Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was elected mayor of the District of Columbia in November 2006, carrying every precinct in the city in both the primary and the general elections. He assumed office on January 2, 2007, with a resounding mandate, having won the general election with 89 percent of the electorate.
In his first year in office, Fenty reformed the governance structure of the District of Columbia Public Schools by placing them under the authority of the Mayor. His Administration added police officers and expanded community policing initiatives, expanded health care coverage for the uninsured, and constructed thousands of units of affordable housing while revamping delivery of services to the homeless.
Also in 2007, the Fenty Administration reorganized the Department of Health and created a Department of Disability Services as a cabinet-level agency. It opened a new one-stop permitting center and launched a CapStat accountability program to examine the performance of each District Government agency using objective, numerical standards. The Administration consolidated the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and Anacostia Waterfront Corporation under the authority of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to coordinate key projects across the District.
Before his election, Fenty served as Councilmember from Ward 4 for six years. He also worked on the staff of the Committee on Education for the DC Council and served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.
A DC native, Fenty grew up in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. He lives with his wife Michelle, a corporate attorney, and their twin sons, Matthew and Andrew, in the Crestwood neighborhood of Northwest Washington.