Councilmember David A. Catania

Councilmember David A. Catania David A. Catania's is an Independent serving as an At-Large member of the Council of the District of Columbia The Washington Post calls D.C. Councilmember David Catania one of the most influential men in city government.* Columnist Colbert King says, “They don't come any smarter, more dedicated or gutsier than Catania.

And no one works harder.”** Using his highly regarded work ethic and determination, Catania shocked the District’s political establishment when he claimed victory in a 1997 special election for an At-Large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia. Since that time, he has been re-elected three times – in 1998, 2002, and 2006. Known for “doing his homework,” Catania has amassed an unparalleled record of achievement since his first election. In 2005, he was chosen by his colleagues to Chair the Council’s Committee on Health which oversees the Departments of Health, Mental Health, and Health Care Finance, as well as a number of health-related boards and commissions. Upon his appointment, Catania made a characteristically bold pledge to eliminate the number of District residents without health care coverage. Due largely to Catania’s efforts, the District now boasts the lowest rate of uninsured children in the nation and the second lowest uninsured rate for all individuals. In just 5 years, his daring goal of eliminating the number residents without health care coverage is over halfway complete. Since 2005, the District has seen a 54-percent drop in the percentage of its uninsured residents – from 13.5 percent in 2005 to 6.2 percent today. Over the same period, the percent of uninsured children has dropped from 6.3 to 3.2 percent. Catania’s health care accomplishments, however, do not stop there. During his tenure as Chair of the Health Committee, the District has become the only urban jurisdiction to achieve a “Gold Star” status for pre-school immunizations; created incentives for physicians to practice in underserved areas; placed a school nurse in every school; brought new focus to the HIV/AIDS epidemic; revamped professional standards for medical professionals; and expanded choice in substance abuse treatment programs. Catania is a national leader in the fight to expand access to safe and affordable prescription drugs. In 2007, he was elected to Chair the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices (NLARx). NLARx consists of elected members of 20 state legislatures from Arizona to Maine who are committed to working across state lines to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible to people in the United States. In other areas, Catania was an outspoken voice for improving the District’s public schools by dismantling the chronically ineffectual Board of Education. He authored legislation to create income tax parity with surrounding jurisdictions, minimize property tax burdens, promote home ownership, and increase police deployment. And he has worked to expand opportunities for District residents to gain enhanced career skills and practical training experience. In 2009, Catania became the architect and driving force behind the fight to secure equal marriage rights for all District residents, including gays and lesbians. According to the Washington Post , Catania was faced with the daunting task of “convincing not only his council colleagues and Democrats in Congress but also skeptics in the gay community that this was the year to act on same-sex marriage.” 3 On March 3, 2010, marriage equality became a reality in the District, continuing the city’s long tradition as leader on issues of equality and human rights. The victory also cemented Catania’s reputation as a savvy leader capable of navigating a difficult political process, as well as an important figure in the national marriage equality movement. From 1999 to 2004, Catania served on the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). At WMATA he used his well-known attention to detail to discover that the District was overpaying its yearly contribution to the interstate compact. Catania was the first District leader to call for investing these excess funds in streetcar technology. Years later, his vision for seeing streetcars return to the District is on the verge of reality. In last three years alone, Catania has been honored by the D.C. Appleseed Center, National Congress of Black Women (Shirley Chisholm “Trailblazer” Award), Planned Parenthood (Emily Bradley Award), D.C. Action for Children (Dr. Shirley Grant Award), American Lung Association (Life and Breath Award), National Kidney Foundation, C-Change (Excellence in Cancer Control), Cancer Action Network (“We Can Be Smokefree” Award), Legal Times Magazine (Legal Times’ “Visionary and Champion” Award), and the Rainbow History Project (Community Pioneer Award). Councilmember Catania is a double graduate of Georgetown University (GU), where he earned a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service in 1990 and a J.D. from the GU Law Center in 1993. * “Poised to Mark a Milestone,” Washington Post, December 15, 2009. ** “Mayoral, Council elections could shake up the District,” Washington Post, March 20, 2010. 3 Washington Post, Id. Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 May 2010 )

DC (State) Rock Bill Hearing with John Eaton ES Students
10/17/2014

DC (State) Rock Bill Hearing with John Eaton ES Students

I am proud to have engineered the reestablishment and expansion of the Education Ombudsman's office.  With a 94% success...
09/17/2014
New D.C. education ombudsman has a busy first year

I am proud to have engineered the reestablishment and expansion of the Education Ombudsman's office. With a 94% success rate, the Ombudsman has helped scores of families in its first few months in operation!

