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Council Member Phil Mendelson Gets Vote For D.C. Council Chair

Council member Phil Mendelson, shown here at the dais in January, will take over as council chair until the special election in November. 
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Council member Phil Mendelson, shown here at the dais in January, will take over as council chair until the special election in November. 

Council member Phil Mendelson will serve as interim D.C. Council chairman, taking over for former chairman Kwame Brown, who resigned last week after pleading guilty to bank fraud.

The D.C. Council voted for Mendelson as chair and Council member Michael Brown as chairman pro tempore of the body. Mendelson was the expected choice for interim chair going into the meeting. Council member Mary Cheh -- who had been acting as chair since Brown's resignation last week -- circulated a petition calling for Mendelson's appointment yesterday. 

The Council meeting took a theatrical turn before members voted, as Council member Vincent Orange nominated himself to the position of chairman pro tempore. Cheh's measure had put forth Michael Brown for the position after a contentious debate during this morning's meeting. 

The final vote on the Mendelson/Brown leadership was 11-1, with Orange voting against the resolution. Mendelson will serve as the leader of the council until a special election in November to elect a new, permanent chair. 

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