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DISTRICT 8 DEB GROSS

Councilman Dan Gilman

Dan Gilman currently serves on the Pittsburgh City Council representing the 8th District, including the neighborhoods of Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill.

During his first term, Councilman Gilman has focused on creating a more accountable city government, embracing Pittsburgh’s technological renaissance in order to improve City services, and making Pittsburgh a more family-friendly and progressive city.

Throughout his first term, Councilman Gilman’s efforts led to a more accountable City government. Gilman sponsored a package of ordinances to create a truly independent City’s Ethics Board, strengthen the City’s campaign finance laws, and develop an easily navigable web portal for City information, all aimed at creating a more transparent government.  He protected homeowners by prohibiting city property tax appeals within two years of home purchase and three years of the last appeal. The legislation also required the City to appeal values downward for properties that are over-assessed – so that everyone pays their fair share.

Councilman Gilman has championed Pittsburgh’s rebirth as a nationwide leader in technology and innovation and led efforts to bring government into the 21st century. He played an integral role in launching Building Eye, an interactive software platform with zoning and permitting information available to the public. He called on PWSA to create an early detection system to alert residents when consumption begins to exceed previous months. He pushed the Parking Authority to modernize their technology by eliminating paper permit stickers and replacing them with license plate reading technology. Additionally, he introduced a three-pronged plan to improve public safety services, which includes an expanded CPR training program for residents, defibrillator registration, and the launch of an innovative smartphone app designed to alert bystanders of cardiac arrest incidents, thereby increasing chances of survival.

Part of his vision for a family-friendly Pittsburgh, Councilman Gilman sponsored legislation to create lactation rooms in both the Pittsburgh City-County Building and the John P. Robin Civic Building. These lactation rooms provide a safe space for working parents who need to breastfeed and pump and are available for both City employees and visitors to the buildings. In addition, Gilman organized a public-private partnership to install free sunscreen dispensers throughout city parks.

During his first term, Councilman Gilman reinforced his commitment to a more progressive Pittsburgh. He sponsored legislation to ban harmful conversion therapy for LGBTQIA+ youth in Pittsburgh. He introduced a City for All agenda - six pieces of legislation to enhance and expand City services for immigrants and refugees. He introduced legislation to prohibit housing-related discrimination against an individual based on their status as a victim of domestic violence. He sponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. Additionally, Gilman sponsored legislation prohibiting questions about salary history on City job applications to help reduce the gender wage gap.

A longtime supporter of the food truck industry, Councilman Gilman brought together local mobile food entrepreneurs and brick-and-mortar businesses to modernize legislation originally crafted decades ago for ice cream trucks. Gilman’s new food truck legislation allows truck owners to operate more freely in the City of Pittsburgh.

Gilman has received many awards and accolades for his hard work. He was selected to join The New DEAL, a national network committed to highlighting pragmatic progressives with innovative ideas at the state and local level. He was also named that Vice Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) University Communities Council. He has also been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.

Councilman Gilman graduated from Pittsburgh’s Shady Side Academy, and then with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. He currently serves on the boards of the Sports & Exhibition Authority, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Silk Screen Film Festival. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Veterans Art Museum and the Board of Fellows of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics.