Donna Edwards

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Donna Edwards
Donna F Edwards.jpg
U.S. House, Maryland, District 4
Incumbent
In office
June 17, 2008-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAl Wynn (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$12.00 in 2012
First electedJune 17, 2008
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,913,062
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge
Education
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
J.D.Franklin Pierce Law Center
Personal
BirthdayJune 28, 1958
Place of birthYanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$30,635.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Donna Edwards campaign logo
Donna F. Edwards (b. June 28, 1958, in Yanceyville, North Carolina) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 4th Congressional District. Edwards was first elected to the House in a 2008 special election following the resignation of Rep. Al Wynn.[1] Edwards is currently serving her third consecutive term, having won re-election in both the Democratic primary and Maryland's general election in 2012.[2][3]

Edwards is set to run for re-election in Maryland's 4th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to her congressional career, Edwards served as the executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.[4]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Edwards is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Edwards was born in 1958 in Yanceyville, North Carolina. She earned her B.A. from Wake Forest University and her J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center. Prior to her congressional career, Edwards worked as an attorney, clerk, District of Columbia Superior Court judge, and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic violence.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Edwards' professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Edwards serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Edwards served on the following House committees:[6]

    • Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Edwards's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

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."[9][10] 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. Edwards was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Edwards voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Edwards voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Edwards voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Neutral/Abstain Edwards did not vote on HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Edwards did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Edwards joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Edwards voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Edwards voted for HR 2775.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Edwards voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Edwards voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Edwards voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Edwards voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Edwards voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Campaign themes

2012

The following are four campaign issues which were highlighted on Edwards' campaign website.[25]

  • Economy

Excerpt: Edwards co-sponsored the American Jobs Act, "This legislation includes investing $625 million in Maryland infrastructure projects that would create at least 8,100 jobs.[25]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "I was an original cosponsor of the Affordable Care Act and because of my leadership throughout the process, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) honored me with being one of only a few members to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore on the day of the final vote."[25]

  • Education

Excerpt: "I voted and was a strong advocate for the final version of the health care reform law that included the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) — the single largest investment in college aid in history."[25]

  • War in Afghanistan

Excerpt: "I believe it is past time for the American people and the United States Congress to have a full and open debate about our military presence in Afghanistan."[25]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Edwards is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Maryland's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Edwards ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 4th District. On April 3, 2012, she defeated challengers Ian Garner and George McDermott in the Democratic primary. She defeated Faith Loudon in the November general elections.

Edwards was endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in her race for re-election in Maryland's 4th District.[26][27][28]

General election


Donna Edwards, "Edwards On Hardball to Discuss Rep. Akin's Comments and the GOP's War on Women"
U.S. House, Maryland District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Edwards Incumbent 77.2% 240,385
     Republican Faith Loudon 20.7% 64,560
     Libertarian Scott Soffen 2% 6,204
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 363
Total Votes 311,512
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Maryland, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Edwards Incumbent 91.8% 42,815
Ian Garner 3.1% 1,464
George McDermott 5.1% 2,359
Total Votes 46,638

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Edwards is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Edwards raised a total of $2,913,062 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00028249&type=I

Donna Edwards's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Maryland, District 4) Won $783,055
2010 U.S. House (Maryland, District 4) Won $672,650
2008 U.S. House (Maryland, District 4) Won $1,457,357
Grand Total Raised $2,913,062

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Edwards’ reports.[31]

Donna Edwards (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$20,934.18$70,277.00$(28,315.16)$62,896.02
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$62,896.02$71,041.00$(56,173.21)$77,763.81
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$77,763.81$57,506.00$(67,136.07)$68,133.74
Year-end[35]January 31, 2014$68,133$60,468$(74,301)$54,300
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$54,300$75,750$(58,991)$71,059
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2014$90,677$48,537$(46,758)$92,456
Running totals
$383,579$(331,674.44)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Edwards' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Edwards won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Edwards' campaign committee raised a total of $783,056 and spent $774,459.[38]

Cost per vote

Edwards spent $12.00 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Edwards' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Edwards won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Edwards' campaign committee raised a total of $672,650 and spent $675,840.[39]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Edwards is a "far left Democrat" as of June 24, 2013.[40]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[41]

Edwards most often votes with:

Edwards least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Edwards missed 37 of 3,614 roll call votes from June 2008 to March 2013, which is 1.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[42]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Edwards paid her congressional staff a total of $764,951 in 2011. She ranked 4th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 36th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Maryland ranked 11th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[43]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Edwards was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Edwards's staff was given an apparent $25,000.00 in bonus money.[44]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Edwards's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $16,137 and $45,134. That averages to $30,635.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Edwards ranked as the 399th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45]

Donna Edwards Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$30,635.50-16.02%
2011$36,48117.98%
2010$30,921.50N/A

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Edwards ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012. There were 13 other representatives in the U.S. with this rank and none of them represented Maryland, making Edwards the most liberally ranked representative of Maryland for 2012.[46]

2011

Edwards ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2011.[47]

Voting with party

June 2013

Donna Edwards voted with the Democratic Party 95.4% of the time, which ranked 17 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]

Personal

Edwards lives in Fort Washington, Maryland. She has a grown son.[49]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Donna F. Edwards," accessed November 30, 2011
  2. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results 2012," accessed April 3, 2012
  3. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  4. [1]
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed November 30, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Votesmart, "Donna Edwards Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Donna Edwards Official Campaign Website
  26. Hometown Annapolis, "Maryland gets C on Transparency," accessed March 26, 2012
  27. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" accessed March 26, 2012
  28. Maryland State Board of Elections, "2012 Primary Results"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Donna Edwards 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Donna Edwards April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Donna Edwards July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 16, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Donna Edwards 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed November 29, 2011
  40. GovTrack, "Edwards," accessed June 24, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Donna Edwards," accessed August 5, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Donna Edwards," accessed April 2013
  43. LegiStorm, "Donna Edwards"
  44. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  45. OpenSecrets.org, "Edwards (D-MD), 2012"
  46. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  47. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  49. Official House Site, "Biography," accessed November 30, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Al Wynn
U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland, District 4
2008–present
Succeeded by
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