Thomas Sumpter

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Thomas Sumpter
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Board member, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2005
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCarnegie Mellon University
Master'sCarnegie Mellon University, Morgan State University
Thomas Sumpter is the District 3 representative on the Pittsburgh school board. He was initially elected to the chamber in 2005 and won re-election on November 5, 2013.


Sumpter grew up in Pittsburgh and attended schools in the district. He has a B.A. in Social Relations from Carnegie Mellon University. He did graduate work at the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University and the Graduate School of Urban Planning at Morgan State University. He also has a certificate of completion from Columbia School of Broadcasting. Sumpter worked for state government in West Virginia from 1976 to 1979. He returned to Pittsburgh and began working for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. He worked as s a community planning and development representative, an environmental officer, a control file subsystem supervisor, an affordable housing specialist, a rehabilitation management specialist and an environmental protection specialist before retiring in 2004. Sumpter is the elected Allegheny County Democratic Party Male Member for the 5th Ward District 8 in the City of Pittsburgh. He is Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Black Caucus and is a member of Carrone Baptist Church. Sumpter is also an active member of the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch, the President of PCM Charities and a former radio talk show host.[1]


See also: Pittsburgh Public Schools elections (2013)



Sumpter ran unopposed for the District 3 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013.


Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sumpter Incumbent 99.1% 3,728
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.9% 35
Total Votes 3,763
Source: Allegheny County

Pittsburgh Public Schools District 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sumpter 98.3% 3,106
     Democrat Write-In 1.7% 53
Total Votes 3,159
Source: "Allegheny County Election Results, "2013 Primary Results," accessed September 30, 2013

Campaign finance

Sumpter reported $3,560.10 in contributions and no expenditures to the Allgheny County Election Division, which left his campaign with $3,560.10 on hand.[2]


Sumpter did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.


Pittsburgh Public Schools District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sumpter 99% 3,718
     No party Write-In 1% 39
Total Votes 3,757
Source: "Allegheny County Election Results," "2009 General Election," accessed September 30, 2013


Pittsburgh Public Schools District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross Listed Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sumpter 100% 4,063
Total Votes 4,063

What was stake?

Five seats on the Pittsburgh Public School Board were at stake in the upcoming election. Sumpter was the only incumbent running for re-election, making this the largest turnover Pittsburgh Public Schools had experienced in many years.

About the district

See also: Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Public Schools is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Public Schools is located in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has a population of 306,211.[3]


The city outperforms the state in education and underperforms in median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents in Pittsburgh with a high school degree (88.8%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Pittsburgh (34.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Pittsburgh is $37,161 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 66.0 83.5
Black or African American 26.1 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 4.4 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 2.3 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.6 42.2
2008 57.0 42.2
2004 57.2 42.1
2000 40.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

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