President of York City Council

Henry Hay Nixon

101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 - York, PA 17405

Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax:(717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 668-5999


Henry Nixon, a Democrat, was first elected to City Council in November of 2009 and after winning a re-election bid in November 2013, was again sworn into office on January 6, 2014 for a term of four years. Henry currently serves as Chair of the Economic & Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Business Administration Committee and serves as Council’s liaison to the York County Board of Commissioners and the Community Progress Council’s Board of Directors.

Henry and his wife have lived in the city since 1970. Mr. Nixon’s decision to run for office was based in his desire to forge new alliances within our larger York community, promote economic development and jobs throughout the City, and reverse the deterioration of neighborhoods.

He attended Mercersburg Academy and graduated from Gettysburg Area High School (1966) and Gettysburg College, BA 1970.

Mr. Nixon has 40 successful years of business experience and community leadership. This experience qualifies him to be a good steward of his fellow taxpayers’ money. His many years of community service taught him to work well with others in seeking solutions to complex challenges. With contacts, in every field, throughout York County, he can bring resources to bear on the difficult challenges that face York.

Mr. Nixon is passionate about the City and its future. He will put new energy into city government. He believes that City Council, the people of York and the Mayor should be aligned: have the same goals, work closely together achieving those goals and thereby move our City forward, building on the successes of the past.

After 25 years, he retired from the furniture and interior design business in 1995. He then joined the York Symphony in 1998, as their first Executive Director. During his tenure there he developed collaborations with diverse organizations to further the mission and impact of the orchestra in the community. Mr. Nixon retired from the York Symphony Orchestra in 2011 having served as Executive Director for nearly 14 years.

He was a member of the Steering Committee for York City Dollars For Scholars, and served on its first Board of Directors. He was appointed to the York City Waste Water Treatment Authority Board to fill a vacated term and Mayor John Brenner chose him to lead the transition team in 2001. Mr. Nixon is a current board member of Community Progress Council. He served on a variety of volunteer Boards over the years, holding leadership positions on many. He has been active in the Arts community serving on the Steering Committee that founded the Cultural Alliance of York County.

These skills have instilled an ability to face challenges with tested experience and the necessary tools to find solutions. He is a proven leader with passion and commitment to York. He will serve with tolerance and consistency.

The Nixons settled on North Newberry Street in 1987. Their 3 children attended City schools and graduated from William Penn High School. Their daughter and her 3 children also live in the City. Henry and his wife belong to Christ Lutheran Church on South George Street.

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