Albert Wynn

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Albert Wynn served the 4th Congressional district of Maryland until May 2008.

Albert Russell Wynn was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 4th district of Maryland (map), between 1992-2008. Following a primary election defeat to challenger Donna Edwards in February 2008, Wynn resigned from Congress on May 31 of that year.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Wynn voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Views on immigration

On the topic of immigration, representative Wynn feels that it does not matter if they've gotten here legally or not, they deserve the same rights and respect in our country. Representative Wynn strongly opposes many bills that are designed to deport illegal immigrants with the reasoning that it is inhumane.[2]

Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 - H.R. 4437

The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 basically enforces illegal immigration laws to the next level. Some of the provisions include building a longer fense along the boarder of the U.S. and mexico, heavier monetary fines for the ones who have been discovered, etc. Representative Wynn strongly opposes this bill due to the fact that he sees illegal immigrants an asset to our society and that they should not be treated in a harsh manner. [3]

Secure Fence Act - H.R.6061

Al Wynn is against the Secure Fence Act (building a fence along the Mexico boarder (approx. 700miles). He believes that it is something that the United States should not use their monetary resources on (7 billion dollars). He also points out the fact that there is a high demand for unskilled labor in this country and illegal immigrants are the resolution to that problem. Wynn's idea for an alternative is a "guest worker program".[4]

Other Views On Immigration

Al Wynn is a supporter of extending immigrant residency rules. Al Wynn is also against reporting illegal aliens who recieve hospital treatments. He firmly believes that everyone deserves the basic necessities and hospital treatment is one of them.[5]



Wynn was born September 10, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the University of Pittsburgh, Howard University and Georgetown University. He was a lawyer, director of Prince George's County, Maryland's consumer protection commission, and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland State Senate before entering the House.

Congressional Career

Rep. Wynn was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992. Throughout his tenure in Congress, Wynn has worked towards protecting the salaries and benefits of federal employees and towards ending discrimination in the federal work force. Wynn has co-sponsored legislation aimed towards increasing the minimum wage, offering more job training and increasing access to child care.

During the 105th Congress, Wynn successfully sponsored legislation to improve federal contracting opportunities for small and minority businesses. During the 107th Congress, Wynn introduced additional contracting legislation. He has twice received the Small Business Administration Administrator's Leadership Award for his efforts on behalf of small businesses.

In the community, Rep. Wynn sponsors an annual job fair, federal procurement fair and business expo, a college financial aid workshop, and a student leadership workshop.

2006 elections

Wynn faced Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary. Due to problems with voting apparatus in Montgomery county, there were substantial problems with the voting process. Certification of the election results were delayed, but on September 25, 2006, Edwards conceded the primary to Wynn.[6]

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Michael Moshe Starkman to face Wynn in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)[7] Wynn retained his seat.

2008 elections

After eight terms representing suburban Washington, the incumbent Wynn lost the Democratic primary to lawyer and activist Donna Edwards on February 12, 2008.[8] Wynn joins fellow Maryland congressman Wayne Gilchrest as the first two incumbents of the 2008 primary election season to lose their seats.[9]


In March 2008, a Washington D.C. lawfirm confirmed that Wynn would resign his House seat before the end of his eighth term. The firm, Dickstein Shapiro, said Wynn would join its Public Policy & Law Practice as partner in June.[10] Following his defeat in a February primary, Wynn had vowed to stay in Congress until the end of 2008. In a statement on his campaign Web site, Wynn said:

"I want to thank you and I look forward to serving out the remainder my term in Congress. There is much work to be done and I wish you well."[10]

On May 31, 2008, Wynn officially resigned his seat in the 110th Congress. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) called for a special election to fill the remainder of Wynn's term.[11]

Lobbying for Tobacco Companies

Wynn is listed as a lobbyist for Dickstein and Shapiro and did work for Lorrillard Tobacco Company, the maker of popular cigarette brands like Newport and Kent. Lorrillard paid Dickstein & Shapiro $2.6 million in 2011 to "monitor federal legislation and activity related to the tobacco industry. Monitor the implementation of PACT Act, (P.L. 111-154), Mnitor [sic] the implementation of amily [sic] Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, (P.L. 111-31) [and] H.R. 65, Candy Tobacco Tax Parity Act of 2011."[2]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Albert Wynn. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.

Source: Federal Election Commission
Links to more campaign contribution information for Albert Wynn
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Revolving door

The "revolving door" refers to the passage of staffers between government and industry employment. Former staff for members of Congress often use the connections and knowledge they gained as public employees to help their new employers – often lobbying firms – influence their former employers and institutions.

Privately funded travel

The following is drawn from Albert Wynn's travel disclosure forms. Corporations and other organizations can pay for trips by members of Congress and their staff as long as it is related to official business (though some trips have been glorified junkets). How to use this information.

Personal finances

The following is drawn from Albert Wynn's personal financial disclosure forms. Close study of the data has often revealed conflicts of interest by members of Congress. How to use this information.

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Chair, Caucus Minority Business Task Force
  • Congressional Black Caucus Homeland Security Task Force
  • Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Task Force on Campaign Finance Reform
  • Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Wireless Caucus
  • Democratic Leadership Council
  • Democratic Message Group
  • Older Americans Caucus
  • Silk Road Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Consumer Credit Counselling Service

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Albert Wynn. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2470 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2004
Phone: 202-225-8699
Fax: 202-225-8714
Web Email

District Office- Largo:
9200 Basil Court, Suite 221
Largo, MD 20774
Phone: 301-773-4094

District Office- Gaithersburg:
18401 Woodfield Road, Suite D
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Phone: 301-987-2054

Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. "Albert Wynn." "Wikipedia." 5/12/2008.
  3. "Votes Database" "Washingtonpost" 5/12/2008.
  4. "Albert Wynn On Immigration" "On the Issues" 12/31/2006.
  5. [1] "On The Issues" 5/12/2008.
  6. Charles Mahtesian. "A Tale of Two Democrats," Hotline on Call. September 14, 2006.
  7. "2006 Elections in Maryland," Center for Responsive Politics.
  8. "2008 Primary Results," The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2008.
  9. Kristen Wyatt, “Anti-war Republican Loses Primary in Maryland", The Associated Pres, February 13, 2008
  10. 10.0 10.1 Aaron Blake, "Wynn to leave Congress early", The Hill, March 27, 2008
  11. Rosalind S. Helderman, "Voters Will Choose Replacement for Rep. Wynn Today", The Washington Post, June 17, 2008



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