International President Edwin D. Hill Retires May 27, 2015

In a brief email to his International Office staff, Hill said, “I came to this decision after much thought and reflection, concluding it was the right time for the next generation of IBEW leadership to come to the fore.”

President Hill addresses attendees at the 38th IBEW International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2011.

Upon Hill’s recommendation, the leader of the 725.000-member Brotherhood will be replaced by Lonnie R. Stephenson, vice president of IBEW’s Sixth District, covering Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota.

From his roots as a second-generation journeyman electrician and member of Beaver, Pa., IBEW Local 712, Hill rose to regional prominence as the local’s business manager and vice president of IBEW’s Third District covering New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Appointed international secretary in 1997, Hill assumed the newly created position of secretary-treasurer one year later and assumed the office of international president in 2001.

In a message to members upon his appointment as international president, Hill said, “Some leaders in Washington revel in hobnobbing with the powerful. I recognize the importance of a strong presence in the halls of power, but I know that any power we wield comes from our strength in numbers and our solidarity as working people.”

Hill’s tenure as international president during times of economic crisis for the North American construction industry and attacks on organized labor has been marked by landmark initiatives that flow from that understanding of power.