Donna M. Christian-Christensen

Donna Christian-Christensen

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).

Christian-Christensen was born 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 became an M.D. She interned at San Francisco's Pacific Medical Center and performed her residency at Howard University medical center.

Christian 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.

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

For the 110th Congress, Christian has posted a list of goals on her website. She would like to the territories of the United States gain the right to vote in presidential elections. She also wants to lift the cap on Medicaid in the territories, include territories in SSI funding, and put the territories on equal voting in terms of the IRS statute of limitations.

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