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Michael Anthony Nutter

Assumed office 
January 7, 2008
Preceded by John Street

In office
February 3, 2003[1] – April 2, 2007[2]
Preceded by Bernard Watson[3]
Succeeded by Thomas Riley[4]

Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 4th District
In office
January 7, 1992[5] – July 7, 2006[6]
Preceded by Ann Land[7]
Succeeded by Carol Campbell

Born June 29, 1957 (1957-06-29) (age 52)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa Nutter
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Religion Baptist

Michael Anthony "Mike" Nutter (born June 29, 1957) is the Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is Philadelphia's third African American mayor, and Philadelphia is currently the largest city in the United States with an African American mayor. Elected on November 6, 2007, he was sworn in on January 7, 2008. Nutter is a former councilman of the city's 4th Council District, which includes the neighborhoods of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and parts of North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, and West Mount Airy. He has served as the 52nd Ward Democratic Leader since 1990.

He and former mayor John F. Street clashed over policy and reform. On June 27, 2006, Nutter resigned from the council to run for mayor.[8] Mayor Nutter endorsed Hillary Clinton for president during the 2008 Democratic primary, and often campaigned with the Senator. After Clinton's withdrawal Nutter became a vocal supporter of Democratic nominee Barack Obama.


Early life

Nutter was raised in West Philadelphia, and attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School in North Philadelphia before moving on to earn a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Political career

In June 2002, as councilman, Nutter introduced a measure requiring college students under 23 years old in Philadelphia's Fourth Council District (students at Saint Joseph's University) to register their address, license plate, car registration and insurance with the University, which would then put a sticker on that car as a "student" car, subjecting the student to triple the usual fines for traffic or parking tickets or any other offense. The ordinance also forced students in off-campus housing to inform their landlords of their "student" status.[9]

In September 2004, as councilman, Nutter introduced legislation creating an independent Ethics Board. In addition, he proposed changes to the City's Ethics Code to provide for routine training and education of all City officers and employees, the issuance of advisory opinions, the adjudication of violations, and the imposition of civil fines. These measures were adopted at the end of 2005. On May 16, 2006, voters approved the Ethics Board ballot question with over 81% voting “Yes,” and was installed November 27, 2006.[10]

Nutter sponsored "The Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law," expanding the definition of "public places" where smoking is not allowed to include restaurants and many bars, which Mayor Street eventually signed into law.[11]

Nutter's "Philly First" program, which took effect on July 1, 2004, gives preference to Philadelphia businesses in competitive bidding on City contracts greater than $25,000.[11]

In January 2005, the City announced a library reorganization plan in which 20 branches would shift from full-day service to half-day service, and that many head librarians had been laid off. Library supporters rejected these changes and petitioned the mayor and City Council to restore service and staffing levels. Then-councilman Nutter called for an investigation to evaluate the Library System and explore alternatives to find additional funding in order to restore service.[citation needed] City Council rejected the Administration's cut, funding was restored, and by the Fall of 2005 all library branches had full-day service, Saturday hours, and a head librarian.

Nutter speaking at a rally in support of Barack Obama in October 2008

He supports having the City of Philadelphia declare a "Crime Emergency" in selected areas of Philadelphia.[citation needed] This would station more officers in certain areas of Philadelphia, limit the ability to gather on public sidewalks, impose a curfew for all residents, and limit the ability to travel in certain areas. The proposal includes a warrant-less police search technique known as "stop-and-frisk." Nutter claims that this approach is sufficiently similar to one that was found to be Constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1968 in Terry v. Ohio, but it still has not been determined if this specific exercise is in violation of Fourth Amendment rights.[12]

Nutter supports the eviction of the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America from their headquarters on the Ben Franklin Parkway. In a televised debate on NBC 10 Live @ Issue he said, "In my administration, we will not subsidize discrimination."[13]

2007 mayoral race

Nutter has positioned himself as a reformer.[14] On April 27, 2007, The Philadelphia Inquirer announced that it would endorse Nutter for the Democratic primary.[15] Nutter has also been endorsed by the Philadelphia Daily News[16], Philadelphia magazine[17], Northeast Times[18], Philadelphia City Paper[19], Philadelphia Weekly[20], Philly for Change[21] (a local affiliate of Democracy for America), The Daily Pennsylvanian [22], the Penn Democrats[23], and Clean Water Action.[24] Nutter won the May 15 Democratic primary election with 37% of the vote in a five-man field, thus making himself the likely victor of the overall election in an overwhelmingly Democratic city.

