List of members of the Council of the District of Columbia

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These lists include all members of the Council of the District of Columbia since its creation. All members are elected to 4-year terms (except for the initial 2-year terms for half the members elected to the first council, in 1974).

Chairman[edit]

The chairman is elected in years divisible by 2 but not by 4: 1974, 1978, ..., 2010, 2014, etc.

  1. Sterling Tucker (D), 1975–1979
  2. Arrington Dixon (D), 1979–1983
  3. David A. Clarke (D), 1983–1991
  4. John A. Wilson (D), 1991–1993
  5. David A. Clarke (D), 1993–1997 (won special election after death of Wilson)
  6. Linda W. Cropp (D), 1997–2007 (won special election after death of Clarke)
  7. Vincent C. Gray (D), 2007–2011
  8. Kwame R. Brown (D), 2011–2012
  9. Phil Mendelson (D), 2012– (won special election after Brown resigned)

At-large member[edit]

There are four at-large members at any time, elected in groups of two. Group 1 was elected in 1974 to 2-year terms and elected in years divisible by 4 thereafter: 1976, 1980, ..., 2008, 2012, etc. Group 2 is elected in years divisible by 2 but not by 4: 1974, 1978, ..., 2010, 2014, etc.

  1. Douglas E. Moore (D), 1975–1979
  2. Julius Hobson (Statehood), 1975–1977
  3. Marion Barry (D), 1975–1979
  4. Jerry A. Moore, Jr. (R), 1975–1985
  5. Hilda Mason (Statehood), 1977–1999 (appointed by party and then won special election after death of Hobson)
  6. Betty Ann Kane (D), 1979–1991
  7. John L. Ray (D), 1979–1997 (appointed by party and then won special election after Barry became mayor)
  8. Carol Schwartz (R), 1985–1989
  9. William Lightfoot (I), 1989–1997
  10. Linda W. Cropp (D), 1991–1997
  11. Harold Brazil (D), 1997–2005
  12. Carol Schwartz (R), 1997–2009
  13. Arrington Dixon (D), 1997 (appointed by party after Cropp became chairman)
  14. David Catania (R; became I in 2004), 1997– (won special election at end of Dixon's temporary appointment)
  15. Phil Mendelson (D), 1999–2012
  16. Kwame R. Brown (D), 2005–2011
  17. Michael A. Brown (I), 2009–2013
  18. Sekou Biddle (D), 2011 (appointed by party after Kwame Brown became chairman)
  19. Vincent Orange (D), 2011– (won special election at end of Biddle's temporary appointment)
  20. Anita Bonds (D), 2012– (appointed by party after Mendelson became chairman)
  21. David Grosso (I), 2013–

Ward 1 member[edit]

The Ward 1 member is elected in years divisible by 2 but not by 4: 1974, 1978, ..., 2010, 2014, etc.

  1. David A. Clarke (D), 1975–1983
  2. Frank Smith (D), 1983–1999
  3. Jim Graham (D), 1999–

Ward 2 member[edit]

The Ward 2 member was elected in 1974 to a 2-year term and elected in years divisible by 4 thereafter: 1976, 1980, ..., 2008, 2012, etc.

  1. John A. Wilson (D), 1975–1991
  2. Jack Evans (D), 1991– (won special election after Wilson became chairman)

Ward 3 member[edit]

The Ward 3 member is elected in years divisible by 2 but not by 4: 1974, 1978, ..., 2010, 2014, etc.

  1. Polly Shackleton (D), 1975–1987
  2. James E. Nathanson (D), 1987–1995
  3. Kathleen Patterson (D), 1995–2007
  4. Mary Cheh (D), 2007–

Ward 4 member[edit]

The Ward 2 member was elected in 1974 to a 2-year term and elected in years divisible by 4 thereafter: 1976, 1980, ..., 2008, 2012, etc.

  1. Arrington Dixon (D), 1975–1979
  2. Charlene Drew Jarvis (D), 1979–2001 (won special election after Dixon became chairman)
  3. Adrian Fenty (D), 2001–2007
  4. Muriel Bowser (D), 2007– (won special election after Fenty became mayor)

Ward 5 member[edit]

The Ward 5 member is elected in years divisible by 2 but not by 4: 1974, 1978, ..., 2010, 2014, etc.

  1. William Spaulding (D), 1975–1987
  2. Harry Thomas, Sr. (D), 1987–1999
  3. Vincent Orange (D), 1999–2007
  4. Harry Thomas, Jr. (D), 2007–2012 (resigned)
  5. Kenyan McDuffie (D), 2012– (won special election after Thomas' resignation)

Ward 6 member[edit]

The Ward 6 is elected in years divisible by 2 but not by 4: 1974, 1978, ..., 2010, 2014, etc.

  1. Nadine Winter (D), 1975–1991
  2. Harold Brazil (D), 1991–1997
  3. Sharon Ambrose (D), 1997–2007 (won special election after Brazil became at-large)
  4. Tommy Wells (D), 2007–

Ward 7 member[edit]

The Ward 2 member was elected in 1974 to a 2-year term and elected in years divisible by 4 thereafter: 1976, 1980, ..., 2008, 2012, etc.

  1. Willie Hardy (D), 1975–1981
  2. H.R. Crawford (D), 1981–1993
  3. Kevin P. Chavous (D), 1993–2005
  4. Vincent C. Gray (D), 2005–2007
  5. Yvette Alexander (D), 2007– (won special election after Gray became chairman)

Ward 8 member[edit]

The Ward 2 member was elected in 1974 to a 2-year term and elected in years divisible by 4 thereafter: 1976, 1980, ..., 2008, 2012, etc.

  1. James Coates (D), 1975–1977
  2. Wilhelmina Rolark (D), 1977–1993
  3. Marion Barry (D), 1993–1995
  4. Eydie Whittington (D), 1995–1997 (won special election after Barry became mayor)
  5. Sandy Allen (D), 1997–2005
  6. Marion Barry (D), 2005–

Table[edit]

Background colors indicate party:

Democratic Republican Statehood independent
Period Year Chairman At large Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6 Ward 7 Ward 8   Mayor
1 1975 Tucker D. Moore Hobson Barry J. Moore Clarke Wilson Shackleton Dixon Spaulding Winter Hardy Coates Washington
1976
2 1977 Mason Rolark
1978
3 1979 Dixon Kane Ray Jarvis Barry
1980
4 1981 Crawford
1982
5 1983 Clarke Smith
1984
6 1985 Schwartz
1986
7 1987 Nathanson Thomas Sr.
1988
8 1989 Lightfoot
1990
9 1991 Wilson Cropp Evans Brazil Kelly
1992
10 1993 Clarke Chavous Barry
1994
11 1995 Patterson Whittington Barry
1996
12 1997 Cropp Dixon Brazil Schwartz Ambrose Allen
1998 Catania
13 1999 Mendelson Graham Orange Williams
2000
14 2001 Fenty
2002
15 2003
2004 Catania
16 2005 K. Brown Gray Barry
2006
17 2007 Gray Cheh Bowser Thomas Jr. Wells Alexander Fenty
2008
18 2009 M. Brown
2010
19 2011 K. Brown Biddle Gray
Orange
2012 Mendelson Bonds McDuffie
20 2013 Grosso
2014

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