Donna Christian-Christensen

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Donna Christian-Christensen
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from the Virgin Islands's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Victor Frazer
Succeeded by Stacey Plaskett
Personal details
Born Donna Christian
(1945-09-19) September 19, 1945 (age 70)
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 a U.S. Virgin Islander physician and politician. She served as the non-voting Delegate from the United States Virgin Islands to the United States House of Representatives (map) from 1997 until 2015.


Early life[edit]

Born Donna Christian in Teaneck, New Jersey, the daughter of a county judge, Almeric Christian. She received her Bachelor of Science from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1966. Christensen then attended the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she received an M.D. in 1970.[1] She interned at San Francisco's Pacific Medical Center from 1970 to 1971 and performed her residency in family medicine at Howard University Medical Center from 1973 to 1974.


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. That race also included future Governor Kenneth Mapp, who would defeat Christensen in 2014 during the Governor race. 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.



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.


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


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] Christian-Christensen won her 2012 re-election bid with 60.05% of the vote.


Christian-Christensen did not seek re-election to her congressional seat. Instead, she ran for Governor of the United States Virgin Islands,[9] ultimately losing to Kenneth Mapp in a run off.[10]

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.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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

Succeeded by
Stacey Plaskett
Party political offices
Preceded by
John de Jongh
Democratic nominee for Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
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