12 Black Women You Should Know // Donna Edwards

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Donna F. Edwards is an American political activist who served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district from 2008 to 2017. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of Prince George’s County, as well as part of Anne Arundel County.

A lawyer and longtime community activist, she defeated 15-year incumbent Albert Wynn in the 2008 Democratic primary and following his resignation, won a special election on June 17, 2008, to fill the remainder of this term. She was sworn in two days later on June 19, becoming the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the United States Congress. Edwards ran for a full term in November 2008, defeating Republican candidate Peter James with 85% of the vote.
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