Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Maryland Elects First African American Woman to Congress

Congratulations to Democrat Donna Edwards on her special election win on Tuesday! USAToday reports:

Democratic lawyer and nonprofit executive Donna Edwards won a special election Tuesday to become Maryland's first black woman elected to Congress.

Edwards beat Republican Peter James in the race to serve the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn's term in Maryland's 4th District. Wynn left office May 31 to take a lobbying job after losing to Edwards in February's Democratic primary by 22 percentage points.

Edwards, 49, will hold the seat for the rest of the year. James also won his party's primary in February, meaning he and Edwards will face each other again in November's general election.

Once she is sworn in, Democrats will have 236 seats in the House of Representatives to Republicans' 199.
And now it's on to November!

1 comment:

Sue J said...

This is really great news -- for Maryland AND the nation.

Congratulations to Donna Edwards!