Esquire Magazine: Profiles in Congress

Rep. Edwards was one of the recent “Profiles in Congress” in Esquire Magazine.

From the article:

Representative Donna Edwards, Democrat, Maryland. A lawyer, long-time community activist, and the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Edwards had worked in and around Congress for a long time before being elected to her first term in 2008. Although generally regarded as a very liberal member, she has proven her willingness to negotiate with anybody, on any subject, a rare trait now in both houses of Congress.

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Rep. Edwards Visits UMD to Discuss Women in Politics

Rep. Edwards recently took part on a panel to discuss “Women in Politics” at the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland.

An excerpt from the Diamondback Online article about the event:

When Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) was about 12 years old, her father told her to write down what she wanted to be when she grew up. She tore a piece of paper and scribbled, “One day I want to be a lawyer and I want to be in politics,” and put it in her jewelry box.

During her first run for Congress in 2006, Edwards found that jewelry box stored away with the message still inside. During the campaign, Edwards remembers several people trying to dissuade her from running, telling her to run for positions that suited her better, such as school board or county council. She also received numerous comments about her appearance and about raising a child while in office — questions she never heard asked of men.

“Don’t let anybody talk you out of it, say you don’t have enough experience, that you’re not old enough,” Edwards told a room full of university students last night.

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Rep. Edwards on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

On September 30, Rep. Edwards was a guest on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” where she discussed the upcoming 2014 midterm elections.

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Washington Post: Donna Edwards wants women to follow her into politics, where she’s happy to lead

Rep. Edwards was featured in a Washington Post article by Krissah Thompson on September 30.

Donna Edwards wants women to follow her into politics, where she’s happy to lead

Rep. Donna F. Edwards is stooped in a corner fiddling with the sound system. Her event, guest-starring House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is about to start. There is barely room to move in the small Hyattsville bakery, and side conversations are bouncing off the walls.

On a Women Succeed, America Succeeds bus tour stop, Edwards joins Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) in listening to a female business owner discuss the difficulties of keeping her business afloat. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

A microphone would be helpful when the speeches begin, and Edwards, who likes to fix stuff, is not above squatting in a fuchsia frock to try to get the job done.

Almost as soon as she unseated an incumbent congressman in a Democratic primary in 2008, Edwards became all about pushing out the Democratic Party’s message. A broken mike won’t stop her. “Good morning!” she says, before turning to what has become her mantra for the midterm elections.

“We know that when women succeed, America succeeds,” she shouts, joined in unison by Pelosi.

The two Democrats are pushing a theme that they hope will draw voters, especially women, to the polls in November. The slogan sounds a little cheesy, when belted in their sing-songy way. Edwards’s and Pelosi’s manner of speaking is more deliberative and wonky than traditionally charismatic, but their duet goes over well with the enthusiastic gaggle of supporters crowding the bakery – small-business owners, students and more than a few congressional staffers.

Edwards is in her home district, which covers much of Prince George’s County and a slice of Anne Arundel, and she speaks first. She says she wants more women to run and more women to lead. She tells her story: how she raised her son as a single mother while working and, later, won a long-shot congressional race. Edwards wants more women to do what she has done, to reinvent themselves and take a chance on politics.

But six years into her time on Capitol Hill, the chatter has turned to what’s next for Edwards. Like a good student, she raised her hand quickly to volunteer for committee work and, this year, took charge of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s efforts to recruit candidates, after serving as co-chair of the effort in 2012. She has become a pretty regular fixture on cable news and the still-coveted (at least in Washington) Sunday-morning political talk shows.

She spent this summer walking in Pelosi’s footsteps. The two women were central figures on a national bus tour, which Edwards helped to organize, that was intended to focus Democrats on issues of importance to women. It also gave Edwards plenty of face time with Pelosi. At a moment when their party has a glut of young, ambitious members vying for relatively few open spots in leadership, it doesn’t hurt to be friendly with the woman-in-charge.

And Edwards seems to have made a good impression.

Pelosi piles on the platitudes: “She is an exceptional leader in every way – I take pride that she is from my home state of Maryland – I have frankly never heard anyone say anything negative about her achievements and approach.”

Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Hyattsville bakery, they confidently connect with the crowd.

So, when Pelosi, 74, leaves the national stage – and don’t expect this anytime soon – will Edwards, 56, be the person left in the spotlight?

 

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Rep. Edwards Hosts Panel Discussion on Impact of Uterine Fibroids on African American Women

At this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Rep. Edwards hosted a panel discussion entitled, “A Edwards CBCF ALC Panel 2014Hidden Epidemic: Uterine Fibroids and African American Women.”  The panel brought together leading doctors and health care professionals who had an informative conversation about the impact uterine fibroids are having on African American women.

The panelists included Linda Blount, MPH; Stacey Ann Scheib, MD; Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH; and C. Emmanuel Ayers, MD.

 

 

 

 

Rep. Edwards Discusses Addressing Domestic Violence With RealClearPolitics

From RealClearPolitics:

Rep. Donna Edwards and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp expressed a strong hope Thursday that the deeply divided U.S. Congress can come together to address the problem of domestic violence.

Speaking at a breakfast organized by RealClearPolitics and Allstate, the Maryland congresswoman and the North Dakota senator discussed the state of the Violence Against Women Act; the new frontiers in combating domestic violence; and whether an issue as important as women’s safety can bridge divides among polarized lawmakers.

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Rep. Edwards on USA Today’s “Capital Download”

Rep. Edwards sat down with USA Today’s Washington DC Bureau Chief Susan Page for “Capital Download.”

From USA Today:

Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards, 56, for the second straight time heads the “Red to Blue” program at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — that is, the targeted effort to win Republican-held seats in November. On USA TODAY’s Capital Download newsmaker series, she talked about Democratic prospects, President Obama’s impact and the exploding immigration crisis. Answers and questions have been edited for length and clarity.

 

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Thank You

Dear Friends,

 

Thank you once again for the honor of serving as your Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives.  I take thisphoto 1 responsibility seriously, and it is why I fight every single day on behalf of the residents of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.  It is why shortly after being elected to office in 2008, I ensured low-income and disadvantage Maryland students could also receive afterschool suppers in addition to breakfast and lunch. It is why I fought to include a provision in the Affordable Care Act to hold insurance companies accountable for unjustified rate increases.  

 

With your support, I will continue to be a vocal advocate to create jobs and strengthen the economy by investing in 21st Century infrastructure — roads, bridges, rail — expanding research and development, and improving Pre-k to 12 and higher education.  As chair of the Democratic women in Congress, I am dedicated to passing a women’s economic agenda that includes increasing the federal minimum wage, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, and ensuring quality, affordable childcare to boost the national economy and increase incomes for working people. And I will fight to ensure we continue to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and our dedicated federal workers.

 

I included a few photographs of just some of the old and new friends I met as I traveled throughout Maryland’s photo(2)4thCongressional District during yesterday’s primary.  I thank all of you for your years of support and once again for the opportunity to continue fighting and working hard for you in Congress.

 

With your votes and your support, I look forward to representing you in the 114th Congress following my reelection in November.

 

Sincerely,

Donna Edwards

Rep. Edwards’ Mail Piece, with President Obama’s Endorsement

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Rep. Edwards on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Rep. Edwards was a recent guest on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”  Rep. Edwards highlighted the “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” National Bus Tour.

She said:
“Women’s voices are incredibly important in the midterm elections and getting them to turn out to vote on our three pillars: equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave and also making sure that we have quality affordable childcare. The crowds were terrific, they were tremendous [...] really enthusiastic for the agenda and for what it means for women.”
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Rep. Edwards continued:

“Two-thirds of workers who work for the minimum wage are women, and what that means is that when you’re working for minimum wage you can be working 40 hours a week and you don’t even make it to the poverty line. This impacts women and families and children. [...] We haven’t raised the wage since 2006, when Democrats actually had the gavel. On the bus tour Leader Pelosi said public sentiment is everything. We have to raise that public sentiment in every single congressional district across the country, and then we will have a Congress that understands the importance of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.”