Harrisburg City Council

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The Harrisburg City Council is the legislative branch of the city government of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and consists of seven members elected at-large.[1] The council president is elected by the council members and presides over city council meetings. In the event of illness or absence of the president, the vice president presides over the meetings. Each member's term is four years, serving part-time. There are no limits on the number of terms a member may serve.[1]

Legislative Process[edit]

Every proposed ordinance is initially in the form of a resolution introduced by a council member. Before a resolution can be enacted, it must be referred by the president of the council to an appropriate standing committee, considered at a public hearing and meeting, reported out by the committee, printed as reported by the committee, distributed to the members of the council, and made available to the public. Passage of a bill requires the favorable vote of a majority of all members. A resolution becomes law upon the approval of the mayor. If the mayor vetoes a bill, the council may override the veto by a two-thirds vote. City Council also confirms all department directors and certain other mayoral appointees.[1]

City Council considers and evaluates legislative concerns consisting of committees on:[1]

  • Administration
  • Budget and Finance
  • Building and Housing
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Children and Youth
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works

City Council Members[edit]

The City Council as of March 2018 is as follows:[2][3]

District Name Took Office Party
1 Cornelius Johnson 2016 Dem
2 Ben Allatt 2014 Dem
3 Westburn Majors 2016 Dem
4 Ausha Green 2018 Dem
5 Wanda D. Williams 2006 Dem
6 Dave Madson* 2018 Dem
7 Shamaine Daniels 2014 Dem

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† President of Council
*Appointed to fill vacancy until election is held.

Former Members[edit]

District Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Gloria Martin-Roberts 2004 2012 Dem
2 Patty Kim 2004 2012 Dem
6 Eugenia G. Smith 2006 2014 Dem
3 Kelly D. Summerford 2010 2014 Dem

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d What is the Harrisburg City Council? Harrisburg City Council, accessed March 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Dauphin County Municipal Handbook, accessed March 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Papenfuse breaks tie to put Jeffrey Baltimore in Eugenia Smith's city council seat, accessed June 10, 2014.

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