Rep. Donna Edwards became the first African American woman from Maryland to serve in Congress after being elected in a special election to the 110th Congress in June 2008. She began her first full-term in the 111th Congress in 2009.
She serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on three subcommittees:
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit,
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment,
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
She serves on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee on two subcommittees:
- The Subcommittee on Space, where she serves as the Ranking Member
- The Subcommittee on Environment
She also serves as an Executive Committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
Rep. Edwards quickly established herself as an active new leader in Congress. She serves as Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus, Chair of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, and as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Recruitment Committee.