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Brianne Nadeau
Brianne K. Nadeau
Brianne Nadeau official.jpg
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
from Ward 1

January 2, 2015
Jim Graham
Personal details
Born 1980 or 1981 (age 36-37)[1]
Political party Democratic
Domestic partner Jayson Harpster [1]
Alma mater Boston College, American University

Brianne Nadeau (born 1980) is a Democratic politician in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Council of the District of Columbia representing Ward 1 since 2015. She defeated long-time incumbent Jim Graham in the Democratic Party primary and won the general election with 75% of the vote in 2014.

Early life and professional career

Brianne K. Nadeau was born into a Jewish family in Michigan,[2][3] growing up in Grosse Pointe.[4] A Girl Scout for 13 years, she earned a Gold Award, the Scouts' highest honor.[5] Nadeau has said that Girl Scouts taught her to look for work and to leave things better than you found them.[6]

Nadeau graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in political science[2] in 2002.[7] She also earned a master's degree in public policy from American University[2] in 2006.[8] She worked as a scheduler for Congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland.[9]

Nadeau worked as a public relations consultant and vice president for Rabinowitz Communications,[10] where she promoted progressive causes for nonprofit organizations.[11] Nadeau was a member of the board of directors of Jews United for Justice,[10] a charitable organization that helps pursue justice and equality in local community.[12] She was active in the District of Columbia chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.[10]

Early political experience

Advisory Neighborhood Commission

Nadeau served as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Single Member District 1B05 from 2007[13] to 2010.[14]

Campaign for Council

She ran against four-term member of the Council of the District of Columbia Jim Graham in the Democratic Party primary election in 2014.[11]

During her campaign, Nadeau emphasized issues such as affordable housing, transportation, constituent services, and providing long-term solutions to recurring problems.[3]

Nadeau was critical of Graham for actions he took in 2008.[15] The District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Government Accountability found substantial evidence that Graham asked a developer to withdraw its bid for a real estate project so that another firm, who had donated to Graham, could win the bid.[16] In exchange, Graham offered to support the firm's bid for a lottery contract, violating the District employees code of conduct.[16] The District Council also reprimanded Graham for his inappropriate actions.[17] Graham said his actions may have been political horsetrading rather than anything illegal or unethical.[18]

Graham accused Nadeau of irregularities in connection to a home-buyer program.[15] According to Graham, in 2009 Nadeau had asked Graham and then-Council Chair Vincent Gray for help with a home-buyer program.[15] Nadeau had been approved for the loan two years earlier, but the income-based loan guarantee was reduced because her salary had increased since then.[15] Graham said that signing her letters with her title as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner was inappropriate and unethical.[15] Nadeau defended the letters, saying she was about to lose her home and simply advocated for herself the best way she could.[15] Following an investigation, the Inspector General cleared Nadeau and found that all the allegations were unsubstantiated.[19]

Nadeau's candidacy was endorsed by At-large Council Member David Grosso,[20] Ward Six Council Member Tommy Wells,[11]progressive political action committee Democracy for America,[21] and the editorial boards of the Washington Post,[22] the Washington City Paper[23] and Northwest Current.[24]


Nadeau defeated Graham in the primary election by a wide margin.[25]

In the general election, Nadeau was on the ballot with independent Ernest Johnson[26] and Libertarian John Vaught LaBeaume; there was no Republican candidate on the ballot.[10] Nadeau went on to win the general election as well.[27]

Time on the Council of the District of Columbia

Nadeau speaking in 2017

Sale of parcel to developers for below market value

In July 2015, Nadeau proposed emergency legislation to facilitate the sale of land at 965 Florida Avenue NW by the District of Columbia to developers MRP Realty, Ellis Development, and JBG Smith.[28] The city sold the parcels for $400,000, well below their estimated value of between $5 million and $27.6 million.[29]

Initial opposition to Pepco-Exelon merger

In May 2015, Nadeau opposed the merger between Exelon and Pepco, expressing concerns about the impact on costs and renewable energy.[30] In October 2015, she changed her position and urged regulators to support the deal.[31]

Local media

In 2015, Nadeau was asked about access to local crime news by a constituent. In her response, she criticized the hyperlocal blog Facing backlash against her remarks, she issued a formal statement in which she claimed not to remember what she said.[32]


Nadeau serves on the following committees:[33]

  • Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
  • Committee on Health and Human Services
  • Committee on Housing and Community Development
  • Committee of the Whole

Personal life

Nadeau had lived in the District of Columbia for 13 years when she was elected to the Council.[10] She lives near Meridian Hill Park.[2][3] In March 2016, she announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Jayson Harpster, a Kaiser Permanente consultant.[1]

