VA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

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To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like  Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

Dick Saslaw

'The people we serve are paying too much for energy:' Virginia lawmakers are targeting Dominion Energy
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Patrick Wilson and Mel LeonorJanuary 30, 2021 (Medium)

Both chambers of the legislature are controlled by Democrats. While the legislation appears to have support in the House, it faces strong political headwinds in the state Senate, where Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and other lawmakers have been critical of past bills that aimed to curb Dominion.

Last year, a Senate committee killed a similar measure, sponsored by Jones, that aimed to restore regulatory power to the SCC. Dominion had argued that the proposal would have hurt its ability to invest in renewable energy projects.

In an interview last week, Saslaw declined to say much about the new House legislation, which is being backed by consumer and environmental groups, including Clean Virginia, an advocacy organization founded by wealthy hedge fund investor Michael Bills to counter Dominion’s clout in the legislature. “I’d have to see the bills,” Saslaw said.

He did, however, criticize Jones, suggesting the legislative package could face opposition in the upper chamber. “He’s essentially become the mouthpiece for Michael Bills. … It’s unfortunate,” Saslaw said.

Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report
Falls Church News Press, Dick SaslawFebruary 4, 2021 (Medium)

February is Black History Month. From Barbara Johns to President Obama, there are many individuals who readily come to mind who have been trailblazers and influential leaders in their professions and in the social sphere. I salute the Black legislators whom I have served with over the years in the Commonwealth.

Based on constituent outreach, the rollout and distribution of the vaccine is front and center on people’s minds. For the record, we are nearing 800,000 vaccinated Virginians with about 8 percent having had the requisite two doses. In Fairfax County there is a waiting list with 100,000 eligible people trying to schedule an appointment. The priorities in Phase 1b continue to be first responders, essential workers, teachers, and individuals that are responsible for providing government services. Rebuilding the economy, getting people back to work, and reopening schools are the prizes we are keeping our eyes on for administering the vaccine.

We need to focus on ramping up production and bolstering the “shots in arms” effort that includes hospitals, medical providers, health districts and large-scale organized vaccination events. After a slow start, Covid-19 vaccinations in the Commonwealth have seen a marked turnaround.

 

Senators oppose temporary moratorium on gold mining in Virginia
The Daily Progress, Patrick Wilson February 14, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — Democratic senators on a powerful committee said no to a House proposal that would put a temporary moratorium on gold mining, opting to allow for study of whether it’s environmentally safe.
The decision by senators to oppose the moratorium surprised one of the state’s big environmental groups, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, as well as Buckingham County residents who have shared concerns during state legislative hearings.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, said after Friday’s meeting of the Senate Rules Committee that most senators were OK with the study but didn’t see a need for a moratorium.

Gold mining “built a large part of the West,” Saslaw said. “What’s the big deal? We’re not talking coal mining.”

Budget, pandemic relief on agenda as Virginia lawmakers head to special session
WTOP News, Nick IannelliFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Virginia lawmakers will return in a special General Assembly session on Wednesday after their regular session came to an end earlier this week.

Though the Virginia General Assembly technically adjourned on Monday with Republican members wanting to limit work to 30 days, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a special session saying more time was needed to advance the state’s budget and pandemic relief efforts.

“People across our Commonwealth are facing tremendous challenges and they expect their elected officials to deliver results,” Northam said.

House and Senate Republican leaders said that given a lengthy special session that took place last year — during which lawmakers approved a new state budget and passed a host of major new criminal justice reforms — 30 days should have been sufficient to complete this year’s work.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw disagreed: “There’s no way realistically we can put together this budget and thoroughly review bills in 30 days,” he said.

The public safety workers included in the bill are currently eligible for coronavirus vaccinations under “Phase 1b,” which is ongoing in the Commonwealth and expected to be complete before the summer.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), a chief co-patron of the bill, said the Finance Committee decided not to make the bill retroactive because of the cost burden on localities. The fiscal impact is now estimated to be about $3 million dollars total, much less than the original price tag of $15 million.

Meanwhile, a similar bill in the House that passed unanimously on Thursday would apply to claims going back to March of 2020.

“That won’t make it through the Senate,” Saslaw said in an interview after the vote. “The money is simply not there in our budget.”

Virginia Senate passes bill requiring schools to offer in-person instruction
Fauquier Times, Kate Masters/Virginia Mercury February 3, 2021 (Short)

A bill that would require local school divisions to offer in-person classes passed the Senate Tuesday with help from a handful of Democrats, who joined their Republican colleagues in approving the measure.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, the influential chair of the chamber’s Finance Committee, both voted for the legislation. They were joined by Sens. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond and Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack — all vocal supporters of returning students to the classroom.

The one-line bill would require local school districts to provide in-person instruction to all students if their parents or guardians so request. Sponsored by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, the bill does not have an emergency clause attached, which means it wouldn’t go into effect until July.

Current Position: State Senator for District 35 since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia.

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

Louise Lucas

Virginia lawmakers voted Friday to legalize marijuana, agreeing in principle to legislation that would allow retail sales to begin in 2024 and expunge many past convictions.
“Our commonwealth’s prohibition on cannabis has clearly failed,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who sponsored the bill in the Senate with Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth. “We’ve had hundreds of thousands of Virginians branded as criminals and disadvantaged in various ways, and the war on marijuana has disproportionately targeted and impacted Virginia’s communities of color.”
The bill passed the House on a 55-42 party line vote, with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing. The measure drew modest bi-partisan support in the Senate, with two Republicans joining the chamber’s 21 Democrats in voting for the bill.

Virginia Senate backs U.S. Capitol statue for Barbara Johns
Martinsville Bulletin, Andrew CainFebruary 4, 2021 (Short)

The Virginia Senate on Wednesday joined the House of Delegates in backing a resolution to erect a statue of teenage civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns at the U.S. Capitol.

On a voice vote, the Senate supported a resolution sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, to put a statue of Johns in the U.S. Capitol as the replacement for Virginia’s statue of Robert E. Lee, which is now in storage at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Lucas chaired the Virginia Commission for Historical Statues in the U.S. Capitol. In December, the panel picked Johns for the honor from a group of five finalists.

State lawmakers working on Virginia's budget
radio wvtf, Michael PopeFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform will be important parts of the budget, both in terms of spending and revenue. Virginia is expected to eventually pull in more than $500 million a year in new revenue when commercial sales begin.

Until that happens, though, Senator Louise Lucas says investments need to be made into expunging old criminal records and setting up a new Cannabis Control Authority.

“The long-term impact of prohibition on recreational marijuana use has had a profound impact on minority communities,” she says. “High levels of incarceration and criminal record histories have limited options for individuals in the job market and their ability to better themselves and their families.”

Several top Virginia Democrats showed their support for State Senator Louise Lucas in a Portsmouth rally on Tuesday.
This comes after Lucas and others were charged with felonies for protests at the city’s Confederate monument on June 10.
NAACP President James Boyd said five more people were arrested on Monday, bringing the total number to 19. Boyd himself is facing two felony charges.

Current Position: State Senator for District 18 since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Tom Norment

Current Position: State Senator for District 3 since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Monty Mason

Current Position: State Senator for District 1 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Mamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator for District 2 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Ryan McDougle

Virginia Senate panel advances campaign finance reform bill
The Washington Post, Sarah RankinFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

A Virginia Senate committee advanced a House measure Tuesday that would prevent politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for child care-related expenses.

The bill’s continued advancement this year seems to be a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have previously been reluctant to tackle. Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

“If we’re going to make it a penalty for somebody to be in violation, then it should be clear up front. We should vote on what those penalties are,” said Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle, who voted against the measure along with GOP Sen. Mark Peake.

Current Position: State Senator for District 4 since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Stan Scott

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator for District 5 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Elizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator for District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator for District 8 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Missy Cotter Smasal

Current Position: Navy office and small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Jenn McClellan

Bill to define sexual and workplace harassment in Va. is facing opposition
The Free Lance-Star, Patrick WilsonFebruary 17, 2021 (Short)

Legislation to strengthen Virginia’s laws against sexual and workplace harassment is in trouble in the legislature, with opposition coming from some Democratic senators. The powerful Virginia Chamber of Commerce previously had concerns about how the legislation would affect employers, but now says it is neutral.

A Senate version of the legislation died on Feb. 5 after three male Democratic senators joined Republicans to kill it in a floor vote. That followed a contentious Feb. 3 hearing in which Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, the bill sponsor, repeatedly asked male senators to stop interrupting her.

A House bill from Del. Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, remains alive and awaits a hearing in the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee.

Current Position: State Senator for District 9 since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2006 – 2017

During Jenn McClellan’s tenure in the General Assembly, Jennifer has served as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Transition Committee, Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level.  She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committees, and the Richmond City Democratic Committee.

Mark Lewis

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Ghazala Hashmi

Virginia Senate committee rejects hate crime expansion bill
NBC12, Cierra ParksFebruary 2, 2021 (Short)

Legislators attempted to pass a bill that would expand the definition of a hate crime to include crimes against people based on perception, but opponents said the bill was too broad and could be misused.

Senate Bill 1203, proposed by Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, D-Richmond, aimed to ensure that someone who maliciously attacks a person based on their perception of that person’s membership or association within one of the aforementioned groups is held to the same standard as someone who attacks a person they know is a member of one of the groups. Hashmi’s bill also added color, national origin and gender expression to the list of protected classes.

