Honorable Marian B. Tasco is widely recognized as one ofPhiladelphia’s most influential, politically savvy, and pro-active public officials. Elected to serve her seventh term as City Council representative for the Ninth District in November 2011, Councilwoman Tasco represents close to 155,000 residents inPhiladelphia’s Northeast and Northwest sections.
Councilwoman Tasco’s consistent and dedicated approach has earned her the loyalty and respect of both her constituents and her peers. Having served in the past as both City Council Majority Leader and Majority Whip, her leadership over the years has been valued by her council colleagues and the administrations she has served along side.
Historically, Councilwoman Tasco stands out as the first African-American elected Philadelphia City Commissioner (1983-1987). In addition to serving as Councilperson, she is the current Ward Leader for the renowned 50th Ward, and was unanimously elected by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee to representPennsylvania on the Democratic National Committee.
As a veteran legislator who understands the importance of holding elected officials accountable for their productivity, Councilwoman Tasco continues to be effective in her commitment to obtain goods and services that preserve and enhance the quality of life for her constituency. She has been able to maintain an outstanding rapport with her electorate by introducing and securing the passage of a multitude of bills and resolutions that directly relate to improving general city services, protecting and enhancing the health and welfare of women, children, and families, and making Philadelphia neighborhoods and commercial corridors safe havens for all citizens.
In addition to using her political influence to accomplish all of the above-outlined exploits, Councilwoman Tasco chairs the City Council Public Health and Human Services Committee and is Vice Chair of the Council Finance and Ethics Committees. She proudly sits on several other Council Committees. While Councilwoman Tasco’s board appointments are many, she is highly recognized for her commitment as the chair of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, member of the Board of Directors for the Board of City Trusts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Board.
For her tireless efforts, Councilwoman Tasco has received countless awards and honors from numerous community, civic and religious organizations. Her most recent recognitions include an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Lincoln University; the 2009 Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition Dwight Evans Living Legacy Award, the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund; the 2007 Philadelphia NAACP 100 Influential Black Women Award; the 2002 Good Housekeeping Magazine Award for Women in Government and the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women’s 1998 Elected Women of the Year Award.