Who is Jim Kenney?
Jim Kenney is an American Democrat legislator serving as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia. He took office on January 4, 2016, defeating Republican Melissa Murray Bailey. He was later re-elected in the 2019 Philadelphia mayoral election that was held on November 5, 2019. In his re-election, Kenney defeated Billy Ciancaglini, a Philadelphia defense attorney and fellow La Salle grad.
Prior to being a mayor, Kenney had served as a member of the Philadelphia City Council for 23 years. He was a Councilman from January 1992 until he resigned for Mayor on January 29, 2015. In his first budget for the city, Kenney worked closely with City Council fo fund bold anti-poverty initiatives. Kenney will leave the Mayoral seat in 2014.
Kenney attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School from where he graduated in 1976. He later attended La Salle University graduating in 1980 with a political science bachelor’s degree.
Kenney has always taken a vocal stand against Donald Trump. He has also maintained that Philadelphia will continue to act as a sanctuary city despite threats that cities would stop receiving federal funding. He endorsed Elizabeth Warren on October 23, 2019, for President in 2020.
How Old is Jim Kenney?
Kenney, whose full name is James Francis Kenney is 61 years old as of 2019, having been born on August 7, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Jim Kenney Family
Mayor Kenney was born the oldest of four to Barbara Kenney and James Kenney. His father was a firefighter while his mother was a homemaker. He grew up in the Whitman neighborhood of South Philadelphia. Kenney’s parents worked second jobs for him and his siblings to attend private Catholic schools.
Jim Kenney Wife
Kenney was married to Maureen to whom he has two adult-aged children, Nora and Brendan. The two separated in 2010 and later formalized their divorce in 2018.
Jim Kenney Engaged
Kenney got engaged to his girlfriend Letitia Santarelli as of December 2019. Santarelli served as head coach of the St. John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic School girls basketball team. She led the team to the state championship. Kenney and Santarelli began dating in 2015.
Kenney made their relationship official when Santarelli accompanied him to Iceland as part of a cultural exchange to mark the first-ever direct flights between Reykjavik and Philadelphia in 2017.
Jim Kenney Net Worth
Kenney has earned his wealth through his political career. However, it is not yet revealed how much he is worth.