Rep. Ed Gainey's Biography
State Representative Ed Gainey brings new leadership and a new vision to the neighborhoods that make up the 24th Legislative District. His legislative priorities are labor issues, working-class families, transportation, education, community development and enhancement.
Before joining the House of Representatives in 2013, he worked as the community development specialist for the city of Pittsburgh, where he implemented several initiatives such as business seminars, the Minority Media Initiative, diversity education for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and The 52 Weeks of Peace Initiative.
Gainey is a board member for Divine Intervention Ministries and PROMISE organizations. He has received several community awards and certificates. His most recent award was from The New Pittsburgh Courier for being one of the 50 Men of Excellence in the Pittsburgh region. In 2010, he received the Family Life Empowerment Community Center award from the Northside Church of God and Christ for his accomplishments in community outreach. In 2009, he received the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Service Awards from Champion Enterprise. He also participated in the planning and implementation of the Be A 6th Grade Mentor program, which was designed to mentor 6th graders in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
In 2010, he became the first African-American to serve as chairman of the Pittsburgh City Democratic Committee. He currently serves as Allegheny County Democratic Committeeman in the 12th Ward 10th District.
He received a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Morgan State University in 1994. He played varsity basketball and graduated from Peabody High School in 1988.
Gainey was raised in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh. He is married and has three children. He and his wife attend Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Lincoln Lemington section of Pittsburgh.