Dan Gilman is currently serving his first term as City Council member for the 8th Council District of Pittsburgh.
Councilman Gilman has been very active in his first year on Council, Councilman Gilman passed legislation that prohibits perpetrators of illegal hillside dumping from bidding on or participating in City contracts. He also introduced and passed two pieces of legislation and a resolution aimed at reducing the discrimination and stigma pregnant women and nursing mothers continue to face. Councilman Gilman’s reasonable accommodations legislation provides a real solution to pregnant City and contract workers being asked to choose between their health and their livelihood. He has also been active in imploring the PA legislature to support the PA Women's Health Agenda.
Further, Gilman passed resolutions asking the FDA to re-evaluate blood, tissue, and organ donation policies, calling for elected officials at the state and federal level to work with Pittsburgh to join together to repair America’s infrastructure, and calling upon state legislators to support legislation that would enable all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State Police. Through Councilman Gilman’s leadership, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police was also able to get a new K9 donated. The new K9 joined the force after the tragic death of former K9 police officer Rocco.
The Councilman worked extensively with the Mayor’s office to implement smart technology that will vastly improve City services such as snow removal, paving, online permitting, and the 311 system, and called for online auctioning of unused equipment—including vehicles—as a revenue generating measure for the City; an idea that the mayoral administration has started to pursue.
Councilman Gilman convened the first ever meeting of school principals and leaders for all of the schools in his district, encouraging collaboration and cooperation across schools and neighborhoods. Councilman Gilman also partnered with schools and PTAs in the district to help raise funds for school and community initiatives, and hosted community events that encourage responsible tree planting and community engagement in growing Pittsburgh’s urban forest.
Councilman Gilman organized and hosted a small business roundtable to discuss the challenges and opportunities of small, locally owned businesses in Pittsburgh. A diverse group of Pittsburgh small business leaders, representatives from the Mayor’s office, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) joined the first of many such conversations to begin understanding and addressing the unique needs of local small businesses. The councilman then worked with the Mayoral Administration on a 2015 budget that contained a 300 percent increase in spending for small businesses.
Gilman has recieved many awards and accolades for his hard work. He was selected as one of only twelve leaders nationwide to join The NewDEAL, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders. He was also appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) University Communities Council. He has also been recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP, as well as one of Pittsburgh’s “50 Finest” by Whirl Magazine.