Ed Rendell

Born Jan 5, 1944

Edward Gene "Ed" Rendell is an American politician who served as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2011. Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 2002, and his term of office began January 21, 2003. He was recently a member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee and served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election.… Read More

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1944 Birth Ed Rendell was born on January 5, 1944 in New York City, the son of Emma (née Sloat) and Jesse T. Rendell. … Read More


1962 18 Years Old He attended Riverdale Country School before the University of Pennsylvania, where he joined the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity in 1962 and earned a B.A. degree, 1965, and Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1968.


1968 24 Years Old He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974.
1971 27 Years Old His wife, Marjorie Rendell, is a Federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who was appointed by President Bill Clinton. They married on July 10, 1971 and have one son, Jesse.


1977 33 Years Old Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia in 1977, defeating the incumbent Democratic DA, Emmett Fitzpatrick, in the primary election. … Read More
1978 34 Years Old …  Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1986. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old In 1980, Rendell received 28 delegate votes for Vice President at the Democratic National Convention, although he was not a candidate. … Read More


1985 - 1987 2 More Events
Elected Mayor of Philadelphia in 1991, Rendell inherited a $250 million deficit and the lowest credit rating of any major city in the country; as mayor, he balanced Philadelphia's budget and generated a budget surplus while cutting business and wage taxes and dramatically improving services to Philadelphia neighborhoods. … Read More
1992 48 Years Old …  Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party, served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000.
1993 49 Years Old Rendell also made a cameo appearance as the mayor of Philadelphia on TV in the 1993 film Philadelphia. … Read More


1995 51 Years Old Rendell's cost-cutting policies brought him strong opposition from labor unions; however, he was re-elected in 1995, defeating Republican Joe Rocks with 80% of the vote. … Read More
2000 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Nicknamed "America's Mayor" by Al Gore, Rendell served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election.
In 2002, Rendell was elected Governor of Pennsylvania. … Read More


2004 60 Years Old Rendell was a potential candidate to serve as Senator John Kerry's running mate in the 2004 presidential campaign. … Read More
2005 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2005, Rendell made statements that seemed to support President George W. Bush's Social Security privatization proposal. … Read More
2006 62 Years Old 1 More Event
He was reelected in a landslide in 2006.
He was sworn into his second term as governor of Pennsylvania on January 16, 2007. … Read More
On January 24, 2008, Rendell announced his endorsement of Senator Clinton in the latter's race for the White House. … Read More
2010 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Rendell was term-limited for the election of 2010.
He left office in 2011 due to term-limits, and released a book, A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great the following year. … Read More
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