May 10, 2011 – January 2, 2017
|Preceded by||Sekou Biddle|
January 2, 1999 – January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Harry Thomas, Sr.|
|Succeeded by||Harry Thomas, Jr.|
April 11, 1957 |
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of the Pacific
Vincent Bernard Orange, Sr. (born April 11, 1957) is a politician from Washington, D.C.. Orange is an attorney and a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Council of the District of Columbia where he serves as a Democrat representing the District At-Large.
Orange was raised in Oakland, California. Through A Better Chance scholarship, Orange attended Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from the University of the Pacific, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1979 and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1980. In 1982, he unsuccessfully ran for mayor of the District of Columbia. In 1983, he earned a Juris Doctor from Howard University. He worked as a senior tax accountant for accounting firm Arthur Andersen from 1983 to 1987. In 1988, he graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned a Master of Laws in Taxation. Orange is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
1980s and 1990s
From 1987 to 1989, Orange worked for the District's Department of Finance and Revenue. He was manager of the District's Tax Amnesty Program, and he was acting chief of the District's Office of Real Property Tax Assessment Services Division. In 1988, he served as a United States delegate to the United States/Japan Bilateral Session: "A New Era in Legal and Economic Relations", in Tokyo, Japan. In 1990, he served as a delegate to the Moscow Conference on the Law and Bilateral Economic Relations, in Moscow, USSR.
In 1990, he ran for Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia, against Democrat John A. Wilson, who was then a Councilmember representing Ward 2. Also running for Chair were Libertarian Party candidate Jacques Chevalier Orange criticized Wilson's chairmanship of the Council's Finance and Revenue Committee, noting that the District's financial troubles happened during Wilson's eleven-year tenure. Orange advocated collecting unpaid tax bills, rather than increasing tax rates, as he said Wilson wanted to do. Wilson won the Democratic primary with 82 percent of the vote, to Orange's 18 percent.
In 1991, he was hired as acting director of internal audit for the University of the District of Columbia. The next year, Orange discovered that the university was paying a fuel supplier, Tri-Continental, for fuel it never actually received. According to the District's inspector general, over a period of eighteen months, the District had paid one-million dollars to Tri-Continental for fuel it had not received. The day after Orange released his memo naming two university administrators to be at fault, Orange's employment was terminated. The university said that Orange had been hired under an invalid contract.
After Wilson's suicide in 1993, Orange was one of seven individuals to file to run to fill the position of Council Chair. Also filing to run in the race were Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis and Linda Cropp. Orange did not collect enough signatures to run, and his candidacy was disqualified by the District of Columbia Board of Elections. Orange's appealed, saying that the District's requirement of filing nominating petitions with 3,000 valid signatures was onerous, but District of Columbia Court of Appeals disagreed, and Orange stayed off the ballot. Orange declared himself a write-in candidate, however. Clarke won the election with 47 percent of the vote; write-in votes, including those for Orange, were one percent of the total.
In 1994, Orange ran for councilmember to represent Ward 5, along with Harry Thomas, Sr. and eight other Democratic party candidates. Orange advocated banning new liquor licenses, developing Fort Lincoln, and building a new convention center at New York Avenue and Florida Avenue. Thomas won with 39 percent of the vote, compared to Orange's 17 percent.
In 1998, Orange ran again for for councilmember to represent Ward 5; Harry Thomas, Sr. ran for reelection. The Washington Post's editorial board endorsed Orange's candidacy. Orange emphasized improvements to New York Avenue, improving the economy and schools, and rest=ricting liquor licenses. Orange defeated Thomas, receiving 38 percent of the vote to Thomas' 34 percent. The Washington Post called described it as an upset victory. Orange won the general election as well with 89 percent of the vote.
He had previously been a Democratic member of the Council of the District of Columbia, where he served as an elected member for Ward 5. In 2010, he was an unsuccessful candidate for Chairman of the Council. April 26, 2011 Orange won the Special Election to replace Council Member Kwame Brown for the at-large seat. Orange won the election by beating interim Council Member Sekou Biddle and top Republican Candidate Patrick Mara. Orange received more than 28% of the vote. On September 12, 2006, Orange lost his bid for mayor in the Democratic primary of the 2006 Washington, D.C. mayoral election, receiving 2.9% of the vote.
From 2007 to 2010, Orange was the regional vice president for Pepco Holdings Inc. for the Washington, D.C., metro area.
On November 8, 2013, Orange announced that he would run for mayor of the District of Columbia.
Orange serves as chair of the Committee on Government Operations. There are numerous agencies under the Committee on Government Operation's purview that play an integral role in developing the overall policy for the District of Columbia. He also sat on three standing committees: Public Services, Public Works and the Environment, and Labor, Voting Rights and Redistricting.
In June 2011, it was reported that Orange may have received as much as $100,000 in campaign contributions from Jeffrey Thompson, CEO of a health provider accused of defrauding the DC government.
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|Council of the District of Columbia|
Harry Thomas, Sr.
|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
from Ward 5
Harry Thomas, Jr.
|Member Council of the District of Columbia