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William Mark Peduto[5] (born October 30, 1964) is an American politician who serves as the 60th Mayor of Pittsburgh. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from 2002 until 2014. Prior to being elected to City Council, Peduto attended Pennsylvania State University, from which he took a leave of absence before later completing his degree. He ran a consulting business and later served as Chief of Staff to his predecessor in City Council, Dan Cohen. Peduto was elected to City Council in 2001 and served from 2002 until 2014. During that time, he ran for Mayor of Pittsburgh
three times. In 2005, he ran in the Democratic primary but was defeated by Bob O'Connor, who went on to become mayor in 2006. Peduto again ran in a 2007 special election following O'Connor's death; however, he dropped out before the primary. He ran for mayor for a third time in 2013, this time winning the Democratic nomination and emerging victorious. In the 2013 election, Peduto defeated opponents Joshua Wander and Lester Ludwig, winning 84% of the vote. After being elected Mayor to succeed the outgoing Luke Ravenstahl, Peduto was inaugurated in January 2014. In the 2017 election, he was re-elected to a second term as Mayor, winning 96% of the vote.


1 Education and early career 2 Pittsburgh
City Council

2.1 Mayoral campaigns

3 Mayor of Pittsburgh

3.1 2017 re-election campaign

4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Education and early career[edit] Peduto was born on October 30, 1964, and graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1983. After one year at Carnegie Mellon University, Peduto transferred to Pennsylvania
State University, pursuing a degree in political science. He dropped out, however, before completing the degree requirements. In 2007, Peduto returned to finish his degree requirements and became the only member of the nine-member Pittsburgh City Council
Pittsburgh City Council
at the time to have a bachelor's degree.[6] Later, he received a master's degree in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh.[4][6][7] Peduto operated a political consulting business and served as general consultant, campaign manager, finance director and other roles for several Democratic candidates and elected officials. At 28, he served as a political director for then-acting Governor Mark Singel. He also worked in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
as an intern to then-U.S. Representative George Gekas.[7][8] Prior to holding a seat on city council, Peduto served as chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen. In 1996 Peduto was Cohen's campaign manager in a challenge to former U.S. Representative Bill Coyne in the Democratic primary. Peduto is reported to have urged Cohen to accuse Coyne of complacency when it came to obtainin federal funding and other resources for the Pittsburgh
area.[9] Cohen lost by a wide margin, which some pundits attributed to voter dislike of his negative advertising.[10] Pittsburgh
City Council[edit]

Peduto speaks at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 2009.

In the 2001 election, Bill Peduto
Bill Peduto
ran for the Pittsburgh
City Council District 8 seat being vacated by Dan Cohen, which represents the East End neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Friendship, Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill. After being elected to a four-year term, he assumed office in January 2002. He was subsequently re-elected to two additional terms in 2005 and 2009.[7] On the City Council, he chaired the Committee on General Services, Technology and the Arts. The Committee is in charge of all contracts and purchases as well as city owned buildings and land. Peduto also oversaw the City Information Systems department, the Cable Bureau and the Art Commission on Council. Peduto describes himself as a proponent of progressivism and as a "Reform Democrat."[11] He was named one of "100 New Democrats to Watch" by the Democratic Leadership Council
Democratic Leadership Council
in 2003 and one of National Journal's "PA Up and Comers" in 2004 and 2006.[12] Mayoral campaigns[edit] Peduto launched his first campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh
in the 2005 mayoral election. He was defeated in the primary, however, by eventual general election winner Bob O'Connor. In 2006, following O'Connor's death, City Council President Luke Ravenstahl
Luke Ravenstahl
became Mayor. In his second bid for Mayor, Peduto mounted a primary challenge to Ravenstahl in the 2007 special election. Peduto ended his campaign before the primary, however, acknowledging Ravenstahl's relative popularity at the time.[13] Peduto faced criticism for this decision from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
editorial board, which accused him of "political cowardice."[14] Peduto became a political opponent of Ravenstahl's, opposing Ravenstahl's proposal to end Act 47 oversight of Pittsburgh's finances among other issues. After being re-elected to City Council in 2009, Peduto decided that he would again challenge the incumbent mayor in the 2013 Democratic primary.[7] Mayor of Pittsburgh[edit] In December 2012, Peduto officially launched his third mayoral campaign, announcing that he would challenge Luke Ravenstahl
Luke Ravenstahl
in the 2013 mayoral primary, and was immediately endorsed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. He simultaneously announced that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term on City Council.[15] Ravenstahl announced in March 2013 that he would not seek another term as Mayor.[16] Several other candidates launched campaigns but after Ravenstahl's exit, the race evolved into a two-way race between Peduto and former Pennsylvania
Auditor General Jack Wagner. In the May 21 primary, Peduto defeated his opponents, receiving 52% of the vote. Wagner, his closest challenger, received 40%.[17][18] In November 2013, Peduto defeated Republican candidate Joshua Wander, who was residing in Israel at the time of the election, and independent candidate Lester Ludwig to be elected as the city's 60th mayor, receiving 84% of the vote. He was inaugurated on January 6, 2014.[1][2] Peduto is an advocate for ride-sharing in Pittsburgh. After the Pennsylvania
Public Utilities Commission issued cease-and-desist orders in July 2014, Peduto called on the state legislature to allow ride-sharing operators to legally operate in Pittsburgh.[19] Subsequently, ride-sharing service Lyft acquired temporary approval for operation in August 2014 pending a hearing regarding a permanent license.[20] In July 2014, Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh
dropped a lawsuit that his predecessor, Luke Ravenstahl, had launched against UPMC, challenging its tax-exempt status. Peduto indicated his belief that the lawsuit impeded progress in ongoing negotiations between UPMC and the city regarding the payment of taxes.[21] In early September 2014, Peduto announced the hiring of Cameron McLay as Pittsburgh
Chief of Police, which resulted from an extended search following the resignation and subsequent conviction of Nate Harper on charges of tax evasion and slush fund conspiracy.[22] Peduto appeared on the CBS
television series Undercover Boss in December 2014 as "Ed Chadwick." Following the premise of the show, Peduto disguised himself as a municipal worker to observe rank-and-file Pittsburgh
employees. As is customary in the show, Peduto rewarded those whose performance was judged to be exemplary with monetary donations. These donations came from anonymous sources, since ethics laws bar the use of tax revenue. Common Cause Pennsylvania, a government watchdog group, called on the Peduto administration to disclose the donors shortly after the episode aired.[23][24] 2017 re-election campaign[edit] Peduto announced on December 14, 2016, that he was running for a second term as Mayor of Pittsburgh
in the 2017 election.[25] He faced two challengers in the May 2017 primary: John Welch, a progressive minister who challenged Peduto from the left, and city councilwoman Darlene Harris, a longtime foe, who had not filed an official campaign organization. He defeated both challengers in the primary to win the Democratic nomination, and did not face any Republican candidate in the general election, as none filed to run in the primary.[26] Peduto was re-elected with approximately 96% of the ballots cast on November 7, 2017.[27] See also[edit]


