Kenyan McDuffie '06, a long-time public servant, won almost 45 percent of the vote in a special election May 15 that attracted 10 other candidates for a seat on the DC Council. He will be sworn in May 30.
A native of the District of Columbia, Mr. McDuffie earned his undergraduate degree at Howard University and then joined the staff of Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's representative to Congress. While at UM Carey Law, he was an editor of the University of Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class and served as an assistant to then-professor Tom Perez, now assistant attorney general for civil rights at the US Department of Justice.
After serving as a judicial clerk on the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland, Mr. McDuffie worked as assistant state's attorney in Prince George's County and as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the US Justice Department. Most recently, he was a policy advisor to the deputy mayor for public safety and justice in Washington, DC.
Mr. McDuffie lives with his family in the house where he was raised, in Ward 5.