Eleanor Holmes Norton is a Delegate from the District of Columbia. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1937, she earned her B.A. from Antioch College of Antioch University in 1960, her M.A. from Yale University in 1963, and her LL.B. from Yale University Law School in 1964.
She was a private practice lawyer and worked as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, 3rd Circuit, from 1964-1965. She was also assistant legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union from 1965-1970.
She worked as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University Law School from 1970-1971 and served on staff for New York City Mayor John Lindsay from 1971-1974. She chaired the New York City commission on human rights from 1970-1977 and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1977-1981. She was a senior fellow at the Urban Institute from 1981-1982 and a professor at Georgetown University Law Center from 1982-1990.
She was elected to the 102nd and to the twelve succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1991-present).