Biddle sworn in as newest D.C. Council member
Sekou Biddle was sworn in Friday as a D.C. Council member, less than 24 hours after prevailing in a close vote among Democratic party activists.
Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) administered the oath inside his John A. Wilson Building office in front of a crowd of several dozen -- including many of the Democrats who voted him in last night. Biddle was joined by his parents, Reggie and Freddie, his wife, Cara, and 5- and 10-year-old sons. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) stood next to Biddle as he took the oath.
Council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) attended the oath.
Gray called Biddle's victory a "wonderful thing."
"It shows that the Democratic party can make an informed and rapid decision," he said.
Also in attendance was his political consultant, Tom Lindenfeld, D.C. Democratic State Committee chairwoman Anita Bonds and Ted Trabue, president of the State Board of Education -- the body Biddle resigned from today.
Biddle will serve until a permanent replacement is chosen in an April 26 special election.
| January 7, 2011; 5:35 PM ET
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