Jim Graham, a former member of the DC Council, has died according to the DC Council Secretary. Graham was 72 years old, according to his former Chief of Staff Calvin Woodland.
Graham, who served nearly 20 years on the DC Council as a representative of Ward 1, was the first Executive Director of the Whitman-Walker Health Clinic.
According to Woodland, Graham had been in a poor health condition for the past several months and had been in the hospital more often than he’s been out of the hospital during that time.
I am saddened to learn of the passing, earlier today, of former Councilmember Jim Graham.
Jim and I joined the Council in the same year; we were classmates. Jim had a strong commitment to the District that pre-dated his election to the Council. His work at Whitman Walker Clinic in the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic was widely and highly regarded.
On the Council, Jim worked especially hard on issues like homelessness, juvenile justice, diversity, and public transportation. The District thanks him for his long public service and many accomplishments. He left our city a better place.
Graham was defeated by current Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau in the 2014 election. Nadeau issued this statement after hearing the news:
“I offer my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Councilmember Graham. It was no secret that we did not always see eye to eye, but there was no question as to his deep love for the people of Ward 1. As a Councilmember he leaves a legacy of fierce advocacy on behalf of District residents. As the director of the Whitman Walker Clinic his tireless work fighting for LGBTQ rights and to end HIV/AIDS was pioneering and touched lives across the District and around the country. In his many years of service, he was dedicated to leaving the world a better place than he found it. He will be missed.