Luncheon Honoring The Honorable Jim Kenney
The Justinian Society of Philadelphia
Michael Mattioni, Chancellor
Frank N. DiMeo, Jr., Vice Chancellor
Gregory F. Cirillo, Secretary
Dino Privitera, Treasurer
Invites you to a Luncheon to honor the recipient of
The Justinian Society Outstanding Service Award
The Honorable Jim Kenney
Thursday, October 22, 2015 • 11:30 am Reception - Noon Luncheon
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Your reply would be appreciated by Friday, October 16, 2015.
For additional information, please contact 215-545-0706 or E-mail [email protected]
A lifelong city resident, Jim Kenney grew up the oldest of four in a South Philadelphia row house neighborhood. His father, a firefighter, and his mother, a homemaker, worked second jobs at The Inquirer and The Spectrum to put Jim and his four siblings through parochial school. In high school, Jim delivered the paper in the morning and washed dishes after school as a member of Local 274, earning his first union card at 17.
After graduating from St. Joe's Prep, Jim worked his way through La Salle University and became the first in his family to graduate from college. Jim was elected in 1991 to serve as a Democratic City Councilman-at-Large. In City Council, Jim stood up for Philadelphia's working families—fighting for a real living wage, increased funding for public education, and to protect the rights of firefighters and police. A proud progressive, Jim led the way on broader protections for LGBTQ Philadelphians, marijuana decriminalization, and a more sensible immigration policy by ending ICE holds that tear families apart. Jim served as Chairman of the Committee on Labor & Civil Service, the Committee on Law & Government, the Committee on Environment as well as a member of the Public Health, Fiscal Stability, Technology, and Ethics Committees. Jim resigned from office to run for mayor after serving six consecutive terms in 2015.
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