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Rep. Donna Christensen

Former Representative for the Virgin Islands’s At-Large District

Christensen was the representative from the Virgin Islands and was a Democrat. She served from 1997 to 2014.

Because the Virgin Islands is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Christensen can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2009 Christensen was investigated for receiving impermissible travel gifts. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Christensen did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts. In 2014, Christensen did not seek reelection.

Jun. 8, 2009 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations
Feb. 26, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Christensen did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts
2014 Christensen did not seek reelection.
Photo of Rep. Donna Christensen [D-VI0, 1997-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Christensen.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Christensen is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Christensen sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Christensen was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Christensen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (32%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Taxation (12%) Energy (12%) Health (12%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (7%) Immigration (5%) Social Welfare (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Christensen’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: