The offices of shadow U.S. Representative and shadow U.S. Senator are elective offices created by the District of Columbia as part of its efforts to gain full admittance to the Union as a State. The office originated with the election of the first Shadow Senators in 1796, and the position of Shadow US Representative first appeared in 1956 in the Territory of Alaska. The name was based on the traditional practice of the Official Opposition appointing shadow cabinets in parliamentary systems.
Current District of Columbia officeholders
The voters of the District of Columbia elect two shadow U.S. Senators who are known as U.S. Senators by the District of Columbia, but who are not officially sworn or seated by the U.S. Senate. Shadow senators were first elected in 1990.
List of District of Columbia Senators (Seat 1)
List of District of Columbia Senators (Seat 2)
The voters of the District of Columbia elect one Shadow Representative who is recognized as equivalent to U.S. Representatives by the District of Columbia, but is not recognized by the U.S. government as an actual member of the House of Representatives. A shadow representative was first elected in 1990. The current shadow representative is Nate Bennett-Fleming.
List of District of Columbia Shadow U.S. Representatives
- Charles Moreland (D), 1991–1995
- John Capozzi, Jr. (D), 1995–1997
- Sabrina Sojourner (D), 1997–1999
- Tom Bryant, Jr. (D), 1999–2001
- Ray Browne (D), 2001–2007
- Mike Panetta (D), 2007–2013
- Nate Bennett-Fleming (D), 2013-present
- Election profiles Michael D. Brown (D), The Washington Post, 2006, retrieved, September 30, 2012.
- Sullivan, Patricia (February 18, 2010). "Ray Browne, fought for D.C. voting rights, dies at 71". The Washington Post.
- A Brief History of the Shadow Senators of the United States
- Washington Post article on shadow delegation
- Official Site of District of Columbia[dead link]
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