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Donna Edwards (D)
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|Committees:||House Committee on Science and Technology, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: No
Incumbent running: Yes
2012 candidates for MD-04
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|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for MD-04)|
Donna Edwards has represented the 4th Congressional District of Maryland since 2008. In February of that year she defeated incumbent Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) in the Democratic primary. Following Wynn's May 31, 2008 resignation, Edwards won a special election to fill the remainder of his term.
Positions, record and controversies
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During the 2008 campaign, Edwards took positions on the following issues:
Edwards supports mandatory limits on carbon emissions, an end to subsidies for carbon production, incentives for cleaner energy technology, and better air quality and transportation for the Washington, D.C. area.
Edwards supports efforts to make healthcare more affordable and accessible. She has argued that "a universal, Canadian-styled, health care system" would provide coverage for all Americans, regardless of employer. She also favors an increased emphasis on preventative medicine, allowing the federal government to negotiate the price of prescription drugs, and greater accountability for health care providers.
Edwards supports universal pre-Kindergarten programs, revisions to the No Child Left Behind program to make it better able to achieve its goals, more funding for vocational and technical schools, and reform of the college student loan system.
Edwards supports raising the minimum wage to be a "living wage." She was also highly critical of her opponent in the 2008 Democratic primary, Rep. Al Wynn, for his position on labor issues, accusing him of being too close to the interests of his large campaign contributors.
Edwards supports federal assistance for homeowners to help restructure their loans, greater oversight over the mortgage and security ratings industries, and reform of the bankruptcy laws. Edwards has been highly critical of the bankruptcy bill passed by Congress in 2005.
Edwards supports net neutrality.
Edwards has been highly critical of the war in Iraq and has advocated beginning the withdrawal of troops as soon as possible. She favors shifting the focus of U.S. policy in the region to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Edwards says she will make it a priority to provide veterans and their families with high quality medical and compensatory services.
Donna Edwards grew up in a military family, living in various places around the world. She attended Wake Forest University and after college went to work for the Lockheed Corporation with the Spacelab program. Following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Edwards changed careers and went into law, receiving her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law School in New Hampshire. As a lawyer, Edwards has focused on public interest work. She was co-founder and the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, worked on campaign finance reform for Public Citizen and as the executive director of the Center for a New Democracy, and in 2000 became executive director of the Arca Foundation.
Edwards won the Democratic nomination by defeating incumbent Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) in the 2008 congressional primary. Edwards went on to defeat Peter James (R) in the November 2008 general election.
On May 31, 2008, Wynn resigned his seat in the 110th Congress. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) called for a special election to fill the remainder of Wynn's term. Edwards defeated Peter James (R) in the June 17 special election by capturing more than 80 percent of the vote.
Money in Politics
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|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|Communications Workers of America||$ 10,199|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$ 10,100|
|American Assn for Justice||$ 10,000|
|American Postal Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|Bricklayers Union||$ 10,000|
|Democracy for America||$ 10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$ 10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$ 10,000|
|Plumbers/Pipefitters Union||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Donna Edwards
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org 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|
- Revolving door profile for Donna Edwards from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Donna Edwards from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Donna Edwards from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- House Committee on Science and Technology
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)
More background data
|On the Web|
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Maryland and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ "2008 Primary Results," The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2008.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Michael Teitelbaum, "Edwards Wins Maryland Congressional Seat," CQ Politics, June 17, 2008
- ↑ "Environment", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "Healthcare", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "Education", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "Labor Creates All Wealth", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "A Financial Crisis at Home", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "Internet Freedom", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "War in Iraq", Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ "About Donna," Donna Edwards for Congress. Accessed April 6, 2009.
- ↑ Rosalind S. Helderman, William Wan and Ovetta Wiggins, "Rare Dual Losses in Md. Put Incumbents on Notice", Washington Post, February 14, 2008.
- ↑ "Maryland - Election Results 2008", New York Times.
- Edwards' FEC filings
- 2008 Race Tracker page on Maryland's 4th Congressional District
- Official Donna Edwards for Congress website
Semantic data ()
|From the Sunlight Foundation API|
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Donna||Middle name: F.||Last name: Edwards|
|Party: D||State: MD||District:
04 District short: 4
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-8699||Fax: 202-225-8714||Website: http://www.house.gov/donnaedwards||Webform email: http://www.house.gov/writerep|
|DC office: 2445 Rayburn House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: E000290||Votesmart ID: 65085||FEC ID: H6MD04183||Govtrack ID: 412263|
|CRP ID: N00028249||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: repdonnaedwards|
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|First Elected to Current Office:
June 17, 2008
|First Took Current Office:
June 19, 2008
November 2, 2010
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Date of Birth: June, 28, 1958
June 17, 2008