Chelsa Wagner

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Chelsa Wagner
Allegheny County Controller
Assumed office
January 2, 2012
Preceded by Mark Flaherty
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 2, 2007[1] – January 2, 2012
Preceded by Michael Diven
Succeeded by Martin Schmotzer
Personal details
Born (1977-07-24) July 24, 1977 (age 40)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Khari Mosley
Children Thaddeus Wagner Mosley, born 2009; Isaiah Wagner Mosley, born 2012
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh
University of Chicago
Occupation attorney

Chelsa L. Wagner is a Democratic Party politician in the United States and is currently serving her second term as Allegheny County Controller. She was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 22nd District which includes the South Side and part of the North Side of the city of Pittsburgh, and parts of the suburbs of Baldwin, Whitehall and Castle Shannon. She resigned from the House when she was elected Allegheny County Controller.

Wagner graduated from Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, and then the University of Chicago, where she played on the women's basketball team. Wagner earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and took up work as a lawyer at a Pittsburgh firm specializing in medical malpractice cases.

She is a member of a prominent political family in Pittsburgh. Her father Pete is Democratic chairman of the city's 19th Ward, and her uncle Jack served as the state's Auditor General.

Wagner was first elected to the House in 2006 with over 55% of the vote. She defeated incumbent Michael Diven, who had switched to the Republican Party earlier that year.[2][3]

Wagner is serving her second term as Allegheny County Controller after she won the Democratic nomination for re-election on May 19, 2015 in a landslide victory over her predecessor and was unopposed in the general election on November 3, 2015, despite being outspent by a margin of 8:1 by the local Democratic establishment.[4] [5]

She was named a Governing Magazine 2017 Women In Government Leadership honoree, joining the third cohort of twenty-five members, selected from over 100,000 women holding elected office nationally. [6]


  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2007 191ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY No. 1" (PDF). LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "2006 General Election - Representative in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ Barnes, Tom (2006-08-20). "Democrats set sights on State House". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. PG Publishing Co., Inc. 
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