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Albert Wynn

Albert Wynn
Albert Wynn.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – May 31, 2008
Preceded byTom McMillen
Succeeded byDonna Edwards
Member of the Maryland State Senate
In office
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
BornAlbert Russell Wynn
September 10, 1951 (age 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jessie Wynn (divorced)
Gaines Clore Wynn (deceased)
ResidenceMitchellville, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Pittsburgh,Georgetown University
Albert Russell Wynn (born September 10, 1951) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented the 4th district of Maryland from 1993 to 2008. On February 13, 2008, Al Wynn was defeated in the Democratic primary by Donna Edwards, and resigned his office effective May 31, 2008.

Early life and career

Wynn was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the University of PittsburghHoward University, and Georgetown University Law Center. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, Wynn was initiated as a member of the Beta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Soon after graduating, Wynn became director of the Prince George's County Consumer Protection Commission. In 1982, he founded his own law firm. He then spent a decade in the Maryland General Assembly, serving in the state house from 1983 to 1987 and in the state senate from 1987 to 1993.

Congressional career

Wynn entered the Democratic primary for the 4th District in 1992. The 4th had been reconfigured as a black-majority district after the 1990 Census, and the previous incumbent, six-term Democrat Tom McMillen, had been drawn out of the district. Wynn won a crowded seven-way primary by 1,300 votes, all but assuring him of election in the heavily Democratic district. He won the general election in November with 75 percent of the vote and was reelected seven times, never dropping below 75 percent of the vote.
Wynn was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he chaired the Subcommittee on the Environment and Hazardous Materials. Wynn placed a high priority on economic issues. Wynn also supported the energy bill promoted by Vice President and former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney.

Congressman Wynn pledges his support for Prince George's Hospital Center.
During the 105th Congress, Wynn sponsored legislation passed to improve federal contracting opportunities for small and minority businesses. He has twice received theSmall Business Administration Administrator's Leadership Award for his efforts on behalf of small businesses.
His 2000 re-election race made headlines, when the Congressman's estranged wife, Jessie Wynn, served as the campaign manager for his Republican opponent, John B. Kimble. In radio spots for Kimble's campaign, Mrs. Wynn stated "Albert Wynn does not respect black women. He left me for the white woman."
During the 107th Congress, Wynn was one of only four of 36 Congressional Black Caucus members who voted on October 10, 2002 for the joint resolution authorizing theIraq War. The other three Congressional Black Caucus members who voted for the resolution authorizing the Iraq War were Bill Jefferson of LouisianaSanford Bishop of Georgia, and Harold Ford, Jr. of Tennessee[1][2]
Wynn has issued statements of support for integrating illegal aliens into society, so long as strong border security provisions are included. He spoke at the Washington, D.C.Immigration Rally in April 2006, condemning H. R. 4437 and other bills that aim to deport all illegal immigrants. On Wynn's official website, he says "Now that they are in this country, we owe them respect and fair treatment." [3]

2006 congressional elections

In 2006, he was challenged in the Democratic primary by community activist Donna Edwards, most recently executive director of the Arca Foundation. Edwards, who had clerked for Wynn in the 1980s while he served in the state legislature, criticized Wynn for his votes to support the Iraq war, repeal of the estate tax, support of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005, and of the Bush Administration's energy bill, arguing that he was too conservative and too closely allied with Republicans. While Wynn was initially heavily favored, Edwards showed surprising strength. Two weeks before the primary, the Washington Post endorsed Edwards.
The primary was held on September 12, and when all the votes had been counted, Wynn defeated Edwards by 49.7 percent to 46.4 percent — by 2,725 votes out of more than 82,000 cast. George McDermott, a little-known candidate, took 3.9 percent. The final tally of the primary was unclear for nearly two weeks because of widespread voting problems on new electronic voting machines in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.[4]

2008 congressional elections

Edwards sought a rematch in 2008. This time, Edwards won the backing of the influential[5] Edwards also had the support of many progressive community organizations, and many influential netroots organizations such as Daily Kos and Open Left.
In the primary, Edwards routed Wynn, 60 percent to 36 percent.[6]
On March 27, 2008, Wynn announced his resignation from Congress effective in June.[7] He became a partner of Dickstein Shapiro, a large lobbying firm whose clients include the tobacco, entertainment, energy, and software industries as well as the Teamsters.[7] Because House rules prohibit former members from lobbying current members of Congress for one year after departing, Wynn began lobbying Congress in June 2009 instead of in January 2010 due to his early resignation.[7] Edwards was elected in a special election to finish out the rest of Wynn's term, and defeated anti-war Republican primary winner Peter James in the general election in November 2008.[6][8]

Election history

1992Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic136,90275.14Michelle DysonRepublican45,16624.79
1994Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic93,14875.03Michelle DysonRepublican30,99924.97
1996Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic142,09485.19John B. KimbleRepublican24,70014.81
1998Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic129,13985.72John B. KimbleRepublican21,51814.28
2000Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic172,62487.2John B. KimbleRepublican24,97312.61
2002Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic131,64478.57John B. KimbleRepublican34,89020.82
2004Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic196,80975.16John McKinnisRepublican52,90720.2Theresa DudleyGreen11,8854.54
2006Congress, 4th districtGeneralAl WynnDemocratic141,89780.67Michael Moshe StarkmanRepublican32,79218.64