P.G. Sittenfeld

P.G. Sittenfeld

A promotional photo of Sittenfeld in Over-the-Rhine in 2015
Member of the City Council of Cincinnati
Assumed office
December 1, 2011
Personal details
Born Alexander Paul George

(1984-10-01) October 1, 1984
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Princeton University
Magdalen College, Oxford
City University London
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Official website

Alexander Paul George "P.G." Sittenfeld[2] (born October 1, 1984) is an American politician who has been a member of the City Council of Cincinnati since 2011, when he became the youngest person (age 27) ever elected to the position. He is a Democrat. In January 2015, he announced his 2016 bid for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Rob Portman. On March 15, 2016, Sittenfeld lost the Senate Democratic Primary Election to former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland.[3]

Early life and education

Sittenfeld was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Curtis (Bascom), is an art history teacher and librarian at Seven Hills School, a private school in Cincinnati, and his father, Paul George Sittenfeld, is an investment adviser.[4] He and his sister, author Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld, attended Seven Hills School. His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic, and he was raised Catholic.[5] He attended Princeton University (Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies, 2007), where he was elected president of the freshman class,[6] and then attended graduate school at Magdalen College, Oxford (receiving his Master of Studies in English and American Studies, 2009) and the City University London (Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing, 2010 with distinction) as a Marshall Scholar.[1][7] He worked as a summer intern at Google and Time.[2]


Sittenfeld is co-founder and assistant director of the Community Learning Center Institute in Cincinnati.[8][9]

Political career

Cincinnati City Council

"Vote PG" logo

In 2011, at age 27, Sittenfeld became the youngest person ever elected to Cincinnati City Council.[10] He received the second most votes of the 23 candidates.[11]

He was re-elected to the council in 2013 and was the leading vote-getter among the 21 candidates.[12]

U.S. Senate campaign

On January 22, 2015, Sittenfeld announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by current Republican United States Senator Rob Portman in 2016.[13] Sittenfeld lost in the Democratic Party primary to former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland.[14]

Throughout his primary campaign, Sittenfeld focused heavily on gun control issues, claiming he would support reforms such as a federal ban on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks for gun purchasers.[15] On January 28, 2016, Sittenfeld announced a proposed amendment to the Ohio legislature to restore home-rule authority on gun control. His proposal would allow city governments within Ohio to enact their own gun control laws, a power which was removed by a 2006 state law.[16]

Personal life

Sittenfeld serves as a board member of the Freestore Foodbank and Breakthrough Cincinnati.[2][30]


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  2. 1 2 3 "Spotlight on: P.G. Sittenfeld". iSPYCINCY. Archived from the original on January 26, 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  3. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/public/2016/primary-election/US-Senate-primary-results-ohio.html
  4. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/61658400/
  5. "Heading Into Conflict". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. "Sittenfeld '07 elected Cincinnati council member". Daily Princetonian. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  7. "P.G. Sittenfeld". City of Cincinnati. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  8. Shesgreen, Deirdre (June 22, 2015). "Sittenfeld report shows salary, other financial info". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Cincinnati.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  9. "Our Team". Community Learning Center Institute. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  10. "Historic Cincinnati city council sworn in, waiting for budget". WXIX-FOX19. December 2, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  11. "Cincinnati City Council receives major overhaul in election". WXIX-FOX19. November 9, 2011.
  12. "Cranley elected mayor, with big changes on city council". WVXU Cincinnati. November 6, 2013.
  13. "Sittenfeld: Yes, I'm running for U.S. Senate". Cincinnati.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  14. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/public/2016/primary-election/US-Senate-primary-results-ohio.html
  15. Higgs, Robert (November 17, 2015). "PG Sittenfeld pushes gun regulation as key campaign issue against Ted Strickland". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  16. Provance, Jim (January 28, 2016). "Sittenfeld seeks return of home-rule authority on guns". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  17. Zichal, Heather (September 8, 2015). "We need lawmakers who will fight for a clean environment". The Hill. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  18. Pelzer, Jeremy (February 10, 2015). "PG Sittenfeld endorsed by former Ohio Gov. Richard Celeste". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  19. Ludlow, Randy (February 12, 2016). "Richard Celeste endorses P.G. Sittenfeld in Senate primary race". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  20. 1 2 3 4 5 Pelzer, Jeremy (January 19, 2016). "Ted Strickland, PG Sittenfeld unveil Northeast Ohio endorsements". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  21. Drusch, Andrea (January 13, 2016). "Ted Strickland's Ohio Woes". National Journal. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  22. Gomez, Henry (February 19, 2015). "P.G. Sittenfeld lands more supporters". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  23. 1 2 3 4 Wehrman, Jessica (January 26, 2015). "Democratic city council members endorse Sittenfeld". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  24. Troy, Tom (July 22, 2015). "Jim Ruvolo concerned over David Pepper's treatment of Senate candidate Sittenfeld". The Toledo Blade. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  25. "Actor Jonathan Banks Endorses PG Sittenfeld for U.S. Senate". YouTube. February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  26. "Actor Mark Hamill (Star Wars iconic Luke Skywalker) endorses PG Sittenfeld". YouTube. March 8, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  27. "Friends of the Earth Action endorses PG Sittenfeld for Senate". Friends of the Earth Action. February 16, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  28. "For the U.S. Senate: P.G. Sittenfeld in the Democratic primary". Akron Beacon Journal. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  29. "PG Sittenfeld for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary: endorsement editorial". The Plain Dealer. February 29, 2016. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  30. "Breakthrough Cincinnati". breakthroughcincinnati.org. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
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