Newly elected state legislators Ann Brancato, 5th district (South Philadelphia), and Mrs. Martha M. Pennock, 18th district (West Philadelphia), January 4, 1933.
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Black and white photograph of two women seated at a desk.

Credit: Courtesy of Temple University, Urban Archives, Philadelphia, Pa

After Ann Brancato's election to the Pennsylvania legislature, Republican house leaders seated the young Democrat next to Republican Martha Pennock in the midst of the Republican delegation. In her first session, Brancato witnessed some of the traditional practices of state government, including an official vote of 144 yeas despite the presence of just 96 members in the House. These she quickly reported back to newspapers in Philadelphia.

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