WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton has been elected to her 14th term as the District of Columbia’s delegate to Congress.
The 79-year-old Norton has faced few serious challenges since taking office in 1991, and she rode to victory Tuesday over two minor-party candidates.
As a delegate, Norton can vote in committees but not on the House floor. That’s similar to delegates from U.S. territories, including Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Norton is a longtime advocate for full voting rights in the House and statehood for the District, which has 670,000 residents. The closest the city came to getting a House vote was in 2009, but the bill was pulled from consideration after an amendment was added to repeal the city’s strict gun-control laws.