Rep. Martell Covington's Biography

Martell Covington was elected to the House in 2022 to represent the 24th Legislative District. Born and raised in Homewood, he has deep ties to Pittsburgh and the communities he represents. It's been his mission to serve the community.

For more than 12 years, he worked in various roles for the Community Empowerment Association, a social service organization on the east side of Pittsburgh, eventually becoming the Assistant Director of Youth & Family Services. He is currently chair of its board of directors.

Prior to his election, Covington served as a legislative aide to state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, where he worked on critical developments for the Pittsburgh region, including serving as a leadership team member for the Oakland Business Improvement District’s Strategic Plan and a technical advisor for the Oakland Plan. In 2021, he was elected to serve as Vice President for the Young Democrats of Allegheny County. Covington also is part of the Black Equity Coalition's Policy Team.

As a football and softball coach with Homewood Community Sports for over five years, Covington actively engages with local youth through sports. He recently founded and is the current president of the Black Viking Alumni Society of Central Catholic High School, his alma mater. He also is a board member emeritus of Open Field International and sits on the boards of Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Gwen's Girls.

Covington is a graduate of Howard University and many additional training programs focused on educational development, social justice, and youth organizing such as Training for Trainers with Dr. Joy DeGruy and Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative.