William Mark Peduto is an American politician who serves as the 60th Mayor of Pittsburgh. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from 2002 until 2014. Prior to being elected to City Council, Peduto attended Pennsylvania State University, from which he took a leave of absence before completing his degree, he ran a consulting business and served as Chief of Staff to his predecessor in City Council, Dan Cohen. Peduto was elected to City Council in 2001 and served from 2002 until 2014. During that time, he ran for Mayor of Pittsburgh three times. In 2005, he ran in the Democratic primary but was defeated by Bob O'Connor, who went on to become mayor in 2006. Peduto again ran in a 2007 special election following O'Connor's death, he ran for mayor for a third time in 2013, this time winning the Democratic nomination and emerging victorious. In the 2013 election, Peduto defeated opponents Joshua Wander and Lester Ludwig, winning 84% of the vote. After being elected Mayor to succeed the outgoing Luke Ravenstahl, Peduto was inaugurated in January 2014.
In the 2017 election, he was re-elected to a second term as Mayor. Peduto was born on October 30, 1964, graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1983. After one year at Carnegie Mellon University, Peduto transferred to Pennsylvania State University, pursuing a degree in political science while becoming president of the University's chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he dropped out, before completing the degree requirements. In 2007, Peduto returned to finish his degree requirements and became the only member of the nine-member Pittsburgh City Council at the time to have a bachelor's degree, he received a master's degree in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh. Peduto operated a political consulting business and served as general consultant, campaign manager, finance director and other roles for several Democratic candidates and elected officials. At 28, he served as a political director for then-acting Governor Mark Singel, he worked in Washington, D. C. as an intern to then-U.
S. Representative George Gekas. Prior to holding a seat on the city council, Peduto served as chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen. In 1996 Peduto was Cohen's campaign manager in a challenge to former U. S. Representative Bill Coyne in the Democratic primary. Peduto is reported to have urged Cohen to accuse Coyne of complacency when it came to obtaining federal funding and other resources for the Pittsburgh area. Cohen lost by a wide margin, which some pundits attributed to voter dislike of his negative advertising. In the 2001 election, Bill Peduto ran for the Pittsburgh City Council District 8 seat being vacated by Dan Cohen, which represents the East End neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Oakland, Point Breeze and Squirrel Hill. After being elected to a four-year term, he assumed office in January 2002, he was subsequently re-elected to two additional terms in 2005 and 2009. On the City Council, he chaired the Committee on General Services and the Arts; the Committee is in charge of all purchases as well as city owned buildings and land.
Peduto oversaw the City Information Systems department, the Cable Bureau and the Art Commission on Council. Peduto describes himself as a proponent of progressivism and as a "Reform Democrat." He was named one of "100 New Democrats to Watch" by the Democratic Leadership Council in 2003 and one of National Journal's "PA Up and Comers" in 2004 and 2006. Peduto launched his first campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh in the 2005 mayoral election, he was defeated in the primary, however, by eventual general election winner Bob O'Connor. In 2006, following O'Connor's death, City Council President Luke Ravenstahl became Mayor. In his second bid for Mayor, Peduto mounted a primary challenge to Ravenstahl in the 2007 special election. Peduto ended his campaign before the primary, acknowledging Ravenstahl's relative popularity at the time. Peduto faced criticism for this decision from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial board, which accused him of "political cowardice."Peduto became a political opponent of Ravenstahl's, opposing Ravenstahl's proposal to end Act 47 oversight of Pittsburgh's finances among other issues.
After being re-elected to City Council in 2009, Peduto decided that he would again challenge the incumbent mayor in the 2013 Democratic primary. In December 2012, Peduto launched his third mayoral campaign, announcing that he would challenge Luke Ravenstahl in the 2013 mayoral primary, was endorsed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, he announced that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term on City Council. Ravenstahl announced in March 2013. Several other candidates launched campaigns but after Ravenstahl's exit, the race evolved into a two-way race between Peduto and former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner. In the May 21 primary, Peduto defeated his opponents. Wagner, his closest challenger, received 40%. In November 2013, Peduto defeated Republican candidate Joshua Wander, residing in Israel at the time of the election, independent candidate Lester Ludwig to be elected as the city's 60th mayor, receiving 84% of the vote, he was inaugurated on January 6, 2014. Peduto is an advocate for ride-sharing in Pittsburgh.
