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Councilmember Vincent C. Gray

A native Washingtonian, Vincent C. Gray has tirelessly advocated for the residents of the District of Columbia for more than 30 years. His dedication to children and their families has been the hallmark of his service. His lifetime of public service to the District can be best summed up by a singular governing philosophy—that the District of Columbia works best as “One City.” On November 8, 2016, Vincent C. Gray was again elected to represent his home ward on the Council of the District of Columbia.

On January 11, 2011, he was sworn in as the sixth elected Mayor of the District of Columbia. Mayor Gray ran for office on a platform of restoring fiscal responsibility to city government, creating jobs and boosting economic development, providing a quality public education to all District children, and building safe communities. Throughout his four years in office, Mayor Gray aggressively moved the District forward towards his vision of a more prosperous, equitable, safe, and sustainable city for all.

Gray began his professional career with the Arc of DC (then known as the Association for Retarded Citizens), then in 1991, then-Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly appointed Gray the Director of the Department of Human Services where he oversaw the functions of a 7,000 person department related to Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health Services and Health Care Finance In December 1994, he became the founding Executive Director of Covenant House Washington, an international, faith-based organization dedicated to serving homeless and at-risk youth.

Gray’s dedication to his community and the residents of Ward 7 inspired his first successful campaign for elected office in 2004, when he handily defeated the incumbent in the primary. During his first term, he chaired the Special Committee on the Prevention of Youth Violence and created the Effi Barry HIV/AIDS Initiative. Two years after joining the Council, Gray ran for the citywide office of Chairman of the Council. Running on the theme of “One City,” he continued his focus on uniting the diverse racial and economic groups in his hometown. As Chairman, Gray spearheaded the Pre-K Expansion and Enhancement Act, which established a high-quality early childhood education program to provide 2,000 new classroom slots for three-and four-years-olds over six years. Gray’s diligence resulted in that goal being met in September 2010, well before the 2014 target.

Gray has lived in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Ward 7 for more than 25 years. His wife, Loretta, an outstanding educator in the DC Public Schools, passed away from cancer in 1998. He has two children, Jonice Gray Tucker and Vincent Carlos Gray, and two grandchildren.

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