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Rep. Eleanor Norton

Delegate for the District of Columbia’s At-Large District

Norton, a Democrat, is the delegate from the District of Columbia and has served since Jan 3, 1991. Norton is next up for reelection in 2018.

Because the District of Columbia 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 — Norton can vote in committee but not on the House floor, including not on the final passage of bills. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.

Photo of Rep. Eleanor Norton [D-DC0]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Norton.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

The chart is based on the bills Norton has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Eleanor Norton sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Norton was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Norton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (45%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (14%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Health (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Taxation (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Norton’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: