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ENG: 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. Biography Early life 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. Career 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. ...
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Christensen Announces Deadline for CBCF Congr. Internships


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 ...


Christensen, Waxman Urge Fed Analysis of Hovensa Closure


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," ...


St. Croix: “An Economic Earthquake”


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 ...


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Delegate Supports Legislature’s Decision to Take Time with HOVENSA Proposal
(Washington, DC – November 14, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said today that she supports the decision of the Virgin Islands Legislature to send the proposed refinery agreement to the Committee on Finance for further review.  “We need to ensure that the interests of the people of the Virgin Islands are protected,” she said.  Congresswoman Christensen said Friday that the dire state of the economy, especially on St. Croix, demands that a decision be made as soon as possible, but that it is equally important that the best decision be made.  “A new agreement will jump start and sustain a strong economy, but due diligence is needed to ensure that the benefits to the people are sufficient and that Atlantic Basin Refining (ABR) can satisfactorily demonstrate that they have the experience and track record to successfully restart and operate the facility,” added Christensen. “Although I would like to see the project started sooner rather than later, if that
Christensen – HHS Releases Quadrupled LIHEAP Dollars to Virgin Islands
(Washington, DC – October 21, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said today that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the Virgin Islands will receive $523,604 in Low Income Energy Assistance Program funding for FY 2015 or four times the funding that the territory has received in recent years. The award was part of $3 billion in funding released nationwide.  “This is the highest amount of LIHEAP funding that the Virgin Islands has ever received and it is a direct result of my efforts to get more assistance in the wake of the HOVENSA closing and the very high bills that we all have to pay,” Congresswoman Christensen said.  The funding is being made available from HHS’s Administration for Children and Family’s Office of Community Services (OCS) to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia pursuant to the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (Public Law 113-164). Congresswoman Christensen, who serves on the Commi
Delegate Christensen’s Statement on Veterans Day
(Washington, D.C. – November 10, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen this week salutes all Virgin Islands veterans and joins in celebrating Veteran’s Day tomorrow. Congresswoman Christensen, who gave remarks during yesterday’s Veterans Day event in St. John, will attend both ceremonies tomorrow on St. Croix and St. Thomas: “On Veterans Day, Americans pause to salute those brave men and women who have given their lives for our country and served under the banner of freedom and democracy. Far from home, on distant battlefields, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have fought and died in the name of liberty. On this somber holiday, we gather together across the nation to honor their sacrifice, and to remember that every day our country is safe and our children breathe free is a day our veterans made possible.” “We cannot say enough about their bravery, their courage and their dedication and commitment to our territory and to the nation. A
St. Croix Social Security Office Remains Closed After Recent Flooding
(Washington, DC – November 17, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen is informing St. Croix residents that the Social Security Office, located at Sunny Isle Shopping Center, will not open to the public until further notice, due to a facilities issue, according to Social Security Administration officials. The office sustained flood damage following heavy downpours on November 7, 2014. According to Area Director Maria Z. Maldonado, the agency plans to reopen the office as soon as possible, once all issues are resolved. In the meantime, customers may seek services through SSA’s National Toll Free Number at 800-772-1213 or at www.socialsecurity.gov. ###  



 
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