Born to the Job

BALTIMORE – Rep. Donna Edwards couldn’t hide the fact that she is a black woman running for office even if she wanted to. Standing before a group of mostly black women at a senior center enjoying lunch recently, it’s clear she doesn’t.

Edwards, 57, a former anti-domestic violence activist elected to the House from a majority black Prince George’s County district in 2008, rattled off the stark numbers.

“There are only 20 women in the Senate. There are no black women,” she said. “What I would add to the U.S. Senate is a different kind of life experience and that would inform how I feel about public policy.”

Rep. Donna Edwards couldn’t hide the fact that she is a black woman running for office even if she wanted to. Standing before a group of mostly black women at a senior center enjoying lunch recently, it’s clear she doesn’t.

Edwards, 57, a former anti-domestic violence activist elected to the House from a majority black Prince George’s County district in 2008, rattled off the stark numbers.

“There are only 20 women in the Senate. There are no black women,” she said. “What I would add to the U.S. Senate is a different kind of life experience and that would inform how I feel about public policy.”

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