Councilmember Cheh has served on the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. An attorney by trade, Cheh has championed legislation to protect the environment, improve the health of District residents, and fight for good government.
While education reform was underway in Washington, D.C., Councilmember Cheh recognized the time as an opportunity to encourage a healthier school environment. In December 2009, Councilmember Cheh introduced the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, the first bill to address the childhood obesity epidemic in the District of Columbia.
The Healthy Schools Act of 2010 substantially improved the health, wellness, and nutrition of public and charter school students in Washington, D.C. by developing standards on the quality of food served and increasing the amount of physical activity in which students are required to engage. Since then, it has become a national model for setting nutrition standards in schools and the workplace.
During her first two years on the Council, Councilmember Cheh chaired the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs and passed several pieces of legislation focused on consumer and environmental protection. For exa