After the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission issued cease-and-desist orders in July 2014, Peduto called on the state legislature to allow ride-sharing operators to operate in Pittsburgh. Subsequently, ride-sharing service Lyft acquired temporary approval for operati
Democratic Party (United States)
The Democratic Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Republican Party. Tracing its heritage back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison's Democratic-Republican Party, the modern-day Democratic Party was founded around 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, making it the world's oldest active political party; the Democrats' dominant worldview was once social conservatism and economic liberalism, while populism was its leading characteristic in the rural South. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt ran as a third-party candidate in the Progressive Party, beginning a switch of political platforms between the Democratic and Republican Party over the coming decades, leading to Woodrow Wilson being elected as the first fiscally progressive Democrat. Since Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal coalition in the 1930s, the Democratic Party has promoted a social liberal platform, supporting social justice. Well into the 20th century, the party had conservative pro-business and Southern conservative-populist anti-business wings.
The New Deal Coalition of 1932–1964 attracted strong support from voters of recent European extraction—many of whom were Catholics based in the cities. After Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal of the 1930s, the pro-business wing withered outside the South. After the racial turmoil of the 1960s, most Southern whites and many Northern Catholics moved into the Republican Party at the presidential level; the once-powerful labor union element became less supportive after the 1970s. White Evangelicals and Southerners became Republican at the state and local level since the 1990s. People living in metropolitan areas, women and gender minorities, college graduates, racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, such as Jewish Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans and African Americans, tend to support the Democratic Party much more than they support the rival Republican Party; the Democratic Party's philosophy of modern liberalism advocates social and economic equality, along with the welfare state.
It seeks to provide government regulation in the economy. These interventions, such as the introduction of social programs, support for labor unions, affordable college tuitions, moves toward universal health care and equal opportunity, consumer protection and environmental protection form the core of the party's economic policy. Fifteen Democrats have served as President of the United States; the first was President Andrew Jackson, the seventh president and served from 1829 to 1837. The most recent was President Barack Obama, the 44th president and held office from 2009 to 2017. Following the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats held a majority in the House of Representatives, "trifectas" in 14 states, the mayoralty of numerous major American cities, such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Portland and Washington, D. C. Twenty-three state governors were Democrats, the Party was the minority party in the Senate and in most state legislatures; as of March 2019, four of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court had been appointed by Democratic presidents.
Democratic Party officials trace its origins to the inspiration of the Democratic-Republican Party, founded by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other influential opponents of the Federalists in 1792. That party inspired the Whigs and modern Republicans. Organizationally, the modern Democratic Party arose in the 1830s with the election of Andrew Jackson. Since the nomination of William Jennings Bryan in 1896, the party has positioned itself to the left of the Republican Party on economic issues, they have been more liberal on civil rights issues since 1948. On foreign policy, both parties have changed position several times; the Democratic Party evolved from the Jeffersonian Republican or Democratic-Republican Party organized by Jefferson and Madison in opposition to the Federalist Party of Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. The party favored republicanism; the Democratic-Republican Party came to power in the election of 1800. After the War of 1812, the Federalists disappeared and the only national political party left was the Democratic-Republicans.
The era of one-party rule in the United States, known as the Era of Good Feelings, lasted from 1816 until the early 1830s, when the Whig Party became a national political group to rival the Democratic-Republicans. However, the Democratic-Republican Party still had its own internal factions, they split over the choice of a successor to President James Monroe and the party faction that supported many of the old Jeffersonian principles, led by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, became the modern Democratic Party. As Norton explains the transformation in 1828: Jacksonians believed the people's will had prevailed. Through a lavishly financed coalition of state parties, political leaders, newspaper editors, a popular movement had elected the president; the Democrats became the nation's first well-organized national party and tight party organization became the hallmark of nineteenth-century American politics. Opposing factions led by Henry Clay helped form the Whig Party; the Democratic Party had a small yet decisive advantage over the Whigs until the 1850s, when the Whigs fell apart over the issue of slavery.
