Mayor Muriel Bowser has adopted a baby girl. Born in the U.S. last week, Miranda Elizabeth Bowser is the 45-year-old mayor’s only child. Details on adoption or household arrangements for “Baby Bowser,” as the infant has been called, were not yet available.
On Monday, May 21, Bowser spoke to Lesli Foster of WUSA-9 about the newborn and her new life as a mother and beginning a family.
“I decided to start the adoption journey, just knowing that it was a great time in my life and I had so much to share with a baby,” she told Foster. “When you sit in the seat that I’m in, you’re used to being able to make things happen, and babies have a way of letting you know that they’re in control.”
“As any new mother would feel — I am thrilled, nervous and looking forward to each and every stage,” Bowser wrote in a statement. “We will be taking the next week or so to enjoy these precious moments with my new baby. I am so grateful to be able to start my family in this wonderful way … Because of the great team we have, I don’t expect we’ll miss a beat, and I know we’ll all keep working hard to make D.C. proud.”
Congratulations poured in for the adoptive mother who runs the city, including tweeted well wishes from the District Council: “On behalf of the Council of the District of Columbia, we wish all the best to @MayorBowser and #BabyBowser. Our warm thoughts and high hopes go out to both mother and child. Mayor Bowser’s love for the District was apparent … now she’ll love the District *as* a parent!”
Bowser is running in the Democratic Party primary election on June 19. She faces no significant challengers and is expected to win, thus positioning herself to be reelected mayor in the Nov. 6 general election.