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John Fetterman

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John Fetterman
United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Serving with Bob Casey Jr.
Preceded byPat Toomey
34th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 15, 2019 – January 3, 2023
GovernorTom Wolf
Preceded byMike Stack
Succeeded byAustin Davis
Mayor of Braddock
In office
January 2, 2006 – January 8, 2019
Preceded byPauline Abdullah[1]
Succeeded byChardaé Jones
Personal details
Born
John Karl Fetterman

(1969-08-15) August 15, 1969 (age 54)
West Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Gisele Fetterman (m. 2008)
Children3
EducationAlbright College (BA)
University of Connecticut (MBA)
Harvard University (MPP)
WebsiteCampaign website
Mayoral website

John Karl Fetterman (born August 15, 1969) is an American politician who is the United States Senator from Pennsylvania since 2023. He was the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 2019 to 2023. He was the Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2019.

Fetterman was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in the 2022 election. He defeated Republican television personality Mehmet Oz in the November general election.

Personal life[change | change source]

Fetterman was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Albright College, the University of Connecticut and Harvard University. In 2008, he married Gisele Barreto Fetterman. They have three children.

In June 2022, Fetterman announced he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.[2]

Early career[change | change source]

He won the Braddock mayoral primary election in 2005 by a single vote, and was re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017.

As mayor, Fetterman became known for trying to modernize the economy in Braddock, with an article in The New York Times, an appearance on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, and a Levi's jeans ad. He has made equality, environmental protection, gay rights, immigration, and marijuana legalization major campaign issues.

Fetterman ran for the United States Senate in 2016, but was lost in the Democratic primary. Fetterman was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2018 election against Republican Jeff Bartos.[3] He won the general election in November 2018 along with Tom Wolf as Governor.

Fetterman supported Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.[4]

Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania[change | change source]

On November 14, 2017, Fetterman announced that he would run for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, running against then-Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.[5] On May 15, Fetterman won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor.[6] Fetterman was a part of the Democratic ticket along with incumbent Governor Tom Wolf. On November 6, 2018, Wolf and Fetterman beat the Republican ticket of Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos in the general election.[7][8]

During his time as Lieutenant Governor, he is known for his statewide tours talking about the benefits of legalizing marijuana.[9]

In November 2020, Fetterman received national press coverage for saying Donald Trump was "no different than any other random internet troll"[10] and that he "can sue a ham sandwich" in response to Trump threatening to file lawsuits in Pennsylvania alleging voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.[11]

Fetterman resigned as lieutenant governor on January 3, 2023 in order to be sworn-in for the United States Senate.[12]

U.S. Senate[change | change source]

2022 Senate campaign[change | change source]

Fetterman announced an exploratory committee to run for the United States Senate in the 2022 election in January.[13][14] On February 8, 2021, he officially entered the U.S. Senate race.[15]

In May 2022, Fetterman was hospitalized for a stroke in Lancaster, Pennsylvania a few days before the Senate primary and made a good recovery.[16][17] He won the Democratic nomination in a landslide victory, winning over 59% of the vote and all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties.[18][19]

In November 2022, Fetterman defeated Mehmet Oz in the general election.

Tenure[change | change source]

Fetterman was sworn-in on January 3, 2023 as Pennsylvania's junior United States Senator.[12] In February 2023, Fetterman was hospitalized twice, with the last hospitalization treating his clinical depression.[20]

References[change | change source]

  1. Our Campaigns. "Abdullah, Pauline R." Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  2. Greenwood, Max (June 3, 2022). "Fetterman discloses previous heart condition, says he's recovering". The Hill. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  3. Pittsburgh's Action News 4. "Bartos, Fetterman declared winners of GOP, Democratic nominations for lieutenant governor". Retrieved May 15, 2018.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. "Panel - Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton - The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore | Comedy Central". Comedy Central. Archived from the original on September 6, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  5. Potter, Chris (November 15, 2017). "Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, cargo shorts and all, is aiming for the suit-and-tie job of Lt. Gov". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  6. "Bartos, Fetterman declared winners of GOP, Democratic nominations for lieutenant governor". WTAE-TV. May 16, 2018. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. "Gov. Wolf gives victory speech with John Fetterman". WTAE-TV. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  8. Argento, Mike (May 16, 2018). "Gov. Tom Wolf, John Fetterman meet for lunch and cause a stir at the Manchester Cafe". York Daily Record. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  9. "Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman looms tall — in person and in politics". CBS Sunday Morning. January 24, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  10. Williams, Jordan (2020-11-04). "Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor says Trump 'no different than any other random internet troll'". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  11. Cassi, Sarah (2020-11-06). "Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Trump legal challenges: 'The president can sue a ham sandwich.'". Lehigh Valley Live. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Murphy, Jan (December 31, 2022). "Pa. lawmakers' Swearing-in Day shaping up to be historic – and possibly circus-like". PennLIVE Patriot-News. Advance Local Media LLC. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  13. Brennan, Chris. "Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is eyeing a run for Senate in 2022". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  14. "Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman 'taking a hard look' at Senate run in 2022". ABC News.
  15. Shepard, Stevem (February 8, 2021). "Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania's 2022 Senate race". CNN. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  16. "Campaign: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Democrat running for Senate, had stroke but is on way to 'full recovery'". Yahoo News. Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  17. "John Fetterman, Pennsylvania Democrat running for Senate, has suffered a stroke days before primary". CNBC. 2022-05-15.
  18. "Senate: Pennsylvania Primary Results (D)". CNN. 17 May 2022. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  19. Graham, David A. (May 18, 2022). "John Fetterman Wins on Vibes". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  20. Fetterman Checks Into Hospital to Seek Treatment for Clinical Depression, New York Times, Annie Karni, February 16, 2023. Retrieved February 16, 2023.

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