Eleanor Holmes Norton

American lawyer and politician (born 1937)

Eleanor Holmes Norton (born June 13, 1937) is an American politician. She serves as a non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives representing the District of Columbia.[1] Norton may serve on committees as well as speak on the House floor; however, she is not allowed to vote on the final passage of any legislation.[2]

Eleanor Holmes Norton
Delegate to the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington, D.C.'s at-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 1991
Preceded byWalter Fauntroy
Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
In office
May 27, 1977 – February 21, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byLowell Perry
Succeeded byClarence Thomas
Personal details
Eleanor Holmes

(1937-06-13) June 13, 1937 (age 87)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Edward Norton
(m. 1965; div. 1993)
EducationAntioch College (BA)
Yale University (MA, LLB)


  1. Staff (June–July 1997). "Legends in the Law. A Conversation with Eleanor Holmes Norton". The District of Columbia Bar. Archived from the original on April 1, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  2. "Biography of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton". Archived from the original on 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-07-09.

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