Phil Mendelson

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Phil Mendelson
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9th Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 13, 2012
Preceded by Kwame R. Brown
At-Large Member of the
Council of the District of Columbia
In office
January 2, 1999 – November 29, 2012
Preceded by Hilda Mason
Succeeded by Anita Bonds
Personal details
Born Philip Heath Mendelson
(1952-11-08) November 8, 1952 (age 62)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater American University

Philip Heath "Phil" Mendelson (born November 8, 1952[1]) is a politician from Washington, D.C. He is currently the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, elected by the Council on June 13, 2012, following the resignation of Council Chair Kwame R. Brown. He formally won the chairmanship in a citywide special election on November 6, 2012.

Career[edit]

In 1998, Mendelson was elected as a Democrat to be an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, and he has been reelected thrice. He has served on the board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and as the president of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Mendelson has been active with District issues since 1975, when he joined the McLean Gardens Residents Association in the fight to save that 43-acre (170,000 m2) housing complex from destruction. He ran for a seat on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in 1979 and continued to serve as an ANC Commissioner until he took office as an at-large member of the council.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1975 joined McLean Gardens Residents Association
  • 1978 elected to Advisory Neighborhood Commission
  • 1996 ran unsuccessfully for at-large member of D.C. Council[2]
  • 1998 elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 2002 re-elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 2006 re-elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 2010 re-elected at-large member of D.C. Council[3]
  • 2012 elected Chair of D.C. Council

Committees[edit]

  • Committee on Public Safety & the Judiciary – Chairperson
  • Committee on Public Works and Transportation
  • Committee on Human Services
  • Committee on Housing and Workforce Development
  • Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation

Personal life[edit]

Mendelson came to Washington from Cleveland, Ohio in 1970 to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in political science from The American University. His mother was a national crusader for nursing home reform.[citation needed] His grandmother had been president of the Michigan State League of Women Voters, was appointed by President Roosevelt to the federal Office of Price Administration, and was a founder of the Grand Rapids Urban League.[citation needed]

Mendelson is separated from Connie Ridgway.[4] Mendelson and his wife have a 10-year old daughter, Adelaide.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Voters Guide 2006 Supplement" (PDF). The Washington Informer. 2006-09-24. 
  2. ^ District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (1996). "Final and Complete Election Results, September 10, 1996, Primary Election". Archived from the original on 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ Mathis, Sommer (September 15, 2010). "D.C. Council Election Updates: Could Michael D. Brown beat Phil Mendelson?". TBD.com. 
  4. ^ It Is the End of the Line for Phil Mendelson's Marriage
  5. ^ Phil Mendelson official Council website. Accessed 2010.06.22.

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Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Hilda Mason
At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
1999 – 2012
Succeeded by
Anita Bonds
Incumbent
Preceded by
Kwame R. Brown
Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
2012–
Incumbent