List of members of Philadelphia City Council since 1952

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On January 7, 1952, Philadelphia's current city charter took effect. The city council created under that charter consists of seventeen members. Ten are elected from equal-sized districts, and seven are elected at-large in a citywide vote. For the seven at-large seats, each political party may only nominate five candidates and voters may only vote for five. The result of this limited voting system is that at least two of the seven members elected will be from a different party than the other five. In practice, this has resulted in the at-large seats being filled by five Democrats and two Republicans. The ten district seats are usually held by Democrats, as well, with the exception of District 10, which covers the Far Northeast section of the city. The Democratic party's dominance in the city has resulted in a body with little turnover from year to year, although there have been periods of widespread retirements from City Council, such as during the ABSCAM scandal of the 1980s, or the DROP controversy on the early 2010s.

1952 – present[edit]

Session Election Council District At large (7 seats)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
1951 Thomas I. Guerin William M. Phillips Harry Norwitch Samuel Rose Raymond Pace Alexander Michael J. Towey James Hugh Joseph Tate Constance Dallas Charles M. Finley John F. Byrne Sr. Victor E. Moore Lewis M. Stevens Victor H. Blanc James A. Finnegan Paul D'Ortona Louis Schwartz John W. Lord Jr.
1954[a] Donald Rubel[b]
1955 Gaetano Giordano Wilbur H. Hamilton John M. McDevitt Henry W. Sawyer Marshall L. Shepard John F. Byrne Sr. Thomas M. Foglietta
1956[c] vacant[d] Leon Kolan-kiewicz
1957[e] Emanuel Weinberg
1958[f] Henry P. Carr
1959 Thomas McIntosh Alfred Leopold Luongo Mary Varallo Virginia Knauer
1960[g] George X. Schwartz William A. Dwyer
1962[h] vacant[i] Stanley B. Smullen Robert B. Winkelman Walter S. Pytko
1963 Edward F. McNulty Joseph J. Hersch Isadore H. Bellis David Silver
1967 Benjamin Curcuruto William Cibotti Charles L. Durham Joseph L. Zazyczny David Cohen Isadore H. Bellis Edgar C. Campbell Edward R. Cantor William F. Boyle John B. Kelly Jr. Thacher Longstreth
1969[j] William J. Cottrell Harry Jannotti
1971 Natale F. Carabello Ethel D. Allen Joseph E. Coleman Melvin J. Greenberg Francis D. O'Donnell Beatrice K. Chernock
1975 James Tayoun Anna C. Verna Lucien E. Blackwell Cecil B. Moore Louis Johanson Earl Vann Francis X. Rafferty Al Pearlman vacant Ethel D. Allen
1976[k] Charles E. Murray
1979 John F. Street Joan L. Krajewski Brian J. O'Neill Augusta Clark David Cohen John C. Anderson Joan Specter
May 1981[l] Ann J. Land
Nov. 1981[m] John F. White Jr.
1983 Patricia Hughes Edward A. Schwartz Thacher Longstreth
Apr. 1984[n] Leland Beloff
Nov. 1984[o] Angel L. Ortiz
1987 James Tayoun Jack Kelly Marian B. Tasco George R. Burrell
1991 Joe Vignola Jannie Blackwell Michael Nutter Daniel P. McElhatton Herbert H. DeBeary Happy Fernandez James F. Kenney
1994[p] Alvin Stewart
1995 Frank DiCicco Richard T. Mariano Donna Reed Miller Frank Rizzo Jr.
1999 Darrell L. Clarke Blondell Reynolds Brown W. Wilson Goode Jr.
2003 Juan F. Ramos Jack Kelly
2006[q] Carol Campbell Daniel J. Savage William K. Greenlee
2007 Curtis J. Jones Jr. Maria Quiñones-Sanchez Bill Green
2011 Mark Squilla Kenyatta Johnson Bobby Henon Cindy Bass Dennis M. O'Brien David Oh
2014[r] Ed Neilson
2015 Cherelle Parker Allan Domb Derek S. Green Helen Gym Al Tauben-berger
Session Election 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th At large (7 seats)
Council District

See also[edit]


  1. ^ At-large special election called when John W. Lord Jr. resigned to become a federal judge.
  2. ^ Rubel was an independent Republican elected as a Democrat.
  3. ^ Special election to replace John F. Byrne Sr., who resigned to join the Pennsylvania Turnpike commission.
  4. ^ Guerin died in October 1956, but the special election to replace him was not held until November 1957.
  5. ^ Special election called for District 1 when Thomas I. Guerin died in office.
  6. ^ Special election called for District 9 when Charles M. Finley died in office.
  7. ^ Special election called for vacancies when Samuel Rose and Michael J. Towey died.
  8. ^ Special election called for vacancies caused when Alfred Leopold Luongo was appointed a federal judge and John M. McDevitt and Victor E. Moore resigned.
  9. ^ Tate took a leave of absence from council while acting as mayor.
  10. ^ Special election called for vacancies caused when Benjamin Curcuruto and Joseph J. Hersch died.
  11. ^ Special election called when Francis D. O'Donnell died.
  12. ^ Special election called when George X. Schwartz resigned during the Abscam scandal.
  13. ^ Special election called when Louis Johanson resigned during the Abscam scandal.
  14. ^ Special election called when James Tayoun resigned to run for Congress.
  15. ^ Special election called when Al Pearlman died.
  16. ^ Special election called when Herbert H. DeBeary died.
  17. ^ Special election called when Michael Nutter resigned to run for mayor, Richard T. Mariano resigned after a scandal, and David Cohen died.
  18. ^ Special election called when Bill Green resigned to join the School Reform Commission.


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