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Term: Jan. 2, 2015 - Jan. 2, 2019
Time on Council: 1999 to present
Political Affiliation: Democratic Party
Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 504, Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 724-8032 | Fax: (202) 724-8085
Chair of: Committee of the Whole
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Deputy Chief of Staff
Director of Communications
Constituent Services Deputy Director
Director of Constituent Services
Special Counsel to the Chairman
Phil Mendelson, the Council Chairman was first elected to the D.C. Council in November of 1998. As Chairman, he leads the DC Council on all legislative matters. Phil also presides over the Committee of the Whole which includes: the DC Auditor; the 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 has been an active participant in District politics since 1975 when he became a member of the McLean Gardens Residents’ Association. While there, he was a large part of the effort to save the 43-acre housing complex from destruction. He later ran for a seat on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in 1979 and continued to serve as an ANC until he took office as an At-Large Member of the Council.
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, and that government must do this without increasing the tax burdens already shouldered by our middle income residents. The District, as the nation’s capital, should be a model of service delivery – in public education, public safety, and public health.
Phil came to Washington, DC from Cleveland, Ohio in 1970 to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science which he earned from American University. He grew up in a family dedicated to public service. 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.
Phil has one adorable daughter Adelaide, who attends DC Public Schools. He lives in Northwest DC.