|Address||1601 Connecticut Ave |
, District of Columbia , United States
Jan 22, 2016 06:13pm
|Info||As a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, David Catania is regarded as a resourceful, hardworking and valuable policymaker. First elected as an At-Large Councilmember in a 1997 special election, Catania was re-elected to full terms on the Council in 1998 and 2002. |
Councilmember Catania is the Chairperson of the Committee on Public Services and serves on the Committee on Human Services, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Public Services Committee oversees the Department of Employment Services, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, federal grants management, the Workforce Investment Council and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
In his role as Chairman of this committee and as a Board Member for WMATA since 1999, he worked to create reverse commuter routes to provide District residents access to employment opportunities in the Dulles Corridor and Tyson's Corner and improve mass transportation in the District.
Since being elected to the Council, Councilmember Catania has championed legislative initiatives - now law - that focus on improving healthcare for uninsured and low-income residents, expanding affordable access to prescription drugs, expanding drug treatment options, minimizing property tax burdens, providing incentives for businesses to relocate to the District, offering income tax parity with neighboring jurisdictions, increasing police deployment, and reforming Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
Councilmember Catania co-chaired the campaign to pass Referendum A, which seeks to obtain an independently elected District Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Catania began the HomeStart Initiative, creating an advisory committee to identify obstacles to affordable housing, and then authored a law aimed at combating those issues. In addition, he is working to expand opportunities for District residents to gain enhanced vocational skills and practical training experience with the creation of an Office of Vocational Education and Skills Training.
Mr. Catania became involved in District issues when he chaired the Sheridan -Kalorama Advisory Neighborhood Commission. As Senior Counsel at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, he brings a wealth of legislative experience to the Council. In the past he also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Madeleine Albright and as an Attorney for the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
A native Missourian, Councilmember Catania earned a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. His involvement in public service is driven by a love for the District and a desire to improve the living conditions for all D.C. residents.
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