The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), the leading voice for our nation’s more than half a million Americans of Macedonian heritage, is excited to announce Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia’s Congressional District, has become the newest member of the bi-cameral and bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans. The Caucus, which currently has 36 members of Congress, has championed strengthening U.S.-Macedonian strategic relations for the past decade.
Congresswoman Holmes Norton is also co-sponsor of H. Res. 741, which expresses support for the designation of the month of September 2022 as “Macedonian American Heritage Month” and celebrates the Macedonian language, history, and culture of Macedonian Americans and their incredible contributions to the United States.
“As a resident of Washington, D.C. of Macedonian heritage, I cannot thank the Congresswoman enough for joining the Macedonian Caucus and co-sponsoring H. Res. 741 – Congresswoman Holmes Norton’s fight for D.C. statehood resonates with the Macedonian community and has parallels to our own Macedonian struggle for self-determination,” said UMD President Metodija A. Koloski.
Congresswoman Holmes Norton affirmed her standing in the legislative realm prior to the launch of her congressional service as a representative. During President Jimmy Carter’s administration Norton was recognized as a civil rights and feminist icon serving as the first female chair of the U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission. The Congresswoman also worked as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. Norton has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important American women in addition to one of the 100 most important women in Washington. Norton champions the preservation of democracy and endeavors to secure human and civil rights. During her time in Congress, Norton has expanded economic opportunities for her constituents while strengthening the district’s economy at large.
Within Congress, Congresswoman Norton currently serves her fifteenth term and chairs the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. In addition, the Congresswoman sits on the committees for Oversight and Reform as well as Transportation and Infrastructure.