Bruce Kraus

Pittsburgh City Council, District 3


Bruce will continue to be a critical LGBTQ voice on the Pittsburgh City Council


Bruce A. Kraus is proudly running for reelection for Pittsburgh’s 3rd Council District.

Born and raised in the South Side, Bruce began serving as a member of Pittsburgh City Council in 2008. Bruce was reelected to his seat in 2011 and sworn in for a second term on January 3rd, 2012. In January of 2014, he was elected by his colleagues as the President of Pittsburgh City Council.

Bruce’s personal history and extensive relationship with his constituents has played a key role in influencing a great deal of his work in local government. As Pittsburgh’s first openly gay elected official, Bruce has been a strong proponent of civil rights issues, including the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission, which serves to combat discrimination against gender identity and expression in housing, public accommodation and employment, and the City’s first Domestic Partner Registry.

As a Councilman, Bruce has sponsored diverse and comprehensive legislation over the years. Bruce introduced the Responsible Hospitality Institute’s Sociable City Plan, which has worked to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve night life throughout Pittsburgh with an emphasis on public safety and transportation. Bruce is committed to the revival of the historic and traditional beauty of the many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh’s Community. Bruce helped to lead the conversion of a once blighted South Side property into the Riverfront Off-Leash Exercise Area, a dog park serving South Pittsburgh. He is actively working towards improvements in recycling and waste management and the elimination of abandoned cars and derelict buildings throughout the district.

Outside of his roles of leading City Council and serving District 3, Bruce sits on the Brashear Association’s Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees, the Board of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA), the Board of Directors for the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID), the Board of Trustees for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Advisory Board to Shepard Wellness.

Bruce is dedicated to fighting for the equal rights and well-being of all citizens of Pittsburgh. He is constantly working towards, in his words, “A city where all people are invited to our great common table, to share in an equal voice and have every opportunity to participate in the stewardship of their futures.”

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