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Council of the District of Columbia — An Overview

THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA is the legislative branch of local government established by the "District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act of 1973" — commonly referred to as the Home Rule Charter — enacted by Congress and ratified by District voters. The Council is composed of a Chairman elected at large and twelve Members — four of whom are elected at large, and one from each of the District's eight wards. A Member is elected to serve a four-year term. The terms are staggered so that half of the ward councilmembers and two of the at-large councilmembers are elected in every even-year general election. The Council Chairman and the Mayor are elected to four-year terms in the same election cycle.

The powers and duties of the Council are comparable to those held by state, county and city legislatures, including the authority to adopt laws and to approve the District's annual budget submitted by the Mayor. As the legislature, the Council is a co-equal branch of government and is part of a system of checks and balances similar to any other state government. When the Office of Mayor is vacant, the Chairman of the Council becomes the Acting Mayor.

Mayor of the District of Columbia:
Anthony "Tony" Williams (D)
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004
Fax: 202-727-0505

The Mayor's Chief of Staff is Alfreda Davis (202) 727-2643; the Mayor's Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy is Gregory McCarthy (202) 727-5634.

The Council's Responsibilities
As the legislative branch of local government, the Council enacts laws, approves the annual operating budget, and establishes and oversees the programs and operations of all District government agencies. To carry out its duties, the Council studies how proposed laws would affect citizens and the quality of life in the District, holds public hearings to solicit citizen comment, and conducts oversight hearings on government operation. In addition, members are available to and serve the citizens by making government work for all of us.

Much of the work of the Council is done in standing committees. Each member chairs a committee and generally serves on three other committees. Committees are established at the first meeting of each Council period.

All councilmembers may be reached by writing, faxing, calling [Area code (202)], or emailing at the information listed below:
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Information: (202) 724-8000

The 2005 members of the Council of the District of Columbia are: