Byrne Officially Enters the Race for Congress
Democrat Leslie L. Byrne, the first woman to represent Virginia in Congress, said today she has filed papers to run for the U.S. House in a seat she held until she was defeated more than a decade ago.
U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R), who recently announced he would not run for U.S. Senate, has not yet said whether he will run for re-election in Virginia's 11th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties.
"When I decided to do this, I decided to do this based on what I could bring to the race and to the 11th district,'' she said today.
Byrne, who hopes to work on consumer, budget and environmental issues, won the seat in 1992, but lost to Davis in 1994 in a national Republican landslide. She narrowly lost the race for lieutenant governor two years ago.
Davis' wife, Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax), lost her re-election bid by 10 percentage points Tuesday.
November 7, 2007; 4:58 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Leslie L. Byrne
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