Sharon Ambrose, a member of the D.C. Council from 1997 to 2007 and a longtime supporter and ally of the LGBT community, died Saturday, April 1, at George Washington University Hospital following a long illness. She was 77.
Ambrose, a Democrat, won election to the city’s Ward 6 Council seat after serving on the staff of former Council member John Ray (D-At-Large). She served as chair of the Committee on Economic Development and has been credited with playing an important role in pushing for the city to finance the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium.
LGBT activists have said Ambrose was a committed ally and strong supporter of LGBT rights legislation before the Council.
“GLAA went back decades with Sharon, who was one of our go-to Council staffers before she won election to the Council representing Ward 6,” said former Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance President Rick Rosendall.
“She was a friend, ally, and honest-dealing public servant who was as smart and tough as they come,” Rosendall said in a tribute to Ambrose on the GLAA website.
A receiving of friends was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 313 Second Street, S.E., to be followed by a funeral Mass at the church at 10 a.m.