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Donna F. Edwards
MSA SC 3520-14894


Born in Yanceyville, North Carolina, June 28, 1958. Attended Wake Forest University, B.A., 1980 (english); Franklin Pierce Law School, University of New Hampshire, J.D., 1989. One son.

The first African American woman to represent Maryland in Congress, Edwards won a special election on June 17, 2008, to replace Albert Wynn, who resigned on May 31, 2008. Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Congressional District (parts of Anne Arundel & Prince George's counties), June 19, 2008 to January 3, 2017. Member, Member, Science, Space and Technology Committee (formerly Science and Technology Committee), 2008-17 (energy & environment subcommittee, 2008-11; space & aeronautics subcommittee, 2009-17, vice-chair, 2009-11; ranking member, investigations & oversight subcommittee, 2011-17); Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 2008-17 (highways & transit subcommittee, 2008-17; water resources & environment subcommittee, 2008-17; economic development, public buildings & emergency management subcommittee, 2011-17); Committee on Ethics, 2011-17. Member, House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, 2009-17. Member, Congressional Black Caucus, 2008-17; Congressional Progressive Caucus (past vice-chair).

Law clerk to Judge Stephen Eilperin, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1989-90. Attorney. Executive Director, The Arca Foundation, Washington, DC, 2000-08. Assistant Director, United Nations Development Program (Development Forum, Department of Economic & Social Information), 1980-82. Spacelab project engineer, Lockheed Corporation, at Goddard Space Flight Center, 1982-86. Executive Director, Center for a New Democracy, 1994-96. Founder and first executive director, National Network to End Domestic Violence, 1996-99. Member, Diversity Leadership Council, Maryland Democratic Party, 2010-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2012, 2016. Board of Directors, League of Conservation Voters. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2009.  

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