William Russell RobinsonDistrict 10
Member: Budget & Finance, Health & Human Services, Public Works, Public Safety
Member: Parks & Public Works, Reapportionment
William Russell Robinson (Bill) was sworn into Allegheny County Council on September 23, 2003 to serve as Council’s District 10 representative. Bill’s start on Council was rather unconventional: He was sworn as a member three times over a period of four months in 2003. It began in 2002, when the Honorable Louis “Hop” Kendrick replaced the Honorable James Simms, who resigned to run for Allegheny County Controller, as the interim representative of District 10. In 2003, Bill replaced Mr. Kendrick to complete the unexpired term of Mr. Simms. Soon after, Bill was officially elected to a four-year term on November 4, 2003. After completion of his first term, he won reelection in 2007. Now, Bill currently serves as a member of Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, Council’s Health & Human Services Committee, Public Safety Committee and the Special Committee on Parks & Public Works. He also is a member of Allegheny County’s Professional Services Review Committee.
Bill graduated from Pittsburgh’s Schenley High School in 1960 and attended The Ohio State University, where he graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He later attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and received a Master’s Degree in Political Science.
Bill was elected in 1978 to the Pittsburgh City Council, a position he held for eight years. As a council member, he chaired the Committee on Planning Housing and Development, the Supplies Committee and the Committee on Business Practices and Investment Policies. The experience allowed Bill to pursue office as a state representative, and in 1988 he was elected to represent the 19th Legislative District, replacing the iconic and legendary K. LeRoy Irvis, holding that position for 14 years. During his tenure as a state representative, Bill served on the Appropriations, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Tourism and Recreational Development Committees, and on the Educational Committee as the Democratic Chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education. He has also served on the Health and Welfare and Urban Affairs Committees along with the Special Committee on Education Reform.
Bill is a former adjunct assistant professor of political science at Carlow University’s School for Social Change. In 2005, he was named to the Board of Fellows of the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh. In November 2002, Bill received, from the Jazz Seminar Committee at the University of Pittsburgh, the Special Recognition Award for dedication and loyal support of the Jazz Seminar Program, a state of the art music studio at the University of Pittsburgh named in his honor.
Bill served on the Board of Trustees at the Community College of Allegheny County for 21 years, he served as Vice Chairman for 2 consecutive terms, and as Chair for 2 consecutive terms. He also serves on the college’s Educational Foundation Board. Bill believes in the role of community colleges in post-secondary education and economic development in Allegheny County, and he highly values CCAC’s contributions to the community. He was recognized on January 10, 2013 as the first Emeritus Trustee at CCAC.
As the owner of Bill Robinson and Associates, a public affairs, educational and economic development consulting firm, Bill has a strong interest in budget and finance issues and workforce development. Bill has been active in the community for many years and was a board member of the POISE Foundation. He has been a devoted member of St. Luke Baptist Church in Pittsburgh for more than 60 years, and he is also a Life member of the Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP. He is a Life member of The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association and is a member of the university’s Varsity O (track and field).
Recently, Bill has been recognized by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of its 50 Men of Excellence and Talk Magazine’s Minority Achiever’s Man of Distinction, to name a few. He is also an active member of the Western Pennsylvania Black Political Assembly and a former political writer for the New Pittsburgh Courier.
For more information about Bill Robinson, please go to: www.billsbooks.net.
District 10 Communities:
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 3 (Lower Hill District)
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 4 (Oakland - Soho)
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 5 (Upper Hill District)
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 8 (Bloomfield)
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 11 (East End Mall & Highland Park Areas)
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 12 (East Liberty)
City of Pittsburgh, Ward 13 (Homewood)
Forest Hills Borough