Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess has a strong belief in the community of Pittsburgh and in the greater community he serves. Rev. Burgess is currently serving his third term on Pittsburgh's City Council representing the neighborhoods of Homewood, Larimer, North Point Breeze, East Hills, Lincoln/Lemington/Belmar, East Liberty, Garfield, Stanton Heights, and Friendship. During his tenure, he has been fighting for the rights of low- and moderate-income people by creating legislation that makes the 9th council district safer, stronger and more secure, and empowers the community to be a part of the governmental process.
For the past 35 years, Rev. Burgess has been pastor of the Nazarene Baptist Church. In that capacity, Rev. Burgess has served with faithful distinction with a firm belief in the greater power that guides and offers hope for us all. Over the last 27 years, he also served as a Professor of Communications at Community College of Allegheny County.
Rev. Burgess is Chair of the newly formed Pittsburgh Land Bank Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority for the City of Pittsburgh; where he has worked to establish clean, safe, affordable housing for the residents of Pittsburgh. Additionally, Rev. Burgess founded and chairs the Pittsburgh Wage Review Commission. Rev. Burgess has also been an active Board Member of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, Allegheny Union Baptist Association, and Homewood Community Ministries.
Rev. Burgess graduated from Central Catholic High School and LaSalle University and has a Masters from Eastern Michigan University. He has also studied at Penn State University and the Pittsburgh Theological University.
Married to Carlotta K. Burgess for the past 34 years, Rev. Burgess has helped to raise three sons, Richard, John, and William, as well as one daughter, Candace.