Making Montgomery County a place we can all be proud to live in.

Hans Riemer serves as an At-Large Member of the Montgomery County Council, where he represents more than 1 million residents in an inclusive, metropolitan 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, Hans works towards his vision by advocating for public education and public transportation, early childhood programs, libraries, recreation, human services, housing and economic development.

Hans currently serves as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) and one of only two county officials nationally on the FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC). In the Montgomery County Council, Hans serves as the Lead for Digital Government as well as on the Committees for Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) and Government Operations & Fiscal Policy (GO).

Hans has a passion for progressive change that comes from his roots in Oakland, California, and the commitment to social justice that he learned from his parents, who were active in the community.

His background in public policy and political engagement prepared him well for service as a Montgomery County Councilmember. Hans previously served as:

  • Senior Advisor for AARP: Hans worked to help Americans gain access to retirement savings through the “Auto IRA” initiative and he helped organize a community volunteerism program.
  • National Youth Vote Director for Barack Obama: Hans helped young voters raise their voices for change by electing Barack Obama in 2008, starting with the landslide turnout of young voters in the Iowa Caucus.
  • Political Director for Rock the Vote: Hans guided political programs as Rock the Vote registered nearly a million young voters during the 2004 election. He organized a Democratic presidential candidates debate with CNN and an advocacy campaign promoting the young adult health insurance option, which later became a key provision of Obamacare.
  • Social Security campaign director: A nationally recognized leader on Social Security, Hans played a pivotal role organizing the Democratic coalition that stopped President Bush from privatizing Social Security. MoveOn.org’s Tom Matzzie called Hans “one of five people in the country most responsible for protecting Social Security from George Bush.”

Hans and his wife Angela live in Takoma Park, along with their two sons, Henry and Travis, both MCPS students. They love the community life that is available to residents of Montgomery County.

Hans was born and raised in Oakland, California and graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1995. He was elected to the Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

As a parent of two MCPS students, I want for all children what I want for my own: the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Strengthening education is my highest priority. I have championed funding decisions to prioritize class size reduction and new school construction. In the past two years, thanks to the Council’s funding decisions, MCPS has hired more than 1,200 new teachers and other staff members to meet our enrollment challenges. READ MORE…

As a parent, I know first hand the challenge of finding affordable child care, as well as the difference that it makes. That is why I have championed policies to support the child care providers we all rely upon as well as create opportunities for low income children to get access to care when otherwise they would not have any. READ MORE…

As our population grows, we are all more challenged to get where we want to go. As one of the council’s transportation policy leaders, I have championed innovative approaches to promote our resident’s mobility including:

  1. Cooperatively funding and reforming Metro… READ MORE…

Without a stable and growing base of high-paying jobs, Montgomery County will not be able to fund our schools, parks, and libraries; and more importantly our families will not be able to provide for themselves. READ MORE…

For many of us, our fondest memories are the times we spend outdoors with family and friends. As a member of the committee that oversees parks and plans for future parks, I have been a leading voice at the council to create the funding necessary to improve our parks. READ MORE…

The Washington region is one of the country’s most expensive places to live. The cost of housing is a major factor, particularly affordable housing near jobs and public transportation. Over the long term, the best solution to reduce the cost of housing is to increase the supply. READ MORE…

I have worked hard to modernize our liquor laws, and my work has resulted in the most significant changes possibly since prohibition was repealed. But we have more to do.

In 2013 I asked the County Executive to create a Nighttime Economy Task Force, which successfully led to many important changes in liquor laws (such as allowing establishments to open later at night, to sell more alcohol relative to the amount of food that they sell, and to allow craft breweries to sell directly to stores and restaurants without going through a distributor). READ MORE…

Growing up in Oakland, California gave me a perspective on opportunity and economic justice that continues to motivate my work on a daily basis. Pushing the envelope of policymaking to reduce the impact and causes of poverty is a constant focus.  READ MORE…

In our digital age, residents have high expectations for the accessibility of information. That is why I introduced and passed the “Open Data Act” in 2012. The positive impact of this law continues to grow every year, as Montgomery County has become one of the country’s leading local governments in the Open Data movement. READ MORE…

As a Councilmember, I respect and value every voice in Montgomery County and I believe that everyone has something to contribute. I believe that my job as your elected official is to listen to everyone before making a decision, to take everyone’s concerns seriously and treat everyone’s voice with respect, and to respond however I can while staying true to the progressive values that I am elected to advance. READ MORE…

Seniors have as much to gain as anyone from the positive changes that are taking place in Montgomery County, but they have unique concerns about affordability, transportation and quality of life.  As a passionate advocate for creating vibrant urban communities, I also believe that the vision of a walkable community is one that brings together generations. READ MORE…

We can not achieve our goals without buy-in from an informed and engaged political community. That is why I am participating in the county’s new public finance program, which only allows small donations from real people, no PACs or corporate entities. READ MORE…

Montgomery County is a remarkably safe community, but we have challenges, particularly with gang violence. Gangs such as MS-13 prey on our young people and we must do everything in our power to help young people stay out of their grasp, to work closely with those young people who are at risk of falling into gang membership to keep them safe, and to use our law enforcement powers effectively to bring justice for those who are victims of crime. READ MORE…

As the County Council’s Lead for Digital Government, I have articulated a vision for a digital Montgomery County, proposing and securing passage of policies that will enable our community to lean forward on technology and innovation. Making broadband more affordable, abundant, and accessible is imperative to the economic and social well-being of the County as it will power innovation in education, cybersecurity, life sciences, health care, entertainment, public safety and much more. READ MORE…

While corporate location decisions such as Amazon HQ2 and Marriott dominate the news, the reality is that most of our community’s private sector jobs are with smaller companies. We rely upon entrepreneurs to start companies and run them successfully, and county government should provide resources for these business owners to succeed. READ MORE…

My passion for protecting our environment grows from the time I spent in my youth hiking California’s mountain ranges, as well as my sense of justice and fairness for the opportunities that we leave to future generations. My concern for the environment underscores everything that I do at the Council. READ MORE…