Sterling Tucker

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Sterling Tucker
1st Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia
In office
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byArrington Dixon
Personal details
Born (1923-12-21) December 21, 1923 (age 94)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Alloyce (m. 1948)[1]
ChildrenMichele and Lauren[2]
Alma materUniversity of Akron[2]

Sterling Tucker (born December 21, 1923)[3] is an American civil rights activist and politician in Washington, D.C. In 1974, he was elected as a Democrat to be chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia in the first election after home rule was established, serving for one term.[4] He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1978 against the incumbent Walter Washington and at-large council member Marion Barry. Tucker lost the primary to Barry by a very tight margin, and Barry went on to win the general election in a landslide.[5]

In January 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated Tucker to be Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.[6]

An American Diabetes Association board member, he played a key role in the International Diabetes Federation partnership with the Pan American Health Organization, responding to pandemic type 2 diabetes: applying St. Vincent Declaration principles to the Declaration of the Americas on Diabetes (DOTA 1996).


  1. ^ Bowman, LaBarbara. "Sterling Tucker Puts Worth at $99,787". The Washington Post. June 11, 1974. p. C1
  2. ^ a b Bowman, LaBarbara. "D.C. Council Vice Chairman Tucker Seeks Step-Up: Tucker Knows Key to Survival in D.C." The Washington Post. October 26, 1974. p. D1.
  3. ^ "Sterling Tucker Biography". The HistoryMakers. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  4. ^ District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. "Historical Elected Officials: Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  5. ^ Lynton, Stephen J.; Bowman, LaBarbara (1976-09-16). "Mayor, Sterling Tucker Deprecate Landslide Victory by Marion Barry". The Washington Post. p. D1. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Carter: Department of Housing and Urban Development Nomination of Sterling Tucker To Be an Assistant Secretary". The American Presidency Project. University of California, Santa Barbara. 1979-01-18. Retrieved 2008-08-02.

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Council of the District of Columbia
First Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Arrington Dixon