Elaine Luria

Elaine G. Luria
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Credit: The Virginian Pilot

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 2 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement:
"Today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them. That’s why I am running for Congress.

The core values of Security, Equality, and Prosperity will serve as my compass in representing the 2nd District."

About

Elaine Luria

Source: Campaign page

Elaine Luria served her country in uniform for 20 years with the philosophy: Be Good.  Do Good Work.  Elaine sees this simple, but powerful message lacking in Washington today.

When her peers were heading off to college, Elaine was compelled to be part of something bigger than herself and joined the Navy at 17—so she could give back and help build a safer, stronger, and fairer society for this generation and the next.

On her first day in uniform, she was inspired by the Naval Academy’s Mission, to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.  Elaine served for 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer deploying six times—twice forward-deployed on ships stationed in Japan—conducting operations in the Middle East and Western Pacific on destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers.

Whether it was enforcing sanctions by boarding Iraqi oil smugglers in the Arabian Gulf, launching jets off the deck of the aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean to simultaneously strike terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, operating complex nuclear reactors, as second in command of a guided missile cruiser, or in command of a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors, providing assault craft to support the U.S. Marine Corps: Elaine never let politics get in the way of doing what was right and getting the job done.

While Elaine’s service to our country was coming to an end – she officially retired from the Navy on June 1, 2017 – she was inspired to help the community that she and her family call home.

That’s why she started a family business, Mermaid Factory, that began as a block of clay on her kitchen table. Since then, Mermaid Factory has created ten jobs in the community, has donated over fifty thousand dollars of our proceeds to charity, and infused more than a quarter of a million tax dollars into our economy. Over 50,000 people have experienced Mermaid Factory– by spending time with family or friends, expressing their creativity, and taking home a souvenir of Hampton Roads’ iconic mermaid and dolphin symbols. Mermaid Factory continues to manufacture our products locally and give back to organizations in the community that support youth and the arts.

In Congress, Elaine will use her experience in the Navy and as a small-business owner to protect our country and create an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top.  Her 20-year Navy career makes her the clear choice to represent this military-rich district with the world’s largest navy base and among the highest concentration of veterans, including the largest number of female veterans nationwide.  Through her experience as an entrepreneur, she can relate to the challenges and potential of small businesses and their impact on the community. And, as a mother, she will fight to ensure a brighter future for every child.

To help the families, seniors, and businesses of Hampton Roads, we need leaders with real-world experience. We need leaders who know what it means to serve, have overcome obstacles, faced adversity and became stronger because of it.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer
    Navy
  • Family business
    Mermaid Factory
    2017

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington, DC Office
534 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4215

Eastern Shore Office
25020 Shore Parkway
Suite 1B
Onley, VA 23418
Phone: (757) 364-7631

Virginia Beach Office
283 Constitution Drive
One Columbus Center, Suite 900
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: 757) 364-7650
Fax: 757) 687-8298

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Government Page

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative for US House District 2

Elaine Luria (D)139,57151.05%
Scott W. Taylor (R)133,45848.81%
Write In (Write-in)371
TOTAL273,400

Source: Campaign

Finances

LURIA, ELAINE  has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$4,241,568.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Armed Services Committee
   Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
   Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee

Appointments

Caucuses

Bipartisan Task Force Combatting Anti-Semitism

Chesapeake Bay Task Force

Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus

Congressional Military Veteran Caucus

Congressional PFAS Task Force

Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus

Congressional Small Business Caucus

Congressional Solar Caucus

For Country Caucus

Gun Safety Task Force

House Oceans Caucus

LGBT Equality Caucus

National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus

New Democrat Coalition

New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force (Co-Chair)

Problem Solvers Caucus

Servicewomen & Women Veterans Congressional Caucus 

U.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus

Women Veterans Task Force

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Other

Issues

Better Government

Congress

August 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week joined 47 members of Congress to call on House and Senate leadership to take immediate action to address the rising threat of white supremacist terrorism.

August 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Two months after a mass shooting killed 12 in Virginia Beach and days after 31 died in weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week urged the Senate to reconvene and pass commonsense gun safety legislation passed by the House in February.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WILLIAMSBURG – To celebrate the birth of representative democracy in America, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Tuesday spoke at the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy. Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and photos from the evening are attached to this email.

