2021 Pennsylvania Power 100

June 17, 2021  
Virtual Event
5:30PM - 7:00PM
Celebrating Pennsylvania’s Most Influential People in Politics and Government
Event Description

City & State is proud to be re-launching its City & State PA branch! City and State PA's published, must-read list of the 100 most influential elected officials, labor unions, advocacy groups, political consultants, lobbyists, media personalities and business leaders will highlight the best in the Keystone state. Join us as we celebrate Pennsylvania's Power 100 with our Virtual Event on June 17th, 2021. Don’t miss our Keynote Speakers, a LIVE Wawa vs. Sheetz debate with Congressman Brendan F. Boyle and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and stay tuned for a rundown of all 100 on our list!

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Governor Tom Wolf
State of Pennsylvania
Before he was governor, Tom was the owner of the Wolf Organization, a distributor of lumber and other building products. Tom bought this family business and grew the company — eventually more than quintupling the business in size. He did this with smart leadership and by treating his employees fairly, even sharing the company’s profits with workers. Since he took office in 2015, Tom has fought to change Harrisburg. On day one, his first actions as governor were signing a gift ban prohibiting administration employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists and reforming legal contracting to end pay to play. Tom also donates his entire salary to charity and refuses a state pension. When Tom took office, he inherited an education system that had been cut by one billion dollars that led to teacher layoffs, cuts to programs like pre-k and tutoring, and larger class sizes. Rather than make Pennsylvania’s children the first casualty of the budget process, Tom made our children and our future our top priority. He has now restored the one billion dollar cut to education made in the previous administration, leading to improved graduation rates and more children in pre-k. By expanding Medicaid, Tom provided quality, affordable health care to 720,000 Pennsylvanians. He has also given more than 50,000 seniors the opportunity to age in their homes and made Pennsylvania a national leader in fighting the opioid and heroin epidemic by expanding treatment options and ensuring law enforcement and first responders have the resources they need. Tom is working to grow our economy by making it easier for small businesses to start and expanding career and technical education opportunities. He is fighting to make sure wages keep up with the cost of living, focusing on skills training for kids who do not go to college, helping small businesses, and rebuilding Pennsylvania’s infrastructure.
Ed Rendell
Governor Ed Rendell
State of Pennsylvania
Edward G. Rendell served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011). His legislative agenda focused on commonsense political reform and putting progress ahead of partisanship. He energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, protected the environment, expanded access to health care to all children, and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians. During his two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City’s budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. Before serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985. Rendell also served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election. He currently sits on several boards, supports multiple non-profit organizations and teaches a political science course at the University of Pennsylvania. An Army veteran, he holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova Law School.
Mayor Jim Kenney
City of Philadelphia
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.
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman
State of Pennsylvania
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, John Fetterman grew up in York and graduated from Albright College. After life-changing experiences serving with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Americorps, John moved to Braddock—one of the commonwealth’s poorest towns—to start a GED program. In 2005, he was elected mayor, and over the next thirteen years he worked to rebuild the once-booming steel town back from collapse. As Lieutenant Governor, John has transformed the position into a bully pulpit for criminal justice reform. He has led the fight to free the wrongfully convicted and give second chances to deserving longtime inmates, and championed the cause of legalizing marijuana on a historic tour of all 67 counties.
Congressman Brendan F. Boyle
U.S. House Representative PA-02 District
Congressman Brendan F. Boyle was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia. The son of an immigrant, Congressman Boyle’s father was a janitor for SEPTA and his mother was a school crossing guard. The first in his family to attend college, he attended the University of Notre Dame and later graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a master's degree in Public Policy. He was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature in 2008, becoming the first Democrat to ever represent his legislative district. Two years later his brother, Kevin, was also elected to the state legislature, making them the first brothers to serve together in the state House. In 2014, Congressman Boyle pulled off an upset win over three better funded rivals to be elected to Congress. Now in his fourth term, Congressman Boyle represents the 2nd congressional district of Pennsylvania which is fully enclosed within the City of Philadelphia. He currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and on the Select Revenue Subcommittee and Trade Subcommittee thereof. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on the Budget. He previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government. Congressman Boyle also serves as a member of the United States Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Congressman Boyle is the founder and co-chair of the “Blue Collar Caucus” which advocates for working families by addressing wage stagnation, job insecurity, and the future of work.

Welcome Remarks By Jenny DeHuff, Editor, City & State PA


Opening Remarks By Governor Tom Wolf, State of Pennsylvania


Keynote Remarks by Governor Ed Rendell, State of Pennsylvania 


Keynote Remarks By Mayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia


Sponsored Remarks By Independence Blue Cross


Sponsored Remarks By AARP Pennsylvania 


Wawa vs. Sheetz Debate with Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, State of Pennsylvania and Congressman Brendan F. Boyle, U.S. House Representative PA-02 District


Sponsored Remarks By Airbnb


Recognition of Pennsylvania Power 100 List


Closing Remarks

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