Pittsburgh City Council

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City Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Seal of the City of Pittsburgh.svg
Type
Type
Full-time Mayor-Council
Houses Unicameral
History
Preceded by

Borough of Pittsburgh House of Burgesses

City of Pittsburgh Select Council and City of Pittsburgh Common Council[1]
Leadership
Council President
Bruce Kraus, Democratic
Since 2014
City Clerk
Brenda F. Pree, CMC
Structure
Seats 9
Partisan makeup of the Pittsburgh City Council as of June 2018.png
Political groups
Democratic Party
Committees Finance and Law; Public Safety; Public Works; Human Resources; Land Use and Economic Development; Urban Recreation; Innovation, Performance, and Asset Management; Intergovernmental Affairs, Hearings
Length of term
4 Years
Elections
Plurality by District
Redistricting Decennial
Motto
Benigno Numine (by the favor of the heavens)
Meeting place
Council Chamber
City-County Building
Website
pittsburghpa.gov/council/council.html
Constitution

Home Rule Charter Code of Ordinances

Rules of Council
Title page of the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances

The Pittsburgh City Council serves as the legislative body in the City of Pittsburgh. It consists of nine members.[2] City council members are chosen by plurality elections in each of nine districts. The city operates under a strong-mayor-council system of local governance.

Current membership[edit]

The current members of the city council are:[3]

District Name Took Office Committee Chairship Party
1 Darlene Harris 2006 Human Resources Democratic
2 Theresa Kail-Smith 2009[4] Public Works Democratic
3 Bruce Kraus† 2008 Hearings Democratic
4 Anthony Coghill 2018 Urban Recreation Democratic
5 Corey O'Connor 2012 Intergovernmental Affairs Democratic
6 R. Daniel Lavelle 2010 Public Safety Democratic
7 Deborah Gross 2014 Land Use and Economic Development Democratic
8 Erika Strassburger 2018 Innovation, Performance, and Asset Management Democratic
9 Rev. Ricky Burgess 2008 Finance and Law Democratic

† Denotes Council President (since 2014[5])

Past Presidents[edit]

Past members[9][edit]

  • Bill Peduto (2002–14)
  • Barbara Burns (2000–04)
  • Sala Udin (1997-2007)
  • Dan Onorato (1992-2000)
  • Patrick Dowd (2008-2013)
  • Christopher Smith (?-1997)
  • Michael Coyne (1988–92)
  • Bernard Regan (?-1992)
  • Jack Wagner (1984–94)
  • Alan Hertzberg 2003?[10]
  • Jim Ferlo (1988-2002)
  • Otis Lyons, Jr. (1988–89)
  • Mark Pollock (1986–89)
  • Stephen Grabowski (1984–88)
  • Ben Woods (1981–89)
  • Thomas E. Flaherty (1980–83)
  • Jim O'Malley (1980–87)
  • Michelle Madoff (1978–94)
  • William Robinson (1978–85)
  • Jim Bulls (1977–80)
  • Sophie Masloff (1976–88)
  • Richard E. Givens (1976–87)
  • James Lally (1976–80)
  • Frank Lucchino (1974–78)
  • John Lynch (1970–76)
  • William J. Coyne (1974–81)
  • Robert Rade Stone (1973–85)
  • Eugene DePasquale (1972–84, 1988–89)
  • Richard Caligiuri (1970–77)
  • Charles Leslie (1970–72)
  • Amy Ballinger (1970–76) Chairman of the cities committee to grant cable TV[11][12]
  • James Cortese (1970)
  • George Shields (1970–74)
  • John Lynch (1970–76)
  • Edgar Michaels (1969–74)
  • Thomas Fagan (1968–73)
  • Louis Mason Jr. (1967–77)
  • Peter Flaherty (1966–70)
  • Walter Kamyk (1963–70)
  • Charles Leslie (1961–69)
  • Phillip Baskin (1962–70)
  • James Jordan (1960–67)
  • Horner Green (1960–61)
  • George Shields (1970–74)
  • Edgar Michaels (1969–74)
  • J. Craig Kuhn (1959–70)
  • Charles McCarthy (1958–63)
  • David Olbum (1956–61)
  • Irma D'Ascenzo (1956–70)
  • Paul Jones (1954–60)
  • Emanuel Schifano (1952–56)
  • Bennett Rodgers (1952–59)
  • Charles Dinan (1952–58)
  • John Counahan (1952–70)
  • William Davis (1951–53)
  • Patrick Fagan (1950–67)
  • Frederick Weir (1947–60)
  • William Alvah Stewart (1946–51)
  • Joseph A. McArdle (1942–49)
  • Thomas Kilgallen (1940–51)
  • John Duff Jr. (1940–52)
  • Edward Leonard (1939–51)
  • A.L. Wolk (1938–56)
  • James A. O'Toole (1936–41)
  • Frederick Weir (1936–47)
  • Cornelius Scully (1935–36)
  • George Evans (1935–45)
  • William Magee (1934–37)
  • John Jane (1934–35)
  • John Houston (1934–35)
  • Thomas Gallagher (1934–65)
  • Walter Demmer (1934–51)
  • Frank Duggan (1933-33)
  • George Oliver (1933-33)
  • William Soost (1932–35)
  • John Phillips (1931–32)
  • Michael Muldowney (1930–33)
  • Clifford Connelley (1930–33)
  • George J. Kambach (1929–31)
  • Harry A. Little (1926–33)
  • Robert J. Alderdice (1924–32)
  • Joseph F. Malone (1922–30)
  • Wallace Borland (1922–25)
  • Charles Anderson (1920–39)
  • A.K. Oliver (1919–21)
  • John H. Henderson (1919–21)
  • Daniel Winters (1918–29)
  • William J. Burke (1918–19)
  • William H. Robertson (1916–24)
  • John H. Dailey (1916–21)
  • P.J. McArdle (1911–13, 1916–19, 1922–30, 1932-40)
  • Charles H. Hetzel (1914–15)
  • W.Y. English (1914–33)
  • John S. Herron (1914–33)
  • Dr. G.A. Dillinger (1913–17)
  • Robert Garland (1911–39)
  • Dr. S.S. Wooburn (1911–39)
  • W.G. Wilkins (1911–13)
  • Enoch Rauh (1911–19)
  • James P. Kerr (1911–18)
  • John M. Goehring (1911–15)
  • W.A. Hoeveler (1911–14)
  • Edward V. Babcock (1911–13)
  • David P. Black (1911)
  • A.J. Kelly (1911)
  • Robert McKnight (1847–49)

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