Just when I think I can't love the people in this city any more you continue to amaze me with an overwhelming victory here tonightRavenstahl wins Pittsburgh mayor primary May 20, 2009
I'm happy to say that our city will recover all of the costs that came with hosting a safe and successful G20 summitG20 summit cost Pittsburgh $12.2 million Feb 02, 2010
It's a great day in Pittsburgh and a great day for (Pittsburgh) sports fansReport: Pittsburgh named top sports city Oct 08, 2009
Over the last several days, thanks to your strength, conviction and support, we have made progressPitt. mayor seeks delay on tuition vote Dec 16, 2009
This is a leap of faith for all of usPittsburgh mayor drops tuition tax push Dec 21, 2009
Luke Robert Ravenstahl (born February 6, 1980) is the current Mayor of Pittsburgh. In September 2006, he became the youngest mayor in Pittsburgh's history at the age of 26. He is among the youngest mayors of a major city in American history.
A graduate of North Catholic High School, Ravenstahl attended the University of Pittsburgh before graduating from Washington & Jefferson College. Four months after his graduation, aged 23, he ran for a seat on the Pittsburgh City Council. He was elected and took office in January 2004 before being appointed City Council President in December 2005. After the death of Pittsburgh mayor Bob O'Connor, Ravenstahl became the acting mayor, per the city's charter, on September 1, 2006. He later won a special election in 2007, and a regular election in 2009.
Ravenstahl's father, Robert P. Ravenstahl Jr., is a district magistrate on the Northside, serving Wards 26 & 27, and head coach for the North Catholic High School football team. His grandfather, Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr., represented the 20th legislative district as a state representative, was a Democratic ward leader in the North Side, and was defeated in the 1976 Democratic primary by a young Tom Murphy, who would go on to become mayor himself. Ravenstahl's mother was a crossing guard in the neighborhood of Manchester and is currently a teacher's aide with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Ravenstahl is the eldest of three brothers.