About David Oh

David Oh is a Councilman At-Large (Republican). On Council, David serves as Minority Whip and Chair of the Committee on Global Opportunities & the Creative/Innovative Economy. He is the first Asian American elected to political office in Philadelphia and the only veteran serving on Council.

 David is a proven fighter and a proven reformer. David challenges the status quo by introducing smart legislation, taking bold action and tackling Philadelphia’s most pressing issues.Thanks to David’s legislation, we have a tax credit for employers who hire returning veterans ($15,000 off their business taxes over 3 years), protection for nursing mothers from being fired or harassed for pumping breast milk at work with a requirement that they be provided a clean, secure room whenever possible, and new enforcement to ensure minorities and women are not discriminated against at city funded construction projects. David introduced the bill which transferred $64 million to honor the firefighters contract. He also introduced bills to lower the wage tax by $100 million over 11 years, reform public education based on global best practices, solve the pension problem, attract new employers, make local government more transparent and accountable, collect delinquent taxes, protect homeowners from squatters, and fund Community College of Philadelphia as required by state law.  David has traveled at his own expense to meet with top executives of major corporations about locating or investing in Philadelphia.

David is a champion for veterans, the creative arts economy and small businesses. He fights for veterans rights and causes (raised about $65,000 for veterans and active-duty military), created PHL LIVE Center Stage (free platform for musicians), established both the Music Industry Task Force and the Film Task Force,  and organized a Small Business Council to help small businesses fight taxes, penalties and regulations that are putting them out of business.  

David has been very involved in the Philadelphia community for a very long time. He served on many boards and commissions including First Philadelphia Commercial Bank, PHEC Board overseeing Hahnemann University, Nazareth Hospital, Crime Prevention Association, Nazareth Academy High School, Community College of Philadelphia, Monte Jade Science & Technology Association: Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Philadelphia Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, Alumni Association of Central High School, Walnut Street Theater, WYBE Public Television, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Tribune Charities and the Federal Judicial Nominating Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. David is Past Chairman of the Hajdak-Mokan (Phila) Chapter: 82nd Airborne Division Association. He is a Life Member of both the 82nd Airborne Division Association and the Special Forces Association.


David is married to Hee Sun. They have four children, Hannah (12), Joshua (9), Daniel (7) and Sarah (5).


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