Jim Ferlo (D) 38th District Allegheny (part), Armstrong (part), and Westmoreland (part) Counties; born June 19, 1951, Rome, N.Y., son of the late Thomas Henry and Isabella Ferlo
Former member: Pittsburgh City Council
Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships.
American Public Gardens Association, Allegheny Cemetery & Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society, Allegheny-Kiski Coalition, Strongland/Allegheny Valley Chamber of Commerce, American Public Health Association, Casino Theatre Renovation Foundation, Coalition to Counter Hate Crimes, Firearms Owners Against Crime, Highland Park Community Club, Hyde Park Museum Historical Rm., Lawrenceville United, Lawrenceville Moose #581, Preserve Pittsburgh, Roaring Run Watershed, Sierra Club, Sons of Italy, Victorian Vandergrift Museum & Historical Society; life member: NAACP; cochair: Pittsburgh Green Government Task Force; board member: Port of Pittsburgh Committee, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Committee; vice-president: Pittsburgh Green Innovators; treasurer: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; awards: Coalition of Veterans Advocates, Preserve. Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Safe Kids Coalition, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Pittsburgh Community Service, Pennsylvania Legal Service
Elected to Pennsylvania Senate 2002, serving three consecutive terms; minority chair: Law & Justice Committee; minority chair: Appropriations Committee
At a press conference in 2014, Senator announced he was gay, in conjunction with legislative sponsorship of increasing protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, under anti-hate laws in Pennsylvania; was the first openly gay State Senator.
Phillips, S. (Ed.). (2013). The Pennsylvania manual, 119. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, p. 3-17.