Jack Kelly (politician)

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Jack Kelly
Jack Kelly 2007.jpg
Kelly in 2007
Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the At-Large District
In office
January 5, 2004 – January 2, 2012
Preceded by W. Thacher Longstreth
Succeeded by David Oh
Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 7th District
In office
January 4, 1988 – January 6, 1992
Preceded by Patricia Hughes
Succeeded by Daniel McElhatton
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathleen
Children Four

Jack Kelly is a Republican politician and former member of the City Council of Philadelphia.

Kelly originally represented the Seventh District on Council. In 1987, he defeated Democratic incumbent Patricia Harris for the seat,[1] but he was defeated in his bid for re-election four years later by Daniel McElhatton.

Following the death of longtime Republican Councilman At-Large W. Thacher Longstreth, Kelly sought and was elected to his seat. He served from 2004 to 2012.[2]

Through the controversial DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program, which allowed Philadelphia employees to collect pension payments placed into an interest-bearing account for four years before they retire, Kelly got an estimated $405,438 around the time he left Council.[3]


  1. ^ "All 17 Seats Open". The Philadelphia Inquirer. October 27, 1987. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jack Kelly – Councilman-At-Large". City of Philadelphia official website. City Council, City of Philadelphia. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Welcome | Philadelphia Magazine". www.phillymag.com. Retrieved 2018-05-07.