Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
General information
Muriel Bowser1.jpg
Mayor:Muriel Bowser
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:13
2014 FY Budget:$10.1 Billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:646,449
Gender:52.6% Female
Race:African American 49.5%
White 43.4%
Hispanic or Latino 10.1%
Asian 3.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.6%
Two or More 2.6%
Median household income:$64,267
High school graduation rate:87.5%
College graduation rate:51.2%
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Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. In accordance with the U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 17, it is not part of a state. As of 2013, its population was 646,449.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

For most of its history, the municipal government of Washington, D.C. fell under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. This changed in 1973 when the "District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973" allowed for the creation of a municipal government that included a city council, which serves as the city's primary legislative body, and a mayor, who serves as the city's chief executive. However, under the "Home Rule Act, the U.S. Congress still has the right to review and approve municipal legislation as well as the city's annual operating budget.[2]


The Mayor of Washington, D.C. is the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. Muriel Bowser is the current Mayor of Washington, D.C..[3][4]

City council

The Washington, D.C. City Council is the city's primary legislative body. The council votes on and drafts legislation, approves the city's annual budget and sets the revenue required to fund the budget. Additionally, the council appoints members to boards and commissions and gives the final say on appointments made by the mayor.[5]


The Washington, D.C. City Council consists of thirteen members. Eight are elected by the city's eight wards, while five - including the council chairperson - are elected at-large.

For a current list of council members, see here


The Washington, D.C. City Council has ten standing committees that are responsible for shaping city policies and drafting legislation.[6]

For a full list of city council committees, see here.



See also: Washington, D.C. municipal elections, 2015

The city of Washington, D.C. will hold a special election for city council on April 28, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 28, 2015. The District 4 seat of Muriel Bowser (D) is vacant following her election as Mayor of Washington, D.C. on November 4, 2014, while the District 8 seat of Marion Barry (D) is vacant following his death on November 23, 2014.[7]


See also: Washington, D.C. municipal elections, 2014

The city of Washington, D.C. held elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on April 1, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 2, 2014.

The District of Columbia holds closed primaries, meaning only voters registered with that political party can vote in the primary. Citizens had to complete party affiliation changes by March 3, 2014, in order to vote in the primary.[8] Candidates looking to qualify for the ballot as an independent candidate needed to turn in petitions 90 days prior to the November 4 election, which was August 6, 2014.


Washington, D.C.'s budget for fiscal year 2014 totaled $10.1 billion.[9]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 316
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-6300
Fax: (202) 727-0505
TTY: 711
email: eom@dc.gov

City Council
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

See here to contact individual Council members.


As of November 2014, up-to-date information on Washington, D.C.'s federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.

Ballot measures

See also Local ballot measures, Washington, D.C. and Campaign finance requirements for Washington, D.C. ballot measures

On the process for initiatives and referendums in Washington, D.C., see here.

On the history of initiatives and referendums in Washington, D.C., see here.

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