PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the caucus’ comprehensive measures to reducing gun violence statewide. The first was the appointments of Reps. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, as chairs of the caucus’ anti-gun violence subcommittee, who began their tenure immediately. “In the fight to eradicate gun violence in their own communities and across our commonwealth, Representatives Kirkland and Gainey have always been on the frontlines,” Kinsey said. “Both lawmakers serve with me on the PA Safe Caucus and both respectively lend a set of skills and perspectives on how we can move forward with ensuring all communities are safe.” Gainey, who is serving in his fourth term representing the 24 th Legislative District, lost his sister to gun violence after she rejected a man’s advances. He also recently introduced legislation, H.B. 307, that would ban the possession, purchase, transfer and use or manufacture of assault weapons. “My sister’s life was tragically cut short for simply standing her ground and telling a man no. Her memory guides me in ensuring no other woman or person is innocently gunned down for their right to live,” he said. “As legislators, it is our duty to protect and serve our constituents through the creation of comprehensive laws and initiatives. Read more


PLBC urges Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate Allegheny County judge

(Feb 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – Following Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli being reassigned on Tuesday to summary appeals after allegedly calling a Black female juror “Aunt Jemima” and making other racist remarks toward her, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now urging the Judicial Conduct Review Board to investigate. Leading the effort are PLBC members representing Allegheny County, who condemned Tranquilli’s comments as another manifestation of a broken criminal justice system that systemically targets black and brown people. “The alleged comments made by Judge Mark Tranquilli are alarming on multiple fronts,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35 th Legislative District in Allegheny County. “On one hand we have an individual tasked with upholding the law to the highest extent but who clearly harbors bias and judgment toward defendants before a verdict is even reached. On the other hand, we have a judge who harbors an even stronger bias toward people of color, both of which are a recipe for disaster and an injustice to our community. I’m calling on the Judicial Conduct Review Board to do a thorough investigation into this matter.” State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, who represents the 24 th Legislative District, also in Allegheny County, echoed similar sentiments. “Our society is based on the belief that justice is blind – that regardless of race, color Read more


Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education

(Feb 04, 2020)

Budget renews commitment to raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform Read more


PLBC reflects on deceased NBA star Kobe Bryant’s legacy, leads effort to pass resolution

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Following the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who were among 9 people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, along with caucus members, reflected on the Pennsylvania native’s legacy and his activism, and spearhead bi-partisan effort to have Bryant’s memory etched in the state’s legislative record by way of a House resolution. “Lives were lost, and families are mourning. A wife and mother is mourning the loss of her husband and child; siblings are reeling from the loss of their father and sister,” Kinsey said. “Across the globe, our nation and in our commonwealth -- where Kobe grew up -- young children are trying to comprehend the death of a world-famous athlete, a role model they innocently thought was immortal. “Through basketball, Kobe inspired, unified and uplifted people around the world. As chairman of a legislative body that tirelessly advocates for policy that is inclusive and demands fairness for black lives across our commonwealth, I especially appreciate Kobe using his celebrity platform for his activism to elevate black voices by unapologetically wearing a ‘I can’t breathe’ shirt, compelling everyone to recognize our humanity and the pervasive culture of police brutality,” he said. State Rep. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, Read more


2019 Report to the People - Winter Newsletter

(Dec 13, 2019)

Read Rep. Gainey's 2019 Winter newsletter Read more


Homewood, Hunt Armory projects to receive state funding

(Nov 12, 2019)

Projects will support park area, pedestrian and bicycle access paths Read more


10/10/19 – Ending Assault Weapons Violence – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more


Gainey to host Policy hearing on banning assault weapons Thursday in Pittsburgh

(Oct 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation, H.B. 307, an assault weapons ban. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Homewood Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave. in Pittsburgh. Media coverage is invited. Gainey requested the hearing to explore how Pennsylvania can improve public safety by effectively banning the possession, purchase, transfer, and use or manufacture of assault weapons. He will be joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. Testifiers will include: Dr. Raquel Forsythe , director of trauma, UPMC Presbyterian; Dr. Dana Kellerman , policy director, Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence; Rich Fitzgerald , Allegheny County executive; Erika Strassburger , Pittsburgh city councilwoman, District 8; Daniel Lavelle , Pittsburgh city councilman; Shira Goodman , executive director, CeasefirePA; and victims of gun violence Debra Short and Jason Hate . The hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, supporting quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at . Hearing materials are at . Read more


Gainey to host hearing on ending assault weapons violence

(Oct 03, 2019)

State Rep. Ed Gainey is hosting a public hearing with the House Democratic Policy Committee on ending assault weapon violence. Read more


Miller, Gainey to introduce legislation that would allow student-athletes to get paid

(Oct 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1 – On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law which will allow college student-athletes in the state to get fairly compensated for their work and effort. Pennsylvania now has a similar bill in the works, thanks to state Reps. Dan Miller and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny. Miller and Gainey made the announcement Monday afternoon, stating that in a time of billion-dollar television deals and video game products, the limitations placed on today’s college athletes are disproportionately harsh. “Athletes are forced to give up their rights and economic freedom while the colleges make hundreds of millions of dollars off of their talent and likeness,” Miller said. “This bill would help to balance the scales by allowing them to sign endorsements, earn compensation, and hire agents to represent their interests in exchange for the work they do, and the benefit provided to the college.” “Our student-athletes give their blood, sweat and tears to a sport they love, while colleges, universities and corporations reap the financial benefits of their work,” Gainey said. “If a college football head coach can earn $4.8 million for coaching ‘amateur student-athletes,’ and if corporations can earn billions of dollars using the players’ names and faces, then how is it not fair for them to earn some sort of financial compensation? The chances of a Read more


Gainey joins Wolf to call on legislature to act on decriminalization of marijuana

(Sep 25, 2019)

Calls governor’s report and call to action ‘the start of a new Pennsylvania’ Read more


Historic Highland Park Tunnel project to receive state grant

(Sep 17, 2019)

A project to restore an important and historic pedestrian connection in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park has been selected to receive a $75,000 state grant, Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more


Don't miss the 7th Annual Senior Fair!

(Sep 11, 2019)

On Wednesday, Sept. 18 I will be hosting my 7th annual senior fair at East Liberty Presbyterian Church from noon to 3 p.m. Read more


8/27/19 – Use of Police Force – Rankin

(Aug 29, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Summer Lee and State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more


Reps. Gainey, Wheatley to host ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event next week

(Aug 29, 2019)

State Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more


Gainey, Wheatley to host Pathways 2 Pardons event in Wilkinsburg

(Aug 29, 2019)

As part of their ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event, state Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pa. Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more


Lee, Gainey host Policy Committee hearing on use of police force

(Aug 27, 2019)

State Reps. Summer Lee and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, co-hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee at Hawkins Village in Rankin. Read more


Gainey, Lee to host public hearing on use of force by law enforcement

(Aug 23, 2019)

Reps. Gainey, Lee to host public hearing on the use of deadly force by law enforcement in Pennsylvania. Read more


Gainey Holds Annual Backpack Giveaway

(Aug 21, 2019)

Pa. State Rep. Ed Gainey held his sixth Annual Backpack Giveaway in Allegheny County. Gainey explains the need and the impact on the community's future. Read more


Gainey: Importance of Financial Security

(Aug 21, 2019)

Rep. Ed Gainey attended a discussion about the financial security of Pennsylvanians and advocated for bringing the topic of financial literacy to the commonwealth's youth. Read more