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How much does Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office cost D.C. and American taxpayers a year?
The operating budget for Norton’s office was $1,368,849.00 for fiscal year 2012, according to her spokesman. That’s the same as one of the 435 voting members of the House gets, and $93,597 less than it was the year before. That figure doesn’t include Norton’s own salary, which is $174,000 a year.
Much of Norton’s budget goes to her staff, which during her most recent filing was at 22 full- and part-timers. Norton has also been spending $7,689 to rent an office downtown at the National Press Building, and $1,068.83 for an office space on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. “The downtown office is necessary to enable residents to come to an easily reached, central location near a Metro stop from any ward. The Southeast office is necessary because of the difficulty residents living east of the Anacostia can have in reaching other parts of the city,” says her spokesman, Scott McCrary.
McCrary adds that the lease is up on the downtown office; Norton will open a new one near Metro’s NoMa-Galludet U (New York Ave.) station—just one stop on the Red Line away from Union Station, a short walk across Capitol Hill from Norton’s suite in the Rayburn House Office Building.