James Burn, Jr.District 3
Jim Burn has been serving as the County Council Member for District 3 since 2005, serving as President of the County Council from March through December of 2011.
Jim graduated from Duquesne University in 1985, and received his J.D. from the University of Dayton in 1988. While in law school, Jim served as the President of the Student Bar Association and as the President of the Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity. Jim returned to the Pittsburgh area after law school and has been practicing law in this area ever since.
Jim arrived at County Council in 2005 with 12 years of municipal service, which includes his notable tenure as the Mayor of Millvale from 1994 to 2005. During this period, he worked with borough council and other area officials to eliminate Millvale's debt and to institute aggressive efforts to revitalize the community, including Millvale's marquee Riverfront Park. As Millvale's Emergency Management Coordinator, he oversaw and coordinated the immediate disaster recovery efforts for the community after Hurricane Ivan caused catastrophic flooding in the area. For his service as Mayor he received the Mayor of the Year Award in 1997 from the Pennsylvania State Mayor's Association, the Outstanding Young Men in America Award, and the Community Award from North Hills Community Outreach.
During his tenure on Council, Jim co-sponsored legislation with County Council Member Dave Fawcett, which created the landmark concept of a countywide riverfront park. This concept has gained national and international attention. As Mayor of Millvale, Jim saw firsthand the millions of dollars in private sector investment that came to Millvale as a result of a two-mile riverfront park along the Allegheny River. With over 80-linear miles available for a countywide riverfront park, both Jim and Council Member Fawcett recognized the opportunity for tremendous growth, influx of private sector investment, and opportunity for our leadership to promote this region to businesses and families. Jim has also worked with his colleagues to either sponsor or co-sponsor legislation and agendas that have demanded more accountability from authorities, promoted public safety, and ensured the submission of budgets on time and balanced.
Jim also chairs the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. In 2010, Jim was named as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Political Influencers. His accomplishments as a local and state political leader have led to appearances on local, Statewide and National television and radio news programs.
Married in 1997, Jim lives in Millvale with his wife Lori and their two sons, James Edward and Brandon Patrick.
District 3 Communities:
Fox Chapel Borough
West Deer Township