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You Must Remember…Connie Morella

The moderate Republican won eight terms representing Montgomery County.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

“People Have Lost Their Trust in Congress”

—Connie Morella

Morella, 84, is a former US representative who served Maryland’s 8th Congressional District from 1987 to 2003. She was elected eight times despite being a Republican—a moderate one—in a district that consisted mostly of liberal Montgomery County. Still in public service, she sits on a handful of boards and teaches a seminar on women in politics at American University.

“I loved Congress. I’m still a political junkie. I chair the Franklin Center, which does outreach work with members of Congress. I work on what I think they need—getting to know each other. When they do that, they can disagree, but they listen to each other. I once did a fellowship at Harvard, where I taught a class—‘An Endangered Species: The Moderate in the US House of Representatives.’ I’d have to say now it’s an extinct species. I hope we can get the middle back. I have to chuckle when people say, ‘You’re the only Republican I ever voted for.’”

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Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor in charge of such consumer topics as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, as well as the editor who handles such cover stories as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Bikes and Hikes, Fairs and Festivals, Great Small Towns, and the Washington Bucket List. She lives in Arlington.