Don Sherwood

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Donald L. Sherwood was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 10th Congressional District of Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2007. He was defeated in the 2006 congressional elections by Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.).




Sherwood was born March 5, 1941 in Nicholson, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1963, and spent the next two years in the U.S. Army. He opened a car dealership in Tunkhannock, which is still owned by his family, and also served on the borough's school board from 1975 to 1998.

Sherwood and his wife, Carol (Evans) Sherwood, have three daughters: Jesse, Dana and Maria.

Congressional Career

In 1998, Sherwood was nominated by the GOP to replace Representative Joseph McDade, who was retiring after serving 36 years in Congress. In 1998, he was elected to the House of Representatives, narrowly defeating Democratic candidate Patrick Casey by only 515 votes. His campaign television commercials and mass mailings were produced by a Republican media and strategy firm, Campbell & Pusateri. His mass mailings emphasized personal values and "common sense" conservatism. He received support from The New Conservative Leadership Fund. Sherwood defeated Casey again in 2000. Redistricting (reapportionment) made Sherwood's district safer, and he won with 93% of the vote over a candidate of the Green Party.

After redistricting cut heavily-Democratic Scranton from the 10th District that year, Sherwood successfully ran for re-election in 2002 and 2004, without any major opposition. He plans to seek a fifth term in 2006. Sherwood's only challenger, as of February 2006, is Democrat Chris Carney, a former Defense Department consultant and Naval Reserve lieutenant commander.

Iraq War

Sherwood voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Chris Carney to face Sherwood in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Carney defeated Sherwood 53%-47% to take possession of the seat. [2]

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for Don Sherwood
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Cynthia Ore Affair and Lawsuit

On September 15, 2004, the police in Washington, D.C. were called to Sherwood's apartment when a woman named Cynthia Ore called 911 on her mobile phone and said that Sherwood was choking her. When the police arrived, however, she said that nothing had happened. Sherwood said that he had been giving the 29-year-old woman a back rub. The incident report prepared by the police stated, "Both parties have left out significant information or are not willing to discuss in detail what actually happened." [3]. Sherwood said that the woman was "an acquaintance", but he refused to specify the nature of their relationship. [4] Ore said, "The wine and roses – that got me. I'm not someone to sleep around. With Don, it was exclusive." [5]

The details of that incident went unnoticed until 2005, when Veronica Hannevig, who ran against Sherwood on the Constitution Party ticket in 2004, leaked a copy of the police report to several newspapers and television stations. Sherwood eventually admitted he had a five-year affair with Ore, but denied abusing her.

Ore later filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against Sherwood, accusing him of abusing her during their relationship. An out-of-court settlement between the two was reached on November 8, 2005, the terms of which were not released.

Sherwood is a member of the Christian Right, with high ratings from the Christian Coalition, the American Conservative Union, and the American Family Association. Ore said Sherwood originally told her that he was getting a divorce, but later said that he had to stay married for him to get re-elected. [6]


In July 2006, CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) argued that Sherwood secured $750,000 in both 2003 and 2004 for a Wyoming County, PA conservation group, and then received a kickback when the group used some of the funding to purchase a truck from a dealership owned by Sherwood. Despite a request by CREW to return the money, Sherwood said he had no knowledge of the transaction until after it occurred and refused. He called the allegations, "pretty far-fetched." [7]

In September of 2006, Sherwood voiced his opposition to a House resolution that would require the identification of earmarks' sponsors in tax, authorization, and appropriations bills, believing it to unfairly target members of the Appropriations Committee, of which he is a member. [8]

Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

  • House Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Foreign Operations Export Financing and Related Programs]]
    • Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and Related Agencies]]
    • Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • GOP Cyber-Security Team
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Silk Road Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Don Sherwood. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

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