Meet Robert White
As a father, husband, and fifth generation Washingtonian, I’ve watched our city grow and change over my lifetime. I know DC’s best days are ahead of us.
When I was young, we had a community made up of our family who lived nearby in Ward 4 and members of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church who became like members of our family.
I relied on that community when I was eight years old and I lost my mother to breast cancer. A few weeks later, I was in a near-fatal car accident that cracked my skull and collapsed part of my mouth. While I recovered from my injuries and grieved a deep personal loss, I fell far behind in school.
I spent the next seven years failing classes. I was lucky though: a few adults in my life saw the good in me and never stopped believing in me. Without the support I received from my DC community during those tough times, I know for sure I would not be here today.
Finding My Passion
The struggles of my youth taught me to face setbacks and obstacles with grit, perseverance, and accountability. I worked hard and caught up, and now I am a proud graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and American University Washington College of Law.
After law school, I devoted my life to giving back to the community that raised me. I served as a law clerk for the Maryland District Court for Montgomery County and then as Legislative Counsel to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton in the U.S. House of Representatives for five years. In this role, I worked to loosen Congress’ grip on DC and fought for DC statehood.
As I was working for Congresswoman Norton, I saw our city changing around me. Like so many other families, displacement happened slowly but steadily for my family. I saw firsthand as the city leadership prioritized the needs of the wealthy coming into our city instead of those of us already here. I decided I needed to use the skills and experience I gained in law school and on Capitol Hill to make our city work for more of our residents.
In 2014, I joined Attorney General Karl Racine to design and execute a blueprint for community engagement for the DC Office of the Attorney General, with a focus on listening to communities and expanding support for our most vulnerable residents.
I first ran for DC Council in 2014. I lost, but I wasn’t defeated. I ran again in 2016 and won. Serving as your At-Large DC Councilmember has been one of the honors of my life.
I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in the last five years on the Council. We passed legislation to expand early childhood education, which has set a new national standard. I championed a first-in-the-nation bill to restore voting rights to incarcerated residents who lost the right to vote because of Jim Crow policies. I’ve fought to expand workforce programs for people with the highest barriers to employment and, inspired by my own brother’s experience as a returning citizen, I worked to double the size of the agency supporting returning citizens.
We need a Mayor to make DC’s future inclusive and just. I’m running to serve my city — my home. I know that together, we can create a DC that works for all of us. I hope you will join our movement.