John Fetterman - Updated Jun 2024

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John Fetterman

John Fetterman is a well-known American politician. Since 2023, John Fetterman has been serving as the junior United States senator from Pennsylvania.

Early Life

On the 15th of August 1969, John Fetterman was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, in the United States of America. As of 2022, he is 53 years old and holds American nationality. Moreover, he has a birth sign of Leo and he belongs to mixed heritage, with his father being of Italian descent and his mother being of German and English ancestry. Meanwhile, his religious belief is unknown.

Fetterman was born to his father Karl Fetterman and his mother Susan Fetterman. He grew up with his brother, Gregg Fetterman. His parents divorced when he was young, and he was primarily raised by his mother. She worked as a nurse and instilled in him the values of hard work and perseverance. John has also credited his mother with sparking his interest in social justice, as she was involved in advocating for patients’ rights in her work.

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Caption: John Fetterman with his father (Source: New York Post)


Talking about his academic career, he went on to attend Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in finance in 1991. While at Albright, he played on the college football team and also became interested in social justice issues. After graduating from Albright, he earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Professional Career

Mayor of Braddock

Initially, John Fetterman began his career as a social worker, working with at-risk youth in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a small steel town near Pittsburgh. In 2005, he was elected as the mayor of Braddock and served in that position until 2019. During his time as mayor, he gained national attention for his efforts to revitalize Braddock and improve the lives of its residents. He focused on economic development, housing, and education, and worked to attract new businesses to the town.

In 2016, he ran for the United States Senate as a Democrat but was unsuccessful in his bid for the nomination. In 2018, he ran for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and was elected as the running mate of Governor Tom Wolf.

As Lieutenant Governor

As Lieutenant Governor, he has continued to focus on economic development and social justice issues. He has been an advocate for criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, and increasing the minimum wage. He has also been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and his policies.

During his time in office, he attracted attention for his work to make marijuana legal in the entire state as well as his opposition to President Donald Trump’s erroneous allegations of election fraud in Pennsylvania.

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Caption: John Fetterman as a junior United States senator from Pennsylvania (Source: The New York Times)

He announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate seat in 2022 in the year 2021. In the general election, he defeated Republican candidate Mehmet Oz with 51% of the vote, becoming the first Democrat to win this seat since 1962. He won the Democratic nomination with 59% of the vote. Moreover, he was sworn into the Senate on January 3, 2023, he resigned from his position as lieutenant governor.

He has represented Pennsylvania as a junior senator since 2023. Generally regarded as progressive and populist, he supports the right to healthcare, criminal justice reform, the abolition of the death penalty, a $15/hour federal minimum wage, and the legalization of marijuana.


Fetterman has been recognized with several awards and honors for his work as a social activist and politician. In 2011, Fetterman received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for his work in Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he focused on economic development and community revitalization.

He was selected for the Henry Toll Fellowship, a prestigious leadership program for state government officials in the year 2013. In 2015, he was named one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40” for his work as the mayor of Braddock. He received a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for his work in Braddock and his efforts to create a new model of urban revitalization in the year 2016.

In 2018, he was named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans for his work as a politician and social activist. He was named by The Hill as one of the rising stars in American politics in the year 2020.

Net Worth 2023

According to Celebrity Net Worth, his net worth is estimated at around $800,000 while he earns $217,610 annually from his state government salary. He reportedly has over $450,000 in assets in bank accounts and/or trusts for his children, according to the same source.

Relationship Status

In 2008, John Fetterman married his wife Gisele Barreto Fetterman. Meanwhile, Gisele is a Brazilian-American immigrant who is also a social activist and philanthropist. She is the founder of Free Store 15104, a non-profit organization that provides free goods to people in need, and she has also been involved in various other social justice initiatives. John and Gisele met when he was working as a social worker in Braddock, Pennsylvania. They have three children; Karl, August, and Grace.

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Caption: John Fetterman with his family (Source:

Gisele has been an active supporter of John’s political career and played a key role in his successful campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2018. She has also been recognized for her activism, receiving the 2020 Spirit of Justice Award from the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

John Fetterman – Body Measurements

Fetterman stands 6 feet 8 inches tall (203 cm) and weighs around 125 kg (275 lbs). Moreover, he has a blue pair of eyes with a bald head.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@johnfetterman’ there are over 183k followers. Likewise, there are over 961.6k followers on his Twitter page ‘@JohnFetterman’ and over 179k followers on his Facebook page.