Ed Rendell

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Edward G. Rendell was elected the 45th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Democrat in 2001.

Prior government experience included Chairman of the Democratic National Committee or DNC in 2000. From 1991-1999 he was Mayor of Pennsylvania's largest city, Philadelphia, a job for which he ran for unsuccessfully in 1987. Prior to this, he was Philadelphia's District attorney from 1977-1986, when he left to run, unsuccessfully for Governor. As D.A. he was a proponent of capital punishment, including one high profile case which he successfully prosecuted, that of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal [1].

Rendell was born on January 5, 1944. He and his wife, Federal Judge Marjorie Rendell have been married since 1971. They have one son, Jesse.

Rendell served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974.

Trivia

Rendell is a renown sports fan and avidly follows the Philadelphia Eagles

Rendell has publicly endorsed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for President in January, 2008.