George Leventhal

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George Leventhal (born November 19, 1962) is a Democratic politician from the state of Maryland. He is currently serving his third term as an At-large member of the Montgomery County Council. Leventhal was first elected to the Montgomery County Council in 2002, served as Council President in 2006, and was re-elected to second and third terms in 2006 and 2010, respectively.[1] In his eight years on the Montgomery County Council, George L. Leventhal has been a leading advocate for low-income residents and the uninsured, the Purple Line and environmental issues.[2]

Early Political Career[edit]

Prior to being elected to serve on the Montgomery County Council he worked on the staff of the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis and served as campaign coordinator for local election campaigns in Maryland and California, including Ida G. Ruben's first successful campaign for the Maryland Senate in 1986.

From 1987 to 1990, Leventhal was a research assistant on the tax staff of the Senate Finance Committee under its then-Chairman Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. Leventhal then went on to serve as legislative director for Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland from 1993 to 1995 and earlier served three years as Senator Mikulski's legislative assistant for appropriations, budget, tax, and transportation issues From 1996 to 2001, Leventhal served as chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Through the 1990's, he served on the board of CASA of Maryland. He played a leading role in many other political and community activities in the Takoma Park-Silver Spring area and throughout Montgomery County.

Political Views[edit]

Leventhal is an ardent supporter of the Purple Line light rail line, an important transportation project that will connect Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, Riverdale and New Carrollton.[3]

Councilmember Leventhal believes passionately in caring for our environment and living sustainably and has championed many County programs that foster these goals including: Bethesda Green, Montgomery County’s green building legislation and the Clean Energy Rewards Program.

Leventhal believes strongly in caring for the county's less-fortunate residents. In 2005 Leventhal initiated the Montgomery Cares program which provides health care to more than 26,000 poor and uninsured residents in Montgomery County.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Leventhal lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife, Soraia P. Leventhal, and their two sons, Daniel and Francisco. [5]

Leventhal received a Master of Administrative Science degree in public administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley.[6]