The DC Government occupies a unique position, operating under Article One of the US Constitution and the District of Columbia Home Rule Act. These laws delegate certain powers of the US Congress to the Mayor and to a 13-member Council, though Congress still reserves the right to review and overturn laws created by the Council and intervene in local affairs. The Council, which operates out of the Wilson Building (pictured below) is made up of eight ward Councilmembers, four at-large Councilmembers and a Chairman.

Each ward has a Councilmember specifically designated as their representative; you can find a ward map here, courtesy of the DC Office of Planning. The four at-large Councilmembers are elected by the entirety of the District, as is the Chairman. For information on the DC Councilmembers, including how to get in contact with them, click here.

If you want to attend a Council hearing or know when a piece of legislation will be discussed by the Council or one of its committees, we’ve got a calendar of relevant DC legislative events here.

WilsonbldgUnderneath the Mayor and the Council in the city’s governmental hierarchy are the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, a City-elected Attorney General, the DC Court of Appeals, and numerous government agencies that advocate for everything from the Arts and Humanities to the Water and Sewer Authority.

DC Government

Government of the District of Columbia | Website
Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia Website
Council of the District of Columbia | Website

Committees

Committee of the Whole | Website
Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization | Website
Business and Economic Development | Website
Finance and Revenue | Website
Transportation and the Environment | Website
Committee on Education | Website
Committee on Labor and Workforce Development | Website

Agencies & Services You May Need

Advisory Neighborhood CommissionsWebsite | (202) 727-9945
Board of Elections and EthicsWebsite | (202) 727-2525
Department of Consumer and Regulatory AffairsWebsite | (202) 442-4400
Department of Insurance, Securities and BankingWebsite | (202) 727-8000
DC WaterWebsite | (202) 787-2000
Office of ZoningWebsite | (202) 727-6311
Public Charter School BoardWebsite | (202) 328-2660

Relevant Federal Government Agencies

Federal Housing Administration | Website | (800) CALL-FHA (225-5342)
Federal Housing Finance Agency | Website | (202) 649-3800