Pittsburgh City Council

The Pittsburgh City Council serves as the legislative body in the City of Pittsburgh. It consists of nine members.[2] City council members are chosen by plurality elections in each of nine districts. The city operates under a strong-mayor-council system of local governance.

City Council of the City of Pittsburgh
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Type
Type
Full-time Mayor-Council
HousesUnicameral
History
Preceded byBorough of Pittsburgh House of Burgesses City of Pittsburgh Select Council and City of Pittsburgh Common Council[1]
Leadership
Council President
Theresa Kail-Smith, Democratic
since 2020
City Clerk
Brenda F. Pree, CMC
Structure
Seats9
Partisan makeup of the Pittsburgh City Council as of June 2018.png
Political groups
Democratic
CommitteesFinance and Law; Public Safety; Public Works; Human Resources; Land Use and Economic Development; Urban Recreation; Innovation, Performance, and Asset Management; Intergovernmental Affairs, Hearings
Length of term
4 Years
Elections
Plurality by District
RedistrictingDecennial
Motto
Benigno Numine (by the favor of the heavens)
Meeting place
Council Chamber
City-County Building
Website
pittsburghpa.gov/council/index.html
Constitution
Home Rule Charter

Code of Ordinances

Rules of Council
Title page of the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances

Current membershipEdit

The current members of the city council are:

District Name Took Office Committee Chairship[3] Party
1 Bobby Wilson 2020 Land Use and Economic Development Democratic
2 Theresa Kail-Smith† 2009 Hearings Democratic
3 Bruce Kraus 2008 Human Resources Democratic
4 Anthony Coghill 2018 Public Works Democratic
5 Corey O'Connor 2012 Public Safety Democratic
6 R. Daniel Lavelle 2010 Finance and Law Democratic
7 Deborah Gross 2014 Intergovernmental Affairs Democratic
8 Erika Strassburger 2018 Innovation, Performance, and Asset Management Democratic
9 Rev. Ricky Burgess‡ 2008 Urban Recreation Democratic

† Denotes Council President (since 2020[4])

‡ Denotes Council President pro tempore (since 2020[4])

Past presidentsEdit

Past members[5]Edit

  • Darlene Harris (2006-2020)
  • Natalia Rudiak (2009–2018)
  • Patrick Dowd (2008–2013)
  • Bill Peduto (2002–14)
  • Barbara Burns (2000–04)
  • Sala Udin (1997–2007)
  • Dan Onorato (1992–2000)
  • Bob O'Connor (1991–2003)
  • Gene Ricciardi (1988-2006)
  • Christopher Smith (1993-1994)
  • Michael Coyne (1988–92)
  • Bernard Regan (1988-1992)
  • Jack Wagner (1984–94)
  • Alan Hertzberg (1994-2005)
  • Jim Ferlo (1988-2002)
  • Otis Lyons, Jr. (1988–89)
  • Mark Pollock (1986–89)
  • Stephen Grabowski (1984–88)
  • Ben Woods (1981–89)
  • Thomas E. Flaherty (1980–83)
  • Jim O'Malley (1980–87)
  • Michelle Madoff (1978–94)
  • William Robinson (1978–85)
  • Jim Bulls (1977–80)
  • Sophie Masloff (1976–88)
  • Richard E. Givens (1976–87)
  • James Lally (1976–80)
  • Frank Lucchino (1974–78)
  • John Lynch (1970–76)
  • William J. Coyne (1974–81)
  • Robert Rade Stone (1973–85)
  • Eugene DePasquale (1972–84, 1988–89)
  • Richard Caligiuri (1970–77)
  • Charles Leslie (1970–72)
  • Amy Ballinger (1970–76)
  • James Cortese (1970)
  • George Shields (1970–74)
  • John Lynch (1970–76)
  • Edgar Michaels (1969–74)
  • Thomas Fagan (1968–73)
  • Louis Mason Jr. (1967–77)
  • Peter Flaherty (1966–70)
  • Walter Kamyk (1963–70)
  • Charles Leslie (1961–69)
  • Phillip Baskin (1962–70)
  • James Jordan (1960–67)
  • Horner Green (1960–61)
  • George Shields (1970–74)
  • Edgar Michaels (1969–74)
  • J. Craig Kuhn (1959–70)
  • Charles McCarthy (1958–63)
  • David Olbum (1956–61)
  • Irma D'Ascenzo (1956–70)
  • Paul Jones (1954–60)
  • Emanuel Schifano (1952–56)
  • Bennett Rodgers (1952–59)
  • Charles Dinan (1952–58)
  • John Counahan (1952–70)
  • William Davis (1951–53)
  • Patrick Fagan (1950–67)
  • Frederick Weir (1947–60)
  • William Alvah Stewart (1946–51)
  • Joseph A. McArdle (1942–49)
  • Thomas Kilgallen (1940–51)
  • John Duff Jr. (1940–52)
  • Edward Leonard (1939–51)
  • A.L. Wolk (1938–56)
  • James A. O'Toole (1936–41)
  • Frederick Weir (1936–47)
  • Cornelius Scully (1935–36)
  • George Evans (1935–45)
  • William Magee (1934–37)
  • John Jane (1934–35)
  • John Houston (1934–35)
  • Thomas Gallagher (1934–65)
  • Walter Demmer (1934–51)
  • Frank Duggan (1933-33)
  • George Oliver (1933-33)
  • William Soost (1932–35)
  • John Phillips (1931–32)
  • Michael Muldowney (1930–33)
  • Clifford Connelley (1930–33)
  • George J. Kambach (1929–31)
  • Harry A. Little (1926–33)
  • Robert J. Alderdice (1924–32)
  • Joseph F. Malone (1922–30)
  • Wallace Borland (1922–25)
  • Charles Anderson (1920–39)
  • A.K. Oliver (1919–21)
  • John H. Henderson (1919–21)
  • Daniel Winters (1918–29)
  • William J. Burke (1918–19)
  • William H. Robertson (1916–24)
  • John H. Dailey (1916–21)
  • P.J. McArdle (1911–13, 1916–19, 1922–30, 1932-40)
  • Charles H. Hetzel (1914–15)
  • W.Y. English (1914–33)
  • John S. Herron (1914–33)
  • Dr. G.A. Dillinger (1913–17)
  • Robert Garland (1911–39)
  • Dr. S.S. Wooburn (1911–39)
  • W.G. Wilkins (1911–13)
  • Enoch Rauh (1911–19)
  • James P. Kerr (1911–18)
  • John M. Goehring (1911–15)
  • W.A. Hoeveler (1911–14)
  • Edward V. Babcock (1911–13)
  • David P. Black (1911)
  • A.J. Kelly (1911)
  • Robert McKnight (1847–49)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Around Town: In the good ol' days, Pittsburgh Council had 108 guys". Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ "City Council, District information, neighborhoods, your Council Person, Legislation, Budget Office". pittsburghpa.gov. City of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ Worthy, Ariel (6 January 2020). "Theresa Kail-Smith To Lead City Council As President". www.wesa.fm. WESA. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Lord, Rich (6 January 2020). "Pittsburgh council has new compromise president, new member". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Brookline and Pittsburgh Historical Facts and Remembrances". www.brooklineconnection.com. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

External linksEdit

  • [1] official city website