Michael Lamb for Auditor General
Michael E. Lamb has served as the Controller of the City of Pittsburgh since 2008, where he has taken on public corruption and acted as an independent voice for city residents — working to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse; strengthen the city’s finances; and save money for taxpayers. Lamb knows that the Controller, like the Auditor General, is the citizens’ first line of defense against corruption.
Taking on Wall Street, Big Corporations, and Special Interests
Lamb has been a strong progressive voice for city residents — taking on Wall Street, big corporations, and special interests — to do right by taxpayers. Audits conducted by Lamb’s office have exposed waste and abuse of tax dollars in city government and have led to major improvements in the way that city departments and authorities serve and interact with taxpayers. Lamb has also led the fight against several privatization proposals in Pittsburgh, offering creative solutions to ensure that revenue from public assets goes toward improving the city’s finances instead of lining the pockets of Wall Street investment bankers.
Fighting for our Shared Values and Priorities
As a lifelong Democrat, Lamb believes in affordable healthcare; quality public schools; protecting our environment; and safe, prosperous, inclusive neighborhoods that are free of gun violence. He knows that strong unions ensure good jobs and help grow our middle class. Lamb strongly believes that civil rights and equitable treatment are the foundation to building a Pennsylvania that works for everyone.
Lamb is a proud supporter of women’s rights and knows that attacks on Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights are bad for taxpayers and bad for the economic well-being of women and families.
Lamb also backs Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s efforts to legalize recreational marijuana. As Auditor General, Lamb will make sure legalization is done in a fair and equitable manner for all Pennsylvanians.
Transparent and Accountable
As City Controller, Lamb has been a champion of government transparency and accountability — opening city government to the people so they can monitor exactly how their money is spent. In April 2019, Lamb launched the newly upgraded Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh website, giving taxpayers unprecedented access to information about the city’s budget operations. Lamb also created Open Book Pittsburgh, a website that allows citizens to search and view all city contracts, as well as all campaign contributions and expenses of all candidates running for office in the city of Pittsburgh. Additionally, Lamb released Pittsburgh’s first Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), a user-friendly version of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that gives taxpayers a clear, accessible picture of the state of Pittsburgh’s finances and information on Pittsburgh’s demographics and government.
When Lamb took office as City Controller, Pittsburgh was near bankrupt. The city’s long term debt was nearly one billion dollars, and the Pittsburgh Pension Trust was among the most underfunded pension plans in the country. 12 years later, the city is generating surpluses. City debt has been cut in half and the pension fund has grown and is now on its way to full funding. Lamb’s oversight, focus on government efficiency and transparency, and efforts to fight privatization have helped lead the city out of financial distress and toward a stronger, more stable future.
Throughout his career, Lamb has been widely recognized as a reformer who has made government more efficient, more transparent, and more accountable to taxpayers. In 1998, he led the effort to pass the Home Rule Charter for Allegheny County, ushering in a new, more effective, and more responsive form of county government. As the Allegheny County Prothonotary from 2000-2007, Lamb called for the elimination of his own elected office as part of a larger row office consolidation plan to save taxpayers money. That effort succeeded in 2005, and Lamb became the last prothonotary in Allegheny County.
Born and Raised in Pittsburgh
Michael Lamb was born and raised in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where he attended St. Catherine School and then went on to South Hills Catholic and Seton La Salle High School. He is a graduate of Penn State University, Duquesne University School of Law, and Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz School of Public Policy.
An attorney admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Lamb currently resides in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife, Jill.