|Name||Linda W. Cropp|
, District of Columbia , United States
|| October 05, 1947
Sep 15, 2020 03:25pm
|Info||Linda Cropp is dedicated to public service. She is recognized as a leader who can bring people together to find common ground and create effective solutions. |
As an elected official, she led the fight to provide health care for the uninsured, create a better learning environment in our schools, and protect working people. She advanced the subwayâ€™s expansion to U Street, Northeast and Anacostia while serving on the METRO Board. As Chairman, she crafted fiscally responsible budgets that funded urgent social needs, gave across the board tax relief, and improved delivery of basic services.
She is not afraid to take on the tough fights. She stood firm against overwhelming odds to reduce the cost of the new baseball stadium and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
Linda Cropp has earned a reputation for building broad coalitions to make progress in important areas:
Better schools to prepare our children for further education or for work
More and better trained police officers on the streets
Guaranteed annual revenue of tens of millions for affordable housing construction
$100 million to fix public schools
Recognition and support for guardian grandparents
Inclusionary zoning to maintain diverse, mixed income neighborhoods
Linda Cropp was the first woman elected Chairman of the Council. She is widely credited with strengthening the independence of the legislative branchâ€”bolstering our push for more self-government. She changed Council rules to require citizen participation and created a comprehensive public education program with a first class, on line legislative tracking system. She led the restoration of the historic Wilson Building and its reestablishment as City Hall.
She was first elected to the Council in 1990 as an At-Large Member, after serving on the Board of Education as Ward 4 Member and President. As chair of the Committee on Human Services, she focused resources to reduce infant mortality, combat HIV/AIDS and control substance abuse. She was elected Acting Chairman by her colleagues after the death of David Clarke in 1997.
Now she is running for Mayor to provide hands-on leadership. She will make sure all our neighborhoods benefit from the economic growth and are as safe as they can be.
She is married to Dr. Dwight S. Cropp, Associate Professor of Public Administration at The George Washington University. They are the parents of Allison and Christopher who is married to Tracee, and the grandparents of Christian Alexander. They have lived for 31 years in the Crestwood neighborhood in Ward 4.