Donna Christian-Christensen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Donna Christensen)
Jump to: navigation, search
Donna Christian-Christensen
Donna christensen.JPG
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from the Virgin Islands's At-large district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Victor Frazer
Personal details
Born (1945-09-19) September 19, 1945 (age 68)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Chris Christensen
Alma mater St. Mary's College, Indiana
George Washington University
Religion Moravian

Donna Marie Christian-Christensen, formerly Donna Christian-Green (born September 19, 1945), is the non-voting Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives (map).

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born Donna Christian in Teaneck, New Jersey, the daughter of a county judge. She attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and earned an M.D.[1] She interned at San Francisco's Pacific Medical Center and performed her residency at Howard University medical center.

Career[edit]

Donna Christian-Christensen worked as a physician, first in the emergency room and later in the maternity ward. She then served as medical director for the St. Croix Hospital in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She was the Commissioner of Health for the Virgin Islands in 1993 and 1994 and also ran a private medical practice until 1996. Christian was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions for the 1984, 1988, and 1992 elections. She has also previously served on the Status Commission and the Board of Education for the USVI.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Donna Christian-Christensen ran unsuccessfully for the position of USVI delegate in 1994, losing a three-way race to Victor Frazer of the Independent Citizens Movement. However, she was elected as a Democrat to the House in a 1996 rematch with Frazer and has served from January 3, 1997, to the present.

Christian-Christensen has supported Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Shortly before the Supreme Court affirmed the legislation, she said "For 99 years, presidents have been trying to do this. Finally, our president has made it possible for each and every American."[2]

Donna Christian-Christensen is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She was featured on The Colbert Report's Better Know a Protectorate segment. She is also the first female physician to win a congressional election.

Elections[edit]

2008

During the 2008 electoral campaign,[3] she appeared in a TV advertisement endorsing the reelection of neighboring Puerto Rico Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, who went to trial after the November 2008 elections for a twenty-four-count federal Grand Jury indictment for corruption.[4] The jury found him not guilty, though he did lose his bid for re-election.

2010

Christian-Christensen won her 2010 reelection campaign with 71.22% of the vote.[5]

2012

Christian-Christensen received substantial donations, at least $37,000 dollars, for her re-election from sources that are connected to Jeffrey Thompson, the chartered health services chairman. However, since he has recently come under fire for a scandal, this money may be considered 'pecunia non grata', or unwanted money. Soon after, Thompson's firm was awarded a $6.3 million government contract in the Virgin Islands, Christensen's home district.[6][7][8]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Honors and recognitions[edit]

On March 23, 2009, Delegate Christensen became the Ship Sponsor of the USCGC Reef Shark during the vessel's commissioning ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Reef Shark is a new 87' cutter, built at an approximate cost of $7.5 million by Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donna Christian-Christensen, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 5, 2007.
  2. ^ "Awaiting Health Care Ruling, Leaders Tell What Black People Have To Lose". The Seattle Medium. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/otras/noticias/libre_sin_fianza_anibal_acevedo_vila/173083[dead link]
  5. ^ By ALDETH LEWIN Daily News Staff (2010-11-04). "Christensen re-elected in landslide - News". Virgin Islands Daily News. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ Mike DeBonis (18 July 2012). "Thompson’s money now poisonous to politicos". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Associated Press. "Virgin Islands delegate got money from DC donor under investigation". 
  8. ^ Associated Press. "Jeffrey Thompson has $6.3 million Virgin Island contract". 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Victor Frazer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from the Virgin Islands' At-large congressional district

1997–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Eleanor Holmes Norton
United States Delegates by seniority
3rd
Succeeded by
Madeleine Bordallo