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Jeff Coudriet, activist, D.C. Council staffer

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Thursday, February 10, 2011; 6:35 PM

Jeff Coudriet, 48, a top assistant to two members of the D.C. Council and a well-known activist for gay rights in the District, died Feb. 5 of lung cancer at his home in the District.

After working on Capitol Hill for more than a decade, Mr. Coudriet joined the staff of D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6) in 1999 and helped draft legislation to overhaul the city's liquor laws.

Mr. Coudriet worked for council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) from 2001 to 2004, then became director of operations at the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. He rejoined Evans's staff in 2007 as clerk of the council's Committee on Finance and Revenue, which is chaired by Evans.

From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Coudriet was president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, which took a leading role in the successful effort to repeal the District's sodomy laws in 1993.

He later served as president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city's largest gay and lesbian political organization.

Jeffrey Lee Coudriet was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Endicott, N.Y. He was a graduate of Cornell University.

He came to Washington in the late 1980s to work on the legislative staff of U.S. Rep. Matthew F. McHugh (D-N.Y.) and later worked for U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) from 1993 to 1999.

Mr. Coudriet was a member of the board of the Logan Circle Community Association.

Survivors include his mother, Kathleen Coudriet of Endicott, and three brothers.

- Matt Schudel

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