Michael Nutter

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Michael Nutter
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Mayor of Philadelphia
In office
Years in position 7
Base salary$198,658/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limits8 consecutive years (2 terms)
Prior offices
City Council, District 4
Bachelor'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
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Michael Nutter is the current Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was first elected on November 6, 2007 and was sworn into office on January 7, 2008. He won a second term on November 8, 2011. Prior to becoming Mayor, Nutter represented District 4 in the Philadelphia City Council from 1992-2006.[1]


Nutter was born in West Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Pennsylvania.[1]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Nutter's political career:[1]

  • 2008-Present: Mayor of Philadelphia
  • 1992-2006: Philadelphia City Council, District 4



In June 2014, the Philadelphia City Council voted 13-3 in favor of a bill that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In short, the bill mandated that anyone in possession of an ounce of marijuana or less face a $25 fine instead of potential jail time. After the bill's initial passing, Nutter signaled that was considering a veto. His concerns centered on how the bill would mesh with state laws. CBS News in Philadelphia quoted Nutter as saying: "we’re dealing with state laws and state statutes and court rules and regulations and a variety of things that are pretty complicated... The issue is how do we deal with it going forward, to have a consistent system, that the police officers can understand out on the street, that the courts will recognize, that [the district attorney] is in support of."[2] On September 8, 2014, however, Nutter confirmed that he would, in fact, sign the bill into law. His decision came after negotiations with council member James Kenney, the bill's original sponsor, in which Kenney agreed to add to the bill a penalty of a $100 fine or community service for smoking marijuana in public. After city council approved the amendment, Nutter signed the bill into law on October 1, 2014.[3][4] The law took effect on October 20, 2015.[5]

As Philadelphia magazine noted, the bill made Philadelphia the largest city in the United States to decriminalize marijuana at the time of its signing.[6]


Nutter was re-elected to a second term on November 8, 2011.[7]

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayoral Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Nutter Incumbent 74.7% 136,532
     Republican Karen Brown 21.7% 39,597
     Independent Wali Rahman 3.6% 6,580
Total Votes 182,709


Nutter is married to Lisa Nutter. They have two children named Christian and Olivia.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Street
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by