In 1854, angry with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, anti-slavery Dem
Western Pennsylvania English
Western Pennsylvania English, known more narrowly as Pittsburgh English or popularly as Pittsburghese, is a dialect of American English native to the western half of Pennsylvania, centered on the city of Pittsburgh, but appearing as far north as Erie County, as far east as Sunbury, Pennsylvania, as far west as metropolitan Youngstown, as far south as micropolitan Clarksburg. Associated with the white working class of Pittsburgh, users of the dialect are colloquially known as "Yinzers". Scots-Irish, Pennsylvania German, Polish and Croatian immigrants to the area all provided certain loanwords to the dialect. Although many of the sounds and words found in this dialect are popularly thought to be unique to the city of Pittsburgh only, this is a misconception, since the dialect resides throughout the greater part of western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Central Pennsylvania an intersection of several dialect regions, was identified in 1949 by Hans Kurath as a sub-region between western and eastern Pennsylvania, though some scholars have more identified it within the western Pennsylvania dialect region.
Since the time of Kurath's study, one of western Pennsylvania's defining features, the cot–caught merger, has expanded into central Pennsylvania, moving eastward until being blocked at Harrisburg. The only feature whose distribution is restricted exclusively to the immediate vicinity of Pittsburgh is monophthongization, in which words such as house, found, or sauerkraut are sometimes pronounced with an "ah" sound instead of the more standard pronunciation of "ow", rendering eye spellings such as hahs, dahn and sahrkraht. Speakers of Pittsburgh English are sometimes called "Yinzers", in reference to their use of the 2nd-person plural pronoun "yinz." The word "yinzer" is sometimes heard as pejorative, indicating a lack of sophistication, although the term is now used in a variety of ways. Older men are more to use the accent than women, "...possibly because of a stronger interest in displaying local identity...." A defining feature of Western Pennsylvania English is the cot–caught merger, in which and merges to a rounded vowel:.
Therefore and caught are both pronounced. While the merger of these low back vowels is widespread elsewhere in the United States, the rounded realizations of the merged vowel around is less common, except in Canada and Northeastern New England; the sound as in oh begins more fronted in the mouth, as in the Southern U. S. or Southern England. Therefore, go is pronounced. /uː/ as in food and rude is fronted, diphthongized, as in much of the American South and West. The diphthong, as in ow, is monophthongized to in some environments, including before nasal consonants, liquid consonants and obstruents; this monophthongization does not occur, however, in word-final positions, where the diphthong remains. This is one of the few features, if not the only one, restricted exclusively to western Pennsylvania in North America, although it can sometimes be found in other accents of the English-speaking world, such as Cockney and South African English; this sound may be the result of contact from Slavic languages during the early twentieth century.
Monopthongization occurs for the sound, as in eye, before liquid consonants, so that tile is pronounced. Due to this phenomenon, tire may merge with the sound of tar:. An epenthetic sound may occur after vowels in a small number of words, such as in water pronounced like warter, wash like warsh. A number of vowel mergers occur uniquely in Western Pennsylvania English before the consonant; the pair of vowels and may each merge before the consonant, cause both steel and still to be pronounced as something like. And may merge before /l/, so that pool and pole may merge to something like. On the /iːl/~/ɪl/ merger, Labov and Boberg note "the stereotype of merger of /il ~ iyl/ is based only on a close approximation of some forms, does not represent the underlying norms of the dialect"; the /iː/~/ɪ/ merger is found in western Pennsylvania, as well as parts of the southern United States, including Alabama and the west. On the other hand, the /u/~/ʊ/ merger is found only in western Pennsylvania; the /iː/~/ɪ/ merger towards may appear before.
