Meet Thaddeus Kirkland

Honorable Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland is a remarkable community activist who first burst into the public arena in the fight for improved education for the students in the City of Chester. In spite of adversaries, Kirkland continues the fight for educational fairness and equality within the Chester-Upland School District — a fight that he is committed to winning. He is not only a well-loved and vocal leader in his home city, but he is also respected and admired across Delaware County.

A 1973 graduate of Chester High School, Kirkland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Cheyney University. He also attended classes at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Manna Bible Institute. He has been supported in his endeavors by his family, which includes his wife Susie, their five daughters and their twelve grandchildren.

Elected in his first attempt for public office in 1992, Kirkland was charged with the task of representing the 159th Legislative District, which includes the communities of the City of Chester, Chester Township, Lower Chichester Township, portions of Ridley and Upper Chichester townships, Eddystone, Marcus Hook, Trainer, Upland and Parkside.

Kirkland has been a strong advocate for the elderly and has fought to ensure equal rights for both the visually impaired and the physically challenged. He is the prime sponsor of legislation relating to prayer in schools, Braille, video surveillance, absentee ballot, technical training and Head Start.

Kirkland is also the pastor of Community Baptist Church and is also the former Vice President of West End Ministerial Fellowship of Chester and Vicinity, former Vice-Chairman of the National Black Caucus of State Legislatures, a former Board of Trustee member of Lincoln University and a graduate of the Widener University Leadership Academy. He is also a member of Wine Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and the Prince Hall Masonic Family.

Kirkland has received multiple awards for his leadership, community service and dedication from the following organizations: West End Ministerium Inc.; the Chester Chapter of the National Political Congress of Black Women; New Life Ministries; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural, Educational, and Employment Committee of Crozer Chester Medical Center; the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Epsilon Pi Chapter; the Mount Pleasant Drug Ministry; the Chester Chapter Cheyney University Alumni Association; Franklin Lodge #158; the Delaware County Senior Center Network; the Chester Branch of the NAACP; Project Prepare of Widener University; the Ranges Temple Usher Board; the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women; and the Blind Sight Center of Chester.

Kirkland's Accomplishments

– $65 Million for development of 291 highway in Chester
– $7.5 million for development of Chester Transportation Center
– $6 million for development of Supermarket
– $500,000 for Police Department
– $500,000 for development of Boys and Girls Club – Chester
– $2.5 million for Eddystone Recreation Center
– Supported Development of Harrah’s Racetrack and Casino
– Supported Development of Philadelphia Union Soccer Stadium
– $1 million for local Fire Stations in the 159th Legislative District
– $500,000 for Senior Center Development
– Fought to save jobs at Sunoco and Monroe Energy
– Fought against the installation of Rubber Burning Facility in Eddystone
Approval Ratings
– 100% Union Voting record for the past 24 years
During time in office as a State Rep:
– Received 100% rating from Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates
– Received 100% rating by PennEnvironment
– Received 100% rating from Sierra Club
– Received 100% rating from Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania