Residence: East Falls.

Education: Attended Overbrook High School (later earned GED); attended Community College of Philadelphia, 1974-75; certificate program at Harvard University's Kennedy School, 1984; master's degree, Fels Institute, University of Pennsylvania, 1986.

Political and government experience: U.S. representative for the Second District, 1995-present; state senator, 1989-94; state representative, 1983-88; assistant to city managing director, 1981; assistant to city housing director, 1980.

Income: $165,200 congressional salary. He declined to release his tax returns, citing his wife's desire to keep her salary private.

Family: Wife, Renee Chenault- Fattah; daughters Cameron, 8, and Chandler, 3; two adult children from previous marriage, Frances and Chaka Jr.

Put 1,000 video cameras and acoustic gunshot detectors throughout the city; utilize businesses' cameras as well. Use high-tech gun-detection imaging software.

Increase police force to a level deemed appropriate by the commissioner.

Establish a private reward fund for tips leading to seizure of illegal guns; make reporting of stolen guns compulsory.

Begin a Goods for Guns exchange - $200 grocery voucher for each gun turned in.

Use celebrities such as Donovan McNabb and Will Smith in a public-service ad campaign against violence.

On funding: Hike the district's share of the city's property-tax revenue to 60 percent and give the schools up to half the revenue he hopes to generate by leasing out Philadelphia International Airport, a centerpiece of his antipoverty proposals.

On governance: Give the mayor three seats on the SRC, the same as the governor. Keep the city-state partnership intact, the better to increase state funding.

On education: Urge the district to ax Edison and possibly other outside managers. Offer to help 80,000 residents with some college to complete degrees. Modernize classrooms and seek more partnerships with the region's colleges.

On charter schools: Supports a temporary moratorium.

On safety: Wants more surveillance cameras and technology, including GPS tracking devices in the backpacks of elementary school students in case they go missing.

On the ethics plan: Elaborates on Committee of Seventy's goals, stressing transparency and open meetings with citizens.

On public financing of campaigns: Will study it, but is reluctant to divert city money from other priorities.

On campaign contribution caps: Supports them at the state level but has sued to undo the city's caps. He favors lifting the caps on contributions when a wealthy candidate such as Tom Knox funds his own campaign.