Ed Rendell
American mayor
Ed Rendell
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.
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Michelle Obama gave her last speech as first lady — with a few tears, and a plea for 'hope' - Washington Post
Google News - about 1 month
Washington Post Michelle Obama gave her last speech as first lady — with a few tears, and a plea for 'hope' Washington Post Michelle Obama began to cry as she delivered her final public remarks from the White House on Friday morning at an event celebrating school counselors. Her message, which was directed toward young people, was one of hope and inclusion. “It is our ... After first lady's moving farewell speech, Ed Rendell calls for 'Michelle in 2020!'AOL News Michelle Obama Celebrates 'Our Glorious Diversity' in Farewell SpeechNewsweek Michelle Obama Makes Final Emotional Speech as First LadyABC News New York Times -NPR -WCBD News 2 -KHOU.com all 330 news articles »
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Ex-DNC chair: Clinton can come off as smug
CNN - 4 months
Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania and former Democratic National Committee chairman, said in a radio interview on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton "absolutely" has a tendency to come off as smug, which she should fight in Wednesday's debate.
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Pharma Cos. And Celebrities Flood DNC Festivities
Huffington Post - 7 months
by Ashley Balcerzak and Emma Baccellieri Fergie performed after the DNC at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia for a VIP crowd. (Ashley Balcerzak/OpenSecrets) The klieg lights were on full-strength Wednesday at a star-studded lunch highlighting obesity treatment and, later, a Fergie concert, both put on by the Creative Coalition -- with help from pharma giants like Novo Nordisk -- on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. "I think you couple the artistry with celebrity to create a commodity and currency that has tremendous value to raising awareness and advancing the agenda of whatever cause we are backing at that time," said actor William Baldwin, the former president of the Creative Coalition, an entertainment industry advocacy group that focuses on social issues as well as those affecting its members. And the celebrities certainly turned out in force for both events, including actress Ashley Judd, Reid Scott of Veep, Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New ...
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As Democratic Convention Nears, The Battle To Unite Under One Candidate
NPR - 9 months
Ed Rendell, chairman of this year's Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his expectations for the convention, and how to unify the party under one candidate.
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Ed Rendell under fire for 'ugly women' comment
Fox News - 9 months
Clinton surrogate speaks on Trump
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Ex-Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell: More ugly than attractive women in U.S.
Yahoo News - 9 months
Rendell, 72, made the remark in an interview with the Washington Post published Wednesday while discussing the presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s chances with voters in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where Rendell served as mayor from 1992 to 2000. For every one he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women,” he said to the paper. Then Rendell, a Hillary Clinton supporter, stepped into a controversy of his own while arguing that Trump’s comments about women’s looks — over the course of his career as a businessman and reality TV star — could disrupt his 2016 bid for the White House.
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Ed Rendell backs Clinton, not his friend Bloomberg
CNN - about 1 year
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Hillary Clinton has his endorsement in the 2016 contest, even if his close friend Mike Bloomberg launches an independent bid.
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Conservative Group Trolls Hillary Clinton With Snapchat Filter During Hearing
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Conservative Group Trolls Hillary Clinton With Snapchat Filter During Hearing
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Teenager Taz chalks up another win
Dispatch - almost 2 years
Mansfield Woodhouse racer Taz Taylor chalked up another stunning victory riding for the RS Racing KTM team at round three of the HEL Performance Motostar British Championship at Oulton Park. Taylor (17) won the race comfortably by 4.5 seconds from his nearest rival, leading from start to finish to extend his lead in the Championship to 23 points. The youngster was looking strong all weekend in the Motostar class and slowly built his way up during the mixed weather conditions on the Saturday during practice. In qualifying on the Sunday and in the first session he was 1.3 seconds faster than the second placed man and in the second session set pole position by 0.6 from Ed Rendell. In the race Taylor made a great start and was dominant throughout the 14-laps, setting a new lap record in the process of 1.45.345. He looked so strong and fired up that by lap nine he had pulled a 7.3 second lead over his nearest rival. A delighted Taylor said: “I’m over the moon with how the weekend ha ...
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Why the Starving Out of Public Education Threatens Our Economic Future and What We Can Do About It
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The deliberate financial starvation of urban school districts across the country is a threat to the civil rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens and a potentially devastating blow to the economic future of the United States. Over the past two years, we've seen Chicago Public Schools close 54 schools and school districts in cities like Philadelphia and Detroit engage in massive school closures due to deep funding shortages. The funding crisis in the city of Philadelphia at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year was particularly concerning. Steep budget cuts resulting from the reversal of Pennsylvania's former Governor Ed Rendell's education funding formula by current Governor Tom Corbett, caused a $304 million dollar budget shortfall for the School District of Philadelphia. As a result, 23 schools were closed and nearly 4,000 district employees including guidance counselors, teachers, assistant principals and other school-based staff were laid off. The city was forced ...
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'I Shook Hands With Mandela and de Klerk Today'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It is July 4, 1993 and I want to set down what happened today so I don't forget it. I went to the luncheon given for the President of the ANC and the President of South Africa by the City of Philadelphia at the Convention Center. There were perhaps 1500 people in the great hall, some I knew but there were many black families, people stylishly dressed and exuberant but not known to me from my moving around in Philadelphia. And as always, I noted that whites sat with whites and blacks sat with blacks. Some blacks and whites shook hands and greeted each other as if they knew each other professionally and through work but not socially. This is integration in America in the 1990s. An announcement that the two South Africans were arriving brought us all to our feet, and they came through a path between tables to the accompaniment of a march, I don't remember its name, but ironically it's one that both must have known the Afrikaans words to because it is one of the songs of the University ...
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Former top U.S. transportation officials head to private sector
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Ray LaHood, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, will join a Washington, D.C-based advocacy group, where he will push for Congress to fund improvements in the nation's roads, bridges, airports, rails and ports. Separately, David Strickland, who lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration until last month, will join a Washington law firm. Building America's Future named LaHood as co-chairman, alongside billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who just ended three terms as mayor of New York City, and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. LaHood, 68, was President Barack Obama's transportation chief from 2009 until July 2013, and is a former Republican congressman from Illinois.
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Obama Fundraiser In Philadelphia Sets Million-Dollar Goal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
President Obama's fundraiser in Philadelphia Thursday night, hosted by a pair of business executives, is aiming to raise a million dollars for the the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to an email provided to The Huffington Post. The event, which will take place at the home of Comcast executive vice president and major Democratic fundraiser David L. Cohen, is co-hosted by credit card and energy mogul Richard Vague. The fundraiser will feature Obama and Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.). Bennet is head of the DSCC; Pennsylvania does not have a Senate contest in 2014, but does have many wealthy donors. Cohen served as chief of staff to former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) when he was mayor of Philadelphia. Cohen and his wife were cited as having raised more than $500,000 for Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. But Cohen is no straight-ticket voter. In February, he announced his support for tea party Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's 2014 reelect ...
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Former Governors Announce Support for Retention of Chief Justice Ron Castille
Yahoo News - over 3 years
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two former governors said today they support the retention of state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille.Former Governors Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge said Pennsylvanians should vote "yes" on the retention question about Justice Castille on the Nov. 5 ballot. They said his exemplary record on the bench and history of service not only to the state, but to his country, makes him a great jurist and leader.Justice Castille has been a member of the court since 1994 and Chief Justice since 2008. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ed Rendell
  • 2011
    Age 67
    Rendell and his wife announced their separation shortly after he left office in 2011. They filed for divorce in September 2016.
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    Also in 2011, Rendell reportedly acted as a go-between for Range Resources Corp, an oil and gas exploration and production company, and then United States EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, regarding a Texas water contamination case; and has been a vocal proponent of shale gas extraction as part of a United States energy strategy.
    More Details Hide Details Rendell is also a faculty member of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and chair of Team Pennsylvania Foundation.
    In April 2011, Rendell joined Element Partners, a Philadelphia-based cleantech investment firm, as an Operating Partner.
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    In January 2011, he accepted a position as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and the following month took up a position as Senior Advisor at boutique investment bank Greenhill & Co.
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    He was succeeded by Republican Tom Corbett on January 18, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Following the end of his career as governor of Pennsylvania, Rendell returned to his former law firm, the Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A Philadelphia Eagles fan, Rendell is also a football analyst on Comcast SportsNet's Eagles Postgame Live, hosted by Michael Barkann. Rendell currently co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center's Immigration Task Force.
  • 2010
    Age 66
    He would lose similar friendly wagers with the Governor of New York, David Paterson, in supporting the Philadelphia Phillies on their quest to defend their championship against the New York Yankees in and again with Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, in supporting the Philadelphia Flyers in the quest to win the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, he won a bet with the Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire in supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers in their quest to win Super Bowl XL over the Seattle Seahawks 21 - 10. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Rendell frequently supports the Penn basketball team and can be seen at games at the Palestra. He has also assisted in finding new corporate sponsorship for Philadelphia International Championship, a 21-year-old Philadelphia bicycle race. Also a Philadelphia Phillies fan, he spoke at a memorial service for Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on April 18, 2009. On December 26, 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles home game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings was postponed before any snow had fallen due to an impending blizzard in Philadelphia. Rendell said of the postponement, "My biggest beef is that this is part of what's happened in this country. We've become a nation of wusses. The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down." As a result, the grounds crew piled snow on his reserved seat the following game, and topped it with a sign that said "This seat reserved for non-wusses".
