Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember
Jun 20, 2018
Mary Cheh
Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember

Councilmember Cheh has served on the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. An attorney and constitutional law professor, Cheh has championed legislation to protect the environment, improve the health of District residents, and fight for good government. She previously chaired the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs (2007-2008) and the Committee on Government Operations (2008-2010). Over the last six years, Councilmember Cheh has introduced over 400 separate bills, and led five major Council investigations, including ones on Executive personnel practices and electronic voting in the District. 

Councilmember Cheh is a tenured constitutional law and criminal procedure professor at the George Washington University Law School and a member and former chair of the George Washington Law Public Interest Committee. She is the Elyce Zenoff Research Professor of Law, and is the recipient of numerous teaching and service awards at the University. Councilmember Cheh has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, worked pro bono for the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in South Africa, served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice and the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, chaired the subcommittee on criminal justice for the D.C. Circuit Court’s Task Force on Gender, and serves as a member of the Rules Committee of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Military Justice. She is a member of the ACLU Litigation Screening Committee.

Councilmember Cheh is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College, and received her law degrees from Rutgers and Harvard Universities. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and before the federal courts. She has lived in D.C.’s Ward 3 for over 30 years, where she raised her two daughters, Jane and Nora, who are both attorneys.