Hans Riemer serves as an At-large Member of the Montgomery County Council, where he represents more than 1 million residents in a dynamic, diverse and thriving community.
Hans has dedicated his career to public service and his dream of creating opportunity for all people to achieve their potential.
As a Councilmember, he works towards his vision by advocating for public education and public transportation, early childhood programs, libraries, recreation, human services, housing and economic development.
Hans is the council’s champion for creating great urban areas that provide a better quality of life for all of us and enhance our county’s economic competitiveness. For Hans, advancing smart growth policies means directing development where we have the best infrastructure and smallest environmental impact, while working to enhance the differing characters of Montgomery County’s farmland and suburban communities.
Hans has a passion for progressive change that comes from his roots in Oakland, California, a city of tremendous disparities, and the commitment to social justice that he learned from his parents. His background in public policy and campaign organizing prepared him well for the job of County Councilmember.
Hans was a senior advisor for AARP before joining the County Council. A nationally recognized leader on Social Security, Hans played a pivotal role organizing the Democratic coalition that stopped President Bush from privatizing Social Security. Tom Matzzie, of MoveOn.org, called Hans “one of five people in the country most responsible for protecting Social Security from George Bush.”
Hans is also known for his work as National Youth Vote Director for Obama for America in 2007/2008. Starting with the landslide turnout of young voters in the Iowa Caucus and continuing through the Maryland primary, Hans helped young voters raise their voices for change by electing Barack Obama.
In the 2004 election, Hans served as political director for Rock the Vote, as the group registered nearly a million young voters and broke new ground in online political engagement. He organized a Democratic presidential candidates debate with CNN, an advocacy campaign promoting the young adult health insurance option (which he later brought to the Obama campaign and which became a key provision of Obamacare), and guided the organization’s strategy, including a controversial media campaign on the military draft that rocked the 2004 presidential election.
Hans and his wife Angela, along with their two sons, Henry and Travis, both MCPS students, live in Takoma Park. They love the community life that is available to residents of Montgomery County.
Hans graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1995.