Office of Chairman Phil Mendelson

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About Us

Phil Mendelson was first elected to the Council of the District of Columbia in November of 1998 as an At-Large Councilmember.  He served the District in that role until June 2012 when, following the departure of the previous Council Chairman, Phil was selected by his colleagues to take over that role.  In November 2012, and again November 2014, District voters overwhelmingly elected Phil as Chairman of the Council.

As Chairman, Phil leads the Council on all legislative matters.  Phil also presides over the Committee of the Whole which includes: the DC Auditor; Board of Zoning Adjustment; District of Columbia Community College; District of Columbia Retirement Board; District Statehood Commission; District Statehood Compact Commission; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; National Capital Planning Commission; Office of Budget and Planning; Office of Planning; Office of Zoning; Tax Revision Commission; Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation; University of the District of Columbia; and the Zoning Commission.

Phil believes that government should be an honest, efficient deliverer of services, and that the District should help those least able to help themselves to develop the skills to become self-sufficient and end the cycle of poverty.  Phil believes that government must accomplish this without increasing the tax burdens already shouldered by our middle income residents.  Throughout his years of public service, Phil has maintained that the District, as the nation’s capital, should be a model of service delivery–in public education, public safety, and public health.

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