Mayor Jim Kenney

2019 Speaker

MAYOR JIM KENNEY is a lifelong Philadelphia resident. In 1990 Philadelphians elected him to serve as a City Councilman At-Large. Over the next twenty years, Kenney stood up for Philadelphia’s working families and progressive policies —fighting for a real living wage, broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy. On January 4, 2016, he was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. Some of his many accomplishments include expansion of quality pre-k, the creation of twenty five community schools, and $500M investment in parks, rec centers and libraries. He also increased efforts to spur economic growth in the city’s commercial corridors, successfully hosted the Democratic National Convention, and aided in the City finishing 2016 with the lowest crime rate in nearly forty years. When the Department of Justice threatened to take away funding for Philadelphia police officers unless they acted as an extension of ICE, the City sued and won. Philadelphia has also stepped up its commitment to fighting the opioid epidemic. Building on his administration’s early commitment to education, the Mayor recently launched an effort to return the School District to local control and to provide adequate financial funding resources for our teachers and students. @phillymayor

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