Joseph E. Sinnott

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Joseph Sinnott
47th Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania
In office
January 2, 2006 – January 2, 2018
Preceded by Rick Filippi
Succeeded by Joseph Schember
Personal details
Born 1966 (age 51–52)
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater

Gannon University
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Occupation Chemist, Attorney

Joseph E. "Joe" Sinnott (born c. 1966) was the 47th mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania. A Democrat, he served as mayor from January 2006 to January 2018 serving 3 terms. He was succeeded as Mayor by Joseph Schember on January 2, 2018.


A lifelong resident of Erie, Sinnott graduated from Academy High School in 1984, and Gannon University in 1988 with a B.S. in chemistry. He worked as a chemist at the Erie Waste Water Treatment Plant for eight years. He was accepted to Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996 and graduated in 1999. He joined the firm of Quinn, Buseck, Leemhuis, Toohey & Kroto in Erie, concentrating in the areas of environmental and commercial litigation, and later practiced domestic and family law with the Erie firm of Carney & Good for several years. He also worked at Resource Settlement for a few years up until being elected to city council.

In 2003, Sinnott was elected to the city council for a four-year term. In 2005, he successfully ran for mayor of Erie, taking office on January 2, 2006. Sinnott was reelected in 2009, and again reelected in 2013 for his third and final term.

His parents, Edward and Gloria Sinnott, were both public school teachers.

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