David Catania

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David Catania
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
In office
Preceded by Arrington Dixon
Succeeded by Elissa Silverman
Personal details
Born (1968-01-16) January 16, 1968 (age 50)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican (Before 2004)
Independent (2004–present)
Spouse(s) Bill Enright[1]
Alma mater Georgetown University

David A. Catania (born January 16, 1968)[2] is an American independent politician and lawyer from Washington, D.C. He was formerly an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, which he gave up to pursue an unsuccessful run in the 2014 mayoral election.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Catania is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center.

D.C. Council[edit]

He was elected to the Council as a Republican in a 1997 special election with 7% voter turnout,[3] but elected to a full term in 1998, and re-elected in 2002 and 2006.[4][5] Catania lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.[5]

Catania was the first openly gay member of the D.C. Council and one of a small number of openly gay Republican office-holders.[4] This led to a conflict within his party when President George W. Bush spoke in favor of an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Catania opposed the amendment and became a vocal opponent of Bush's 2004 re-election. In response, the District of Columbia Republican Committee decertified him as a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.[6] Catania announced his endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, one week prior to the convention.[7] In September 2004, Catania left the party and became an independent, citing his displeasure with its direction on urban and social issues.[8][9] He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 as an independent.[4]

Catania was most recently the chairperson of the Council's Committee on Education and was a member of the Committee on Government Operations, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Health. Catania chaired the Committee on Health between 2005 and 2012.[citation needed] As one of two openly gay members then serving on the Council, Catania played a major role in the city's recognition of same-sex unions and legalization of same-sex marriage.[4][10][11][12]


Catania opposed terms limits for elected officials. In 2001, Catania voted in favor of legislation that overturned the results of a popular referendum limiting members of the D.C. Council to two terms.[13] [14]

Post-Council career[edit]

In 2014, Catania was unsuccessful in a bid for mayor of Washington, D.C. In 2015, he joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he focuses his practice on healthcare, government law and strategy, and public policy.[15]


Catania married floral designer Bill Enright on August 5, 2017 in a ceremony officiated by his former Council colleague Mary Cheh.[1]


  • B13.0193 Tax Parity Act of 1999
  • B13-0468 Comprehensive Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Reform Amendment Act of 2000
  • B13-0552 Workforce Investment Implementation Act of 2000
  • B13-0637 The Health Care Expansion Act of 2000
  • B13-0752 New E-Conomy Transformation Act of 2000
  • B14-0026 Child Support Enforcement Amendment Act of 2001
  • B14-0096 Medicaid Provider Fraud Prevention Amendment Act of 2001
  • B14-0600 Establishment of an Office of the District Attorney for the District of Columbia Charter Amendment Act of 2002
  • B17-0135 Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008
  • B15-0436 Unemployment Compensation and Domestic Violence Amendment Act of 2003
  • B15-0886 School Accountability Amendment Act of 2004
  • B15-0888 Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2004
  • B16-0088 District of Columbia Excel Institute Grant Authority Emergency Act of 2005
  • B16-0114 Prescription Drug Excessive Pricing Act of 2005
  • B16-0420 District of Columbia Health Professional Recruitment Program Act of 2005
  • B16-0421 Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Establishment Act of 2006
  • B17-0030 Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and Reporting Act of 2007
  • B17-0092 Student Access to Treatment Act of 2007
  • B17-0135 Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008
  • B17-0364 Safe RX Amendment Act of 2008
  • B17-0372 Effi Slaughter Barry HIV/AIDS Initiative Act of 2007
  • B17-0858 Adverse Event Reporting Requirement Amendment Act of 2008
  • B18-0481 Health Care Facilities Improvement Amendment Act of 2010
  • B18-0482 Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009
  • B18-0622 Legalization of Marijuana For Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2009
  • B18-0642 Healthy DC Equal Access Fund and Hospital Stabilization Emergency Amendment Act of 2010
  • B18-0644 Haiti Earthquake Relief Drug and Medical Supply Assistance Emergency Act of 2010
  • B18-1003 Long Term Ombudsman Program Amendment Act of 2010
  • B19-0002 Health Benefit Exchange Authority Establishment Act of 2011
  • B19-0077 Pension Protection and Sustainability Amendment Act of 2011
  • B19-0211 South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012
  • B19-0305 Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation Establishment Emergency Amendment Act of 2011
  • B19-0510 HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Requirements Amendment Act of 2012
  • B19-0524 Senior HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment Act of 2012
  • B19-0657 Collaborative Care Expansion Act of 2012


  1. ^ a b Chibbaro, Jr., Lou (August 9, 2017). "Catania weds in ceremony performed by Council colleague". The Washington Blade. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "David A. Catania". The Washington Post. highbeam.com. January 6, 2005. pp. T11. Retrieved July 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ Janofsky, Michael (December 11, 1997). "Washington Council Election May Forecast Change". The New York Times. nytimes. pp. A22. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d Craig, Tim (December 15, 2009). "Poised to mark a milestone: For D.C. Council member, same-sex marriage bill a personal and professional victory". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. pp. B01. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Silverman, Elissa (October 29, 2006). "For Catania, Mellowing With Age, Incumbency". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. pp. C01. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ Williams, Vanessa (May 28, 2004). "Catania Leaves D.C. GOP Over Convention Seat: Ouster as Delegate Tied To Opposition to Bush". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. pp. B01. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ Hsu, Spencer S.; Williams, Vanessa (August 30, 2004). "Gay Activists Demand a Seat in 'Big Tent': Pataki, Specter Among Allies at N.Y. Rally". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. pp. A07. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ Williams, Vanessa (September 29, 2004). "Catania to Become Independent Today". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. pp. B02. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  9. ^ O'Bryan, Will (October 7, 2004). "Dropping the GOP: David Catania's new political life as an independent". Metro Weekly. metroweekly.com. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ "DC approves same-sex marriage law". BBC News. news.bbc.co.uk. May 6, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  11. ^ Mieszkowski, Katherine (April 7, 2009). "Same-sex marriage: Who's next?". Salon. salon.com. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  12. ^ Craig, Tim (December 15, 2009). "D.C. Council approves bill legalizing gay marriage: Bill heads to Fenty's desk, still must survive congressional review period". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved December 15, 2009. 
  13. ^ Chan, Sewell (January 9, 2001). "D.C. Council Considers Repeal of Term Limits". Washington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ Washington Times (May 3, 2001). "Up with term limits". Washington Times. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ Reed, Tina (March 18, 2015). "David Catania lands health role at Greenburg Traurig". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 

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Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Arrington Dixon
At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Elissa Silverman