Edward Gainey (born February 19, 1970) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving since 2013. In 2012, Gainey defeated his former boss, Joseph Preston, Jr., in a Democratic primary. Gainey has also served as a community development specialist for Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and as the Chairman of the Pittsburgh Democratic Committee. He has represented the 24th District since 2013. His district includes many majority African American neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, including Homewood, East Liberty, East Hills, and Lincoln-Lemington, plus the similar adjacent municipality of Wilkinsburg.
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the 24th district
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Joseph Preston, Jr.|
|Born||February 19, 1970|
|Alma mater||Morgan State University|
Gainey grew up in East Liberty and is a graduate of Peabody High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Morgan State University. Gainey long held the job of legislative aide to State Representative Joseph Preston, Jr.. He later took a position with the City of Pittsburgh in a community and economic development role, focusing on enhancing minority business opportunities and bettering relationships with the police. In 2010, he became chairman of the city's Democratic Party committee. Gainey challenged his former boss Rep. Preston three times before prevailing in the 2012 Democratic primary. Gainey is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.
On January 22, 2016, Gainey's younger sister Janese Talton-Jackson, 29 years old, was shot dead in Pittsburgh by a man who followed her out of a bar.
- "SESSION OF 2013 - 197TH OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - No. 1" (PDF). Legislative Journal. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2013-01-01.
- "Gainey in the 24th: It's time to replace a veteran but tired incumbent". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
- "Members List". Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 May 2016.