Phil Mendelson was first elected to the City Council in November of 1998. He is the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary and is a member of the following: Committee on Health; Committee on Libraries, Parks, Recreation & Planning; Committee on Public Services & Consumer Affairs; and Committee on Jobs & Workforce Development. Phil was also selected Chairman of the Council by his colleagues at a special meeting of the Council held on Jun 13, 2012.
He is also the immediate Past President of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO).
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 became 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 Commissioner until he took office as an At-Large Member of the Council.
Phil believes that government should be an honest, efficient deliverer of services 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 and upper 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 from American University. He grew up in a family dedicated to public services. 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.