Business Executive and Veteran Looks to Challenge Costello
“My service did not stop when I left the Armed Forces, and that is why today I announce that I am running to represent the voters of Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District,” Houlahan said in a release announcing her candidacy.
Houlahan has an engineering degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in technology and policy from MIT. She joined the Air Force as an officer, and moved to the private sector after leaving the Air Force.
Houlahan has served as COO for several for profit companies and other non-profit organizations. Most recently she was the President and COO/CFO for Springboard Collaborative a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that worked towards improving early childhood literacy in inner city schools across the country.
The sense from national Democrats is that Houlahan will be their candidate, especially with her resume as a female veteran and business executive. Houlahan joins two other Democrat veterans to challenge incumbent Republicans in 2018.
Houlahan lives in Devon with her husband Bart.
Clinton won the 6th district by 0.6 percent, but Costello defeated Democrat Michael Parrish by 16 points in 2016.
“Congressman Costello remains focused on working hard for his constituents. He welcomes and applauds anyone who enters into the democratic process,” Vincent Galko, a Senior Adviser to Costello’s campaign said in an email.