Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate to House from District of Columbia

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Delegate to House from District of Columbia

Eleanor Holmes Norton was born in June 1937 in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.A. from Antioch College, an M.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and an LL.B. from Yale Law School. She was active in the civil rights movement. Following law school, she clerked at a federal district court, then became the assistant legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to be chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a position she held for four years.

She was elected in 1990 as a delegate to the House of Representatives representing the District of Columbia. As a delegate, she has debating and sponsoring rights, but not voting rights.

She is the widow of Edward Norton and has two children. She is an Anglican-Episcopalian.

In the News…

The infrastructure plan being proposed by President Biden would “reduce automobile usage” to combat climate change, said D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton at a Capitol Hill news conference following a White House meeting on infrastructure between the president and congressional leaders.

She thanked the president for having the goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Now that we have the House, the Senate, and the presidency, c’mon, let’s get it finally done,” Delegate Norton said about passing the infrastructure bill that reflects the president’s American Jobs Plan. “We’re investing in it not only to reduce automobile usage but also we’re investing in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, if you really want to reduce, really want to get at climate change,” she said.

Norton serves as the chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Delegate Norton today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Delegate to the House from District of Columbia
2136 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


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