Marion Barry was recently sworn in for his 10th time in elected office on January 2, 2013. He was sworn in as the Ward 8 Councilmember for the fourth, time marking his 10th time to hold a position in DC government. That has to be some kind of record.
For one person to be elected to public office 10 different times in a span of 33 years has to be record. There is what most people call a career in politics, and there is what few call a life in politics. When Barry’s latest term in the DC Council ends, he will be 80 years old. He would have served a lifetime in politics.
Barry first took office in 1971, where he was elected to DC’s first Board of Education. From there he went on to serve on the 1974 City Council and would later serve as Mayor for four terms from 1978 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 1999. Barry won a fourth term as mayor in 1994 after serving 6 months in prison for drug possession. His current stint on the council began in 2004.
He currently serves as chair over Workforce Development and Community Affairs. Barry a noted “man of the people” and heralded for his work creating jobs for the underserved over his many years of public service, should bring a level proficiency and passion to this committee. He also began the summer jobs program in the District, in which many DC residents were able to get federal and D.C. government jobs through the program. Many people in the District can be heard saying, “Barry gave me my first job.”
As for the most economically challenged ward in the city, Ward 8, Barry has a plan. “My two main goals this time around are to put people to work in Ward 8 and increase homeownership,” said Barry. Getting sworn in may have perhaps become routine for Barry, but as history shows, there is nothing routine about Barry. The city of DC loves him and he shows no sign of going anywhere, if the people have anything to do with it.