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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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