She's a lawyer, a mother, a writer, and a fighter. And she's the District's fiercest— and most effective— advocate.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her fifteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, has been named one of the 100 most important American women in one survey and one of the most powerful women in Washington in another.
The Congresswoman's work for full congressional voting representation and for full democracy for the people of the District of Columbia continues her lifelong struggle for universal human and civil rights.
statehood for the District of Columbia is Eleanor's signature issue. Since her election to Congress, she's been fighting to get her constituents the representation they deserve. In 1993, not long after being elected to the House of Representatives, Eleanor pushed the only House vote on statehood to date.