Alfonso Lopez

Alfonso Lopez

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat
Mission Statement: N/A

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1049

District Office
P.O. Box 40366
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (571) 336-2147

Legislative Assistant: Kevin Saucedo-Broach
Administrative Assistant During Session: Lynn Yarbrough

Email Links: DelALopez@house.virginia.gov

Websites: Government Pages, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr

Political Career

Source: Campaign

About

From Campaign Website
Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat and activist with over 25 years of Federal and Virginia legislative experience on issues critical to the people of Arlington and Fairfax. He has served as an Obama Administration political appointee, Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee, and a three-term member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the people of the 49th District. Alfonso also serves as the Whip of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

Alfonso currently represents the 49th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He successfully championed legislation creating the Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, establishing the Small Business Investment Grant Fund, expanding Medicaid coverage to immigrant mothers and children, and raising the cap on nonresidential solar net metering in Virginia.

Alfonso has been a leader in advocating for the rights of New Americans in Virginia. He worked with Attorney General Mark Herring to expand in-state tuition to kids with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status so that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Alfonso is also helping lead the fight to protect our environment for future generations and grow Virginia’s clean energy industries so that we can build a new Virginia economy. In 2015, he founded the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly and currently serves as its chair. This bipartisan caucus provides an opportunity for legislators, Administration officials, industry experts, and environmental advocates to work together on environmental legislation and strengthen our economy through sustainable, clean energy investments.

Alfonso earned the Virginia League of Conservation Voters’ Legislative Leadership award in 2015, the Virginia Interfaith Center’s Legislator of the Year award in 2014, the Virginia Housing Coalition’s Legislative Leadership award in 2013, the Virginia Sierra Club’s Energy Freedom award in 2013, and the Virginia Education Association’s Rookie of the Year award in 2012. He also maintains a perfect score for his voting record from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Equality Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, the Virginia Education Association, and the Virginia A.F.L.-C.I.O.

As a member of the House of Delegates, he serves on the Science and Technology Committee; Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee; Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee; the Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation; and the Virginia Small Business Commission.

Personal Information

Birth Year: 1970
Place of Birth: Williamsport, PA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Latino
Religion:
Spouse: Sarah Mitte Zevin
Children: Aaron and Gabriel
Membership & Affiliation:
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (state board member)
Arlington Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission (former member and HHR subcommittee chairman)
Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus (founder and co-chairman)
Arlington Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board (former member)
Shirlington Employment and Education Center (former board vice chairman)
Arlington Veterans’ Memorial YMCA (former board co-chairman)
Commonwealth Coalition (former statewide advisory board member)
Democratic National Committee (at-large member), Hispanic Caucus (Southern Region vice chairman)
Democratic Party of Virginia, State Central Steering Committee
Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (former president)
2012 Democratic National Convention (Virginia delegate)
Virginia Latino Caucus (founder and co-chairman)

Education

Robinson Secondary School (1988)
Vassar College, NY (B.A., 1992)
Tulane University Law School, LA (J.D., 1995)

Political Career

From Campaign Website

Helped Lead President Obama’s Efforts to Create New Jobs

Alfonso served as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this position he led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, contracting and innovation. He helped lead the SBA effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act which successfully opened up the credit markets for small businesses and entrepreneurs and created $12 billion in tax relief for small business owners. 

Advisor to Governor Tim Kaine

Alfonso served as Governor Kaine’s Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. He also served as the Governor’s representative to the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors Association. Alfonso was the highest ranking Latino in the Kaine Administration. He also served as the Deputy Policy Director on Governor-Elect Kaine’s Transition Team.

Democratic Leader

Alfonso currently serves as the Whip of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. In this role, he works with the Democratic Leader and Caucus Chair to track legislation and coordinate messaging during the General Assembly Session. In 2015, he served as Campaign Chair and Political Director of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. In this capacity, he led the Caucus’s campaign efforts resulting in the pick-up of four new Democratic seats in the House of Delegates.

Before becoming a member of the House of Delegates, Alfonso was twice elected the Deputy Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee. He has also served as the President of the Arlington Young Democrats and as an elected Steering Committee Member of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He is a former President of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV) and former At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee where he served on the Credentials Committee and as the Southern Regional Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Caucus.

In 2016, he has served as regular surrogate, media spokesman, and speaker for Democratic candidates and campaigns in Virginia. He also served as the Whip Captain for Ambassador Clinton’s Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Service to the Community

Alfonso has served on numerous Arlington and regional Boards and commissions.  He was a Member of the Arlington Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission from 2003 to 2006 – where he chaired the Health and Human Resources Committee and was a Member of the Public Safety Committee. He was also the Board Vice Chair of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center and the Board Co-Chair of the Arlington Veterans’ Memorial YMCA.  In 2006, he served on the Commonwealth Coalition’s, Virginia State Advisory Board.  In this position he worked as a part of a State-wide effort to fight Republican attempts in the General Assembly to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage in Virginia.  He is currently a Member of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s State Board.

Arlington, Fairfax Roots and Education

Alfonso’s father came to this country at the age of 19 with $260 in his pocket and the dream of a better life. He worked as a bus boy and waiter, learned English and started attending school. He graduated from NOVA Community College in 1975. Then he took one class a semester every year until he graduated from George Mason University – one month before Alfonso graduated from high school. His mother devoted her life as a teacher and guidance counselor in Arlington Public Schools to helping immigrant children continue their education after high school. Instilled with his parents’ values of hard work and success, Alfonso graduated from Vassar College and received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. He was chosen as a 2003 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

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House of Delegates – District 49

Policy Positions

From Campaign website

Jobs and Small BusinessCreating Jobs, Sustaining and Supporting Small Business

  •  As President Obama’s Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Alfonso understands the sacrifices and capital risks associated with opening and operating a small business.
  •  He respects that small businesses account for over half of all jobs in the United States and are critical to growing the economy and creating new jobs for the 49th District.
  •  Alfonso will take the lead to sustain the success of our diverse small businesses – from shops and restaurants on Columbia Pike to the retailers and merchants in Bailey’s Crossroads.
  •  Alfonso served in the Kaine Administration as a Member of the Virginia Stimulus/Recovery Act Leadership Team and organized regional economic development summits with the Governors of Virginia and Maryland and the Mayor of Washington, D.C.

EducationDelivering Accessible, Top Notch Schools and Protecting Teachers

  • The importance of education for all was a driving force behind Alfonso’s upbringing, with his mother dedicating her life to Arlington County Schools and supporting ESOL programs and educating the children of immigrants.
  • Alfonso recognizes that tomorrow’s leaders are in our local schools. It is imperative they all have equal access to a high-quality Virginia education.
  • Our investment in the future’s leading minds begins with good teachers – protecting and promoting them is a key part of the strategy to prepare our children for the 21st century economy.
  • Alfonso will support honoring our teachers with a professional wage so they don’t have to choose between making ends meet and serving our community.

Transportation and TransitSmart, Sound Investments and Solutions to Curb Congestion 

  • Alfonso believes we deserve to live in a community where transit is funded and transportation congestion is fixed.
  • Alfonso will fight to keep our fair share of transportation dollars in Northern Virginia, not shipped downstate.
  • Alfonso has years of experience working with Federal and State agencies to secure approval for large and small transportation projects.
  • He will continue to work tirelessly to promote smart growth policies and encourage transit opportunities in the region.
  • Alfonso will strongly oppose the use of general fund dollars allocated to public schools, first responders and social services to roads and off-ramps.

Energy and EnvironmentGreen Energy, Green Jobs and Safe Communities

  • Alfonso has an environmental law background. He worked on environmental justice issues in the Clinton White House, toxic remediation issues in the U.S. Senate, offshore drilling in the Kaine Administration and helped pass the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Air Act Reauthorizations as an environmental advocate in D.C.
  • Alfonso will fight for reduced greenhouse gases and dangerous emissions through energy efficiency programs, reductions in demand and promoting clean, renewable resources like biomass, wind and solar.
  • Alfonso will protect air and water quality for your family based on his work on the Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and his efforts to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay.
  • He will continue to advocate for and protect our environment from toxins and be a leading voice for conservation.

Civil RightsDelivering on Diversity, Tolerance and Solidarity

  • Alfonso has been a leader to promote tolerance, compassion and protect the civil rights of others as inherent American values.
  • Alfonso will protect a woman’s right to choose, defend the civil rights of all Virginians and promote the value of collective bargaining in the workplace.
  • Alfonso has worked diligently to fight off efforts in the General Assembly to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage in Virginia.
  • Raised by parents who walked the road of social justice advocacy, Alfonso had a role in drafting the first In-State Tuition briefing paper presented to Governor Mark Warner.
  • Alfonso will fight for legislation to codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees.

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