Good evening! It’s my pleasure to join in welcoming you to the Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy. My name is Elaine Luria and I have the pleasure of representing Williamsburg in the U.S. Congress.

July 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate last night passed legislation mirroring Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s House-passed bill to name a Virginia Beach post office after Ryan “Keith” Cox, a hero of the May 31 mass shooting.

Cox was one of 12 people killed in the shooting, the worst in America so far this year. He sacrificed his own life to save others during the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

July 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria this week voted to pass the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, a bill she cosponsored to bring necessary relief to Americans threatened and irritated by abusive robocall practices.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) and Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) praised the House Foreign Affairs Committee for unanimously passing a bipartisan resolution opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, calling it a key step in voicing congressional support for Israel.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Weeks after tragedy struck Virginia Beach, the House today passed Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s (VA-02) bipartisan bill that would name a city post office in honor of Ryan “Keith” Cox, a hero who died while protecting others.

Cox was one of 12 people killed in the May 31 mass shooting, the worst in America so far this year.

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House will vote this week on a bipartisan bill that would name a Virginia Beach post office in honor of Ryan “Keith” Cox.

July 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – A strong advocate of the U.S.-Israel alliance, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of a bipartisan amendment as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require an investigation of Hezbollah’s influence on the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of more than $2 billion in funding she requested for important NASA priorities, including a critical project at NASA Langley Research Center that would improve climate modeling abilities and better predict flooding and other damaging weather events in military and coastal communities.

Economy

Economy

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted in support of a bipartisan budget agreement that would permanently end the threat of sequestration, protect the full faith and credit of the United States, and promote military readiness in Hampton Roads and beyond.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for the Raise the Wage Act, keeping her promise to stand up for Coastal Virginia’s working families.

Sponsored and introduced by Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 over a six-year period.  

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today pushed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to consider projects important to Virginia’s Second Congressional District as the panel develops its legislative agenda.

March 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today joined a majority of the House in voting to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that promotes equity in America, closes unfair loopholes, and provides effective remedies for women who are not getting equal pay for equal work.

An original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, Congresswoman Luria cheered the bill’s House passage and urged the Senate to follow suit.

March 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced she is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would increase accountability and oversight over private contractor-provided housing for military families, which have suffered from serious health, safety, and environmental problems.

Education

Education

August 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that her office will host its first annual Congressional App Challenge in Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

The Congressional App Challenge is a competition for middle and high school students to develop original apps and to encourage students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with computer science.

July 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), the Chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, and Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today introduced a bill to expand the availability of in-state tuition rates to student veterans regardless of when they were discharged from the military.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $13 billion in funding she requested for important health, labor, and education priorities, including increased funding for the Head Start program and career and technical education.

Environment

Energy and Environment

More on Energy and Environment

August 1, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Highlighting one of the most pressing environmental issues facing coastal communities, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Wednesday participated in a town hall to discuss her strong opposition to offshore drilling.

July 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved her amendment as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would compel the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on how the Department of Defense (DoD) can enter into more energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs).

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week secured language in a House-passed funding bill directing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to prioritize important issues related to military readiness, renewable energy, and veteran assistance.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke on the House Floor and commended the passage of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.’s (NJ-06) amendment to prohibit federal spending to advance oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean. Congresswoman Luria cosponsored the Pallone amendment.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of more than $2 billion in funding she requested for important NASA priorities, including a critical project at NASA Langley Research Center that would improve climate modeling abilities and better predict flooding and other damaging weather events in military and coastal communities.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of $110 million in funding she requested for important environmental priorities, including $85 million for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program – a $12 million increase over the last fiscal year.

June 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the introduction of the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, a bipartisan bill that would encourage further development of advanced nuclear energy programs. Such programs are poised to create high-quality jobs, strengthen national security, reduce foreign energy dependence, and promote emissions-free energy.

May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today pushed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to consider projects important to Virginia’s Second Congressional District as the panel develops its legislative agenda.

March 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, members of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the impacts of climate change on military installations and operational readiness.

The hearing, titled “Ensuring Resiliency of Military Installations and Operations in Response to Climate Change,” convened expert witnesses to provide testimony on the immediate and long-term effects climate change will have on the military.

March 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that she is leading bipartisan House legislation that would fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program for the next five years, ensuring that states get the resources they need to comply with their obligations to protect and preserve the Bay.