The vowel /ʌ/ before, may lower into the vowel of the cot–caught merger mentioned above, so that mull can sound identical to mall/maul:. L-vocalization is common in the Western Pennsylvania dialect, in which an sounds like a /w/, or a cross between a vowel and a "dark" /l/, when at the end of a syllable. An example is; this phenomenon is common in African-American English. Western Pennsylvania English speakers may use falling intonation at the end of questions, for example, in "Are you painting your garage?". Such speakers use falling pitch for yes/no questions for which they are quite sure of the answer. So, a speaker uttering the above example is confirming what they think they know, that yes, the person they're talking to is painting his/h
Super Bowl XL
Super Bowl XL was an American football game between the National Football Conference champion Seattle Seahawks and the American Football Conference champion Pittsburgh Steelers to decide the National Football League champion for the 2005 season. The Steelers defeated the Seahawks by the score of 21–10; the game was played on February 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. With the win, the Steelers tied the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys with the then-record five Super Bowls; the Steelers' victory was their first Super Bowl victory since Super Bowl XIV. Pittsburgh, who finished the regular season with an 11–5 record became the fourth wild card team, the third in nine years, the first number 6 seed in the NFL playoffs, to win a Super Bowl; the Seahawks, on the other hand, in their 30th season, were making their first Super Bowl appearance after posting an NFC-best 13–3 regular season record. Pittsburgh capitalized on two big plays; the Steelers jumped to a 14–3 lead early in the third quarter with running back Willie Parker's Super Bowl record 75-yard touchdown run.
Seahawks defensive back Kelly Herndon's Super Bowl record 76-yard interception return set up a Seattle touchdown to cut the lead 14–10. But Pittsburgh responded with Antwaan Randle El's 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, the first time a wide receiver threw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl, to clinch the game in the fourth quarter. Ward, who caught 5 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 18 yards, was named Super Bowl MVP; the officiating in Super Bowl XL however was met with criticism from members of the media soon after the game, leading NFL Films to rank it as one of the top ten controversial calls of all time. Controversial calls throughout the game have put Super Bowl XL as the prime example of bad refereeing amongst officials and fans alike years later, it is the last Super Bowl and NFL game broadcast on ABC. Although the Super Bowl had been presented in high definition since Super Bowl XXXVII, Super Bowl XL was the first Super Bowl where all aspects of the game itself were aired in HD.
Ford Field was selected to host Super Bowl XL on November 1, 2000 at the owners meetings held in Atlanta, two years before the stadium opened in 2002. The NFL promoted this Super Bowl under the slogan "The Road to Forty." The slogan not only honored the 40-year history of the game, but was a nod to Detroit's traditional role as the center of the U. S. automotive industry. In a related note, Roger Penske, owner of a car dealership, racing team, other related companies, headed the Super Bowl XL host committee; this was the first Super Bowl. The Seahawks became the first team to have their full team name painted in their end zone for a Super Bowl, as their geographic location name was painted above the team nickname. In Super Bowl XLIII, the Arizona Cardinals became the second team to have their full team name painted in their end zone, as their geographic location name was painted above the team nickname. For all other Super Bowl teams, end zones have featured only the team nickname; the Seahawks entered Super Bowl XL after finishing the regular season with an NFC-best 13–3 record.
After a rocky 2–2 start, they won 11 consecutive games before losing to the Green Bay Packers to finish the season. The 13–3 record and 11-game winning streak set new team records; this was Seattle's first Super Bowl appearance in the team's 30-year history. The Seahawks had been mediocre for much of the 1990s, recording eight consecutive non-winning seasons from 1991 through 1998; the team hit a low point in 1996, when then-owner Ken Behring announced his intention to move the team to the Los Angeles area. The team's fortunes began to turn in 1997, when Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought the team and brokered a deal to build a new football stadium, Qwest Field, to replace the aging Kingdome. Mike Holmgren, who had led the Green Bay Packers to Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII, became head coach in 1999, he became the fifth coach to take two franchises to the Super Bowl. Joe Jurevicius became the sixth player to play in a Super Bowl with three teams. Behind running back Shaun Alexander, Seattle finished the 2005 season as the league's top offense, scoring 452 points.
Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,455 yards and 24 touchdowns and added 124 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Alexander, who had scored at least 16 touchdowns in each of the previous four seasons, had the best campaign of his career, leading the league with 1,880 rushing yards and scoring an NFL-record 28 touchdowns, for which he was rewarded with the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Although the Seahawks suffered injuries to starting wide receivers Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram throughout the season, the passing game proved potent, as Engram managed 67 receptions for 778 yards. Joe Jurevicius, a backup when the season began, started eleven games and caught 55 passes for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hasselbeck was protected and Alexander was given time to run by a stout offensive line, led by Pro Bowl offensive tackle
Sophie Masloff was an American politician. A long-time member of the Democratic Party and civil servant, she was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council and served as the mayor of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 1994, she was the first Jew to hold that office. Masloff was born Sophie Friedman on December 23, 1917 to Romanian Jewish parents Jennie and Louis Friedman in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her father died. She spoke only Yiddish, she graduated from Fifth Avenue High School in 1935, began a job as clerk in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 1938, where she stayed for 38 years. Masloff was elected to the Pittsburgh City Council in 1976; as one of two females on council in the 1970s she was witness to Councilwoman Michelle Madoff's colorful arguments. After a years long fight by Madoff to have the one restroom, available to City Council at the Pittsburgh City Hall redesigned to be used in a uni-sex fashion Masloff was invited to a "toilet party" by Madoff to celebrate her success.
