Jim Brewster was elected to the State Senate and has been representing the constituents of the 45th Senatorial District in parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties since 2010.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Jim was Vice President of Operations with Mellon Bank.
Jim was elected to McKeesport City Council in 1995, and served as council president for seven years prior to being elected mayor in 2004. During his years as McKeesport mayor, Jim was credited for bringing $27 million in state, county and federal dollars to the city. He also helped develop the Palisades, McKee’s Point Marina and Greater Allegheny Passage Trail at the Waterfront.
Jim served as a director and board member for: the Allegheny League of Municipalities; Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities; McKeesport Optimist Club; Municipal Risk Management; Allegheny County Air Quality Control; McKeesport Development Corporation; McKeesport Recreation Board; Penn State Greater Allegheny. He served on the Board of Directors at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., and continues as Secretary of the Board of Port Authority of Allegheny County, Vice President of the Board of Monroeville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Chairman of the McKeesport Housing Authority.
Jim currently serves as chairman of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and the Game and Fisheries Committee. He is Vice Chair of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee. He also serves as a member on the Senate Banking and Insurance, Education, and the Transportation Committees.
Jim was elected to both the McKeesport Area School District Hall of Fame and McKeesport Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. He was also honored as “Mayor of the Year” in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Mayor’s Association, and “Friend of Youth” by the McKeesport Optimist Club for founding the “Toys for Tots” program and starting a youth basketball program at the McKeesport Salvation Army. Jim serves the constituents in the 45th Senatorial District throughout many programs for families and children.
He is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in education and is married with three daughters and seven grandchildren.