In a report due out Wednesday, the office says it handled 150 concerns about the District’s public schools.

SEIU Medicaid Living Wage Press Conference
08/07/2014

SEIU Medicaid Living Wage Press Conference

2014 Burrville Elementary School Pre-K Graduation
06/20/2014

2014 Burrville Elementary School Pre-K Graduation

Hyde-Addison ElementarySchool After School Parent Visit
06/20/2014

Hyde-Addison ElementarySchool After School Parent Visit

Eaton ES & Potomac Bluestone "Official Rock of DC" Leg. Day
06/17/2014

Eaton ES & Potomac Bluestone "Official Rock of DC" Leg. Day

Wilson High School Pride Day
06/04/2014

Wilson High School Pride Day

School Visit - Center City Public Charter School-Petworth Campus
06/04/2014

School Visit - Center City Public Charter School-Petworth Campus

School Visit - John Eaton Elementary School
05/29/2014

School Visit - John Eaton Elementary School

School Visit - Moten Elementary School
05/13/2014

School Visit - Moten Elementary School

School Visit - King Elementary School
05/13/2014

School Visit - King Elementary School

School Visit - Thomson Elementary School
05/07/2014

School Visit - Thomson Elementary School

School Visit - Cardozo High School
05/07/2014

School Visit - Cardozo High School

Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association Meeting
05/07/2014

Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association Meeting

School Visit - Friendship PCS Woodridge Elementary & Middle
04/29/2014

School Visit - Friendship PCS Woodridge Elementary & Middle

ANC5A Meeting
04/25/2014

ANC5A Meeting

School Visit - Shepherd Elementary School
04/23/2014

School Visit - Shepherd Elementary School

School Visit - Early Childhood Academy Public Charter School
04/11/2014

School Visit - Early Childhood Academy Public Charter School

Calvin Coolidge Senior High School PTA Meeting
04/11/2014

Calvin Coolidge Senior High School PTA Meeting

John Eaton Elementary School PTA Meeting
04/09/2014

John Eaton Elementary School PTA Meeting

Woodley Park Community Association Meeting
04/03/2014

Woodley Park Community Association Meeting

School Visit - Appletree PCS - Southeast Campuses
04/02/2014

School Visit - Appletree PCS - Southeast Campuses

School Visit - LAYC Career Academy PCS & The Next Step
03/27/2014

School Visit - LAYC Career Academy PCS & The Next Step

School Visit - Mary McLeod Bethune Public Charter School
03/27/2014

School Visit - Mary McLeod Bethune Public Charter School

Dupont Circle Main Street Meeting
03/25/2014

Dupont Circle Main Street Meeting

Marie Reed Elementary School PTA Meeting
03/21/2014

Marie Reed Elementary School PTA Meeting

Orr Elementary School PTA Meeting
03/20/2014

Orr Elementary School PTA Meeting

School Visit - Raymond Education Campus
03/19/2014

School Visit - Raymond Education Campus

School Visit - H. D. Cooke Elementary School
03/19/2014

School Visit - H. D. Cooke Elementary School

Comprehensive Special Education Reform Press Conference
03/18/2014

Comprehensive Special Education Reform Press Conference

Living Room Chat @ Gina Arlotta's House
03/14/2014

Living Room Chat @ Gina Arlotta's House

Thank you to the New Hampshire House and my good friend Rep. Cindy Rosenwald for standing with the District!
03/14/2014
New Hampshire House Backs D.C. Voting Rights

Thank you to the New Hampshire House and my good friend Rep. Cindy Rosenwald for standing with the District!

The District s right to full-fledged voting membership in Congress got a thumbs up in New Hampshire on Thursday.

2014 PTSA Meeting - H.D. Woodson High School
03/11/2014

2014 PTSA Meeting - H.D. Woodson High School

Our role to play
03/08/2014
Our role to play

Our role to play

The District’s elected leaders have a role to play in education.

School Visit - Washington Metropolitan High School
03/05/2014

School Visit - Washington Metropolitan High School

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1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW # 404
Washington D.C., DC
20004

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