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Berliner & Riemer Chosen as County Council Leadership for 2017

On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council unanimously elected Roger Berliner as president and Hans Riemer as vice president of the Council. They will serve one-year terms as officers of the Council.

Council President Berliner, who represents Council District 1, served as Council vice president for the past year. He is beginning his 11th year on the Council and previously served as Council president in 2011-12. He succeeds Nancy Floreen, who completed her one-year term as president on Tuesday.

“Fortunately, we do not need to make Montgomery County ‘great again,” said Council President Berliner. “But we do need to help our County fulfill its even greater promise. My priorities for the year ahead to help us fulfill our County’s extraordinary promise include: Getting the Basics Right; Serving as a Model Inclusive Community; Expanding the Ladder of Opportunity; and Creating Vibrant Communities.”

“Our County is a national leader on many, many issues,” said Berliner, “a fact we are justifiably proud of. But what our residents really expect of us is to deliver on the fundamentals—get the basics right.”

Berliner is in his third term on the Council. He was first elected in 2006. He represents District 1, which includes the western part of the County from the Washington, D.C., line to the Frederick County border. District 1 includes the communities of Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Glen Echo, Friendship Heights, North Bethesda, Potomac, Poolesville, Randolph Hills and Somerset.

As chair of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, Berliner has led the charge on creating more multi-modal transportation options. He guided the Council to supporting rapid transit, is a forceful proponent for improving Metro, and has been a strong advocate for providing greater bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Berliner authored of more than two dozen laws that make Montgomery County one of the most sustainable communities in the country, including ensuring that the County buys 100 percent renewable power. He also guided the Council to provide protection to Ten Mile Creek in the Clarksburg area from the threat of over-development. Councilmember Berliner’s background as an energy lawyer has allowed him to play a lead role for the County and the state in holding Pepco accountable for greater electric reliability.