Kenyatta Johnson

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Kenyatta Johnson
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Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 2nd District
Assumed office
January 2, 2012
Preceded by Anna Verna
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 186th district
In office
January 6, 2009[1] – January 2, 2012
Preceded by Harold James
Succeeded by Harold James
Personal details
Political party Democratic

Kenyatta Johnson is a Democratic member of the Philadelphia City Council. He also served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 186th District.[2] He represents the 2nd District, which covers parts of Center City, South and Southwest Philadelphia and also includes the stadium area, Philadelphia International Airport, the Navy Yard and the Eastwick, Grays Ferry, Hawthorne and Point Breeze neighborhoods.[3] Councilman Johnson was re-elected in the May 2015 primary election to represent the 2nd District for a second term.[4][citation needed]


Johnson, the youngest member of City Council, founded Peace Not Guns after the murder of his cousin. He has worked since 1998 to end gun violence and prevent gun violence through education and programs created to give children an alternative to the streets. His activism led to a successful run for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served as State Representative for the 186th Legislative District from 2009 until 2012 when he tookthe oath of office for City Council. He was a senate staffer for six years before running for the House of Representatives. [3]

Johnson is a former volunteer for AmeriCorps which is the national service organization that allows citizens to serve their communities. He was also a founding staff member of City Year, the non-profit AmeriCorps organization whose primary goal is to build advocacy through service.

Johnson's 2015 re-election campaign was "the most drawn-out and negative race" primary election of that election year. He defeated real estate developer Ori Feibush, which was largely seen as a battle between the African-American and Philadelphia native Johnson and Feibush, "a rich white Jewish guy originally from the suburbs".[5]

Current Staff
Chief of Staff: Christopher Sample
Director of Legislation: Steven Cobb, Esq.
Legislative Assistant, Workforce Development: Roi Ligon, Jr
Legislative Assistant: Mark L. Jones
Legislative Assistant: Tajere Casselle-Blackwell
Special Events Coordinator: Tiphanie White
Scheduler: Michele DiPietro
Legislative Assistant: Peter Elliot
Communications Liaison: Kaitlyn Manasterski
Community Planning Liaison: Jasmine Sadat

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  1. ^ "SESSION OF 2009 - 193D OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2009-01-06. 
  2. ^ Cox, Harold (2010-02-26). "House Members J". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University. 
  3. ^ a b "Councilman Kenyatta JohnsonDistrict 2". Philadelphia City Council. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Incumbents survive in two contested district council races - philly-archives". 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  5. ^ Fiorillo, Victor (May 19, 2015). "Kenyatta Johnson Defeats Ori Feibush, Ending Long, Ugly Battle". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "COuncilman Kenyatta Johnson - Staff". June 5, 2016. 

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