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Florence Pendleton
Florence Pendleton
United States Shadow Senator
from the District of Columbia
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2007
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byMichael Brown
Personal details
Born(1926-01-28)January 28, 1926
Georgia
DiedSeptember 10, 2020(2020-09-10) (aged 94)
Columbus, Georgia, US
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHoward University (BS, MS)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Florence H. Pendleton (January 28, 1926-September 10, 2020) was a former senator from the District of Columbia. As the first African-American female elected to the U.S. Senate (unseated) in American history (https://www.dcboe.org/Elections/Elected-Officials-(Current-Past), her main goal was to promote the efforts of the District of Columbia to gain full voting rights, alongside her counterpart in Seat 2. She was inaugurated as the first ever United States Senator from the District of Columbia on January 3, 1991. The District of Columbia, U.S. States Senator position has been commonly called, "shadow senator" but the voting ballot and legislation designated "United States Senator." (https://www.dcboe.org/Elections/Elected-Officials-(Current-Past)
She defended her seat in 2000, cruising to victory in the general election over Janet Helms, beating her 84%-14%.
Her re-election bid in 2006 failed when Philip Pannell successfully challenged that she failed to have 2,000 valid signatures to get onto the ballot, having only 1,559. She ran as a write-in candidate, but only won 1,363 votes as Michael Donald Brown cruised to victory with 62,415 votes over her and Pannell's 21,552 votes to win the Democratic Primary. Her last day in office was on January 3, 2007.
Contents
1 Background
2 Election history
2.1 1990
2.2 1994
2.3 2000
2.4 2006
3 Political career
4 See also
5 References
Background
She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science and she was a doctoral student at Virginia Tech.
Election history
1990
1990 Shadow Senator, D.C., Democratic Primary Election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Jesse Jackson
85,454
57.03
Democratic
Florence Pendleton
25,349
16.92
Democratic
Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.
22,401
14.95
Democratic
James Forman
9,899
6.61
Democratic
Marc Humphries
6,739
4.5
In the general election, the top two vote getters were elected as Shadow senators of each seat, with Pendleton taking Seat 1 and Jackson taking Seat 2.
1990 Shadow Senator, D.C., General Election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Jesse Jackson
105,633
46.8
Democratic
Florence Pendleton
58,451
25.89
Independent
Harry T. Alexander
13,983
6.19
Republican
Milton Francis
13,538
6
Republican
Joan Gillison
12,845
5.69
D.C. Statehood Green
Keith M. Wilkerson
4,545
2.01
D.C. Statehood Green
Anthony W. Peacock
4,285
1.9
1994
1994 Shadow Senator, D.C., Democratic Primary Election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Florence Pendelton
78,576
76.83
Democratic
Stephen Sellows
20,512
20.06
 
write-in
3,180
3.11
1994 Shadow Senator, D.C., General Election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Florence Pendleton
117,517
74.04
Republican
Julie Finley
24,107
15.19
D.C. Statehood Green
Mel Edwards
15,586
9.82
 
Other
1,511
0.95
2000
2000 Shadow Senator, D.C., General Election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Florence Pendleton
143,578
84
Republican
Janet Helms
16,666
14
 
write-in
1,136
2
2006
2006 Shadow Senator, D.C., Democratic Primary Election
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
Democratic
Michael Donald Brown
62,415
73
Democratic
Philip Pannell
21,552
25
 
write-in
1,363
2
Political career
November 6, 1990 — elected shadow senator when office was created
November 8, 1994 — reelected shadow senator
November 7, 2000 — reelected shadow senator
2006 — filed to run for reelection but was knocked off the primary ballot when her opponent Phil Pannell challenged the signatures on her petition
See also
United States congressional delegations from the District of Columbia

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