Gay former Va. councilman named chair of Metro board
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Board of Directors on June 27 elected Paul Smedberg, a five-term former member of the Alexandria City Council who’s gay, as the board’s next chairman.
Smedberg has served as an alternate member of the WMATA or Metro board representing Alexandria since 2016. Fellow board members elevated him earlier this year to the position of principal board member.
He has also served since 2006 on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and from 2014 to 2018 served as the commission’s chair.
Smedberg became Virginia’s second openly gay official in 2003 at the time he was first elected to the Alexandria City Council.
He replaces D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) as chair of the Metro board. Evans resigned from the position last month after the board’s ethics committee found he had violated conflict-of-interest rules.
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