Get to know Muriel
Muriel Bowser brings a pragmatic, hands-on approach to leadership, legislation, oversight, and policy‐making in the District of Columbia. She was first elected Ward 4 Councilmember in a special election in 2007 and re-elected in 2008, and again in 2012. Each time, voters endorsed Muriel’s ambitious agenda focused on an open and ethical government, rebuilding quality neighborhoods, and transforming our schools and commercial corridors.
During Councilmember Bowser’s tenure, Ward 4’s population has grown, quality school choices and public spaces have increased, and hundreds of units of housing have been created. Dozens of new stores, restaurants, and small businesses have opened and violent crime has plummeted. Construction has begun on a long-promised grocery store in Petworth and a plan to transform the Walter Reed Army base into a 70 acre mixed use neighborhood center is taking shape. Positive and sustainable change is visible on every corner of Ward 4.
Councilmember Bowser has also focused her attention to better the lives of residents District-wide. She was selected by her colleagues as Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development in January. Previously, as Chairwoman of the Committee on Government Operations, Muriel worked with her colleagues to pass comprehensive Ethics Reform in the District of Columbia, improved the safety and efficiency of the Metro system, and increased transparency in government contracting. As Chair of the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation and the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs, Muriel championed the causes of increasing the revenue generating potential of our public spaces, curbed bullying in our schools and recreation centers, and created consumer protections for homeowners facing foreclosure. Besides representing the District on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Muriel also served as Chair of the regional Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Transportation Planning Board.
Muriel’s fierce advocacy for Ward 4 and efforts to improve the District at-large won her the endorsement of the Washington Post editorial board which wrote: “Smart, hardworking and independent-minded, Ms. Bowser has shown herself to be an effective advocate for the interests of her demanding ward and a leading voice for education reform and good government.” She was also honored by City Year as Washington’s Idealist of the Year in 2011, was awarded the Democratic State Committee’s Legislator of the Year Award (2012), the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award (2012), and the NoMa Business Improvement District Public Sector Award (2012). Her greatest honor though is the repeated confidence shown by the voters of Ward 4 who have returned her to office with enthusiastic support.
Councilmember Bowser, a native Washingtonian, earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Chatham College and a Master's degree in Public Policy from American University. Muriel began her service in DC elective office as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for her Riggs Park neighborhood, and continues to be an active member of Lamond Riggs Citizens Association.