Linda W. Cropp

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Linda W. Cropp
Linda Cropp.jpg
Cropp orating in February 2006.
6th Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
In office
1997–2007
Preceded by David A. Clarke
Succeeded by Vincent C. Gray
At Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
In office
1991–1997
Preceded by Betty Ann Kane
Succeeded by Arrington Dixon
Personal details
Born (1947-10-05) October 5, 1947 (age 66)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dwight S. Cropp
Relations Christian Alexander (grandson)
Children Alison
Christopher
Alma mater Howard University (B.A., Government)
Howard University (Masters Degree)

Linda Washington Cropp (born October 5, 1947)[1] is an American politician from Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. She was a Democratic member of the Council of the District of Columbia, where she was the first woman to serve as the elected Council Chairman. On September 12, 2006, she lost the Democratic Primary for Mayor (57%-31%) to Adrian Fenty. This loss came in spite of the fact that Cropp had been endorsed by outgoing mayor Anthony A. Williams. She was succeeded as Council Chairman by Vincent C. Gray.

Early life and education[edit]

Cropp received a bachelor's degree in government from Howard University in 1969. In 1971, she received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Howard University. In 2002, she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of the District of Columbia, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the George Washington University in 2007.

Career[edit]

  • 1980 elected to D.C. Board of Education representing Ward 4,[2] later becoming vice president and president
  • 1990 elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 1992 elected as chair of the Councilors Committee on Human Services[3]
  • 1994 re-elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 1997 named acting Chairman of D.C. Council, following the death of David Clarke
  • 1997 elected D.C. Council Chairman in a special election
  • 1998 re-elected D.C. Council Chairman
  • 2002 re-elected D.C. Council Chairman
  • 2006 entered race for Mayor
  • 2007 retired from D.C. politics[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Cropp is married to Dwight S. Cropp, a doctor. She has two children, Allison and Christopher, and a grandson, Christian Alexander.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voters Guide 2006 Supplement" (PDF). The Washington Informer. 2006-09-24. 
  2. ^ Linda Cropp Finding Aid, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University
  3. ^ Linda Cropp Finding Aid, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University

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Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Betty Ann Kane
At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
1991–1997
Succeeded by
Arrington Dixon
Preceded by
David A. Clarke
Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
1997–2007
Succeeded by
Vincent C. Gray