Governor Edward G. Rendell
Governor Edward G. Rendell served as the 45th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from January 2003 through January 2011. As the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he served as the chief executive of the nation’s 6th most populous state and oversaw a budget of $28.3 billion. He also served as the Mayor of Philadelphia from January 1992 through January 2000. As the Mayor of Philadelphia, he eliminated a $250 million deficit, balanced the city's budget and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. He was also the General Chairperson of the National Democratic Committee from November 1999 through February 2001. Governor Rendell served as the District Attorney of Philadelphia from January 1978 through January 1986. In 1986 he was a candidate for governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 1987, he was a candidate for the mayor of Philadelphia. From 1988 through 1991, Governor Rendell was an attorney at the law firm of Mesirov, Gelman and Jaffe. From 2000 through 2002, Governor Rendell was an attorney at the law firm of Ballard Spahr. Governor Rendell worked on several real estate transactions as an attorney in private practice. Governor Rendell has also served as a member of the board of directors of American Realty Capital — Retail Centers of America, Inc., Global Net Lease, Inc., American Realty Capital Trust III, Inc. and VEREIT. An Army veteran, Governor Rendell holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Villanova Law School.