Meet the Chairman

Elected Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman in 2010, Jim Burn has an extensive career in public service. Jim is an attorney representing the rights of injured workers and an elected member of Allegheny County Council. 

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 was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law in Southwestern Pennsylvania ever since.

Throughout his career, Jim has understood the value and need for unity and teamwork. While serving as Mayor of Millvale Borough, Jim credits teamwork as not only the catalyst for Millvale's rebirth and revitalization, but also the driving force behind the ability of the community to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Ivan. Jim was recognized in his community and by the Commonwealth for his outstanding 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 the North Hills Community Outreach.

After serving 12 years as Mayor of Millvale, Jim was elected to Allegheny County Council in 2005. Jim served as President of the County Council in 2011. With his experience – leading Millvale through the trials of Hurricane Ivan – Jim also served as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee of Allegheny County and is uniquely prepared to lead in times of crisis.

Jim also served as Chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic Party from 2006 through 2011. Bringing his message of teamwork to this position, Jim successfully built party unity and consistently got Democrats elected.

In 2010, Jim was named as one of Pennsylvania 's Top 50 Political Influencers by Politics PA. His insight and knowledge of Pennsylvania 's political landscape has led to frequent appearances on television and radio news programs across the Commonwealth and Nation as a spokesperson for Pennsylvania's Democrats. While appearing on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, Mr. Matthews referred to Jim as President Obama's best surrogate during the 2012 campaign for the White House.

Married in 1997, Jim lives in Millvale , PA with his wife Lori and their two sons, James Edward and Brandon Patrick.