Edward Gainey

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Edward Gainey
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Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 24
In office
January 1, 2013-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$82,026/year
Per diem$159/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionCommunity Development
Office website
Campaign website
Edward Gainey is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Gainey currently serves as Chairman of the Pittsburgh City Democratic Committee and most recently worked as the Community Development Specialist for the City of Pittsburgh. Gainey has been involved with a number of community initiatives and organizations, including Building Bridges, Minority Media, the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, the 52 Weeks of Peace Initiative, Divine Intervention Ministries and PROMISE.[1]


Gainey earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Morgan State University.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gainey served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Children & Youth
Transportation, Democratic Secretary
Urban Affairs




On April 20, Gainey and incumbent Joseph Preston, Jr. (D) took part in a debate sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. Coverage of the debate can be found here.



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gainey ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 24. Gainey defeated incumbent Joseph Preston in the April 24 Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Gainey 100% 26,032
Total Votes 26,032
Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 24 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Gainey 65.7% 4,687
Joseph Preston, Jr. Incumbent 34.3% 2,442
Total Votes 7,129

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Edward Gainey is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Edward Gainey raised a total of $169,794 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 11, 2013.[5]

Edward Gainey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 24 Won $143,781
2006 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 24 Defeated $26,013
Grand Total Raised $169,794


Edward Gainey won election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Edward Gainey raised a total of $143,781.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Edward Gainey's campaign in 2012
Western Pennsylvania Laborers$51,000
Women Under Forty$15,500
Operating Engineers Local 66$12,000
Western Pennsylvania Labors Political Action Fund$5,000
Electrical Workers Local 5$4,500
Total Raised in 2012$143,781
Source: Follow the Money


Gainey is married to his wife, Michelle.[6]


Petition challenges

On March 20, Democratic candidates Todd Koger and William Anderson were disqualified after a petition challenge by Gainey. Gainey also challenged incumbent Joseph Preston's petition. A number of Preston's signatures were thrown out (some as forgeries), but enough valid signatures remained for Preston to keep his place on the ballot.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Preston (D)
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 24
Succeeded by