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Adrian Fenty
Adrian Fenty, Mayor of DC, November 5, 2007.jpg
6th Mayor of the District of Columbia
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 2, 2011
Preceded by Anthony Williams
Succeeded by Vincent Gray
Member of the
Council of the District of Columbia
from Ward 4
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 2, 2007
Preceded by Charlene Drew Jarvis
Succeeded by Muriel Bowser
Personal details
Born December 6, 1970 (1970-12-06) (age 50)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Michelle Cross
Children Matthew
Alma mater Oberlin College
Howard University
Profession Attorney

Adrian Malik Fenty (born December 6, 1970) was the sixth, and youngest Mayor of the District of Columbia. He was a national leader in urban education reform. He lost his re-election bid in the 2010 Democratic primary to Vincent C. Gray, who went on to win the general election for Mayor.

Early life, education, and family

Fenty grew up in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and graduated from Mackin Catholic High School. As a teenager, he worked at Swenson's Ice Cream next to the Uptown Theatre.

Fenty's mother is white, and his father is African-American. Adrian Fenty is the middle child of three boys—older brother Shawn, a bicycle expert, and younger brother Jess. Their parents are runners and own a Fleet Feet athletic shoe store in the D.C. neighborhood of Adams Morgan. Adrian has run in the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run each year since 2004, improving his finishing time from 1:17:22 (2005) to 1:02:59 (2009).

Fenty earned a B.A. in English and Economics at Oberlin College and a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

In 1997, Fenty and lawyer Michelle Cross eloped. Michelle Cross Fenty works for the Inter-American Development Bank. They have three children: twins Matthew and Andrew (b. 2000) and Aerin Alexandra (b. 2008).

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