DMVDaily: The History of Baltimore City’s Council Presidents

A look through the years and the 21 council presidents of Baltimore

(BALTIMORE – May 8, 2019) -On Monday night, members of the Baltimore City Council unanimously elected 2nd district councilman Brandon Scott to fill the vacant Council President seat vacated by Mayor Bernard ‘Jack’ Young. Scott became Baltimore City’s 21st Council President since the November 1922 change from a two-branch council to a unicameral council, and the ninth person to be elected to the position by his colleagues rather than the voters.

Scott also appears to be the youngest City Council President ever sworn-in to the office, at the ripe old age of 35, which is becoming a norm for the East Baltimore representative, who was the youngest member elected to the city council (at age 27) since they changed over to single-member districts in 2003. (Stephanie Rawlings-Blake assumed the council presidency at age 36 back in 2007.) He will now serve out the remainder of the term that Young was elected to in 2016, which will come to an end in December of next year.

Ironically, Mayor Young was also elected to the office of City Council President by his colleagues in 2010, following the ascension of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to the office of Mayor following the resignation of Mayor Sheila Dixon. Young was being challenged for the post by the incoming Mayor (Rawlings-Blake), who was secretly pushing freshman councilman William ‘Bill’ Cole for the citywide seat. However, it was the savvy, East Baltimore veteran who wound up whipping enough votes to put him in position to eventually become Baltimore’s 51st Mayor. READ IN FULL