Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents New Haven in the House of Representatives, retained her congressional seat by a wide margin Tuesday, beating out motivational speaker Wayne Winsley with 9 percent of precincts reporting at 9:05 p.m.

DeLauro first arrived in Congress in 1991 after working as the chief of staff for former Senator Chris Dodd as well as serving as executive director of EMILY’s List, an organization that funds female candidates.

After winning her first election with 52 percent of the vote, DeLauro has never received less than 63 percent of the vote in an election.

“We feel energized by today,” DeLauro campaign manager Jimmy Tickey said Tuesday afternoon, adding that he thought high turnout numbers throughout the district helped DeLauro.

DeLauro, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, is considered one of the most liberal members in Congress.