    Rendell was term-limited for the election of 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19, 20 hours a day to it." 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."). These program cuts are part of Rendell's proposal to cut state expenditures to a level 1 percent below the 2002-2003 budget in response to an expected 2.3 billion dollar budget shortfall. As a result of the budget crisis, Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo resigned. Rendell called for reinstating the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in the wake of a shootout in Pittsburgh.
    After Clinton dropped out of the race, Rendell endorsed Senator Barack Obama in June 2008 and made several campaign appearances on his behalf.
    More Details Hide Details As state governor, Rendell was one of the 768 superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention.
    As one of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters, Rendell argued that many media outlets' coverage of her campaign were biased. On March 31, 2008 he congratulated Fox News on what he considered to be the best campaign coverage.
    More Details Hide Details Addressing Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, he said, "I think during this entire primary coverage, starting in Iowa and up to the present, Fox has done the fairest job, has remained the most objective of all the cable networks." Rendell continued, "You actually have done a very balanced job of reporting the news, and some of the other stations are just caught up with Senator Obama, who is a great guy, but Senator Obama can do no wrong, and Senator Clinton can do no right."
    On January 24, 2008, Rendell announced his endorsement of Senator Clinton in the latter's race for the White House.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that, "Hillary really cares about moving this country forward. She also has the best health-care plan for America."
  • 2007
    Age 63
    In July 2007, Rendell ordered a partial government shutdown following a dispute with the state legislature over legislative initiatives related to the state budget.
    More Details Hide Details Approximately 25,000 state workers were furloughed. The shutdown was resolved within 24 hours. Governor Rendell, a capital punishment supporter, has signed 78 execution warrants during his term, but none of them were enforced due to stays.
    In 2007, as a residual effect of the potent political power the pay raise issue had in central and western Pennsylvania, Rendell stepped up criticism of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and its executive salaries and expenses, following published newspaper reports, in an effort to leverage PHEAA's profits from federal student loan revenues to help finance the Commonwealth's need-based state grant program for undergraduate post-secondary education (both for grants and for the administration of the program).
    More Details Hide Details PHEAA, however, was not directly under the control of the Governor. The agency was created as an independent state agency in the 1960s by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to provide state funded scholarships. It eventually took on student loan servicing arrangements which generated non-public revenues which then were used, in part, to dramatically increase executive salaries. The PHEAA board is composed primarily of members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate.
    He was sworn as governor of Pennsylvania on January 16, 2007.
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    He was sworn into his second term as governor of Pennsylvania on January 16, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details During his re-election campaign, Rendell was also instrumental in the successful Senate candidacy of Bob Casey, Jr. who had run against him for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2002.
  • 2006
    Age 62
    Rendell won re-election on November 7, 2006, defeating Lynn Swann, a former professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    More Details Hide Details Rendell took 60% of the vote, or 2,470,517 votes, to Swann's 40%, or 1,622,135 votes.
    He was reelected in a landslide in 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 61
    In 2005, Rendell received much criticism from the public and press for signing a controversial pay raise for legislators.
    More Details Hide Details Later, he signed the measure's repeal.
    In early 2005, Rendell made statements that seemed to support President George W. Bush's Social Security privatization proposal.
    More Details Hide Details Rendell addressed this issue in later speeches, saying that he opposes social security privatization, and that his previous comments were meant to show admiration for President Bush for taking on a politically risky subject. Nevertheless, Rendell's initial statements cost him support among Democrats who are against Social Security privatization.
  • 2004
    Age 60
    Rendell was a potential candidate to serve as Senator John Kerry's running mate in the 2004 presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2002
    Age 58
    Following Act 72, Rendell and the Pennsylvania legislature looked at other proposals to reduce property taxes, a key component of his 2002 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The governor said he was willing to consider legislation that changes Act 72, and legislative proposals were made to force school districts to accept the money. Other proposed legislation would have required the issue to be voted on in each district as a ballot question, rather than decided by school boards. Property tax relief and Act 72 were issues of great controversy and have been subject to political gridlock, and it was unclear when changes would be made.
    In a 2002 PoliticsPA feature story designating politicians with yearbook superlatives, he was named the "Most Likely to Succeed."
