Birthdate: Oct. 23, 1968
Birth Place: Staten Island, NY, United States
Residence: Doylestown, PA
Kathy Boockvar was born in Staten Island, N.Y. and now lives in Doylestown, Pa. She earned a bachelor's at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a law degree from American University in 1993.
Boockvar began her law career as a lawyer in the Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania, representing senior citizens, low-income residents, domestic violence victims and others. She has run a small private practice, working on pensions, disability law, insurance and other issues. She also worked on voting rights issues for the nonprofit Advancement Project from 2008 to 2010.
She has served on the boards of A Woman's Place, a domestic violence organization; Wills for Heroes, helping police and firefighters with wills; and at her daughter's school.
Boockvar and her husband, Jordan, have a daughter.
Kathy Boockvar, a former legal services lawyer, is a Democrat challenging 8th District incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.
Boockvar's domestic priorities include funding for public schools, preserving Social Security, providing access to affordable health care, and other issues of concern to families.
She supports funding for early childhood education and believes students should be offered student loan programs, including loan forgiveness in exchange for serving the country.
She also supports programs to aid small businesses and the environment.
In her 2012 campaign, she has blamed Congress for inaction while families struggled with college tuition, prescription drug costs and other threats to their security, and said the tea party was "mired in hostility, focused only on party politics and obstruction." She accused Fitzpatrick of voting with tea party members to deny tax breaks to the middle class and threaten Medicare, veterans' benefits and environmental protections.
Boockvar criticized Fitzpatrick's vote against a bill to protect the public from gasoline price gouging.
The district, which includes Bucks County and portions of Montgomery County and northeast Philadelphia, is seen as a swing district, as evidenced by the 2006 election, when Fitzpatrick defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy by less than 1 percent of the vote. Murphy went on to win the seat in 2008, only to be ousted by Fitzpatrick two years later.
Boockvar reported in 2012 that 98 percent of the campaign contributions she took in the first two quarters came from individual donors.
Source: Associated Press