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Candidate resume: Tom Murphy

Sunday, May 06, 2001

Tom Murphy

The Post-Gazette asked both candidates to provide a resume that would fit on one piece of standard typing paper. The following comes from Mayor Murphy's staff. The original included hobbies, which did not fit the allotted space.


Jnauary 1994 to present

Mayor of Pittsburgh:

Responsible for making city government more efficient and responsive to residents. Helped bring neighborhoods and Downtown out of continuing decline with more than $4 billion in new investments -- from refurbishing playgrounds to a new baseball park and convention center. Turned the city's red-ink budgets into surpluses. Brought the crime rate down to a 30-year low. Created hundreds of new jobs and housing opportunities for all income levels.

January 1979 to January 1993

Pennsylvania State Representative, North Side:

Helped found Friends of the Riverfront and spurred early initiatives on cleaning up the rivers and reclaiming riverfront properties for public use. Began efforts to create biking-running trails. Fought for a statewide Human Relations Act. Founded the most comprehensive state-directed assistance for high technology jobs created with the Ben Franklin Regional Partnership. Fought for increased state funding of schools and municipal services.


1973 to 1978

Community Organizer and Activist:

Perry Hilltop Citizens Council and North Side Civic Development Corp.: began efforts to create biking-running trails; founded food co-ops; conducted anti-redlining campaigns. Pursued building of senior citizen highrises.

1970 - 1972

Peace Corps: Paraguay:

Served with wife, Mona, to coordinate health-care programs and community development in the villages of Paraguari and Valle Mi.


1967 - 1970

ALCOA, Pittsburgh:

Assigned to research and development projects. Later, moved to chemical products sales.


1972 - 1973


Hunter College, New York City: Master's Degree in Urban Studies.

1964 - 1967

John Carroll University, Cleveland: Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology.

1962 - 1964

St. Gregory's Catholic Seminary, Cincinnati


Meals on Wheels for 20 years; advisory board member and co-founder of Powerhouse, drug addiction recovery residence for women; supervisor for young people in juvenile court system; the Humane Society; board member of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy; Mayors Institute for Urban Design Speaker's Forum.

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