    More Details Hide Details Rendell's campaign website was described as having "cutting edge in design for a political site." The first piece of legislation Rendell initiated was The Plan for a New Pennsylvania. The Plan proposed using slot machine revenue to reduce taxes by $1.5 billion (an average 30% decrease for homeowners) and included $687 million in increased education funding. The plan was to be paid for with a proposed income tax increase from 2.80% to 3.75% plus increased taxes on utilities and beer. The governor's plan passed but with a smaller tax increase to only 3.07% and increased education funding of $450 million. The final budget deal included additional taxes on cigarettes and utilities. Later that year, the Rendell administration also passed a prescription drug plan that covered older Pennsylvanians. In his first year, Rendell created the Office of Management and Productivity with the goal of cutting $1 billion in administrative expenses by the end of his first term. One of the most widely touted successes from Rendell's productivity initiative was strategic sourcing in which he overhauled the Commonwealth's antiquated procurement system, leading to $180 million in annual savings and a quadrupling of Pennsylvania's minority and women owned business participation rate.
    In the November 2002 gubernatorial election, he defeated Republican State Attorney General Mike Fisher 53% to 44%.
    More Details Hide Details Rendell won not only Philadelphia County, which is heavily Democratic, but also traditionally Republican suburbs of Philadelphia, largely due to his popularity as mayor of Philadelphia. These traditionally Republican voters who backed Rendell were called Rendellicans in other parts of the state and were a key part of the success of his campaign.
    In 2002, Rendell was elected Governor of Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee and served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association.
  • 2000
    Age 56
    Rendell was nicknamed "America's Mayor" by Al Gore and chaired the DNC during the 2000 presidential election.
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    Nicknamed "America's Mayor" by Al Gore, Rendell served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election.
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  • 1995
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rendell's first term as mayor was chronicled in a best-selling book A Prayer for the City by journalist Buzz Bissinger. The author was given practically unlimited access to the Mayor during that term. The New York Times called Rendell's job as mayor "the most stunning turnaround in recent urban history." On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews has repeatedly compared former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani's successful mayoral term in NYC to Rendell's successful run as Philadelphia's mayor. Both Giuliani and Rendell have previously been dubbed "America's Mayor."
  • 1993
    Age 49
    Rendell also made a cameo appearance as the mayor of Philadelphia on TV in the 1993 film Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details When he announced his intent to run for the Democratic Nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania, he did so without the backing of the state party. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party threw their support behind Bob Casey Jr., son of recently deceased former Governor Bob Casey Sr., whom the party saw as a more electable candidate against the liberal Rendell. In a bitter primary, Rendell won the nomination by winning only 10 out of 67 counties: Philadelphia; its suburbs: Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware; its exurbs: Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, and Northampton; and Centre County, the home of Penn State University.
  • 1992
    Age 48
    Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party, served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000.
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  • 1991
    Age 47
    Rizzo, however, died in the summer of 1991; in November 1991, Rendell won by more than a 2-1 margin against Joseph M. Egan, Jr., Rizzo's replacement on the Republican ticket.
    More Details Hide Details As mayor, Rendell inherited massive fiscal problems. The state legislature established a fiscal oversight board to monitor the City of Philadelphia's fiscal issues. During his career as mayor, Rendell cut a $250 million deficit; balanced Philadelphia's budget and oversaw five consecutive years of budget surpluses; reduced business and wage taxes for four consecutive years; implemented new revenue-generating initiatives, and dramatically improved services to Philadelphia neighborhoods. He also appointed Philadelphia's first ever Latino deputy mayors, with the naming of Benjamin Ramos and Manuel Ortiz.
    Rendell ran successfully four years later, in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details His opponent was to be Democrat-turned-Republican former Philadelphia Mayor, Frank Rizzo.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times stated that Philadelphia under Rendell "has made one of the most stunning turnarounds in recent urban history."
  • 1987
    Age 43
    In 1987, Rendell ran for the Democratic nomination against the incumbent mayor, Wilson Goode and lost.
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  • 1985
    Age 41
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 36
    In 1980, Rendell received 28 delegate votes for Vice President at the Democratic National Convention, although he was not a candidate.
    More Details Hide Details He served two terms as DA before leaving in 1986 to run for Governor of Pennsylvania. He was defeated in the Democratic gubernatorial primary by Bob Casey, Sr.
  • 1978
    Age 34
    Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He developed a reputation for being tough on crime, fueling a run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1986, in which Rendell lost in the primary.
  • 1977
    Age 33
    Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia in 1977, defeating the incumbent Democratic DA, Emmett Fitzpatrick, in the primary election.
    More Details Hide Details Rendell ran a campaign that emphasized that he was new to the political scene and not tainted by corruption.
  • 1971
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 24
    He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974.
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  • 1962
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 0
    Ed Rendell was born on January 5, 1944 in New York City, the son of Emma (née Sloat) and Jesse T. Rendell.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were Jewish, and all four of his grandparents were immigrants from Russia.
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