David Grosso

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David Grosso is an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Grosso is an attorney and lives in Brookland.[1] David Grosso is a native Washingtonian. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Earlham College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University. David is a member of the D.C. Bar and served on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington. He is a member of the Sierra Club, NARAL, ProChoice America, and the ACLU.

Early life[edit]

Grosso was born in Washington, D.C.[2]

Grosso graduated from Earlham College with a degree in philosophy.[3] Grosso received a J.D. from Georgetown University in 2001.[2] Before attending college, David volunteered helping refugees from El Salvador living in Honduras. He also spent a year as a full-time volunteer building a transitional housing program for homeless women in San Antonio, Texas, where he met his wife, Serra Sippel, also a native Washingtonian and president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity. .

Grosso worked for D.C. Councilmember Sharon Ambrose working as a clerk for the District's Economic Development Committee.[4][5] Grosso worked as Chief Counsel to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.[3] Grosso was a vice president of public policy for health insurance carrier CareFirst for several years.[6]

David and Serra live in the Brookland neighborhood of Ward 5 with their dogs Frida and Diego

2012 District Council Election[edit]

In 2012, David Grosso and six other individuals declared their candidacy for two seats as at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia.[7] Grosso ran as an independent candidate. In accordance with the District's Home Rule Act, one of the seats up for election that year was reserved for an individual who is not affiliated with the Democratic Party.[7]

During a debate of four candidates for the at large council seat, Grosso supported expanding the types of illnesses that qualify for medical marijuana.[6] Grosso said he supported the five-cent tax on disposable bags, and he said he does not support school vouchers.[6] Grosso also said he would vote to censure Councilmember Jim Graham for violations of Metro's code of ethics.[6] Grosso also said he was in favor of speeding cameras, saying that they were important because they slow drivers and save lives.[8] Grosso supports giving tax incentives for private employers to move to the District.[5]

On October 18th, the Washington Post editorial board endorsed David for at-large councilmember stating, “…[David] understands the issues important to the city and knows how government should work. …[His] experience in running the council’s economic development committee for Ms. Ambrose gives him insights into affordable housing and job training.” David also earned the endorsements of the Current Newspapers, The City Paper, The Examiner, Sierra Club, DC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, DC for Democracy, DC Urban Moms and Dads, and Greater Greater Washington.

Grosso won one of two at-large seats on the council with twenty percent of the vote.[9]


Official results from the District of Columbia Board of Elections:[9]

    Name Party Votes Percentage
Vincent Orange Democratic 144,595 38%
David Grosso Independent 78,123 20%
Michael A. Brown Independent 57,762 15%
Mary Brooks Beatty Republican 27,847 7%
A.J. Cooper Independent 25,012 6%
Leon J. Swain Jr. Independent 24,588 6%
Ann C. Wilcox Statehood-Green 22,802 6%
Write-In   2,402 1%

In Office[edit]

In April 2013, he voted against the Telemedicine Reimbursement Act, a bill to require health insurers in the city to pay for health care services provided remotely via interactive audio and video, an increasingly common method of health care delivery. Fellow Councilmember Mary Cheh criticized Grosso's vote as a favor to health insurance companies.[10]


  1. ^ Craig, Tim (September 20, 2012). "Patterson, Lightfood Endorse Grosso". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ a b Sanborn, Tyler (September 20, 2011). "Former Law Student Runs for DC Council". The Hoya (Georgetown University). 
  3. ^ a b "About David". Grosso for Council 2012. 
  4. ^ Nakamura, David; Heath, Thomas (February 6, 2006). "Stadium Lease Deal Leaves Questions; Baseball Officials Await Key Details". The Washington Post. p. A01. 
  5. ^ a b Wiener, Aaron (October 19, 2012). "A Q&A with David Grosso on Housing and Development". Washington City Paper. 
  6. ^ a b c d "D.C. Council Candidates Debate at Catholic University". WTOP. October 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Craig, Tim (November 3, 2012). "D.C. Council At-large Candidates on the Issues". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Craig, Tim (September 28, 2012). "Forum for D.C. Council Challengers Turns Contentious". The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ a b "Declaration of Winner and Certification of Election Results: General Election Held November 6, 2012, for the Office of At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia" (pdf). District of Columbia Board of Elections. November 29, 2012. p. 4. 
  10. ^ DeBonis, Mike. "Mary Cheh criticizes colleague’s vote on Twitter". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Michael A. Brown
At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia