David Mann was elected in November 2013 to serve on Cincinnati City Council. Mayor Cranley appointed him as Vice-Mayor of Cincinnati. David previously served on council for 18 years, including three distinguished years as mayor.

David was elected to the 103rd Congress as the representative from Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, which then included most of the city of Cincinnati.

David’s earliest public service was serving in the United States Navy for four years. As a lieutenant, David served on the USS. English (DD-696), a destroyer that was one of the first ships to reach Cuban waters during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Prior to active duty in the Navy, David attended Harvard College on a Navy ROTC scholarship and was selected as the midshipman commander of the Naval ROTC battalion at Harvard. David graduated cum laude with a major in biochemical sciences.

After his Navy service, David attended Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated magna cum laude.

Currently, David practices law with his son, Michael, in the firm of Mann & Mann.

David’s practice includes civil rights and discrimination cases on behalf of employees who have been treated improperly because of race, gender, age or disability. He also has worked to increase employment opportunities for ex-offenders. David also provides counsel to small businesses. He drafts wills and contracts and probates estates.

David’s role as a civic leader has included involvement in a number of charitable organizations: For two years he was chairman of the board of The Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati; he spent 10 years on the board of the Freestore Foodbank and served as chairman of the board of his church, Clifton United Methodist.

David also served as the co-convener (aka co-chairman) of Beyond Civility, a new initiative to improve public discourse on civic issues. Public response has been tremendous.

In October, David and Betsy celebrated 51 years of marriage. Over the years, their family has expanded to include five grandchildren — Kiersten, Lyla, Jaron, Mia, and David — all of whom live in Cincinnati and have attended Cincinnati Public Schools.

For David, the role of a lawyer is to provide guidance through difficult and challenging times and to make good times better.

For more information about David, a copy of his Experience Profile is available.


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I am introducing an ordinance that will help mitigate the negative impact of Short Term Rentals like Airbnb on the City’s rental rates and available housing stock. Our goal with this ordinance is to balance the very real and positive economic and tourism benefits of Airbnb and other short-term rentals with the need to protect our more vulnerable citizens from rent inflation and displacement. Some multi-unit property owners already have evicted their tenants and converted their buildings exclusively to Airbnb occupants. The housing stock is thus lost to our rental market due to the profit opportunities presented by fulltime Airbnb activity.

The law would only regulate short term rentals of entire dwelling units – so an entire apartment or an entire house – for periods of 30 days or less at a time. Check out the attached memo for more info.
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I was extremely honored today to have the chance to speak to these high school students at Clark Montessori at their walkout to raise awareness for gun violence and gun control. I am deeply moved by their spirit and determination to change our nation’s gun laws. The tragedies their generation has been forced to endure and the fear for their own safety that they face every day has got to come to an end.

Mistakes were made to lead us to this point, but with inspiring young such as these leading the charge for change, I know our future is in good hands.
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I have asked that this resolution be by-leaved onto today's City Council calendar calling for a ban on the sale and purchase of assault weapons in Ohio or, failing that, that the General Assembly pass legislation allowing Cincinnati to regulate these weapons ourselves through municipal home rule.

After far too many harrowing mass shootings such as the ones that occurred in Orlando, Las Vegas, and last week's horrifying attack on the staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I feel that taking action to limit the sale and purchase of assault weapons is long overdue.

We must do all we can to prevent future tragedies from taking innocent lives.
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