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Pennsylvania State Senate

James Ferlo



Session Position District Party
2003 38 Democrat
2004 38 Democrat
2005 38 Democrat
2006 38 Democrat
2007 38 Democrat
2008 38 Democrat
2009 38 Democrat
2010 38 Democrat
2011 38 Democrat
2012 38 Democrat
2013 38 Democrat
2014 38 Democrat
 Counties   Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland


06/19/1951 -

Early Life: 

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

Early Career:  

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

Pennsylvania Politics:  

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.