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  Leggett, Isiah "Ike"
NameIsiah "Ike" Leggett
Burtonsville, Maryland , United States
Born Unknown
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedRBH
Feb 08, 2017 12:55am
InfoIsiah Leggett was elected to the Montgomery County Council as an at-large member in 1986. Councilman Leggett is the first African American to be elected to the County Council. He served as the Council's Vice President in 1990 and as President of the Council in 1991. In 1997 and 2002, he was once again called upon to serve as the Council's Vice President, and in an unprecedented event, Mr. Leggett was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Council (1998 and 1999). Councilmember Leggett is Chair of the Council's Transportation and Environment Committee, and he served as the Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Mr. Leggett's educational experience is exceptional. He holds four degrees: Bachelor of Arts with honors from Southern University, a Master of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University, and a Master of Laws from George Washington University.

Mr. Leggett graduated from Southern University in 1967 as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In 1981, he was selected as the Southern University Outstanding Alumni. After his graduation from Southern University, Mr. Leggett served as a Captain in the United States Army. His tour of duty included service in the Vietnam War in which he earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign Medals.

He finished first in his class from Howard University Law School graduating Magna Cum Laude. At the time of his Howard Law School graduation, he held the third highest academic average in the law school's history. In 1985, Mr. Leggett received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Howard University Law School.

Prior to becoming a member of the Montgomery County Council, Mr. Leggett worked as administrative aide to Congressman Parren Mitchell of Maryland's 7th Congressional District. He also worked as a Social Security Administration claims examiner and as a staff attorney for the Department of the Navy.

In 1977, Mr. Leggett was selected as a White House Fellow. The White House Fellows program selects citizens from across the country that have demonstrated exemplary civic, professional, and educational achievement. This program assigns the Fellows as staff members to the President and Members of the Cabinet. After his term as a Fellow, Mr. Leggett was elected to serve as Treasurer of the White House Fellows Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition to his position as a Councilmember, Mr. Leggett has worked for the past twenty-six years as a professor at the Howard University Law School. He served as the Law School's Assistant Dean from 1975-1986.

Mr. Leggett's community service is extensive and diverse. In 1981, he was appointed to serve as a member of the Montgomery County Human Relations Commission. He served as Chairman of the Commission from 1983-1986. From 1982-1986, Mr. Leggett was also Chair of the Montgomery County's Employment Discrimination Review Panel.

Councilmember Leggett is an active member of a number of professional and civic organizations, including; the Board of Directors of Maryland College of Art and Design, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Tennis Association, the Washington Area Housing Partnership, Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club, and the African American Business Council. He is a member of Montgomery County's NAACP and Urban League, the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Forum, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Burtonsville Kiwanis, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Montgomery County Humane Society, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Lung Association, the Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Advancement of Public Service Responsibility Award from the Maryland Bar Foundation, and the award for Achievement in Environmental & Occupational Health from Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association.


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