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|United States Shadow Senator
from the District of Columbia
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Michael Brown|
January 28, 1926
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||September 10, 2020
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||Howard University (BS, MS)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Florence Howard Pendleton (January 28, 1926 – September 10, 2020) was an American political activist who served as a shadow senator from the District of Columbia from 1991 to 2007.
Pendleton's main goal as shadow senator was to promote the efforts of the District of Columbia to gain full voting rights. She was inaugurated as the first ever shadow senator from the District of Columbia on January 3, 1991. She was known as “The Education Senator” because of her legacy as a life-long educator, administrator of DC Public Schools, and founder of the nonprofit “STAND”, The Society for Teaching Americans about New Columbia and DC Statehood.
Pendleton 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.
|Democratic||Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.||22,401||14.95|
|independent (politician)||Harry T. Alexander||13,983||6.19|
|D.C. Statehood Green||Keith M. Wilkerson||4,545||2.01|
|D.C. Statehood Green||Anthony W. Peacock||4,285||1.90|
|independent (politician)||John West||3,621||1.60|
|independent (politician)||David L. Whitehead||3,341||1.48|
|Socialist Workers||Sam Manuel||2,765||1.23|
|independent (politician)||Lee Black||2,728||1.21|
|Democrat win (new seat)|
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.
|Democratic||Florence Pendleton (incumbent)||78,576||76.83|
|Democratic||Florence Pendleton (incumbent)||117,517||74.04|
|D.C. Statehood Green||Mel Edwards||15,586||9.82|
|Democratic||Florence Pendleton (incumbent)||28,500||96.48|
|Democratic||Florence Pendleton (incumbent)||143,578||88.97|
|Republican||Janet Helms (withdrew)||16,666||10.33|
|Democratic||Michael Donald Brown||62,415||73.15|
Pendleton got kicked off the Democratic primary ballot for not getting enough valid signatures to qualify for the election. She ran as a write-in candidate with little success.
- 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
- United States congressional delegations from the District of Columbia
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