|9th Chairperson of the Council of the District of Columbia|
June 13, 2012
|Preceded by||Kwame Brown|
|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
from the At-large district
January 2, 1999 – November 29, 2012
|Preceded by||Hilda Mason|
|Succeeded by||Anita Bonds|
|Born||Philip Heath Mendelson
November 8, 1952
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||American University|
Philip Heath "Phil" Mendelson (born November 8, 1952) 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.
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.
- 1975 joined McLean Gardens Residents Association
- 1978 elected to Advisory Neighborhood Commission
- 1996 ran unsuccessfully for at-large member of D.C. Council
- 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
- 2012 elected Chair of D.C. Council
- 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
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. 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.
- "Voters Guide 2006 Supplement" (PDF). The Washington Informer. 2006-09-24.
- 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.
- Mathis, Sommer (September 15, 2010). "D.C. Council Election Updates: Could Michael D. Brown beat Phil Mendelson?". TBD.com.
- It Is the End of the Line for Phil Mendelson's Marriage
- Phil Mendelson official Council website. Accessed 2010.06.22.
|Council of the District of Columbia|
|At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
|Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia