Thank You

Dear Friends,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support to reelect me to serve the residents of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District in the 114th Congress. As we all know, Tuesday was a difficult day for Democrats in Maryland and across the country.Rep. Edwards with Gray Family

Yet despite some of the outcomes, the goals and values we’re fighting for as Democrats are what working families and the nation need to move forward.  That is why I am more committed than ever to continuing the fight for an increase in the federal minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, affordable childcare, and policies that unburden students and families of college debt and create jobs and opportunity through investments in our nation’s infrastructure.

This is how we strengthen the middle class and renew the optimism of the American people.  But it won’t be easy. I need each of you to help me communicate the importance of our values and our shared goals. I’m counting on you to continue to stand with me as we redouble our fight for the future.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to continue working together on behalf of residents in the 4th Congressional District and the American people.

Sincerely,

Donna Edwards

Capital Gazette: Edwards Visits Gambrills, Talks Small Business

Rep. Edwards and Sen. Ben Cardin recently met with a group of small business owners in Gambrills, MD.

Here is an excerpt from the Capital Gazette:

During her low-key reelection campaign, U.S. Rep. Donna. Edwards visited Gambrills Wednesday, taking part in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing small business.

The event, hosted by the West County Chamber of Commerce at the Waugh Chapel Community Center, attracted nearly 30 small business professionals from Edwards’ District 4, which includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

Edwards discussed what measures she would take to benefit small business owners if elected to another term.

“I think hearing how capital financing operates for small business, trying to figure out ways in which the SPA can work with our financial institutions to provide some of that capital that businesses need to grow. I think listening to the small businesses talk about some of the concerns they have as far as doing business with our federal partners was interesting as well,” she said.

Edwards was joined by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who is not up for reelection this year. He said Edwards has represent District 4 with its residents in mind. District boundaries were redrawn in 2011, extending Edwards district to include a stretch of Anne Arundel from Pasadena to Gambrills.

“This is an area that wants common sense representation and Donna Edwards has made Anne Arundel County a priority. She’s provided the type of energetic representation that this area needs,” Cardin said.

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Gazette Endorses Rep. Edwards for Reelection

The Gazette Newspaper once again endorsed Rep. Edwards for reelection.

From the Gazette:

Democrat incumbent Donna Edwards remains the top choice for the congressional District 4 seat.

Edwards firmly backed STEM programs, and continues to organize job fairs and mortgage assistance programs to help prevent homeowners in her district from losing their homes. Additionally, she ensured that insurance companies would be held accountable for unjustifiable rate increases while working on legislation to boost domestic manufacturing, support federal workers and Chesapeake Bay restoration.

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Rep. Edwards Endorsed by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) endorsed Rep. Edwards for reelection in the upcoming Nov. 4, 2014, election.

From the USWCC:

Donna Edwards receives a 100% rating from the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a champion of women’s economic priorities. owners and a secure retirement.  “Congresswoman Donna Edwards is a champion for her district and for women’s economic priorities, receiving a one-hundred percent rating from the Women’s Chamber.  Donna supports a positive economic environment for women, workers and business owners and works consistently and effectively on our behalf,” continues Dorfman. “As a chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Congresswoman Edwards is leading the ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds’ economic agenda for women and families.”

 

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.

Washington Journal Sept 30

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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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