Jim Kenney was elected Mayor of Philadelphia in 2015, beginning his term in January 2016. He was previously a member of the City Council.
Kenney is a life-long resident of South Philadelphia. He is a 1976 graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and a 1980 graduate of LaSalle University. First elected to the Philadelphia City Council in 1991, Jim is currently serving his sixth term in office as a Democratic Councilman-at-Large.
Since taking office in January 1992, Councilman Kenney has built a well-deserved reputation for offering a commonsense approach and a willingness to tackle the tough problems confronting the City of Philadelphia.
Currently, Councilman Kenney is focusing his efforts on making Philadelphia a more sustainable, accountable and vibrant city. He created the Committee on the Environment and has sponsored numerous environmental initiatives, including successful incentives for green roofs and plug-in vehicles. He has also championed regulations on the vehicle towing industry and construction regulations to improve tower crane safety – the first of its kind in any major U.S. city. And, Jim remains committed to promoting accessible and transparent government through his campaign to create a 311 call center, advocating for computerized ethics training for city employees, and by holding public hearings on various municipal policies to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Jim presently serves as Chairman of the Committee on Labor & Civil Service. He is Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Rules; the Committee on Law & Government and the Committee on Environment. He is also a member of the Whole; Public Property; Public Health; Fiscal Stability; Legislative Oversight; Technology; and Ethics Committees.
In addition to Jim’s policy work, his office effectively assists constituents from across the city with questions, concerns and problems.
Jim is involved with a number of civic organizations and presently serves on the following boards: Independence Blue Cross; Keystone Mercy Health Plan East; Community College of Philadelphia; Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians; Office of Sustainability Advisory Board; Mayor’s Commission of Community Service; O.V. Catto Memorial Fund; and the Mural Arts Advisory Board. He also teaches a weekly class at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, educating students on local politics.