Masloff did not attend commenting to the press: "What the hell do I care about her toilet? I got more important things to do."In January 1988, Masloff was elected president of the city council. Just four months mayor Richard Caliguiri died in office on May 6, 1988. According to the city charter, the city council president stood first in the line of succession, so Masloff automatically became mayor. Masloff served out the remainder of Caliguiri's term, was unopposed in a bid for a full term in November 1989, she was the first Jew to hold the post. She once referred to the rock band The as "The How," among many other rehearsed malapropisms. Masloff's administration was forced to deal with problems such as urban decay, a shrinking industrial sector, crumbling infrastructure, she was the first public figure to suggest that the city's baseball and football teams each have their own stadiums. Her vision was implemented years after she left office; the success of retro-style ballparks such as Cleveland's Jacobs Field and Baltimore's Camden Yards led to the building of PNC Park and of Heinz Field, a separate football stadium.
Masloff made fiscal responsibility the centerpiece of her term in office. During her administration, she privatized numerous costly city assets including the Pittsburgh Zoo, the National Aviary, Phipps Conservatory, the Schenley Park Golf Course, she and the city council were sued by city controller Tom Flaherty for cutting $506,000 from his 1992 budget. 1989 Race for Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff, 100% Uncontested Masloff declined to run for a second full term in the 1993 election and retired to her home in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood in 1994. After stepping down as mayor, she has served as a Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania in 1996 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania in 2000 and 2004, she appeared in advertisements for Bruegger's and Schneider's Dairy. In 2007 a street near PNC Park was named Sophie Masloff Way in honor of Masloff at her 90th birthday. On September 13, 2011 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was on hand at the Pittsburgh Zoo as a seal was named for Masloff.
Masloff died of natural causes on the morning of August 17, 2014, at the Center for Compassionate Care in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. A new fireboat, acquired for Pittsburgh's fire department in 2017, was named in honor of Masloff. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Google News Archive Search. "Where is the next generation of Pittsburgh characters?". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Google News Archive Search. "The Prescott Courier - Google News Archive Search". Google News Archive Search. "Why They Mattered: Sophie Masloff - POLITICO Magazine". Politico Magazine
Pittsburgh City Council
The Pittsburgh City Council serves as the legislative body in the City of Pittsburgh. It consists of nine members. City council members are chosen by plurality elections in each of nine districts; the city operates under a strong-mayor-council system of local governance. The current members of the city council are: † Denotes Council President Darlene Harris 2010-2014 Doug Shields 2006-2010 Luke Ravenstahl 2005-2006 Gene Ricciardi 2002-2005 Bob O'Connor 1998-2002 Jim Ferlo 1994-1998 Jack Wagner 1990-1994 Ben Woods 1988-1990 Sophie Masloff 1988 Ben Woods 1985-1988 Robert Rade Stone 1985 Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale 1978-1984 Richard Caliguiri 1977-1978 Louis Mason Thomas Gallagher 1936-1959 Robert Garland c. 1934 James F. Malone c. 1928 John F. Counahan James Ross 1817 List of mayors of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Mayoral Chief of Staff Pittsburgh City Council official city website
Luke Robert Ravenstahl is an American politician who served as the 59th Mayor of Pittsburgh from 2006 until 2014. A Democrat, he became the youngest mayor in Pittsburgh's history in September 2006 at the age of 26, he was among the youngest mayors of a major city in American history. A graduate of North Catholic High School, Ravenstahl attended the University of Pittsburgh before graduating from Washington & Jefferson College. Four months after his graduation, aged 23, he ran for a seat on the Pittsburgh City Council, he was elected and took office in January 2004 before being appointed City Council President in December 2005. After the death of Pittsburgh mayor Bob O'Connor, Ravenstahl became the mayor, per the city's charter, on September 1, 2006, he won a special election in 2007, a regular election in 2009. He did not seek reelection in the 2013 election and Democrat Bill Peduto was elected to succeed him as mayor. Ravenstahl's term ended in January 2014. Ravenstahl's father, Robert P. Ravenstahl, Jr. is a district magistrate on the Northside, head coach for the North Catholic High School football team.