Health Care

Health

August 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Two months after a mass shooting killed 12 in Virginia Beach and days after 31 died in weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week urged the Senate to reconvene and pass commonsense gun safety legislation passed by the House in February.

August 6, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke at the grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, giving remarks on the importance of caring for our veterans and military families.

Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and a photograph from the event is attached.

August 2, 2019 Press Release

WILLIAMSBURG – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week toured Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, meeting with hospital leadership and staff and discussing critical health care issues.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved a pair of her amendments as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers and their families.

These include an amendment to ensure that the men and women who educate the children of military families are not subject to unfair taxation and another to encourage continued research that is occurring within the Navy’s Wound Care Research Program.

July 20, 2019 Press Release

NORFOLK – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Friday toured a local children’s hospital, meeting with hospital leadership, medical personnel, and other staff members to learn more about children’s health challenges in Hampton Roads. 

At Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Congresswoman Luria spoke with local reporters before touring the hospital and holding a roundtable to discuss mental health issues, funding, and other pressing priorities.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today responded to the latest efforts in court to dismantle important and life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions, along with every other benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced House passage of nearly $13 billion in funding she requested for important health, labor, and education priorities, including increased funding for the Head Start program and career and technical education.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday evening, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2019, to safeguard current protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

The bill passed 230 to 183, with four Republicans joining Democrats in clearing the House.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted to condemn the administration’s attempted health care sabotage, calling on the Department of Justice to reverse its position in a lawsuit that would nullify the entire Affordable Care Act.

“This is an unacceptable raid on health care in America, and I won’t stand for it,” Congresswoman Luria said. “More than 500,000 Virginians, including beneficiaries of our historic Medicaid expansion, are covered through the Affordable Care Act. Let’s work to protect people’s care, not take it away.”

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today voted for a House resolution to protect Virginians’ health care by strengthening congressional authority to intervene against a lawsuit (Texas v. U.S.) that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act, including Virginia’s Medicaid expansion and protections for all Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

Veterans

Veterans

August 6, 2019 Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today spoke at the grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center, giving remarks on the importance of caring for our veterans and military families.

Text of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks are below, and a photograph from the event is attached.

July 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced the House of Representatives approved a pair of her amendments as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers and their families.

These include an amendment to ensure that the men and women who educate the children of military families are not subject to unfair taxation and another to encourage continued research that is occurring within the Navy’s Wound Care Research Program.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House today passed a bipartisan bill that includes Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s provision to ensure blinded veterans receive housing accommodations they need to live independently.

July 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs unanimously adopted an amendment introduced by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) to ensure that blind veterans get the housing adaptations they need to live independently at home and with their families.

“Blind veterans sacrificed for America,” Congresswoman Luria said. “They deserve equal access to important opportunities for growth and independence, and I am honored to champion their cause. It’s great news that the Committee unanimously moved our amendment forward.”

July 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), the Chair of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, and Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), the Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today introduced a bill to expand the availability of in-state tuition rates to student veterans regardless of when they were discharged from the military.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) this week secured language in a House-passed funding bill directing the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies to prioritize important issues related to military readiness, renewable energy, and veteran assistance.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) on Thursday led a legislative and oversight hearing to help ensure access to disability benefits for veteran survivors of military sexual trauma (MST).

The Subcommittee discussed H.R. 1092, the Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2019, a bill that would expand health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for MST.

June 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairwoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today praised this week’s unanimous Senate passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. In May, Congresswoman Luria spoke on the House floor and voted in support of this bipartisan bill that she proudly cosponsored. The House passed the bill 410-0.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In passing the SECURE Act today, the House pushed through a fix first introduced by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) that would provide urgent relief to Gold Star Families impacted by the 2017 tax law that caused America’s most heroic families to see drastic tax increases.

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today announced that the number of service, veteran, and survivor organizations to offer their support for H.R. 2481, the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, climbed to 20. This is in addition to 155 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle and the formal endorsement of a bipartisan veterans caucus in Congress.

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Virginia Beach veteran, business owner launches campaign for Congress
Published on January 9, 2018

Elaine Luria, a retired Navy commander and small business owner, announced she would run to represent Virginia’s Second Congressional District.
 
 

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