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A Delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia, serving since 1991.
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ENG: Eleanor Holmes Norton (born June 13, 1937) is a Delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. In her position she is able to serve on and vote with committees, as well as speak from the House floor. However, she is not permitted to vote on final passage of any legislation because she is not a full member of Congress. Early life and career accomplishments Eleanor Holmes was born in Washington, D.C. to Coleman Holmes, a civil servant, and Vela Holmes née Lynch, a schoolteacher. She attended Antioch College (B.A. 1960), Yale University (M.A. 1963) and Yale Law School (L.L.B 1964). While in college and graduate school, Norton was active in the civil rights movement and an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. By the time Norton graduated ...
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D.C. Statue Bill Moving in House

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) called House Administration Committee Chairman Daniel Lungren (R-CA) yesterday evening to thank him for introducing a bill (H.R. 3106) to permit the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories to have one statue each in the U.S. Capitol. Norton, an original cosponsor of the bill, said she expects the bill to pass the House, as it did last Congress. “I am grateful to Chairman Lungren for his consistent leadership and for introducing this bill, which is important to the recognition of our citizenship in our country,” said Norton. ...

Norton: Debt Deal ‘Sucking Money Out of Economy’

Her colleagues have fled town for summer recess, but Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., says she’s staying put and rolling up her sleeves to do something about jobs. “I'm having a job fair next Tuesday at the Washington Convention Center, and it's going to help, because I'm going to have a hundred employers there, and all of them have to have jobs in order to come,” she told ABC News’ “Top Line.” Only residents of the district, where unemployment stands at nearly 12 percent, are eligible to attend, however. And though Norton said she’s optimistic ...

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on MLK: A Hero 'Cut Down'

Where were you and what were you doing on August 28, 1963? I came back from the Mississippi Delta, where I was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee worker, to join the staff of the March on Washington in New York. Bayard Rustin, the master organizer of the march, had me doing everything from speaking to groups about why we were marching “for jobs and freedom” to helping line up buses around the country to take people to Washington. The night before the march, I volunteered to stay at the office to answer last-minute calls, which meant I would get to fly to Washington the ...

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Norton to Speak and March at AIDS Walk, Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will speak before helping to lead thousands of D.C.-area residents in the Whitman-Walker Clinic’s 27th annual AIDS Walk tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, 2013, starting at Freedom Plaza (13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) at 8:30 a.m. The Congresswoman has taken part in every AIDS Walk since she was elected to Congress in 1991. “For years, as we walked, the AIDS rate was going up, but on Saturday, we will walk in a city where new AIDS cases decreased 46-percent from 2007 to 2011, where the number of newly diagnosed cases has declined each year, and where there has been an 80-percent decrease in the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases attributable to injection drug use during that period. Republicans have tried and failed to re-impose the deadly rider banning D.C. from spending its own local funds on needle-exchange programs, ever since we got it removed in 2008. While I walk buoyed by the city’s undeniable progre
Norton Voted ‘Local Heroine’ in ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ Reader’s Poll, to Accept Honor Today
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today will receive the “Local Heroine” award and offer brief remarks at the Washington Blade’s annual Best of Gay D.C. reader’s poll event this evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Huxley (1730 M Street NW). “What better honor than to receive an award by vote of the people?” said Norton. “The ‘Local Heroine’ award takes on special meaning because it comes through one of D.C.’s best and most respected papers, the Blade. The award is special, too, because our LGBT community is a shining example for the rest of the nation, for what can be achieved through activism, persistence and courage. The community has been a major contributor to our reputation as a city that respects all people and that continues to strive towards equality.” Published: October 24, 2013
Norton Introduces Amendment for Study of Underground National Mall Parking and Flood Control
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, tried last night to get the Rules Committee to permit her to offer her amendment to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) on the floor today that would authorize a study of the feasibility of a facility beneath the National Mall for water management and flood control, combined with parking and visitor amenities. The amendment calls for a report on the underground facility, called the National Mall Underground. The report would provide recommendations and a cost estimate to construct and operate the facility. The appeal of the facility, brought to Norton by constituents, is that the cost would be paid by parking fees and it would aid in flood management, which has become a major issue in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the 2006 flood that left portions of Federal Triangle and the National Mall underwater. Most of the amendments to
Norton Introduces 12th-Anniversary Resolution Honoring the Two Postal Workers and the Three Other Americans Killed in Anthrax Attacks, and All USPS Employees
WASHINGTON, DC – During the week of the 12-year anniversary of the anthrax attacks, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today introduced a resolution honoring the late Joseph Curseen, Jr. and Thomas Morris, Jr., the United States Postal Service (USPS) employees who died as a result of the attacks while working at the USPS processing facility located at 900 Brentwood Road, NE, which is now renamed for them, the three other Americans who died from exposure to anthrax during the attacks, and all USPS employees for their consistent and exemplary service to the country despite attacks on federal facilities throughout the U.S., such as the anthrax attack, and a lack of deserved funding support from the Congress. “Joseph Curseen, Jr. and Thomas Morris, Jr., both native Washingtonians raised in this city, gave decades of dedicated service to the United States Postal Service,” said Norton, a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has jurisdi

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