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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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Christensen Receives Virgin Islands GDP Report
(Washington, DC – August 19, 2014) – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen was briefed on the 2013 Gross Domestic Product Report for the U.S. Virgin Islands from the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis on Tuesday morning. “What I heard is that the HOVENSA closing continues to influence our GDP numbers and is mainly responsible for the decrease of 5.4 percent for 2013, which follows the decrease of  13.4 percent in 2012,” Congresswoman Christensen said.  “The report also points out that there was growth in other sectors of the Virgin Islands economy such as tourism and rum, notably, that visitor arrivals increased 2.2 percent and rum exports increased by 22 percent,” she said. “Government spending is also down, and while tourism and rum showed increases, it accounted for a very small percentage of growth.”   Congresswoman Christensen noted that as everyone also knows employment and consumer spending have also decreased over the last severa
Delegate Extends Condolences on Passing of Career Ambassador Terence A. Todman
(Washington, DC – August 13, 2014) – V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen on Wednesday expressed her condolences to the family of the Honorable Terence A. Todman, a Career Ambassador who served our country across the globe for almost 50 years. Todman passed away Wednesday morning. He was 88. “A native son of St. Thomas, Career Ambassador Todman is credited with guiding our country through some difficult relationships and challenges and he paved the way for other people of color to succeed and eventually hold leadership positions in the U.S. State Department,” said Congresswoman Christensen. “He was a trailblazer and has opened the doors for young people who aspire to his level of excellence and dedication to our country.” Career Ambassador Todman began his distinguished career with service in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1949, including a tour as a Commissioned Officer in Japan. He went on to diplomatic service as a Desk Officer for India-Ceylon-Nepal Affairs in 195
VITEMA Awarded $263,072 NOAA Grant for Territorial Tsunami Preparedness Initiative
(Washington, DC – August 21, 2014) – V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen is pleased to announce that the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is the recipient of a $263,072 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to carry out tsunami preparedness and warning activities in the Virgin Islands. Congresswoman Christensen’s office received notice of the award earlier this month. “I would like to commend the dedicated staff at VITEMA and Director Elton Lewis for their hard work in promoting awareness of the dangers of tsunami and other natural disasters, as well as the upgrades to the alert and warning system,” added Congresswoman Christensen.  The funds will support VITEMA’s Territorial Tsunami Preparedness and Education Initiative. In accordance with the Tsunami Warning and Education Act of 2006, this grant will be used to carry out tsunami preparedness and warning activities by distributing information to re
Virgin Islands Student Takes Second Place in CBC Spouses Essay Contest
(Washington, DC – August 20, 2014) – Cereyna Bougouneau, a rising junior at the Good Hope Country Day School on St. Croix, took second place in the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Essay Contest, Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen announced Wednesday. “I would like to congratulate Cereyna and all the winners.” Congresswoman Christensen said.  “Our young Virgin Islanders continue to compete and excel at national level competitions and Virgin Islands students have placed in this competition over the last three years. I am very proud of Cereyna and her parents, Nadia Bougouneau and M. Thomas Jackson, whose love and support make everything possible.” Cereyna, who is 16, also represented the Virgin Islands in the 2014 Ms. America’s Outstanding Teen competition, placing in the top ten. The CBC Spouses Essay contest was open to high school sophomores and juniors. Students were presented with a topic that embodies some communities’ most pressing issues and are as



 
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