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Joe Vignola

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Joseph C "Joe" Vignola, Sr born August 11, 1949 is a Democratic politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • 1 Political career
    • 11 City Controller
    • 12 Senate candidacy
    • 13 City Council tenure and return to private life
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Political careeredit

City Controlleredit

In November 1982, Philadelphia City Controller Thomas Leonard resigned his post and announced his intention to run for Mayor2 he would ultimately lose the Democratic nomination to Wilson Goode Vignola ran to succeed him, and was elected in November 1983

Senate candidacyedit

Main article: United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, 1988

Vignola resigned the office of City Controller in December 1987, and subsequently announced his intention to challenge incumbent Republican Senator John Heinz in the 1988 election3 Heinz, who was seeking his third term in the Senate, had amassed considerable political clout, having most recently served as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Vignola's candidacy struggled to gain traction, and he was ultimately defeated by over 30 percentage points, or roughly 15 million votes, while only carrying one county across the state–Philadelphia4

City Council tenure and return to private lifeedit

In 1991, Vignola announced his intention to challenge incumbent Democratic Councilman James Tayoun for his First District on the Philadelphia City Council Tayoun eventually announced his intention to retire rather than seek re-election amid a federal investigation into alleged tax fraud His candidacy was supported by his cousin, Democratic power broker and former State Senator Buddy Cianfrani,5 and Vignola eventually scored a narrow victory former Republican State Representative Connie McHugh in the fall general election6

Vignola resigned his council seat in 1995, after Mayor Ed Rendell appointed him executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority PICA7

He served in a variety of appointed positions during Rendell's gubernatorial tenure, and has subsequently returned to private business

Personal lifeedit

In 2010, Vignola's 21-year-old son, Joseph Jr, admitted to beating an 18-year-old woman he met on the website Craigslist, and slashing her throat in a Philadelphia hotel room He was originally sentenced to two-to-four years in prison, but later had his sentence extended to nine to 26 years when he was discovered to have lied to the court about alleged incidents of hazing during his time at the Valley Forge Military Academy8


  1. ^ "City Finance Director Picked to Replace Goode" The Philadelphia Inquirer November 25, 1982 Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  2. ^ "Leonard Takes The Plunge In A High-Stakes Race" The Philadelphia Inquirer November 10, 1982 Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  3. ^ Infield, Tom December 16, 1987 "Vignola Steps Down From Controller's Chair" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  4. ^ "PA US Senate" Our Campaigns Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  5. ^ "Party Backs Vignola Bid For Council" The Philadelphia Inquirer April 26, 1991 Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  6. ^ "Philadelphia City Council 01" Our Campaigns Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  7. ^ "Councilman To Be Chief Of PICA" The Philadelphia Inquirer February 18, 1995 Retrieved February 5, 2012 
  8. ^ Slobodzian, Joseph A March 9, 2011 "Vignola Jr's sentence extended for lying about hazing" The Philadelphia Inquirer Retrieved February 5, 2012 

External linksedit

  • Profile at the Colmen Group
Philadelphia City Council
Preceded by
James Tayoun
Member of the Philadelphia City Council for the 1st District
Succeeded by
Frank DiCicco
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Leonard1
Philadelphia City Controller
Succeeded by
Jonathan Saidel2
Party political offices
Preceded by
Cyril Wecht
Democratic nominee for US Senator from Pennsylvania
Class 1

Succeeded by
Harris Wofford
Notes and references
1 Immediately preceded as Acting Controller by John Smithyman
2 Immediately succeeded as Acting Controller by John Smithyman

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