The education of Trayon White continues.
White, who represents Ward 8 on the D.C. Council and at 34 is currently the legislature’s youngest member, says in a recent post on his social media pages that two law schools have accepted him for admission. He does not specify the schools, but says “I am on my path transitioning from Good to Great!”
No word yet on whether White intends to accept one of these apparent offers, when he would enroll if so, and—assuming the school is located in the D.C. area—whether he would take classes while serving out the rest of his four-year term, which ends in December 2020. He did not immediately respond to City Paper‘s requests for comment.
A D.C. government source familiar with White’s acceptances says White wants to attend law school in part to help a relative he believes is wrongfully jailed. Council rules permit members to have outside employment and education provided that members disclose potential conflicts of interest and perform their regular duties.
Like his at-large and ward-based colleagues on the Council, White makes more than $137,000 a year in salary (not to mention other perks). A former Wilson Building staffer points out that the six-figure job would be difficult for a councilmember to give up while paying for law school.
After narrowly losing a special election to replace the late Marion Barry in 2015, White won the Ward 8 seat the following year. In 2018, he has turned heads for controversial comments about the Rothschild family that he later apologized for, and for missing the first of two required Council votes on the District’s $14.5 billion budget to go on vacation for his birthday.
White previously received a degree in business administration from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and graduated from Ballou Senior High School in Southeast.