Born and raised in southeast Pennsylvania, Molly’s family instilled in her the values of fighting for economic and social justice and working to serve her community. That commitment to service has led Molly to a career in the sciences. Now an internationally awarded medical researcher, she earned a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics developing battlefield and remote hospital ready blood substitutes, and now works to produce new technologies to advance cancer research.
From her work in the lab to her work as a mom, Molly is ready to bring creative problem-solving, logic, reason, and compassion to Congress where these principles are so sorely needed.
Deep Local Roots
Molly Sheehan is the daughter of a teacher and an environmental scientist. She has deep roots in this district, growing up in Springfield, Perkiomen Valley, and Shillington. Molly’s family was not wealthy, and recessions and cut backs hit hard. But Molly was fortunate that she could always count on her community, and from an early age, she learned the value of service.
Growing up in local public schools, Molly dreamed of a career as a scientist. And she put her dreams into motion early by doing everything she could to help pay for college, from waiting tables to starting her own small nanny business.
Molly worked her way through college, and graduated from Haverford College. Afterwards, she committed herself to service, and moved to Uganda to work with locals on initiatives for women's cooperatives and soccer programs – earning the Clarence and Lily Pickett Award for Quaker Leadership for her work there.
Back in Pennsylvania, Molly achieved her dream of working as a scientist, and earned her PhD in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, Molly served on the board that helped negotiate insurance plans for all students, so she understands the complicated nature of healthcare reform and insuring Pennsylvanians young and old.
Molly’s husband, Ian, came to America from Taiwan to study and is now a pediatric anesthesiologist at CHOP. Molly and Ian are parents to 3-year-old Ida, and have had tremendous support from their parents in raising her. Molly wants her daughter to enjoy a world of love and opportunity, not hate and fear.
Committed to Changing A Dangerously Reckless Government
In Molly’s lab, when a problem comes up, everyone works together to find a solution. The solution itself isn’t always easy, but the basic concept of working together to solve a problem should be easy. So why can’t Washington do the same?
Molly will listen to her constituents to identify problems, and she will work with Congress to come up with solutions. She’ll stick to facts, not special interests.
Molly will use her scientific background to fight efforts by Donald Trump to gut clean air and water protections, while working to ensure that every family has healthcare in their community. She will work hard so that the next generation has the same quality public education that she had. She will work to protect investments in research and technology, and to support hard-working families through paid family leave and economic development.
Molly will bring her creative problem solving to Congress because she knows that we can only solve the real problems we face as Americans if we use real evidence to find real solutions.