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Adrian Fenty – Mayor of Washington, DC


Adrian Fenty – Mayor of Washington, DC

Mayor Adrian Fenty

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Adrian Fenty was the mayor of Washington, DC from 2007-2010. He began his first term on January 2, 2007 and was the youngest mayor ever elected, having won the general election with 89% of the vote. In 2010, he lost the re-election bid to Vince Gray. Although may positive changes took place in the city during his term, Fenty was seen as arrogant and disconnected from DC residents.

General Facts:

Political Party: Democratic
Education: Oberlin College, B.A. in English and Economics; Howard University School of Law, J.D.
Birthdate: December 7, 1970
Family: Wife, Michelle, twin sons, Matthew and Andrew and daughter Aerin.
Residence: DC's Crestwood Neighborhood

Early Life:

Fenty was born in Washington, DC and raised in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, an upper working/lower middle class area. He attended DC Public Schools and finished high school at Mackin Catholic High School. His parents own Fleet Feet, a sporting goods shop located in Adams-Morgan.

Political Career and Background:

Fenty began his political career as an intern on Capitol Hill. He worked in the congressional offices of a number of Democratic politicians, including Senator Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-MA). Before serving on the DC City Council, Fenty served as President of the 16th Street Neighborhood Civic Association, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in ANC 4C, Legislative Director for the Ward 4 Democrats, and on the boards of the Lamond-Riggs Recreation Center, and the Friends of the Upshur Recreation Center.

In 2000, Fenty was elected to represent Ward 4 on the Council of the District of Columbia. As a council member he gained a reputation as a champion for public services, occasionally challenging the policies of Mayor Anthony Williams’ administration. Fenty was reelected in 2004. In 2005, he announced his candidacy for mayor. During his second term on the City Council, he served as Chairperson of the Committee on Human Services, overseeing the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the Child and Family Services Agency, the Department of Human Services, and the Office on Aging.

Adrian Fenty was elected the fifth Mayor of DC in November 2006. In his first months in office, he made education reform a top priority by restructuring the school board and placing the city’s school chief as a direct report to his office. A dramatic school consolidation process is starting to show signs of success with major improvements in the test score results. Other key agendas to the mayor's office included stimulating economic growth, job creation and revitalizing the city's neighborhoods.

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