|Ferlo at an anti-war protest, 2006|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 38th district
January 7, 2003
|Preceded by||Leonard Bodack|
|President of the Pittsburgh City Council|
January 3, 1994 – January 6, 1998
|Preceded by||Jack Wagner|
|Succeeded by||Bob O'Connor|
|Member of the Pittsburgh City Council from the 7th District[a]|
January 4, 1988 – January 7, 2003
|Preceded by||Stephen Grabowski|
|Succeeded by||Leonard Bodack, Jr.|
June 19, 1952 |
Rome, New York
|a.^ Ferlo was originally elected to Grabowski's at-large seat, but won re-election after a voter-approved referendum divided City Council seats into districts.|
James "Jim" Ferlo (born June 19, 1952) is a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 38th Senatorial District since 2003. His district consists of parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Armstrong counties.
Background and career
Ferlo was a liberal community activist in the City of Pittsburgh before being elected to Pittsburgh City Council in 1987. He served on council for 15 years until his election to the State Senate in 2002. Ferlo served as president of City Council from 1994 to 1997. He currently lives in Pittsburgh's Highland Park section.
A Democrat, Ferlo was elected to the state senate in 2002, receiving 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Republican candidate Ted Tomson. In 2003, the political website PoliticsPA named him to "The Best of the Freshman Class" list. Ferlo was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2006 in his heavily Democratic district. In that race, Ferlo received 84 percent of the vote, while his opponent Joe Murphy of the Constitution Party received 16 percent.
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- Pennsylvania State Senate - Jim Ferlo official PA Senate website
- Ferlo for Senate official caucus website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Jim Ferlo (PA) profile
- Follow the Money – Jim Ferlo