Party affiliation: Democrat
City councilman, Pittsburgh, 1988—2003. Council president, 1994—1997. Member Alle-Kiski Coalition, Coalition to Counter Hate Crime, Democratic State Committee, Firearms Owners Against Crime, Roaring Run Watershed.
State senator District 38 Pennsylvania, since 2003. Minority chairman Game Committee, Fisheries Committee. Member Local Government, State Government, Urban Affairs Committee, Housing Committee.
Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (Jene Mager post), Victorian Vandergrift Museum & History Society, Strongland Chamber of Commerce, Sons of Italy (Lodge 2746), Preservation Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville Corporation, Lawrenceville United, Hyde Park Museum History Rm, Highland Park Community Club, Casino Theatre Renovation Foundation, America Public Health Association, Allegheny Valley College of C., Allegheny-Kiski Valley History Society, Allegheny Cemetery History Society, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (life), Sierra Club, Lawrenceville Moose # 581.