State Senator John Sabatina is a lifelong resident of Northeast Philadelphia. After excelling at Father Judge High School, he graduated Cum Laude from West Chester University in 1992, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He received a law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1997.
Senator Sabatina serves as the Democratic Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He also serves as a member of the Senate Aging & Youth, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Community Economic & Recreational Development, and Judiciary committees. Sabatina is also a proud member of the Bi-Partisan Legislative Arts & Culture; Aviation; Early Childhood Education; Community College; and Women’s Health Caucuses.
Sabatina previously served as an Assistant District Attorney under Lynne Abraham. During that time, he represented citizens by prosecuting some of the city’s most dangerous criminals in major jury trials for crimes such as robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, drugs and attempted murder. Prior to his election to the state Senate, he served in the state House for nine years representing the 174th Legislative District.
He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Assistant District Attorney’s Association, the Sons of Italy Greater Roxborough Lodge No. 2217, Father Judge Alumni Association and St. Christopher’s Parish. His legislative priorities include: victims’ rights, crime prevention, issues impacting older adults, combating blight in our communities and promoting urban renewal through economic, cultural and neighborhood development.
Senator Sabatina lives in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Eileen and their daughters Caroline and Catherine.
Updated February 2019