Bruce A. Kraus (born April 13, 1954) is an
1 Early life 2 Political career 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links
Prior to becoming a Councilman, Kraus worked as an interior design
consultant and also served as president of the South Side Chamber of
Commerce. He was a member of Mayor Tom Murphy's Graffiti Task Force
and Clean Pittsburgh Commission.
Kraus first ran for the seat vacated by Gene Ricciardi, who resigned
to become a district judge, in the 2006 special election. Though he
was endorsed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, his bid was
unsuccessful. In 2007, he ran again against incumbent Jeff Koch
and won the primary. Kraus, a Democrat, faced only a Libertarian
opponent, Mark Rauterkus, who was running simultaneously for
Pittsburgh City Controller. Kraus won and was sworn in on January 7,
2008, as part of a trio of new Council members (including Patrick Dowd
and Ricky Burgess). He sought re-election in 2011, facing another
Democratic primary against Jeff Koch, who had the support of Mayor
Luke Ravenstahl. Kraus won 54% of the vote to Koch's 38%, with two
other candidates each receiving 4%. No Republican or third-party
candidate filed for the seat so Kraus ran unopposed in the general
election in November 2011.
As a city councilman, Kraus drafted the city's first domestic
partnership registry which passed in 2009. In 2014, he sponsored
legislation to add gender identity and expression as an explicitly
protected class with regard to housing, employment and public
accommodation in the city.
He has also been involved in trying to curb public drunkenness and
overcrowding in South Side bars. In September 2009, City Council
passed his ordinance banning public urination, creating the first such
ban in Pittsburgh. He has authored ordinances increasing
open-container fines and regulating the installation of sidewalk
cafes. He introduced the Responsible Hospitality
Institute’s ("RHI") Sociable City Plan, which has worked to develop
a comprehensive strategy to regulate the nighttime economy on
Pittsburgh's South Side and elsewhere in the metropolitan
Kraus is the city’s first openly gay elected official. He lives
South Side Flats
^ a b c "Editorial: Kraus for council/He's the best choice in city's
special election". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 6, 2006.
^ O'Toole, James (March 15, 2006). "Koch wins City Council seat".
^ Lord, Rich (May 16, 2007). "City of Pittsburgh races: Two City
Council members lose their positions". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
^ Lord, Rich (January 7, 2008). "3 new council members sworn in;
Shields remains president". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
^ "Incumbents come up winners in
Pittsburgh City Council