Lynne Abraham has dedicated her life to serving Philadelphia. Now, Lynneâ€™s running for mayor because she has the vision and experience to transform Philadelphia into Americaâ€™s Next Great City.
Lynneâ€™s roots are proud and deep Philadelphia roots. The daughter of first-generation Americans, she grew up on the margins of poverty. Her father earned fifteen dollars a week, in good times, working on Dock Street hauling vegetables. Her grandparents were immigrants â€” a tailor and a butcher â€” from Europe.
Like her parents and grandparents, Lynne was set on becoming a trailblazer. After graduating from Germantown High School, she became the first member of her family to attend college. She went on to earn her law degree from Temple Law School, where she was one of only two women in her class.
Beginning to realize her own American Dream, Lynne Abraham entered public service â€” working to make it possible for every citizen of Philadelphia to realize their dreams. From job creation to law enforcement, her resume working for our city is unrivaled.
Leading the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, one of the largest development and job creating agencies, Abraham was responsible for saving University Science Center, the nationâ€™s largest urban technology park; establishing Franklintown; and bringing new jobs, like Gimbelâ€™s Department Store in Market Street East, to the city.
She was the first woman elected to the municipal court, then served as a common pleas court judge. She ran the cityâ€™s law office, with a multi-million dollar budget, more than 600 lawyers and staff and three different unions.
Lynneâ€™s most important position was serving as district attorney for five terms â€” at the time the highest elected office held by a woman in the city. As the cityâ€™s top prosecutor, she put away rapists and murders, consoled victims of crime, and worked with the police to make our city safer.
Few other public servants have been elected city-wide eight times, but Lynne Abraham has what it takes to win. Sheâ€™s running for mayor to fight for our future. Lynne knows how far our city has comeâ€”and she has the vision to take us forward.