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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
First electedJune 17, 2008
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
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$36,481
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Donna Edwards campaign logo
Donna F. Edwards (b. June 28, 1958) 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 Edwards.Edwards is currently serving her third consecutive term, having won re-election in both the Democratic primary and Maryland's general election . [1][2]

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.[3]

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. 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.[4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Edwards' professional and political career[4]:

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

Specific votes

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 one 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.[7]

Campaign themes

2012

The following are four campaign issues which were highlighted on Edwards' campaign website.[8]

  • 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.[9]

  • 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."[10]

  • 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."[11]

  • 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."[12]

Elections

2012

See also: Maryland's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Edwards ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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. [13][14][15]

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.[18]

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

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.[19]

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.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 4th Congressional District, 2010 - Donna Edwards Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $672,650
Total Spent $675,840
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $8,861
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $5,724
Top contributors to Donna Edwards's campaign committee
United Auto Workers$10,500
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
Democracy for America$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$41,250
Industrial Unions$35,500
Transportation Unions$35,500
Misc Unions$33,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$32,412

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Edwards is a "far left Democrat" as of June 24, 2013.[21]

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 Jun 2008 to Mar 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.[22]

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 she 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.[23]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Edwards is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Edwards's staff was given an apparent $25,000.00 in bonus money.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Edwards' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $15,483 and $57,480. This averages to $36,481, which is a 17.98% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Edwards' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $16,423 and $45,420. That averages to $30,921.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[26]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Donna Edwards was ranked the one of the most liberal representatives during 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.[27]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Donna Edwards was ranked one of the most liberal representatives during 2011, a ranking shared with eighteen others.[28]

Percentage 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.[29]

Recent news

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Personal

Edwards lives in Fort Washington, Maryland. She has a son who recently graduated from college.[30]

External links

References

  1. Maryland State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results 2012" Accessed April 3, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  3. [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Donna F. Edwards" Accessed November 30, 2011
  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. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Donna Edwards Official Campaign Website
  9. Donna Edwards Official Campaign Website
  10. Donna Edwards Official Campaign Website
  11. Donna Edwards Official Campaign Website
  12. Donna Edwards Official Campaign Website
  13. Hometown Annapolis "Maryland gets C on Transparency" Accessed March 26, 2012
  14. Progressive Maryland "2012 Candidates" Accessed March 26, 2012
  15. Maryland State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. [www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00028249&type=I Open Secrets "Donna Edwards" Accessed May 16, 2013]
  19. Open Secrets "2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 16, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Donna Edwards 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  21. Gov Track "Edwards" Accessed June 24, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Donna Edwards," Accessed April 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Donna Edwards"
  24. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Edwards, (D-Maryland), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Edwards, (D-Maryland), 2010"
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. 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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