Vincent C. Gray (D)

Washington, D.C. Mayor (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

After beating first-term incumbent Adrian Fenty (D) in the Democratic primary, Gray cruised to an easy general election victory to become Washington, D.C., mayor in the heavily Democratic nation's capital.

Though Fenty delivered significant results to the city during his four years on the job, voters appeared to reject his combative style in favor of Gray's more conciliatory approach. He won the Democratic primary, 53 to 46 percent.

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D.C. Council to sue Mayor Vincent Gray over budget spending law

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

Council says Vincent Gray is violating voter-approved budget measure.

It’s official: D.C. primary turnout was historically bad

Pre-certification tally shows that 2014 had lowest mayoral primary turnout percentage since dawn of home rule.


DC Council sues mayor over budget autonomy law

One branch of District of Columbia government sued another Thursday over how best to achieve a goal that both sides agree on: the ability of the city to spend its local tax dollars without authorization by Congress.

Not enough homes

A day after two men were found dead of exposure, Mayor Gray highlighted ‘rapid rehousing’ efforts for the homeless.

Anti-Bowser Web site will disappear soon, Gray camp pledges

MurielNotReady.com depicts the Democratic nominee as an inexperienced manager and unreliable ally of school reform.

At Unity Breakfast, Vincent Gray hesitates to embrace Muriel Bowser

Bad blood continues at D.C. Democrats’ “Unity Breakfast” as Gray nearly snubs the new mayoral nominee.


Gray and Bowser embrace, but D.C. mayor’s support still unclear

(Amanda Voisard / The Washington Post)

Democratic unity breakfast brings no grand gesture of conciliation as four years ago

‘NIMBYism’ could keep D.C. General shelter open, Gray says

Community concerns would make it difficult to open enough smaller facilities across the city to compensate for its loss, he said.


At a Glance

  • Career History: Chairman, D.C. Council (2007-January 2011); D.C. Association for Retarded Citizens (1966-1991); Director, D.C. Department of Human Services (1991-1994); Executive Director, Covenant House of Washington (1995-2005); Ward 7 Council member (2005-2007); D.C. Council Chairman (2007-present).
  • Birthday: Nov. 8, 1942
  • Hometown: Washington, D.C. (Hillcrest neighborhood)
  • Alma Mater: B.A. in psychology, George Washington University
  • Spouse: Loretta Gray, who died in 1998
  • Children: Jonice Gray Tucker and Vincent Carlos Gray.

Path to Power

Gray is a D.C. native who graduated from the city's public schools and got a degree from George Washington University, where he helped integrate the fraternity system.

He directed the D.C. Department of Human Services from 1991 to 1994; his record in that position has become an issue in the campaign

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The Issues

Gray says he aims to "restore the public trust" in city government by focusing on ethics, continue public school-reform efforts. He also placed a renewed focus on pre-kindergarten and higher education, "community policing" and job creation.


The Network

Mo Elleithee is a senior consultant. A partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, Elleithee worked last year as an advisor for Terry McAuliffe and R. Creigh Deeds during their unsuccessful campaigns for Virginia governor. In 2008, Elleithee was a senior press secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. During the 2005 Virginia governor's race, he served as Tim Kaine's communications manager.

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