Evans, Cheh make most money outside D.C. Council

Maybe serving as a politician really is a full-time job – or maybe less so for the two D.C. Council members with ties to GW.

Fewer Council members relied on large incomes from jobs outside of the John A. Wilson Building last year than in previous years, according to the most recent financial disclosure statements. Council members’ salaries are about $130,000.

Jack Evans earned $190,000 in his of-counsel position at Patton Boggs law firm last year. Hatchet File Photo
Jack Evans earned $190,000 in his of-counsel position at Patton Boggs law firm last year. Hatchet File Photo

But Jack Evans, Foggy Bottom’s representative on the Council, also earned $190,000 for his work at the Georgetown law firm Patton Boggs. GW Law professor Mary Cheh pulled in $207,263 from her University job, plus about $24,500 for bar review lectures and royalties from her legal writing. She disclosed $280,000 in outside earnings four years ago, the Washington Post reported.

The legislators also reported ownership interests or investments worth more than $1,000. Chairman Phil Mendelson disclosed about $700,000 in stock holdings from companies like Pepco, Verizon and ExxonMobil. Cheh reported that she owned $10,665 worth of IBM stock.

At-Large Council member Vincent Orange, who made an unsuccessful bid for mayor earlier this year, and Ward 5 Council member Kenyan McDuffie both reported owning income properties in the city.

After embattled Council member and former mayor Marion Barry reported taking $7,000 in gifts from city contractors last year – a disclosure that kicked off an ethics investigation and cost him a committee chairmanship – he did not report accepting any such gifts this year.

D.C. Council members’ salaries stack up second-highest among other big cities, falling behind Los Angeles. New York City council members earn about $112,000, and legislators in Minneapolis make about $80,000.

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