Sue MeansDistrict 5
Member: Budget & Finance, Health & Human Services, Parks, Government Reform
Sue Means became a member of Allegheny County Council in December 2013 after being elected to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Vince Gastgeb. She represents County Council District 5. Sue is committed to honest, transparent government and to championing the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility. As a County Council member, she feels an obligation to watch over the use of taxpayers’ dollars “just as if the money was coming out of my own pocket.”
Sue has been recognized for her effective leadership during her 28 years of grassroots community service. In 1988, she was honored by Governor Bob Casey for her leadership in the passage of Pennsylvania’s homeschooling law. As an advocate for family issues in Pennsylvania, Sue was invited to be present when President George W. Bush signed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act into law in 2002.
In 2011 Sue was appointed to the Council of the Friends of South Park, where she chaired three committees and guided a project to evaluate the feasibility of restoring a historic residence within the park.
Sue founded and coordinated educational workshops from 1985 until 2011 and served as a newsletter editor for this same time period. She has organized public forums on current issues, including religious freedom (2012) and healthcare reform (2008).
Sue has five years of experience on the Republican State Committee and was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention. She earned her BS in Nursing and worked professionally as a neurosurgical unit nurse at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Sue also holds a third-degree black belt in karate.
Sue has been a lifelong resident of Allegheny County. Sue and her husband of 37 years, Jim Means, reside in Bethel Park; they have five children and two grandchildren.