Reps. Wheatley, Gainey and Austin Davis issue statement on passing of former state Rep. Bill Robinson

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey and Austin Davis, all D-Allegheny, have issued the following statement on the passing of former state Rep. Bill Robinson:


State Rep. Jake Wheatley: “Bill Robinson was committed to our community, and his service did not end after he left the General Assembly. He continued to work to the benefit of all residents in the city of Pittsburgh and beyond. My deepest sympathies go out today to his family and loved ones.”

State Rep. Ed Gainey: “It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Bill’s passing. He was one of those individuals who broke the mold, and who everyone seemed to know. From his time in the legislature, to his work on the city and county councils and throughout our community, Bill showed younger generations what it meant to serve, and was an outstanding role model for so many. I pray for him and for his family, and our entire community. We have lost so much these last few months, but we must remain strong and continue our long march toward justice, freedom and equality.”

State Rep. Austin Davis: “Today, we remember the legacy and life of Bill Robinson, a true trailblazer and tireless public servant. Bill served our community at the city, state and county levels, always fighting to improve the condition of the African Americans in our region. Many of the African American elected officials in our region today stand on his shoulders and have walked in the trails that he blazed. He will be greatly missed, and my sincere condolences go out to his children and family.”


Robinson, who was born on Feb. 5, 1943, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1988 and represented the 19th Legislative District until 2002. He also served on the Allegheny County Council as its budget chair until 2014 and is a former Pittsburgh City Council member.