Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013. Before taking the reigns as city leader, Mayor Peduto spent 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council, as a staffer and Member of Council representing District 8.
A self described “Reform Democrat”, Mayor Peduto wrote the most comprehensive package of government reform legislation in Pittsburgh’s history. He strengthened the Ethics Code, created the city’s first Campaign Finance Limits, established Lobbyist Disclosure and Lobbyist Registration and ended No-Bid Contracts. But, Bill’s work on behalf of city residents goes much further than that.
During Pittsburgh’s ongoing financial crisis, Mayor Peduto has been the consistent voice of fiscal discipline. He was the first and only politician to call for the city to apply for Act 47 state protection. He helped to write a new budget, lobbied to get others on board and after a year of hard work he was able to lead the city into a new five-year plan.
In addition, Mayor Peduto has been directly involved in over $2 billion in transformative redevelopment of the city’s East End. Through his many years of work representing and working in City Council, Mayor Peduto has had extensive experience in helping transform Pittsburgh’s economy into a Med/Ed New Economy and in building a New Pittsburgh.
From co-creator and co-chair of the City’s Comprehensive Climate Action Plan to writing the legislation to protect Pittsburgh’s unique green hillsides. Mayor Peduto has championed the protection and enhancement of Pittsburgh’s new reputation as a leader in green initiatives.
He resides in the Point Breeze neighborhood of the city.