August 1, 1953 |
|Spouse(s)||Joanne Brenner Taubenberger|
|Children||Matthew, Elisabeth, William and Sarah|
|Residence||Fox Chase, Philadelphia|
|Alma mater||Penn State University|
Alfred W. "Al" Taubenberger is a Republican politician from Philadelphia. A perennial candidate, he has run for office five times, losing each time.
After graduating from Penn State University, his first job was grounds supervisor at Friends Hospital. He later held staff jobs for Republican Congressman Charles F. Dougherty in the early 1980s and later for two City Council members, Democrat Joan Krajewski and Republican Jack Kelly.
He ran for U.S. Congress in 2002, losing the Republican primary to Melissa Brown. In 2004, he again ran for Congress, finishing third in a three-way race. In 2004, he was appointed and served as Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission.
In 2007, Taubenberger ran for mayor of Philadelphia. He lost to Democrat Michael Nutter 83% to 17%, losing every ward in the city.
In 2011, Taubenberger again ran for office, this time for an at-large seat on City Council. In the November 2011 general election, Taubenberger finished in eighth place, narrowly behind David Oh for seventh place. Only the top seven candidates win at-large seats, therefore Taubenberger's eighth place finish was not successful.
In 2012, Taubenberger once again ran for office, running for state Representative from the 172nd legislative district against freshman incumbent Rep. Kevin J. Boyle. Taubenberger was defeated by Boyle 68% to 32% in the general election. After this latest electoral defeat, the Northeast Times wrote in an editorial that Taubenberger should "finally realize it’s time to stop running for public office."
A child of German immigrants, Taubenberger was raised in Philadelphia's Burholme neighborhood. He has been married twice and has 4 children. His children, Matthew, Elisabeth, and Sarah were produced from his first marriage to his ex-wife Barbara Muller. He currently resides in the Fox Chase neighborhood with his second wife Joanne Brenner Taubenberger and their son William.