Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Eleanor Holmes Norton
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U.S. House, District of Columbia, At-Large
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 25
PredecessorWalter Fauntroy (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 1998
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAntioch University
Master'sYale University
J.D.Yale University Law School
Date of birthJune 13, 1937
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Office website
Campaign website
Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. June 13, 1937, in Washington, D.C.) is a Democratic, non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as a delegate from the District of Columbia. Norton was first elected in 1990. She most recently won re-election in 2014.[1]


Norton was born in Washington, D.C. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Antioch University, received her master's degree from Yale University and her law degree from Yale University Law School.[2]


  • 1991-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia
  • 1982-1990: professor, Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1981-1982: senior fellow, Urban Institute
  • 1977-1981: chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 1970-1977: chair, New York City commission on human rights
  • 1971-1974: executive assistant to the mayor, New York City
  • 1970-1971: adjunct assistant professor, New York University Law School
  • 1965-1970: assistant legal director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • 1964-1965: law clerk Federal District Court Judge A. Leon Higginbotham

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Norton serves on the following committees:[3]


Norton served on the following committees:[4]


On The Issues Vote Match

Eleanor Holmes Norton's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Norton is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Norton received a score of 74 percent on social issues and 8 percent on economic issues.[5]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[5] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Legislative actions

113th Congress


National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[7][8] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Norton was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[7][8]

Social issues


On April 30, 2014, Norton released a statement about the bill to decriminalize marijuana in the District of Columbia.[9]

“The city’s marijuana decriminalization legislation is a responsible, but modest, response to an alarming report showing that African Americans are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites in the District of Columbia. Each jurisdiction in our country must respond to local issues, which, in the case of many marijuana possession arrests, have ruined the lives of countless African Americans across the nation,” Norton said in a statement.[9]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Norton, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[10] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[11]



See also: United States House of Representatives election in the District of Columbia, 2014

Norton ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent the District of Columbia in the United States House of Representatives. Norton ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 1, 2014.[12][13] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, District of Columbia Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEleanor Holmes Norton Incumbent 97% 73,218
Write-in 3% 2,251
Total Votes 75,469
Source: District of Columbia Board of Elections Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


Norton won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington, D.C. as a Democrat.[14]

U.S. House, District of Columbia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEleanor Holmes Norton Incumbent 88.5% 246,664
     Libertarian Bruce Majors 5.9% 16,524
     Green Natale Lino Stracuzzi 4.8% 13,243
     N/A Write-in 0.8% 2,132
Total Votes 278,563
Source: District of Columbia Board of Elections "Official Election Results"


Norton won re-election in the 2010 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington, D.C. as a Democrat.[15]

U.S. House, District of Columbia General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEleanor Holmes Norton Incumbent 88.9% 117,990
     Republican Missy Reilly Smith 6.1% 8,109
     SHE Queen Noble 0.6% 785
     Green Rick Tingling-Clemmons 3.3% 4,413
     N/A Write-in 1% 1,359
Total Votes 132,656
Source: District of Columbia Board of Elections "Official Election Results"


Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Norton's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,017,042 to $2,756,000. That averages to $1,886,521, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Norton ranked as the 153rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[16]

Eleanor Holmes Norton Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:7%
Average annual growth:1%[17]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[18]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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See also

External links


  1. Eleanor Holmes Norton's Official U.S. House page, "Biography," accessed February 7, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "NORTON, Eleanor Holmes, (1937 - )," accessed February 7, 2013
  3. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed April 17, 2015
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "Eleanor Holmes Norton Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Roll Call, "Mica Says D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Creates Potential Conflict," accessed May 27, 2014
  10. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  11. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. WJLA, "Eleanor Holmes Norton to run for another term," accessed April 2, 2014
  13. District of Columbia Board of Elections, "April 1 Primary Election," accessed April 2, 2014
  14. District of Columbia Board of Elections, "Official Election Results," accessed February 7, 2013
  15. District of Columbia Board of Elections, "Tuesday, November 02, 2010 Election Results," accessed May 6, 2014
  16. Open Secrets, "Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), 2012," accessed June 10, 2014
  17. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  18. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Fauntroy
U.S. House - District of Columbia - Delegate
Succeeded by