Al Taubenberger

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Al Taubenberger
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Personal details
Born (1953-08-18) August 18, 1953 (age 61)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joanne Brenner Taubenberger
Children Matthew, Elisabeth, William and Sarah
Residence Fox Chase, Philadelphia
Alma mater Northeast High School

Penn State University

Occupation President, Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce [1]
Religion Christian
Website Al Taubenberger

Alfred W. "Al" Taubenberger, a resident of Northeast Philadelphia, has been President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, a private organization of over 900 members, since 1991. [2] He has made his life all about Philadelphia and has worked serving the city without ever being elected. He worked as Councilman Jack Kelly’s chief-of-staff, was vice-chair of the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission,[3] member of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, administrator of the Philadelphia City Council Republican Caucus, and ran the district office of U.S. Rep. Charles F. Dougherty. [4]

Political career[edit]

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.

In 2007, Taubenberger ran for mayor of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Magazine did a feature on Al where they referred to him as "The ultimate good neighbor, the guy you want living on your street. He’ll roll your car window up when it rains, and he’ll watch your house when you go away. He’s a family guy." [5] He lost to Democrat Michael Nutter 83% to 17%, losing every ward in the city. Nevertheless, The Philadelphia Inquirer on Election Day wrote "Even though he campaigned against a Democrat who was pronounced the "presumptive mayor" months ago, Republican Al Taubenberger did not give up until the end of the night. From morning into night, he crisscrossed the city, visiting polling places to press the flesh and ask people for their votes." [6] After Taubenberger's mayoral bid, elected Mayor Nutter appointed Taubenberger to the newly formed bipartisan Philadelphia Jobs Commission. [7]

In 2011, Taubenberger ran for an at-large seat on City Council. In the general election, Taubenberger finished narrowly behind David Oh losing by 203 votes for the final at-large City Council seat. Tauben­ber­ger earned 6,606 more votes than Oh in Northeast Philadelphia's 14 wards but Oh made up the deficit in North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia. [8]

Personal life[edit]

Al, a child of German parents who immigrated from Germany in 1937. Taubenberger was raised in Northeast Philadelphia in the Burholme neighborhood. He has been married twice and has 4 children. His children, Matthew, Elisabeth, and Sarah were conceived in his first marriage to his ex-wife Barbara Muller. He currently resides in the Fox Chase, Philadelphia neighborhood with his second wife Joanne Brenner Taubenberger and their son William where they are parishioners of Saint Cecilia Parish. [9]

Taubenberger is a cousin to world renowned virologist Jeffery Taubenberger, of Washington, D.C., is Chief of the Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institutes of Health. [10]

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