Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney
A lifelong city resident, Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four in a South Philadelphia rowhouse neighborhood. His father, a firefighter, and his mother, a homemaker, both worked second jobs to put Jim and his four siblings through parochial school. In high school, Jim delivered the paper in the morning and washed dishes after school, earning his first union card at 17. After graduating from St. Joe’s Prep, Jim worked his way through La Salle University and became the first in his family to graduate from college.
Jim was elected in 1991 to serve as a Democratic City Councilman At-Large. In City Council, Jim stood up for Philadelphia’s working families—fighting for a real living wage, increased funding for public education, and community policing measures. A proud progressive, Jim also led the way on broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy by ending ICE holds that tear families apart.
On November 3, 2015, the citizens of Philadelphia overwhelmingly voted to elect Jim the next mayor. To join the broad coalition of people who supported Jim, sign up to receive updates from our team here.
The Kenney Transition Committee
The Kenney Transition Committee is focused on ensuring objectivity, community involvement, diversity and excellence as we form the Kenney Administration. The Transition Committee will collect ideas from every neighborhood to ensure the Kenney Administration’s priorities can become a reality. To learn more about the Transition Team, please click here.
The Kenney Administration
As Mayor, Jim will move all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods forward by investing in our schools, growing family-sustaining jobs, and improving the relationship between community and police.
On education, the Kenney Administration will ensure all children have access to pre-K and establish community schools that provide wrap-around services for their neighborhoods. To help create living wage jobs, Jim will work to grow our Port, provide a real path from reentry to employment, and support our neighborhood commercial corridors. As we work to grow our economy and improve our schools, the Kenney Administration will also make sure that everyone in Philadelphia feels safe. To reduce violence and rebuild the relationship between the community and the Police, Jim will institute reforms in police recruitment and trainings, end stop-and-frisk, institute body-cameras, and prioritize community policing tactics such as focused deterrence.
Jim knows that every neighborhood matters and will work tirelessly to ensure all Philadelphians can reach their full potential.