Norton is the representative from the District of Columbia and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 1991. Norton is next up for reelection in 2020.
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 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.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Norton.
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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Mar 21, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Eleanor Norton sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Chair, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
House Committee on Oversight and Reform
- Member, Subcommittee on Government Operations
Norton was the primary sponsor of 37 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2989 (115th): Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act
- H.R. 4419 (114th): District of Columbia Judicial Financial Transparency Act
- H.R. 3343 (113th): To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to clarify the rules regarding the determination of the compensation of the Chief Financial Officer of the District ...
- H.R. 2611 (113th): To designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as ...
- H.R. 1246 (113th): District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act
- H.R. 3902 (112th): District of Columbia Special Election Reform Act
- H.R. 2297 (112th): To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
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).
Norton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (47%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Health (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)
Some of Norton’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 1853: To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to provide for the ...
- H.R. 1797: To amend title 40, United States Code, to remove the authority of the ...
- H.R. 1734: To amend title 13, United States Code, to prohibit the use of questions ...
- H.R. 1538: District of Columbia Zoning Commission Home Rule Act
- H.R. 1537: Bayard Rustin Stamp Act
- H.R. 1408: District of Columbia Non-Discrimination Home Rule Act of 2019
- H.R. 1378: District of Columbia Clemency Home Rule Act
From Feb 1993 to Mar 2019, Norton missed 93 of 1,233 roll call votes, which is 7.5%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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