Linda cropp

Linda W. Cropp
6th Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
In office
Preceded by David A. Clarke
Succeeded by Vincent C. Gray
At Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
In office
Preceded by Betty Ann Kane
Succeeded by Arrington Dixon
Personal details
Born (1947-10-05) October 5, 1947 (age 66)
Atlanta, GA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dwight S. Cropp
Children Alison
Alma mater Howard University (B.A., Government)
Howard University (Masters Degree)

Linda Washington Cropp (born October 5, 1947,[1] in Atlanta, Georgia) is a politician in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. She was a Democratic member of the Council of the District of Columbia, where she was the first woman to serve as the elected Council Chairman. On September 12, 2006, she lost the Democratic Primary for Mayor (57%-31%) to Adrian Fenty. This loss came in spite of the fact that Cropp had been endorsed by outgoing mayor Anthony A. Williams. She was succeeded as Council Chairman by Vincent C. Gray.


  • spouse - Dr. Dwight S. Cropp
  • children - Allison and Christopher
  • grandson - Christian Alexander


  • 1969 received Bachelor's degree in government from Howard University.
  • 1971 received Master's degree in guidance and counseling from Howard University.
  • 2007 received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the George Washington University with all rights and privileges.

Political career

  • 1980 elected to D.C. Board of Education representing Ward 4,[2] later becoming vice president and president
  • 1990 elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 1992 elected as chair of the Councilors Committee on Human Services[3]
  • 1994 re-elected at-large member of D.C. Council
  • 1997 named acting Chairman of D.C. Council, following the death of David Clarke
  • 1997 elected D.C. Council Chairman in a special election
  • 1998 re-elected D.C. Council Chairman
  • 2002 re-elected D.C. Council Chairman
  • 2006 entered race for Mayor
  • 2007 retired from D.C. politics


External links

  • Biography
  • Metro Weekly interview
Preceded by
Betty Ann Kane
At-Large Member, Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Arrington Dixon
Preceded by
David A. Clarke
Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Vincent C. Gray
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