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Cleveland City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Cleveland in Ohio. Its members are elected from 21 wards to four-year terms. The number of council members has decreased over the years. In 1885 there were 50 council members, by the 1960s there were 33, and in 1981 Cleveland voters approved reducing council to 21 members.[1]

In November 2008, Cleveland voters passed a charter amendment linking the size of City Council to the city's population.[2] City Council approved a redistricting plan in March 2009[3] that will reduce the number of wards to 19[4] from 2010 to 2013. Thereafter, the number of wards will be tied to the population identified in the decennial United States Census.

The Cleveland City Council chambers are located in Cleveland City Hall, across the street from Public Auditorium.

City Council members

The members of Cleveland City Council by ward are below, as of June 1, 2009.[5] All belong to the Democratic Party.

  1. Terrell Pruitt
  2. Nate Wilkes
  3. Zachary Reed
  4. Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr.
  5. Phyllis Cleveland, Majority Leader
  6. Mamie J. Mitchell
  7. TJ Dow
  8. Shari L. Cloud
  9. Kevin Conwell
  10. Eugene Miller
  11. Michael Polensek
  12. Anthony Brancatelli
  13. Joe Cimperman
  14. Joe Santiago
  15. Brian Cummins
  16. Kevin Kelley, Majority Whip
  17. Matt Zone
  18. Jay Westbrook
  19. Dona Brady
  20. Martin J. Sweeney, Council President
  21. Martin J. Keane

The Clerk of Council is Patricia J. Britt.


  1. ^ Van Tassel, David D.; Grabowski, John J., eds (1997-06-11). "Cleveland City Council". The Encyclopedia Of Cleveland History. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. ISBN 0-253-33056-4. Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  2. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (2008-11-04). "Cleveland City Council reduction close to approval". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  3. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (2009-03-23). "Cleveland Council adopts new ward boundaries". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  4. ^ "Find My Ward". Cleveland City Council. Retrieved 2009-04-04.  
  5. ^ "Council Members". Cleveland City Council. Retrieved 2009-06-01.  

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