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David A. Catania (born January 16, 1968) [2] is an American independent politician and lawyer from Washington, D.C. He was formerly an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia, which he gave up to pursue an unsuccessful run in the 2014 mayoral election.


Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Catania is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. He was elected to the Council as a Republican in a 1997 special election with 7% voter turnout, [3] but elected to a full term in 1998, and re-elected in 2002 and 2006. [4] [5] Catania lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. [5]

Catania was the first openly gay member of the D.C. Council and one of a small number of openly gay Republican office-holders. [4] This led to a conflict within his party when President George W. Bush spoke in favor of an amendment to the United States Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Catania opposed the amendment and became a vocal opponent of Bush's 2004 re-election. In response, the District of Columbia Republican Committee decertified him as a delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention. [6] Catania announced his endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, one week prior to the convention. [7] In September 2004, Catania left the party and became an independent, citing his displeasure with its direction on urban and social issues. [8] [9] He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 as an independent. [4]

Catania was most recently the chairperson of the Council's Committee on Education and was a member of the Committee on Government Operations, the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and the Committee on Health. Catania chaired the Committee on Health between 2005 and 2012. As one of two openly gay members currently serving on the Council, Catania played a major role in the city's recognition of same-sex unions and legalization of same-sex marriage. [4] [10] [11] [12]

He now works as a lawyer at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he focuses his practice on healthcare, government law and strategy, and public policy. [13]


  • Tax Parity Act of 1999
  • Comprehensive Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Reform Amendment Act of 2000
  • Workforce Investment Implementation Act of 2000
  • The Health Care Expansion Act of 2000
  • New E-Conomy Transformation Act of 2000
  • Child Support Enforcement Amendment Act of 2001
  • Medicaid Provider Fraud Prevention Amendment Act of 2001
  • Establishment of an Office of the District Attourney for the District of Columbia Charter Amendment Act of 2002
  • Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008
  • Unemployment Compensation and Domestic Violence Amendment Act of 2003
  • School Accountability Amendment Act of 2004
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2004
  • District of Columbia Excel Institute Grant Authority Emergency Act of 2005
  • Prescription Drug Excessive Pricing Act of 2005
  • District of Columbia Health Professional Recruitment Program Act of 2005
  • Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Establishment Act of 2006
  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and Reporting Act of 2007
  • Student Access to Treatment Act of 2007
  • Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008
  • Safe RX Amendment Act of 2008
  • Effi Slaughter Barry HIV/AIDS Initiative Act of 2007
  • Adverse Event Reporting Requirement Amendment Act of 2008
  • Health Care Facilities Improvement Amendment Act of 2010
  • Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009
  • Legalization of Marijuana For Medical Treatment Amendment Act of 2009
  • Healthy DC Equal Access Fund and Hospital Stabilization Emergency Amendment Act of 2010
  • Haiti Earthquake Relief Drug and Medical Supply Assistance Emergency Act of 2010
  • Long Term Ombudsman Program Amendment Act of 2010
  • Health Benefit Exchange Authority Establishment Act of 2011
  • Pension Protection and Sustainability Amendment Act of 2011
  • South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012
  • Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation Establishment Emergency Amendment Act of 2011
  • HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Requirements Amendment Act of 2012
  • Senior HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment Act of 2012
  • Collaborative Care Expansion Act of 2012
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