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Congresswoman

Maryland (District: 4)

Democratic

Current

starts 06/17/2008

Biography

Donna F. Edwards (born June 28, 1958) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryland%27s_4th_congressional_district">Maryland’s 4th congressional district, serving since a special election in 2008. She is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party">Democratic Party. The district includes most of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_George%27s_County">Prince George’s County, as well as part of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Maryland">Montgomery County.

A lawyer and longtime community activist, she defeated 15-year incumbent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Wynn">Albert Wynn in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_Maryland,_2008">2008 Democratic primary, and, following his resignation, won a special election on June 17, 2008, to fill the remainder of this term. She was sworn in two days later on June 19, becoming the first http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American">African-American woman to represent Maryland in the United States Congress. Edwards ran for a full term in November 2008, defeating Republican candidate Peter James with 85% of the vote.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Edwards#cite_note-2008win-4">

She sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would repeal the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission">Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Congresswoman Edwards has enjoyed a diverse career as a nonprofit public interest advocate and in the private sector on NASA’s Spacelab project.  In 1994, as co-founder and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, she led the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act that was signed into law by President Clinton.

Since being sworn in, Congresswoman Edwards has secured a number of legislative accomplishments to improve the lives of working families in her Congressional District and around the country. Her first act as a Member of Congress was to add Maryland to the Afterschool Suppers Program, ensuring access to nutritional suppers to afterschool and youth development programs in schools located in low-income areas. During the health care debate, Congresswoman Edwards secured a provision that holds insurance companies accountable for unjustifiable rate increases.

Congresswoman Edwards has introduced legislation to expand research and development, domestic manufacturing, and infrastructure spending to create jobs and grow our economy. She was also the first Member of the House to introduce and champion a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

In the 113th Congress, Congresswoman Edwards serves:

On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where she sits on:

  • The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
  • The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

On the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where she sits on:

  • The Subcommittee on Space – Ranking Member
  • The Subcommittee on Environment

As a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Rep. Edwards completed undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center). She is the proud mother of one son.

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