ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Alan Butkovitz is an attorney, graduate of the Beasley School of Law (Temple), J.D. 1976. He has practiced civil and criminal law, including business litigation, civil rights, and environmental law.
He served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1990 - 2005), and as City Controller of Philadelphia (2006-2018).
Throughout his career in public service, Alan Butkovitz has focused on exposing as much waste, fraud and mismanagement as possible, while making recommendations to do more with less - and save taxpayers' millions of dollars.
As the Philadelphia Controller, Butkovitz received a national award every year for innovation and creativity.
During his tenure as Controller, he issued 344 reports, plowing new ground and answering questions that had never been asked before.
His office built fraud cases against high-profile public officials, who were ultimately incarcerated.
They also uncovered the fact that, up to that time, no state agency even asked whether businesses receiving tax credits for creating new jobs ever produced those jobs. That state policy has now changed to provide for more accountability by those businesses receiving taxpayer dollars.
Butkovitz's investigations and audits identified more than $800 million in potential revenues and savings for the city. He proposed hundreds of recommendations to improve the delivery of city services – aimed at making them more efficient and cost-effective.
Butkovitz won national recognition for his audit of Philadelphia's Emergency Medical Service (EMS) – which found EMS units were arriving late 40% of the time – and made recommendations for the city to re-coup millions of dollars in lost revenues from private insurance carriers.
He was widely praised for his groundbreaking audit of the city's Minority Business Enterprise Council (MBEC) that found MBEC had failed in its mission to remove barriers to minority participation in city contracts.
Butkovitz led the fight to divest Philadelphia pension funds from companies doing business in Sudan because of the Sudanese government's genocide against their own people in the Darfur region.
Prior to serving as City Controller, Butkovitz served 15 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he acquired a reputation for independence, hard work, and innovative ideas.
As a freshman lawmaker in 1991, Butkovitz led the fight against his own party and successfully repealed a tax that required senior citizens to include Social Security, pensions and veteran’s benefits as taxable income. As a result, Pennsylvania is one of only two states in the country that does not tax these vital benefits for senior citizens.
It was Butkovitz’s proposal to create harsher penalties for drunk drivers who kill that became law, mandating ten-year prison terms for any drunk driver who causes an automobile accident that results in a death.
Butkovitz was also widely praised for leading a three-year bipartisan investigation into violence in Philadelphia public schools.
He authored legislation creating the Office of the Safe School Advocate – the first of its kind in the nation. This Office has the authority to fight for victims of school violence and monitor the School District of Philadelphia’s compliance with the Safe Schools Act.
Alan Butkovitz was born and raised in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Overbrook High School, Temple University and Temple University School of Law. Alan Butkovitz lives with his wife Theresa in Philadelphia, and they have two children, Rachel Henderson and Edward Butkovitz, and four grandchildren, Gryphon and Lily Henderson and Fiona and Jesse Butkovitz.