Mary Rennie has represented Erie County Council’s District 3 since 2020. Mrs. Rennie currently serves a second term as the Chair of Council’s Personnel Committee, Chair of the Erie County Election Board and liaison to Erie County Council of Governments (COG), Edmund L. Thomas Center, the Erie County Land Bank, the NW Regional Planning Commission, and the Public Defender.
In a time of pandemic, Rennie is particularly proud of the work that has been done in the meeting the needs of the residents of Erie throughout the County. She has been supportive of the Health Department and the local COVID-19 Outreach Team, and continues to help the fight. In addition, Rennie names her participation in a Presidential Election year during these difficult times as a proud moment. She found it an honor to work shoulder to shoulder with so many civic minded citizens to achieve voter access, election accuracy, transparency, and integrity. She states “What makes it all sweeter is that we did it in Erie County by working together across the board in a non-partisan team effort. It was both humbling and uplifting to watch democracy in action.”
Mary spent her career as a county employee at the Erie County Public Library, starting as a library clerk and retiring in 2017 as library director. In her time at the library, she spearheaded the design of the Blasco Library Master Plan, which included the design and construction of the Idea Lab and Teen Space.
She also oversaw design and construction of the Edinboro Branch Library and the Lincoln Community Center Library, the relocation of the Millcreek Branch Library; and the Children’s Library at Blasco. She was named Disrupt Erie Awards Social Impact Entrepreneur of 2017 for her work on the Idea Lab.
An Erie native, Rennie received a master’s degree from Clarion University and a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
She and her husband, Bob, live in the City of Erie. They have five children and one grandchild.
About District 3
District 3 covers Erie’s 2nd Ward District 8; Erie’s 3rd Ward Districts 2, 6 and 7; Erie’s 5th Ward Districts 1, 2, 11 and 20; Erie’s 6th Ward; and Millcreek Township Districts 11, 18, 19 and 20.
The term expires in 2024.