Today, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) welcomed Victor H. Rodriguez and James N. Short Jr. as the newest members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board). Both members were sworn in by Mayor Vincent Gray this evening, bringing the total number of Board members to its maximum of seven to serve the District of Columbia.
Rodriguez will fill former Board member L. Jeanette Mobley’s remaining term, which ends on May 7, 2015. His experience includes a director position of a national Hispanic organization; a cabinet post in D.C. Government as the director of the Office of International Affairs; and a cabinet level staff member position with the White House in former Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s office. He moved to the District in 1968 and currently resides in Ward 1.
Short replaces former Board member Calvin Nophlin and will serve a four-year term, ending May 7, 2016. Short’s background covers decades of service to District government including a 33-year post as Deputy Fire Chief and 12 years with the Fire Marshall’s Office supervising ABC establishments and special event inspections. He currently resides in Ward 7 of the District.
“Both of these nominees have exceptional records of public service and I’m proud that they’ve agreed to serve the District again as members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board,” Gray said.
Board Chair Ruthanne Miller said the new members will provide new insight in helping to regulate the sale and consumption of alcohol in the District of Columbia. “We welcome our new members to the ABC Board. They will bring fresh perspectives from their diverse experiences that will enhance the Board’s collective understanding and approach to regulating alcohol in the District of Columbia,” Miller said.
The ABC Board unveiled a new alcoholic beverage warning sign that was posted in 1,800 ABC licensed establishments in the District that sell alcoholic beverages. Messages on the new signs state:
- You must show a valid government issued photo ID displaying proof of age;
- You must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcohol;
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence is illegal; and
- Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects.