The youngest of six children, born and raised in a strong Catholic family, Sam Oropeza is a trained tradesman, local real estate professional, community activist, professional fighter, and parent uniquely qualified to serve the working families of the Northeast in the Pennsylvania Senate.
Sam Oropeza knows that career politicians will talk the talk without ever addressing the actual challenges we face. He’ll bring a different way to Harrisburg – one of an actual fighter who has struggled and succeeded in life – working hard from a very young age to expand opportunity for his family, his fellow workers, and his entire community. He’s certainly not another career politician.
At age 10, Oropeza witnessed his mother struggle and overcome the loss of his father to provide hope, opportunity, and a quality education for her children. Her fight inspired him to work hard through high school – where he wrestled all four years – and then graduated from what is today the Williamson College of Mechanical Trades. He knows a quality education that includes choice for all students and their families is key to making Philadelphia better.
As a successful tradesman, Oropeza started his career at the Sunoco refinery. The birth of his daughter committed him to a challenging and difficult transition from the refinery to the world of commercial real estate. After watching his mom do what she had to to support her family, Sam knew he could make the change – getting hired by a local firm to start his new career. Through more hard work and determination, Oropeza partnered with investors and developers to start his own real estate business in the Harrowgate section of the city.
Sam’s work in real estate development led to the creation of his own non-profit, Rescuing Streets through Clean Ups (RSCU). His charity partners worked with local civic organizations and city government to clean up Philadelphia neighborhoods, remove trash, and fight illegal dumping in neighborhoods like Port Richmond and Kensington. To date, they’ve successfully completed 15 neighborhood clean ups, removing more than 20 tons of trash from the streets.
Through it all, Oropeza learned to fight – both figuratively and literally. While at Sunoco, he started training in the ring with Eddie Alvarez at the Fight Factory in Fishtown. Oropeza has had 18 professional fights – 16 mixed martial arts fights and two pro-boxing matches. Today, he continues to mentor youth in the sport - including working with two incredible local fighters, Joe Pyfer, the UFC veteran, and Zed Montanez who is undefeated - helping the next generation of young fighters achieve their goals.
Now Sam is called to fight for taxpayers, working families, and the neighborhoods of the Northeast in the State Senate. He knows people are tired of politics, the political machine and the career politicians who just talk without ever solving our common challenges. Oropeza is dedicated to fighting for commonsense progress on crime public safety, education and job creation to make things happen and make a real difference in the lives of his fellow Philadelphians.
Oropeza is a Port Richmond resident with his fiancé Amanda, their two young children, Jenny and John, and their two dogs, Stella and Roxanne.