About Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton
After serving two terms on the Rockville City Council, Bridget Donnell Newton is serving her first term as Mayor.
While on the City Council, Newton served as the liaison to the Rockville Planning Commission, Rockville Housing Enterprises, the Senior Commission, the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, the Communications Task Force, the Rockville Youth Commission and the Landlord Tenant Affairs Commission.
Newton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and is serving her third term on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. She was re-elected as President of the Montgomery Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) in June, 2014 and serves as the District 5 Vice President on the MML Board of Directors. In June, Newton was appointed as the Vice Chair of the MML Legislative Committee.
Newton serves as the council liaison to the Financial Advisory Board and Rockville Seniors, Inc.
Before her election to the City Council in 2009, Newton served as Chairman of the Town Center Action Team, Chair of the Compensation Commission and as a member of the Imagine Rockville visioning process.
She was a Block Captain, Vice President and President of the West End Citizens Association (WECA), served as Co-Chair of WECA’s Committee on Beall’s Grant II and was a member of the West End Traffic Management Group. Newton was also involved in the Beall Elementary PTA as classroom helper, Vice President and President. Newton and her family are active members of Potomac Presbyterian Church.
Newton graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1980 with a double major in History and Politics/Government. She is a 2013 graduate of the Academy for Excellence in Governance, a collaborative effort by the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research, the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) and MML.
Newton worked on Capitol Hill and then as a Project Manager for a small business consulting firm in Washington, D.C. before leaving in 1988 to become a full-time mother and volunteer.
A Rockville resident since 1981, Mayor Newton and her husband live in Rockville’s West End neighborhood. They have two children.