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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 served on the following committees:[3]


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."[4][5] 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.[4][5]

Social issues


On April 30, 2014, Norton released a statement about the bill to decriminalize marijuana in the District of Columbia.[6]

“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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]



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.[9][10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

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, 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.[13]

Eleanor Holmes Norton Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:7%
Average annual growth:1%[14]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[15]
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., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Roll Call, "Mica Says D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Creates Potential Conflict," accessed May 27, 2014
  7. U.S., "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  8. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. WJLA, "Eleanor Holmes Norton to run for another term," accessed April 2, 2014
  10. District of Columbia Board of Elections, "April 1 Primary Election," accessed April 2, 2014
  11. District of Columbia Board of Elections, "Official Election Results," accessed February 7, 2013
  12. District of Columbia Board of Elections, "Tuesday, November 02, 2010 Election Results," accessed May 6, 2014
  13. Open Secrets, "Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), 2012," accessed June 10, 2014
  14. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  15. 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