Covington takes oath for state representative

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Martell Covington, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, beginning his first term representing Pennsylvania’s 24th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Earlier this month, Covington won the seat during a special election to replace former Rep. Edward Gainey.

Born and raised in Homewood, Pittsburgh, Covington has made it his mission to be involved in his community. He has served as a leadership member for the Oakland Business Improvement District’s Strategic Plan, a technical advisor for the Oakland plan and was a legislative aide to state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. In addition, he has held several positions in the Community Empowerment Association.

Covington said he will focus on several key issues, including juvenile justice reform, educational equity and public safety.

“Supporting the community with affordable housing, and supporting our seniors and veterans, along with providing access to valuable resources and addressing gun violence, is top of mind,” Covington said. 

He is a graduate of Howard University and is the founder of Black Viking Alumni Society of Central Catholic High School, his alma mater.

Covington’s district office is located at 100 Sheridan Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 and can be reached at 412-665-5502 or via his webpage at People can connect with him on Twitter here and on Facebook at