Council of the District of Columbia

Council of the District of Columbia
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Phil Mendelson (D)
since June 13, 2012
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Political groups
  •   Democratic (11)


AuthorityDistrict of Columbia Home Rule Act
Last election
November 8, 2022
Next election
November 7, 2024
Meeting place
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The Council of the District of Columbia (often abbreviated as the D.C. Council) is the legislative branch of the government of the District of Columbia. As permitted in the United States Constitution, the district is not part of any U.S. state and is overseen directly by the federal government.

Since 1975, the United States Congress has devolved to the Council certain powers that are typically exercised by city councils elsewhere in the country, as well as many powers normally held by state legislatures. However, the Constitution vests Congress with ultimate authority over the federal district, and therefore all acts of the council are subject to congressional review. They may be overturned by Congress and the president. Congress also has the power to legislate for the district and even revoke the home rule charter altogether.

The council meets in the John A. Wilson Building in downtown Washington, D.C..

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