Johnny Dougherty

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John Dougherty
EducationLa Salle University
Home townPennsport, Philadelphia

John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty is a prominent labor leader in Philadelphia. He is the Business Manager of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.[1]

Dougherty grew up in the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle University in Belfield, Philadelphia.[2]

As a leader within the Philadelphia organized labor scene, Dougherty is a prominent political figure, who has helped many Democratic candidates get donations and volunteers.[3][4]

He had a famous and long-standing feud with former Senator Vince Fumo.[5] The political website PoliticsPA likened the relationship to the Hatfield-McCoy feud[3] During the 2008 Democratic primary for the 1st senatorial district in the Pennsylvania Senate in Philadelphia, Dougherty was dealt a surprising defeat by Larry Farnese, who was heavily supported by Fumo.[6][7] Following Dougherty's concession, Fumo was heard chanting "Doc is dead! Doc is dead!"[7]

In 2003, he was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list of politically influential people in Pennsylvania.[3] In 2003, he was named to the Pennsylvania Report “Power 75” List.[8] In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the most influential Democrats in Pennsylvania.[9]

In 2015, he endorsed former Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia. His endorsement was a driving factor in his win in a crowded Democratic primary.[10]

On January 30, 2019, Dougherty was indicted in an IBEW Local 98 investigation that charged him for misusing union funds for personal benefit. [11]


  1. ^ "IBEW 98 Officers". IBEW 98 Web Site. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98. 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-06. John J. Dougherty Business Manager
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  3. ^ a b c "Power 50". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-04-17.
  4. ^ Barnes, Tom (April 13, 2008). "Area Democratic senators taking sides in race for veteran Vince Fumo's seat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ Neri, Al (December 2002). "Others to Watch". The Insider. Archived from the original on 2010-09-15.
  6. ^ "2008 General Primary - Senator in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.
  7. ^ a b Namako, Tom (Apr 30, 2008). "Out with the Old?". Philadelphia City Paper. Archived from the original on 2008-09-27.
  8. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capitol Growth. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2006.
  9. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08.
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