Paul C. Smedberg was first elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2003 and was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term in November 2012. He remains committed to protecting the historic legacy of the City, maintaining quality public schools, assuring a well-planned community and improving the quality of life for all. He has gained a reputation for promoting efficient and responsive local government with both sound fiscal and economic policies. He has gained a reputation in Northern Virginia for his ongoing presence and participation with regional transportation bodies.
Paul has continued to represent the City on a variety of Commissions, Task Forces and organizations reflecting diverse areas of community concern and endeavor. A major goal of local government is the health, safety and quality of life of its residents. Paul serves on the City's Pension Subcommittee, Waterfront Commission and the Inova Alexandria Hospital Task Force. His leadership with the Mirant Monitoring Group helped to bring about the final closure of the plant in 2012. He remains committed to a clean and safe environment. He has supported an integrated "arts plan" for the City and has consistently been a strong voice for the arts on the City Council.
He supports the ongoing economic vitality and viability of the Alexandria business community and continues to serve on the Marketing Coordinating Council and is a Board member of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.
In recognition of the escalating traffic issues and demand for local and regional transit and transportation options, Paul seeks regional solutions to these issues as Alexandria's representative to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board. He was VRE Board Chairman in 2013 and currently serves as 2014 Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Paul also served as co-chair of the City's Transportation/Transit Corridor Study Group.
As a resident of Alexandria for nearly 27 years, Paul has a distinguished history of service and leadership with area non-profits and local civic and homeowner associations. Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, he received degrees in History and Economics from Allegheny College and is a 2001 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at University of Virginia. He lives in Old Town with his partner Michael Molesky.