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Ed Rendell        

Former Governor of Pennsylvania; NBC News Political Analyst & Author

With over 30 years of public service, including 24 years as an elected official, Ed Rendell continues to pursue many of the same issues he was passionate about while serving as two term Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011) and Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000).

During his time as Governor, he committed to making America a cleaner, more efficient place and fostered investment in our nation’s infrastructure while overseeing a budget of $28.3 billion. He demanded more responsibility of the government and encouraged them to be more responsive to the public’s needs, all while successfully cutting wasteful spending and improving efficiency leading to savings of over $1 billion. His legislative agenda focused on commonsense political reform and putting progress ahead of partisanship in an effort to revitalize communities, improve education, protect the environment, expand access to health care to all children and much more.

During his two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia, Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City’s budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses.

In 2012, Rendell published his first book "A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great."

He has continued to advocate for a better America as a political analyst on NBC and MSNBC where he provides his trademark straightforwardness and colorful analysis of everyday issues.

Prior to serving as Mayor, Rendell was elected District Attorney of Philadelphia for two terms from 1978 through 1985, and served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential election.

Speech Topics

A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great

Perhaps no other issue has been and continues to be as important to Governor Rendell as America's dire need to rebuild and reinvest in its infrastructure. As Governor, Rendell worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an organization called "Building America's Future." The organization focuses on the need for a more significant investment in American infrastructure projects to ensure that America maintains its place as a global economic power. Governor Rendell currently serves as Co-Chair of the organization and travels throughout the country speaking about this issue.

He is also an NBC News political analyst, providing his trademark straightforward and colorful analysis on both NBC News and its sister cable channel, MSNBC.

His book "A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great" was released in June 2012.

Education: What We Can (and Must) Do To Get Back on Track


  • Student achievement rose at every grade level and in every subject

  • Pennsylvania became a national leader in early childhood investment

Can American Revive Its Economy, Cut Its Deficit, Reduce Its Tax Burden and Invest In Growth-All At the Same Time

Regarding TAXES AND JOBS, his accomplishments include:

  • Providing urgently needed property tax relief to homeowners

  • Saving taxpayers nearly $800 million in the first year of a statewide property tax relief from gaming revenues

  • Investing more than $2.8 billion to create new jobs, keeping Pennsylvania's unemployment rate lower than the national average

  • Raising the minimum wage for the first time in a decade

The American Infrastructure: Can It Be Revitalized In the Current Political Climate?

Energy: The Key to America's Future-Can We Kiss OPEC Goodbye?

Can America Stay On Top? The Challenge to American Competitiveness


  • Pennsylvania became a leader in pursuing energy independence, creating jobs in the emerging alternative energy economy while developing effective strategies to reduce dependence on foreign oil and save families money

  • In addition, Gov. Rendell won passage of the landmark Growing Greener 2 environmental investment package. The $625 million initiative is cleaning up rivers and streams, improving parks, returning abandoned industrial sites to productive use, protecting open space and preserving farmland.


Ed Rendell urges Democrats to fight changes in awarding electoral ...
The former Democratic governor opposes a GOP-backed bill that would end Pennsylvania's status as a winner-take-all state when it comes to electoral votes.
Ed Rendell, an advocate for immigration reform
Ed Rendell - 45th governor of Pennsylvania, 96th mayor of Philadelphia, former head of the Democratic National Committee - likes to lead.
Ed Rendell on The State of US Infrastructure 80 Years After the PWA
The Lincoln Tunnel and Triborough Bridge in New York City, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state, and the Overseas ...
Nostalgic for Ed Rendell's return as mayor
Those were the days. In this autumn of Philadelphia's discontent, with the schools crippled, a mayor who seems more technocrat than visionary, and a ho-hum ...

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