(2004 To present)
John B. Callahan
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Callahan was sworn in as the mayor of Bethlehem, the seventh
largest city in Pennsylvania, on January 5, 2004. He was elected
mayor in November 2003 in a landslide victory not only taking
over 60% of the votes but also sweeping every ward in the
city. Mayor Callahan had a second landslide victory in the
2005 primary and ran unopposed in the general election. He
was sworn into office for his first four-year term mandated
by voters on January 3, 2006.
Mayor Callahan served on Bethlehem City Council from 1998-2004.
When he was elected to City Council in 1998, he became the
youngest Councilman in the history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
He chaired the Finance Committee and the Public Works Committee.
Mayor Callahan has been the longest serving President of
the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities and has
served the League as 2nd and 1st Vice President, and is a
member of the National League of Cities’ Policy Committee
on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. He serves on
the Board of Directors for the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park,
the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and the
Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, as well as the Minsi Trails
Council of the Boy Scouts of America, for which he is also
the Chair of the Urban Scouting Program in Bethlehem and serves
on the Advisory Council for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.
In addition, Mayor Callahan is the Co-Chair of South Side
Vision 2012 and also a member of the Pennsylvania Society
and Bethlehem Rotary.
Mayor Callahan grew up on the West Side of Bethlehem and
graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Moravian College.
Before becoming Mayor of the City of Bethlehem Callahan was
a Senior Institutional Healthcare Consultant for Pfizer, Inc.,
a “Fortune 20” company. The company had employed
him for 13 years. He and his wife, Mafalda, have three children
and reside in Northeast Bethlehem.