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George Leventhal

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George Leventhal
Member of the Montgomery County Council, At-Large
Assumed office
December 2002
Personal details
Born (1962-11-19) November 19, 1962 (age 58)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceTakoma Park, Maryland

George Leventhal (born November 19, 1962) is a Democratic politician from the state of Maryland. He is currently serving his fourth term as an at-large member of the Montgomery County Council.

Political career[edit]

Prior to being elected to serve on the Montgomery County Council he worked on the staff of the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis and served as campaign coordinator for local election campaigns in Maryland and California, including Ida G. Ruben's first successful campaign for the Maryland Senate in 1986.

From 1987 to 1990, Leventhal was a research assistant on the tax staff of the Senate Finance Committee under its then-Chairman Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. Leventhal then went on to serve as legislative director for Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland from 1993 to 1995 and earlier served three years as Senator Mikulski's legislative assistant for appropriations, budget, tax, and transportation issues. From 1995 to 2002, he was Senior Federal Relations Officer at the Association of American Universities. From 1996 to 2001, Leventhal served as chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Through the 1990s, he served on the board of CASA of Maryland. He played a leading role in many other political and community activities in the Takoma Park-Silver Spring area and throughout Montgomery County.

Leventhal was first elected to the Montgomery County Council in 2002, served as Council President in 2006 and 2015. Leventhal was reelected to second, third, and fourth terms in 2006, 2010, and 2014, respectively.[1] Leventhal has chaired the County Council's Health and Human Services Committee since first taking office in 2002. In 2016, Leventhal was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Leventhal ran for Montgomery County Executive in 2018. He lost the Democratic primary election, coming in fifth place out of six candidates on the ballot.[2]

Political views[edit]

Leventhal supports the Purple Line light rail line, which will connect Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, Riverdale, and New Carrollton.[3]

Leventhal supports environmental programs such as Bethesda Green, Montgomery County’s green building legislation and the Montgomery County Healthy Lawns Act.

In 2005, Leventhal initiated the Montgomery Cares program which provides health care to more than 26,000 poor and uninsured residents in Montgomery County.[4] Leventhal has also championed housing the homeless through adoption of the Housing First philosophy. In 2015, Leventhal announced that Montgomery County had achieved "functional zero" for veteran homelessness.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Leventhal lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife, Soraia P. Leventhal, and their two sons, Daniel and Francisco. Leventhal has three siblings, Dinah Leventhal who has two sons Jesse Lacefield and Isaac Lacefield, Sarah Roark, and James Leventhal. His parents are Brigid Leventhal, M.D. (deceased) and Carl Leventhal, M.D.[6]

Leventhal earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in December, 2017. He received a Master of Administrative Science degree in public administration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "George L. Leventhal, County Council, Montgomery County, Maryland". www.msa.md.gov. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. "Gubernatorial Primary Election: Unofficial Results". Montgomery County Board of Elections. June 26, 2018.
  3. http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/6933/for-montgomery-county-council/
  4. "Montgomery councilman wants third term to advocate for those in need". www.gazette.net. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. https://www.facebook.com/julie.zauzmer. "No veteran is homeless in Montgomery County, officials announce". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. "George Leventhal". www.gazette.net. Retrieved 5 August 2018.


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