Article12 Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Eleanor Holmes Norton represents the District in the U.S. Congress. (AFRO File Photo)

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., has been appointed by presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to the Democratic Platform Committee for the Democratic Party’s 2016 National Convention that will be held in Philadelphia July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Arena. 

Norton was notified of the appointment on June 15 by the Clinton campaign and said she will use her appointment to push strong support for D.C. statehood.

“I am grateful to Secretary Clinton for moving so quickly after our Democratic primary to appoint me to the Democratic Platform Committee,” the delegate said in a statement. “The strong op-ed supporting statehood she published before our primary should facilitate writing the statehood language we want.”

The platform committee sets the party’s official position on a variety of issues. The members of the committee were selected by Clinton’s camp and that of her chief primary rival U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.

Both Clinton and Sanders are supporters of District statehood with full political rights for the residents.

Clinton won the District of Columbia Democratic presidential primary on June 14, beating Sanders, 77 percent to 20 percent. The former U.S. secretary of state will get the overwhelming majority of the District’s delegates to the convention, however, District Democratic Party leaders say Sanders will get at least four delegates based on him winning more than 15 percent of the overall vote.

Norton was an early supporter of Clinton’s and has a long-standing political and professional relationship with the former first lady that goes back to Clinton’s stint in the White House while her husband, Bill, served as president from 1993-2001.

Norton will serve on the 15-member committee with statehood supporters such as U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as well as noted African-American scholar Dr. Cornel West.