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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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    Fox News - May 20, 2016
  • Ex Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell: More Ugly Than Attractive Women In U.S.
    Yahoo News - May 18, 2016


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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. … Read More


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
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 41 Years Old The 1985 police confrontation and bombing of MOVE, a black commune, occurred during Rendell's tenure as District Attorney as well as the trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
1987 43 Years Old In 1987, Rendell ran for the Democratic nomination against the incumbent mayor, Wilson Goode and lost.
1991 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Rendell ran successfully four years later, in 1991. … Read More
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 Rendell was nicknamed "America's Mayor" by Al Gore and chaired the DNC during the 2000 presidential election.
…  Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 2002, and his term of office began January 21, 2003. … 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. Rendell's popularity, particularly in the suburban ring of counties around Philadelphia, was a key to Kerry's victory in Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested swing states in the 2004 presidential election. On August 30, 2007, The Wall Street Journal reported that while Hillary Clinton and other high-profile Democratic politicians were returning contributions from tainted political fundraiser Norman Hsu, Rendell said he intended to keep the $40,000 he had received from Hsu's fund-raising network. … 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 Rendell won re-election on November 7, 2006, defeating Lynn Swann, a former professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers. … Read More
He was sworn into his second term as governor of Pennsylvania on January 16, 2007. … Read More
2008 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 2008, Rendell received criticism for stating that Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano was "perfect" for the role of Secretary of Homeland Security because, " for that job, you have to have no life. … Read More
2009 65 Years Old Rendell drew some criticism following a late January 2009 preview of his budget proposal that would eliminate 100 budget line items, including programs such as the Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence and Drug Abuse Resistance Education ("D.A.R.E."). … Read More
2010 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Rendell was term-limited for the election of 2010.
He was married to Marjorie Rendell, a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit until they amicably separated in 2011. … Read More
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