Councilman Bobby Henon – 6th District

bobbyhenon_600Councilman Bobby Henon represents the 6th Councilmanic District in Northeast Philadelphia, which includes the proud neighborhoods of Tacony, Mayfair, Holmesburg, Lexington Park, Holme Circle, Ashton, Bridesburg, Wissinoming, Port Richmond, East Torresdale, Castor Gardens, Oxford Circle, Rhawnhurst, Bells Corner, and Frankford.

Bobby is a lifelong resident of Northeast Philadelphia and has spent the majority of his adult life in the East Torresdale neighborhood of the 6th Councilmanic District, where he resides with his wife, Jill, and their two young sons, Matt and Zack.

Bobby’s personal integrity and desire to help others was forged early on during his four years of education at Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. It was shortly after graduation that he enrolled in and completed the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 college-accredited Apprenticeship Program. Bobby worked in the electrical field for a time and quickly began his ascent up the union ladder, serving as a steward, sub-foreman and foreman before becoming a Business Representative for Local 98’s Sound and Communications Division. His outgoing personality and political acumen caught the attention of Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty, who soon named him as the local’s new Political Director, a position in which he helped draft and lobby for legislation at every level of government to better the future of Local 98’s membership. Bobby also managed election day operations for endorsed candidates, educated and supervised campaign volunteers, and coordinated major campaign events. As an extension of his role as Local 98’s Political Director, Bobby served as Chairman of the local’s Political Action Committee, as board member of the Electrical Mechanical Association, and as a delegate to the IBEW International Convention. Bobby’s depth of experience as Local 98’s Political Director paved the way for his November 2011 election to City Council.

As his outstanding professional reputation grew in political circles, Bobby became a highly valued political adviser to many notable candidates and elected officials alike, serving in numerous high-ranking capacities, including Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s Inaugural Committee; the 2003 Transition Team for Philadelphia Mayor John Street; state delegate for the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO; a Vice Chairmanship of the National Young Democrats Labor Caucus; membership in the 2004 Pennsylvania College of Electors; as Labor Organizer for the Philadelphia Building Trades in the five county Greater Philadelphia region for the Seamus McCaffery for Pennsylvania State Supreme Court; and as regional labor organizer for several presidential campaigns; among other positions.

Although Bobby’s successful career and reputation as a smart, ethical and effective political adviser has made him known and respected in the halls of power in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., his heart remains in Northeast Philadelphia and his long history of civic involvement in his community attests to his loyalty to his hometown roots.

Bobby was involved in numerous pro bono neighborhood improvement projects in Northeast Philadelphia, including lighting the girls’ softball field at Archbishop Ryan, the mural of slain Police Officer Gary Skerski, the Viet Nam War Memorial and numerous other lighting projects at Father Judge High School, and lighting and electrical work at many area boys and girls clubs, including Parkwood, Bustleton, Torresdale (where Bobby still serves as assistant coach for boys’ sports), Frankford, Somerton, Rhawhurst and others. He also was involved in a major computer lab project at North Catholic High School, an Internet and electrical wiring project at St. Catherine’s School, and the rebuilding of the American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 146. Citywide, Bobby is deeply involved with Local 98’s annual “Toys and Turkeys” fundraiser for needy families, the annual “Walk for Juvenile Diabetes,” Young Friends of the Variety Club, the Susan G. Komen “Walk for the Cure” to raise funds for breast cancer research, and numerous neighborhood clean-up projects. Most recently, Bobby agreed to serve on the advisory committee of the annual “Gary Papa Run 4 Your Life” fundraiser to cure prostate cancer, an insidious disease which Bobby himself recently battled and beat.

Bobby’s charitable and civic contributions have earned him many awards and board appointments over the years. He has served on the boards of Self Help Movement, Inc., a Northeast Philadelphia drug rehab with a primary focus on substance abuse treatment and drug rehabilitation, the Franklin Towne Charter High School, Young Variety, and Northeast Victim Services, a non-profit community organization and the principal crime victim advocate for Northeast Philadelphia, which works to empower the victims of crime through advocacy and support, and to assist the community in its efforts to reduce the effects of crime through outreach and education.

Bobby’s history of civic involvement earned him the “Hero of Peace Award” presented by Veterans Against Drugs and the 2007 “Spirit of Life Award” presented by Joe Hand Boxing. In 2004, the Philadelphia Business Journal also named him one of its “40 Under 40 to Watch.”

Councilman Henon is the Chair of the Committee on Public Property and Public Works and Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee and the Committee on the Disabled and Special Needs. He also currently sits on the Committee on Rules, the Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Law and Government, the Committee on Licenses and Inspections, the Labor and Civil Service Committee, the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and the Transportation and Public Utilities Committee.