Donna Marie Christian-Christensen, formerly Donna Christian-Green (born September 19, 1945), is the non-voting Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives.
Donna Christian-Christensen was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, the daughter of a county judge. She attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and earned an M.D. She interned at San Francisco's Pacific Medical Center and performed her residency at Howard University medical center.
Donna Christian-Christensen worked as a physician, first in the emergency room and later in the maternity ward. She then served as medical director for the St. Croix Hospital in St. ...
The deadline to apply for the summer session of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Congressional Internship Program is March 22,according to a press release from the Office of the V.I. Congressional Delegate. The 2012 summer session is slated for May 27 to July 28. The nine-week summer program offers college students from across the nation the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. Interns work in CBC member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. The ...
Delegate Donna Christensen (D-USVI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) are calling on the U.S. Energy Information Administration to analyze the closing of the Hovensa oil refinery on St. Croix, according to Christensen's office.
In a letter to the agency, Christensen and Waxman -- Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee -- expressed concern about the decision to idle refining capacity in St. Croix, "as it would surely impact the supply of petroleum products and lead to increased energy prices for consumers in the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the Gulf and East Coast regions," ...
Politic365 Managing Editor Charles D. Ellison talks with Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D), an eight-term delegate representing the United States Virgin Islands, about the recent closure of the HOVENSA oil refinery on St. Croix, the island’s largest private employer.
Christensen described the event as an “economic earthquake” as it will leave nearly 2,000 workers jobless, a crippling economic blow to the territories with a population of nearly 110,000. Virgin Islands Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan predicts St. Croix’s unemployment rate will soar to nearly 20% after ...
Christensen’s Efforts To Change the MEDICAID Match Pay Off; Territories Match Can Drop to 43%, 22% For Newly Eligible (Washington, DC – January 14, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen learned late Monday that her efforts to reduce the territory’s MEDICAID match is paying off as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the U.S. Territories will be eligible to receive two increases in the federal dollars provided, thereby decreasing the share that they must contribute to utilize the funding.
Congresswoman Christensen said this means that the U.S. Virgin Islands and the other territories should be able, if they provide the correct information, to increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) which determines the federal contribution to 57.2% in 2014 and 2015. The current FMAP is 55 percent. It also provides for a 78% FMAP (retroactive to January 1, 2014) for “newly eligible” individuals who have been added to the MEDICAID rolls as a result of the Affordable Care Act. “A 78% FMAP means that the federal government contributes 78 cents for e
Christensen marks 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty (Washington, D.C. – January 8, 2014) – Today, Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen joined Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-TX), Lynda Johnson Robb, the eldest daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, and other colleagues in the Out of Poverty Caucus at an event marking the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s declaration of the War on Poverty.
Christensen and her colleagues urged that the fight to end poverty is still not finished.
“The war on poverty must not only be continued, but must be escalated in light of the attacks on the programs that have served to lift millions out of poverty, when the income gap is widening and so many remaining need of a hand up, not a hand out,” Christensen said.
Announced in President Johnson’s January 8, 1964 State of the Union Address, the War on Poverty created federal initiatives to eliminate and alleviate poverty as part of the Great Society, including Head Start, Job Corps, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps (now Supplemental Nutrition Assistan
Christensen Welcomes Lt. Nkosi Thomas Back Home (Washington, DC – January 7, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen extended her best wishes and welcome to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Nkosi Thomas, Commander of the USCG Cutter SITKINAK, who pulled into the port of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas on Monday for a surprise visit.
“I am pleased to welcome Lt. Thomas for his first visit home, as Commander of the SITKINAK,” said Congresswoman Christensen, who supported his application to the Coast Guard Academy and was proud to attend the ceremony where he accepted command of the cutter in Florida in July of 2012. “That was an extremely proud moment for all Virgin Islanders as he is the first Virgin Islander to command a Coast Guard cutter,” she said.
Congresswoman Christensen said that she strongly and repeatedly urged the Coast Guard Command in San Juan to bring Lt. Thomas home for a visit, and while this was a surprise, she was happy that he is home as he represents what is best about Virgin Islands youth and shows
Christensen Mourns Passing of Former Guam Congressman (Washington, DC – January 9, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said she was saddened to learn of the passing of former Guam Delegate to Congress Vicente “Ben” Tomas Garrido Blaz. He served the Pacific territory from 1985 to 1993.
Known by all as “General Blaz” as he was USMC retired, he is eulogized as “a friend to many, a kind neighbor, a survivor of the WWII occupation of Guam, teacher, professor, and author.”
“On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, I extend my sincere condolences to the people of Guam on the loss of this honorable statesman,” said Congresswoman Christensen. “With his life of service, he has given the people of his territory and the entire nation an example worth emulating. May he rest in peace.”