Born and raised in Cleveland’s Ward 18, the neighborhood he has represented as a member of the City Council since January 13, 1997, Martin J. Sweeney is a native son who knows Cleveland, understands Cleveland . . . and loves Cleveland.
From his first days at City Hall, Councilman Sweeney began earning a reputation as a hard-working representative dedicated to the welfare of his Ward. During his time on Council, more than $350 million in economic development has been invested in Ward 18, creating more than 1,500 jobs. On his watch, the stability of Ward 18’s residential and business districts has been maintained and even enhanced in the face of daunting economic challenges.
He is a hands-on, roll-up-his-sleeves Councilman who favors direct contact with constituents. With the help of the Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation, Councilman Sweeney is personally involved with countless issues, large and small, that impact the lives of the residents of Ward 18.
In December 2005, Councilman Sweeney’s horizon expanded to include all of Cleveland when his colleagues unanimously elected him President of Cleveland City Council, a position to which he was honored to be re-elected in November 2009. He also serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.
As Council President, Mr. Sweeney recognizes that to strengthen the city, Cleveland’s neighborhoods must be revitalized. He has worked tirelessly with the Jackson Administration to made improvements including safer streets, more police visibility, a stable housing stock, creation of jobs and responsive city government.
Mr. Sweeney also has been deeply involved in the redevelopment of downtown. The heart of the city is getting a much needed boost with new development projects that promise to secure the city’s future including the Medical Mart and Convention Center, a downtown urban casino, new construction in the historic Flats, and an expansion of Cleveland State University including dormitories, student center, and a K-12 school on campus.
A proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Martin J. Sweeney earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cleveland State University. He was a member of the legendary 1986 CSU basketball team that improbably advanced to the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA Tournament, in the process capturing the heart of a city.
Council President Sweeney graduated from the prestigious Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004, which brings together local community leaders from all walks of life.
Martin J. Sweeney and his wife, Katherine, have four daughters and reside on West 133rd Street, across from Jefferson Park.
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