Norton Ranked Most Effective House Democrat Last Congress in Academic Study

Mar 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Norton as the most effective House Democrat in the last Congress.  The Center, which is led by professors at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, defines legislative effectiveness as the “proven ability to advance a member’s agenda items through the legislative process and into law.”  The Center said Norton’s ranking is “noteworthy because she is a nonvoting member.” Also noteworthy is that the ranking only accounts for a Member’s own legislation, not for a Member’s ability to stop legislation, which Norton spends much of her time doing because of Republican attempts to block or overturn local District of Columbia laws.

“I hope this recognition of effectiveness encourages D.C residents to believe we can win if they continue to fight alongside me as we plan for a House floor vote on D.C. statehood this Congress,” said Norton.