Former DC Councilman, Jim Graham, dies

Jim Graham, 71.

WASHINGTON, DC — Former D.C. Councilman Jim Graham died Thursday, according to  Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

Graham served four terms on the Council starting in 1998. He was a Democrat who represented Ward 1, where Mendelson says Graham was committed to his residents.

“Jim worked especially hard on issues like homelessness, juvenile justice, diversity, and public transportation,” Mendelson said. “The District thanks him for his long public service and many accomplishments.  He left our city a better place.”

Graham is also known for his work at the Whitman Walker Clinic during the AIDS epidemic.

The current Ward 1 Councilwoman Brianne Nadeau offered her condolences to Graham’s family.

“…there was no question as to his deep love for the people of Ward 1.  As a Councilmember he leaves a legacy of fierce advocacy on behalf of District residents,” Nadeau’s statement reads. “As a director of the Whitman Walker Clinic his tirelss work fighting for LGBTQ rights and to end HIV/AIDS was pioneering and touched lives across the District and around the country.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser also released a statement on the passing of Graham, saying that is sadden by his passing.

“Today, as I fight to include more Washingtonians in the District’s prosperity, I do so on the shoulders of leaders like Jim who fought to prove that moving DC forward means leaving no residents behind.”

No information has been released on Graham’s possible cause of death. The Secretary of the Council is expected to announce details regarding services as they become available.