Chairman Mendelson’s Statement on the Passing of Former Councilmember Jim Graham WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Phil Mendelson released the following statement regarding the death of former Councilmember Jim Graham. “I am saddened to learn of the passing, earlier today, of former Councilmember Jim Graham. Jim and I joined the Council in the same year; we were classmates. Jim had a strong commitment to the District that pre-dated his election to the Council. His work at Whitman Walker Clinic in the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic was widely and highly regarded. On the Council, Jim worked especially hard on issues like homelessness, juvenile justice, diversity, and public transportation. The District thanks him for his long public service and many accomplishments. He left our city a better place.” The Secretary of the Council is expected to announce details regarding services as they become known.