David Catania

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David Catania
Personal details
Born (1968-01-16) January 16, 1968 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican (Before 2004)
Independent (2004–present)
Alma mater Georgetown University

David A. Catania (born January 16, 1968)[1] is an American politician and lawyer from Washington, D.C. He is currently a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he serves as an independent, elected at-large (not from any specific ward of the city). Catania is openly gay.

Catania ran for mayor in the 2014 Washington mayoral election


Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Catania is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. He was elected to the Council as a Republican in a 1997 special election with 7% voter turnout,[2] but elected to a full term in 1998, and re-elected in 2002 and 2006.[3][4] Catania lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.[4]

Catania was the first openly gay member of the D.C. Council and one of a small number of openly gay Republican office-holders.[3] This led to a conflict within his party when President George W. Bush spoke in favor of an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Catania opposed the amendment and became a vocal opponent of Bush's 2004 re-election. In response, the District of Columbia Republican Committee decertified him as a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.[5] Catania announced his endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, one week prior to the convention.[6] In September 2004, Catania left the party and became an independent, citing his displeasure with its direction on urban and social issues.[7][8] He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 as an independent.[3]

Catania currently is the chairperson of the Council's Committee on Education and is a member of the Committee on Government Operations, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Health. Catania chaired the Committee on Health between 2005 and 2012.[citation needed] As one of two openly gay members currently serving on the Council, Catania has played a major role in the city's recognition of same-sex unions and legalization of same-sex marriage.[3][9][10][11]


B13.0193 Tax Parity Act of 1999

B13-0468 Comprehensive Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Reform Amendment Act of 2000

B13-0552 Workforce Investment Implementation Act of 2000

B13-0637 The Health Care Expansion Act of 2000

B13-0752 New E-Conomy Transformation Act of 2000

B14-0026 Child Support Enforcement Amendment Act of 2001

B14-0096 Medicaid Provider Fraud Prevention Amendment Act of 2001

B14-0600 Establishment of an Office of the District Attourney for the District of Columbia Charter Amendment Act of 2002

B17-0135 Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008

B15-0436 Unemployment Compensation and Domestic Violence Amendment Act of 2003

B15-0886 School Accountability Amendment Act of 2004

B15-0888 Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2004

B16-0088 District of Columbia Excel Institute Grant Authority Emergency Act of 2005

B16-0114 Prescription Drug Excessive Pricing Act of 2005

B16-0420 District of Columbia Health Professional Recruitment Program Act of 2005

B16-0421 Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Establishment Act of 2006

B17-0030 Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and Reporting Act of 2007

B17-0092 Student Access to Treatment Act of 2007

B17-0135 Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008

B17-0364 Safe RX Amendment Act of 2008

B17-0372 Effi Slaughter Barry HIV/AIDS Initiative Act of 2007

B17-0858 Adverse Event Reporting Requirement Amendment Act of 2008

B18-0481 Health Care Facilities Improvement Amendment Act of 2010

B18-0482 Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009

B18-0622 Legalization of Marijuana For Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2009

B18-0642 Healthy DC Equal Access Fund and Hospital Stabilization Emergency Amendment Act of 2010

B18-0644 Haiti Earthquake Relief Drug and Medical Supply Assistance Emergency Act of 2010

B18-1003 Long Term Ombudsman Program Amendment Act of 2010

B19-0002 Health Benefit Exchange Authority Establishment Act of 2011

B19-0077 Pension Protection and Sustainability Amendment Act of 2011

B19-0211 South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012

B19-0305 Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation Establishment Emergency Amendment Act of 2011

B19-0510 HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Requirements Amendment Act of 2012

B19-0524 Senior HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment Act of 2012

B19-0657 Collaborative Care Expansion Act of 2012


  1. ^ "David A. Catania". The Washington Post (highbeam.com). January 6, 2005. pp. T11. Retrieved July 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ Janofsky, Michael (December 11, 1997). "Washington Council Election May Forecast Change". The New York Times (nytimes). pp. A22. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Craig, Tim (December 15, 2009). "Poised to mark a milestone: For D.C. Council member, same-sex marriage bill a personal and professional victory". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. B01. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Silverman, Elissa (October 29, 2006). "For Catania, Mellowing With Age, Incumbency". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. C01. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ Williams, Vanessa (May 28, 2004). "Catania Leaves D.C. GOP Over Convention Seat: Ouster as Delegate Tied To Opposition to Bush". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. B01. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ Hsu, Spencer S.; Williams, Vanessa (August 30, 2004). "Gay Activists Demand a Seat in 'Big Tent': Pataki, Specter Among Allies at N.Y. Rally". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. A07. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ Williams, Vanessa (September 29, 2004). "Catania to Become Independent Today". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). pp. B02. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ O'Bryan, Will (October 7, 2004). "Dropping the GOP: David Catania's new political life as an independent". Metro Weekly (metroweekly.com). Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ "DC approves same-sex marriage law". BBC News (news.bbc.co.uk). May 6, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ Mieszkowski, Katherine (April 7, 2009). "Same-sex marriage: Who's next?". Salon (salon.com). Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  11. ^ Craig, Tim (December 15, 2009). "D.C. Council approves bill legalizing gay marriage: Bill heads to Fenty's desk, still must survive congressional review period". The Washington Post (washingtonpost.com). Retrieved December 15, 2009. 

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