Budget autonomy plaintiff Phil Mendelson
Budget autonomy plaintiff Phil Mendelson

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D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson released his shuffled committee chairmanships today to his colleagues.

There are some changes! You can see the full committee membership list. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the new committee responsibilities, embedded below.

Faced with five incoming freshmen councilmembers and sticking by his rule that rookies can’t run committees, Mendelson has eliminated some committees and restructured others. After Jim Graham‘s exit, the human services committee will be folded into Yvette Alexander‘s health committee. The prestigious economic development committee, most recently helmed by Near Mayor Muriel Bowser, won’t exist come January.

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie gets a promotion in Mendelson’s new order, running the judiciary committee. Ditto Anita Bonds, who will run the newly created housing committee, now no longer subsumed into the economic development portfolio.

Jack Evans keeps his tax and revenue committee; Mary Cheh stays in charge of transportation and the environment. The committee on business and regulatory affairs stays with Vincent Orange.

The best news for worried schools activists will be the change didn’t happen. The education committee won’t be folded back into Mendelson’s Committee of the Whole. Instead, David Grosso will take over for exiting education committee boss David Catania.

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Photo by Darrow Montgomery