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Born and raised in Cleveland’s Ward 16, 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 16, creating more than 1,500 jobs. On his watch, the stability of Ward 16’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 16.

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 which he held through 2013.

Mr. Sweeney 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.

Councilman Sweeney graduated from the prestigious Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004, which brings together local community leaders from all walks of life.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard Program for Leadership Development and a recipient of the Cleveland State University's 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service.

Martin J. Sweeney and his wife, Katherine, have four daughters and reside on West 133rd Street, across from Jefferson Park.


  • Municipal Services and Properties -  Vice Chair
  • Mayor's Appointments - Chair
  • Transportation
  • Workforce and Community Benefits

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