Thaddeus Kirkland

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Rev. Thaddeus Kirkland
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 159th district
Assumed office
January 5, 1993[1]
Preceded by Robert C. Wright
Personal details
Born (1955-01-12) January 12, 1955 (age 61)
Chester, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susie
Occupation Pastor of Community Baptist Church, Chester, PA
Religion Baptist

Thaddeus Kirkland (born January 12, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives [2] and the 2015 Democratic nominee for the Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania.[3]

In the 2015 Democratic mayoral primary, Representative Kirkland defeated incumbent Mayor John Linder 1,818 to 721. [4] Representative Kirkland has represented the 159th Legislative District since 1993.[5] In 2002, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of Best Dressed Legislators.[6]

Thaddeus is also the younger brother of former professional basketball player Wilbur Kirkland.[7]

Chester-Upland School District Controversies[edit]

In June, 2011, Kirkland announced that if $20 million worth of cuts were not restored to the Chester-Upland school district, he planned to file a federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania to close the three public high schools in Chester, PA.[8] However, the school board was not on board with Kirkland's plan, calling a press conference where they stated that they were "fully capable of speaking for" themselves and "totally disagree" with what Kirkland wanted to do.[9]


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