His grandfather, Robert P. Ravenstahl, Sr. represented the 20th legislative district as a state representative, was a Democratic ward leader in the North Side, was defeated in the 1976 Democratic primary by a young Tom Murphy, who would go on to become mayor himself. Ravenstahl's mother is a teacher's aide with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Ravenstahl is the eldest of three brothers including Adam Ravenstahl, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Ravenstahl graduated from North Catholic High School in 1998, where he was class president and played baseball and football, he attended Washington & Jefferson College, where he graduated with honors with a degree in business administration in December 2002. He was W&J's starting place kicker on the football team for three years and was team captain for his senior year, he holds the school record for most consecutive extra points. Following graduation from W&J, Ravenstahl worked as an account manager for a courier service. In August 2004, he married Erin Lynn Feith.
They resided in the Summer Hill neighborhood of the Northside. Ravenstahl attends mass weekly at Holy Wisdom Parish on the Northside. Luke and Erin's only child was born on October 2008, shortly before 9:30 in the morning, he is named Cooper Luke Ravenstahl. On May 19, 2007, Ravenstahl delivered the keynote address at Washington & Jefferson College's 208th commencement celebration, he served as honorary co-captain with fellow W&J graduate Roger Goodell during W&J's 2006 homecoming football game. As a sign of support for the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2009 AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, Ravenstahl ceremonially changed his name to "Luke Steelerstahl" on January 14, 2009. Court officials did not file the name change paperwork, his legal name remains Ravenstahl. On November 23, 2009, Ravenstahl announced that he and his wife, had split and that he has moved out of the home that they had shared, he was quoted as saying "She doesn't like the limelight. She didn't like the fact, she doesn't like the public nature of the position."
On November 24, the mayor announced that he and his wife were "formally separating," but had no plans to file for divorce. On March 11, 2011, Erin Ravenstahl filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, their divorce was finalized in late July 2011. In 2012, along with several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, made an appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, kicking off to the Gotham Rogues. In April 2003, Ravenstahl ran for the Democratic nomination for the Pittsburgh City Council's District 1 seat against incumbent Barbara Burns. Ravenstahl defeated Burns with 54.5% of the vote. He credited his win to a combination of grassroots campaigning, a voter registration drive aimed at 18- to 25-year-olds, a general dissatisfaction with Mayor Murphy. Ravenstahl was sworn in as the youngest member of City Council in Pittsburgh's history in January 2004. During his first few weeks on City Council, Ravenstahl's bill to reduce the newly imposed parking tax from 50% to 33% was vetoed by Mayor Tom Murphy, unwilling to balance the budget with $3 million from the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
On December 6, 2005, Ravenstahl became the youngest President of the Pittsburgh City Council, when Gene Ricciardi stepped down from that post in a move seen as paving the way for ally Jim Motznik. However, Motznik was unable to secure the votes needed to win the presidency, Ravenstahl emerged as a compromise candidate, he was re-elected unanimously at the re-organization meeting in January 2006, when the new members of the city council took office. One of his first major hurdles was to deal with the two state budget oversight boards. Per provisions in the city's charter, Ravenstahl ascended from the office of City Council President to Mayor on September 1, 2006, following the death of Mayor Bob O'Connor. Per provisions in the city's charter, Ravenstahl ascended from the office of City Council President to Mayor on September 1, 2006, following the death of Mayor Bob O'Connor. Due to ambiguous language in the city's charter, a controversy developed about how long Ravenstahl could temporarily serve as mayor before an election had to be held.
Ravenstahl stated his desire to fulfill the remainder of O'Connor's term. The charter refers to holding a new election when someone ascends to mayor through a vacancy but makes no mention of serving out the full term, it was unclear when the election could or should be held due to a confusing phrase that says the "vacancy in the mayor's office shall be filled at the