Service, Career, Education, and Awards

Cincinnati Mayor / City Council

  • David served on council for 18 years  from 1974-1992, including three distinguished years as Mayor of Cincinnati.
  • David Mann was elected again in November 2013 and 2017 to serve on Cincinnati City Council.

United States Congress

  • David was elected in 1992 to the 103rd Congress as the representative from Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, which then included most of the city of Cincinnati. He was a member of the Armed Services Committee during his tenure in Congress in 1993 and 1994.

United States Navy

  • David’s earliest public service was serving in the United States Navy for four years.
  • David served on the U.S.S. English (DD-696), a destroyer that was one of the first ships to reach Cuban waters during the Cuban Missile Crisis. David ended his active service as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Eight.

Charitable Organizations

  • 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 of Beyond Civility, a new initiative to improve public discourse on civic issues.


  • The United Way 2016 Impact Leadership Award for his work on the successful preschool promise initiative.
  • The 2016 Bill Kircher Local Legend Award from the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center for his sponsorship of the city’s wage theft legislation.
  • The 2017 Affordable Housing Advocate Award of the Affordable Housing Association.
  • The 2014 Friend of Pleasant Ridge Award.
  • 2014 Friend of Clifton Award.

Law Practice

  • 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.

Harvard College

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

Harvard Law School

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

Personal Life

  • David and Betsy have been married over 57 years. Their three children and five grandchildren all live in Cincinnati. Each of them attended Cincinnati Public Schools.

As you know, I have served this community as councilman, mayor, member of congress and, most recently, as vice mayor and chair of the budget and finance committee. In this most challenging time of unrest and the coronavirus, experience and wisdom count more than ever before. Humbly, I believe that my years of public service have prepared me to be mayor in this particularly challenging moment. I ask for your help on this journey. If you can help with your time and talents, please contact me…

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