Committee of the Whole

Committee Chair

Chairman Phil Mendelson


The Chairman of the Council is the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole (COW), and all Councilmembers are part of the committee.  COW meets on the third Tuesday of each month, except during periods of Council recess, to consider measures pending in the committee and measures which have been reported and filed by other committees. During COW meetings, bills can also be introduced and referred to other committees.

Each bill and resolution reported by Council legislative committees are referred to COW to make sure the legislation is legally sufficient and complies with Council rules, and that its fiscal impact statement is sound.


Evan Cash

Committee and Legislative Director

(202) 724-7002

Christina Setlow

Deputy Committee Director

(202) 724-4865

Randi Powell

Legislative Policy Advisor

(202) 724-8092

Sydney Hawthorne

Legislative Counsel

(202) 724-7130

Committee of the Whole

Main Phone Number

(202) 724-8196

Agencies under the Committee of the Whole

  • Board of Zoning Adjustment
  • Commemorative Works Committee
  • Community College of the District of Columbia
  • Community College Transition to Independence Advisory Board
  • Construction Codes Coordinating Board
  • Contract Appeals Board
  • Council of the District of Columbia
  • Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
  • District of Columbia Auditor
  • District of Columbia Retirement Board, including the District of Columbia Police Officers and Fire Fighters' Retirement Fund and the Teachers' Retirement Fund
  • District Retiree Health Contribution
  • Historic Preservation Review Board
  • Law Revision Commission
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • National Capital Planning Commission
  • New Columbia Statehood Commission
  • Office of Budget and Planning
  • Office of Contracting and Procurement
  • Office of Planning
  • Office of the Statehood Delegation
  • Office of Zoning
  • Tax Revision Commission
  • Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Zoning Commission of the District of Columbia

* This entity is a federal agency or regional body.  As such, the Committee does not have direct oversight but, rather, serves as a liaison for the Council in relations to this entity.