needs of all Pennsylvania families are met and that our veterans have access to the programs and services they deserve. This past session, Senator Muth’s Senate Bill 1286 was signed into law during state budget negotiations as part of Act 54 of 2022. This language increased the minimum daily special state duty and state active duty pay rate for members of the National Guard from the current $100 per day rate to $180 per day –increasing the hourly rate based on a 12-hour shift to at least $15 per hour.
Senator Muth also successfully advocated to ensure that relief from the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the Pennsylvania Student Loan Relief for Nurses programs is not considered taxable income – benefitting thousands of teachers, social workers, military members, and healthcare workers across the state. Pennsylvanians have some of the highest student loan debt in the country — and when these students are finally eligible to see some of their loans forgiven through public service, Senator Muth fought to ensure they would not be burdened with a surprise tax bill.
Senator Muth has also taken on the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement System, where she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Vowing to uphold her fiduciary duty to ensure that the dollars of hardworking teachers, school employees and taxpayers are invested and spent wisely, Senator Muth has an ongoing lawsuit seeking to obtain internal documents being withheld by the same professional staff who report to the board.
Senator Muth and her husband, Trevor, reside in East Vincent, Chester County.