A lifelong Philadelphian, Mayor Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four children in a South Philadelphia rowhome. On January 4, 2016, Jim was sworn in as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia.
Since 2016, he has championed bold anti-poverty initiatives, including the expansion of free, quality pre-K; the creation of Community Schools; and the historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in parks, recreation centers, playgrounds, and libraries — all because Philadelphia became the first major city in the U.S. to pass a tax on sugary drinks. The Administration successfully led the return of the School District to local control and continues to defend Philadelphia’s values as a Welcoming City while making significant strides in criminal justice reform.
Now in his second term, Jim is focused on advancing racial justice and driving an equitable economic recovery from COVID-19 to ensure that Philadelphia is a city that works for all.