Electoral Results

2006 General Election, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Single Member District 1B05[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Brianne K. Nadeau 175 64
Non-partisan Howard P. Wilson 92 34
  Write-In 6 2
2008 General Election, Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Single Member District 1B05[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Brianne K. Nadeau 518 96
  Write-In 24 4
2014 Democratic Primary, Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 1[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brianne K. Nadeau 6,688 59
Democratic Jim Graham 4,642 41
Democratic Write-In 57 1
2014 General Election, Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 1[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brianne K. Nadeau 17,024 75
Independent Ernest E. Johnson 2,021 9
Libertarian John Vaught LaBeaume 829 4
  Write-In 207 1


  1. ^ a b c "Councilmember Nadeau to Marry Longtime Boyfriend". Borderstan. March 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Brianne Nadeau" (PDF). The Northwest Current. March 12, 2014. p. V3. 
  3. ^ a b c d Nnamdi, Kojo (January 31, 2014). "The Politics Hour" (transcript). WAMU. 
  4. ^ rgross. "8 Questions for DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau". Moment Magazine. Retrieved 2015. 
  5. ^ Yates, Clinton (January 31, 2014). "The girl scout vs. grizzled vet". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ "Q&A: District of Columbia Councilmember Brianne Nadeau". Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. October 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "2013-2014 Honor Roll of Donors". Boston College Alumni and Parents. Boston College. 2014. 
  8. ^ Fuller, Jaime (July 25, 2013). "Run, Women, Run!". The American Prospect. 
  9. ^ Gale, Rebecca (July 12, 2013). "Hill Staffers Switch to Campaigning for Public Office". Roll Call. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Pollak, Suzanne (November 5, 2014). "Nadeau wins seat on D.C. council". Washington Jewish Week. 
  11. ^ a b c Svitek, Patrick (March 19, 2014). "In Ward 1, 4-term incumbent Jim Graham tries to fend off tough challenge in Brianne Nadeau". The Washington Post. 
  12. ^ "Together we're building a movement where our boldest visions will become reality". Jews United for Justice. Retrieved 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "General Election 2006: Certified Official Results" (PDF). District of Columbia Board of Elections. November 21, 2006. 
  14. ^ a b "General Election 2008: Certified Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections. November 24, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Davis, Aaron C. (March 25, 2014). "Size of interest-free home loan for D.C. Council candidate questioned by opponent". The Washington Post. 
  16. ^ a b DeBonis, Mike (February 7, 2013). "Jim Graham is scolded but not penalized in ethics probe". The Washington Post. 
  17. ^ Craig, Tim (February 23, 2013). "D.C. Council reprimands Jim Graham in lottery contract flap". The Washington Post. 
  18. ^ Madden, Patrick (February 22, 2013). "Jim Graham Fights Back Against Reprimand From D.C. Council". WAMU. 
  19. ^ Sommer, Will (April 3, 2015). "Inspector General Closes Nadeau Investigation". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ Sommer, Will (January 28, 2014). "Grosso Endorses Graham Challenger Brianne Nadeau". Washington City Paper. 
  21. ^ Sommer, Will (March 19, 2014). "Progressive Groups Make Council Endorsements". Washington City Paper. 
  22. ^ "The Post's choices in the Democratic primary for D.C. Council" (editorial). The Washington Post. March 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Who to Vote for (and Who Not to Vote for) in D.C.'s 2014 Democratic Primary" (editorial). Washington City Paper. March 26, 2014. 
  24. ^ "For Ward 1 Council" (editorial). The Northwest Current. March 12, 2014. p. 8. 
  25. ^ "D.C. mayoral primary election results". The Washington Post. April 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ Sommer, Will (May 21, 2014). "Failed Mayoral Candidate Plans Ward 1 Bid". Washington City Paper. 
  27. ^ "Jewish Democrat activist wins D.C. council seat". Haaretz. November 6, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Are plans for Whole Foods in Shaw running into a roadblock?". American City Business Journals. November 6, 2014. 
  29. ^ Davis, Aaron (September 25, 2015). "How D.C. turned $27 million into $400,000". The Washington Post. 
  30. ^ "Nadeau: "Serious Concerns" about PEPCO-Exelon Merger" (Press release). Brianne Nadeau. May 22, 2015. 
  31. ^ Gavin, Bade (October 28, 2015). "Letter reveals 7 of 13 DC council members support Exelon-Pepco merger". Utility Drive. 
  32. ^ GIAMBRONE, ANDREW (October 29, 2015). "PoPville vs. Media Critic Councilmember". Washington City Paper. 
  33. ^ "DC Councilmember". Council of the District of Columbia. DC Council. Retrieved 2015. 
  34. ^ "Primary Election Certified Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections. April 23, 2014. 
  35. ^ "General Election Unofficial Results". District of Columbia Board of Elections. November 20, 2014. 
Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
Jim Graham
Ward 1 Member,
2015 - present

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