List of mayors of Pittsburgh City of Pittsburgh Government of Pittsburgh


^ a b "Code of Ordinances of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania". City of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 8 November 2013.  ^ a b Laughlin, Nicholas (November 5, 2013). "Peduto Coalition Wins Big in Pittsburgh". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 6 November 2013.  ^ Smydo, Joe (May 5, 2013). "Peduto, in third Pittsburgh
mayoral race, says city at crossroads". Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2013.  ^ a b Togneri, Chris (October 21, 2013). "Family inspired Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Peduto's passion for politics". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved January 11, 2014.  ^ Togneri, Chris (2 January 2015). "First Draft: Pittsburghers can relax: The mayor is fixed". Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ a b Hentges, Rochelle (March 19, 2007). "Degree of separation". Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review. Retrieved January 11, 2014.  ^ a b c d O'Toole, Christine (Fall 2013). "Who is Bill Peduto?". Pittsburgh
Quarterly. Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014.  ^ "July 2013 DMO of the Month: Bill Peduto". National Democratic Municipal Officials. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ Potter, Chris (July 10, 2002). "I'm Just a Bill: The political education of Bill Peduto". Pittsburgh
City Paper. Archived from the original on March 7, 2006.  ^ Patterson, Maggie; Anitra Budd; Kristin L. Veatch (July 1997). "Campaign Up in Flames: Negative Advertising Backfires and Damages a Young Democrat". Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (80th, Chicago, Illinois, July 30-August 2, 1997). U.S. Department of Education. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). pp. 85–109, 309.  ^ Togneri, Chris (4 January 2014). "100 years since another critical juncture, progressive Peduto takes helm". Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ "Bill's Honors". Peduto for Mayor. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ "Peduto wins Democratic nod for Pittsburgh
mayoral race". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ "Peduto's exit ... Pittsburgh
loses in a case of no guts, no glory". Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ " Bill Peduto
Bill Peduto
To Run For Mayor In Pittsburgh". CBS
Pittsburgh. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ Sheehan, Andy (1 March 2013). "Mayor Not Seeking Re-Election". CBS Pittsburgh. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ "2013 Democratic Municipal Primary". Allegheny County Division of Elections. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.  ^ Magee, Bryan (22 May 2013). "Peduto Wins Pittsburgh
Mayor Primary". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 22 May 2013.  ^ Lyons, Kim (3 July 2014). "Lyft, Uber determined to continue in high gear". Pittsburgh
Post Gazette. Retrieved 26 July 2014.  ^ "Lyft ride-sharing service gets the OK to operate in Pittsburgh". The Patriot-News. Associated Press. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  ^ Zullo, Robert (29 July 2014). "UPMC, city drop legal fight over taxes". Pittsburgh
Post Gazette. Retrieved 29 July 2014.  ^ "Mayor Peduto announces hiring of new Pittsburgh
Police Chief". WPXI. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.  ^ Owen, Rob (4 December 2014). " Pittsburgh
mayor Bill Peduto
Bill Peduto
stars on CBS
reality show 'Undercover Boss'". Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette. Retrieved 23 December 2014.  ^ Potter, Chris (23 December 2014). "Peduto's appearance on 'Undercover Boss' raises questions about cash gifts". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 23 December 2014.  ^ Field, Nick (14 December 2016). "Peduto to Begin Re-Election Campaign Today". PoliticsPA. Retrieved 18 May 2017.  ^ Potter, Chris (16 May 2017). "Peduto easily defeats two primary election rivals". Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette. Retrieved 18 May 2017.  ^ "Allegheny County Unofficial Election Returns". Allegheny County Division of Elections. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 

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