On November 6, 2007, Nutter was declared the winner of the general election. Nutter won in an historic landslide, receiving 86 percent of the vote; his opponent, Al Taubenberger, received 13 percent of the vote.

The campaign was a success and was seen by many political commentators as humanizing the candidate.[25] The New York Times deemed Nutter "the Seabiscuit of this year’s urban politics."[26] He went into office with high hopes and great expectations.[27]

Mayor of Philadelphia

Despite residents' high hopes about Mayor Nutter, his tenure as mayor has been characterized by falling tax revenues due to the recession that came into full force as Nutter came into office.[28] When Nutter came into office, the city faced a projected budget deficit of $650 to 850 million over the next five years (2009–2013) due to the recession.[29] As a result, Nutter has been forced to close recreational facilities, cut funding for Philadelphia's traditional Mummers Parade on New Year's Day, and cut other services from the budget. Mayor Nutter has closed 7 fire companies including the oldest fire company in the nation (engine 8). Although he was successful in closing the budget gap, he has come under criticism for using up political capital to save a few million dollars on a politically unpopular move, attempting to close city libraries.[28]

Recently, Nutter was seen in the movie "Law Abiding Citizen" as the Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia. He also was a speaker during the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Fels Institute of Government. Mayor Nutter has also recently established an extensive after school program for the blind, which employs the most talented special needs educators from the tristate area.

Ward leader

Nutter is the Ward Leader of the 52nd Ward Democratic Executive Committee.[30]


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  8. ^ Gelbart, Marcia (June 27, 2006). "Nutter to resign, run for mayor,". The Philadelphia Inquirer: B01. 
  9. ^ O'Neill, James M. (September 16, 2002). "Students at St. Joseph's University face new law". The Philadelphia Inquirer
  10. ^ City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics
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  13. ^ Fitzgerald, Thomas (November 5, 2007). "Taubenberger takes on Nutter in a final debate". Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  14. ^ "What Nutter said: Ethics Statement". Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  15. ^ Maykuth, Andrew (April 27, 2007). "Inquirer endorses Nutter" ( – Scholar search). The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  16. ^ "Michael Nutter For Mayor" ( – Scholar search). Philadelphia Daily News. May 4, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Nutter for Mayor". Philadelphia. May, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Nutter is the best choice". The Northeast Times. May 3, 2007. 
  19. ^ Taussig, Doron (May 2, 2007). "Michael Nutter for Mayor". Philadelphia City Paper. 
  20. ^ Whitaker, Tim (May 9, 2007). "Editor's Note - Nutter for Mayor" ( – Scholar search). Philadelphia Weekly. 
  21. ^ "PFC Members Endorse Michael Nutter". Philly for Change. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  22. ^ "Nutter for mayor". The Daily Pennsylvanian. April 25, 2007. 
  23. ^ "The University of Pennsylvania Democrats - Michael Nutter - Endorsed by the Penn Democrats". University of Pennsylvania Democrats. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  24. ^ "Mayoral and City Council Election Scorecard". Clean Water Action. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
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  26. ^ Philadelphia - Crime Rate - Murder Rate - Michael Nutter - New York Times
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  28. ^ a b Where's the reform (November 29, 2009). The Philadelphia Inquirer,
  29. ^ Babay, Emily (October 9, 2008). News Brief | City's budget deficit could grow to $850 M, The Daily Philadelphia,
  30. ^ Committee of Seventy (2009-12-21). "2009 Citizen's Guide" (PDF). 2009 Citizen's Guide. The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia, PA 19103.'s_Guide.pdf. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Street
Mayor of Philadelphia
Preceded by
Ann Land
Member of the Philadelphia City Council for the 4th District
Succeeded by
Carol Campbell
Other offices
Preceded by
Bernard Watson
Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board
Succeeded by
Thomas Riley


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Michael Nutter

Michael Anthony "Mike" Nutter (born June 29, 1957) is the current Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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