Hashmi cited an incident during Black Lives Matter protests last summer in which Harry H. Rogers, an avowed high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan, drove his truck into a crowd of protesters. Henrico’s Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor said her client, who was hit, was not protected under current hate crime legislation because he is white. She said Rogers drove his truck with the intention to disrupt the protests.

One-sentence bill forcing in-person school passess Virginia Senate
The Virginian-Pilot, Sarah RankinFebruary 3, 2021 (Short)

After a lengthy and impassioned floor debate, the Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate passed a one-sentence bill Tuesday that would require every local school division to make both virtual and in-person learning available to students.

Democrats who spoke against the bill warned about creating mandates for school districts, and they raised concerns about the well-being of teachers and school support staff, as well as a mutated version of the virus first identified in South Africa. Public health officials are concerned that version spreads more easily and vaccines could be less effective against it.

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi warned that because the bill wouldn’t take effect until summer, it could complicate the efforts of local school districts that are already moving forward with partial reopening plans.

State senate declines to reappoint Chesterfield Judge
Chesterfield Observer, Jim McConnellFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Despite bipartisan support from current and former elected officials, members of the local bar and the Virginia conference of the NAACP, one of Chesterfield County’s two Black judges will not be reappointed to the General District Court when her current six-year term expires March 31.

Because of opposition from two of the three state senators who represent parts of Chesterfield – Democrats Joe Morrissey and Ghazala Hashmi – the Senate Judiciary Committee declined to certify Pamela O’Berry’s name for consideration by the full chamber during the 2021 General Assembly session.

“I’ve met with Judge O’Berry and was very impressed by her,” said Hashmi, D-Richmond, in an interview Sunday afternoon. “She has strong professional credentials and an amazing life story. I wish my decision could be different, but ultimately I had to listen to the voices of my constituents.”

Current Position: State Senator for District 10
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service.

Amanda Chase

Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase sues over being censured
AP News, Sarah Rankin; Denise LavoieFebruary 1, 2021 (Short)

A firebrand conservative Virginia state senator seeking the Republican nomination for governor filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to undo her legislative colleagues’ recent decision to censure her for an alleged “pattern of unacceptable conduct.”

In a bipartisan vote last week, the Virginia Senate approved a measure rebuking Sen. Amanda Chase over a series of incendiary incidents during her tenure, including remarks in which she seemed to voice support for those who participated in storming the U.S. Capitol last month. The decision to pass the censure resolution followed a long debate that featured scathing criticisms of Chase from both Democrats and Republicans.

In the lawsuit, Chase argues that she is being “singled out and selectively penalized for taking unpopular political positions.”

'A badge of shame': Virginia Senate votes to censure Amanda Chase
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawJanuary 27, 2021 (Short)

After stinging personal critiques from Republicans and Democrats alike, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, was censured by the Virginia Senate Wednesday, a formal rebuke that came after she repeated baseless election fraud claims and spoke in support of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Several senators said they wished the censure vote, the first since 1987, didn’t have to happen. But they said it became unavoidable due to Chase’s loose grip on the truth, lack of respect for her colleagues and the institution and a pattern of inflammatory behavior.

“The need to protect the honor of this body is what compelled me to proceed,” said Sen. John Bell, D-Loudoun, who sponsored the resolution censuring Chase.

Current Position: State Senator for District 11 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

Amanda Pohl

Current Position: Nonprofit professional and Adjunct professor of social work
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

"We are all impacted by current policies that limit our personal and professional lives and impede our great state’s ability to thrive.

Basics like affordable health care, quality education, better infrastructure, and equality are foundational rights that should be available to all, not just a few."

Siobhan Dunnavant

Senator Dunnavant on Vaccine Rollout in Virginia
Richmond's Morning News with John Reid, John ReidFebruary 1, 2021 (08:09)
Virginia lawmakers make push on return to in-person school
6News, The Associated PressFebruary 15, 2021 (Short)

Virginia House Democrats unveiled legislation Monday morning that would require public school districts to offer at least some access to in-person learning by the 2021-2022 school year.

The House is taking action after the state Senate earlier this session passed a one-sentence bill requiring in-person instruction that if signed into law would have taken effect in July.

Republican Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, an OB-GYN, said Monday that she sponsored that measure as a way to get the ball rolling.

 

Current Position: State Senator for District 12 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week and delivers babies during session.

Debra Rodman

Current Position: State Delegate for District 73 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Geary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2021 State Senator

John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator for District 14
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Rebecca Raveson

Current Position: Former loan officer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Frank Ruff

Current Position: State Senator for District 15 since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

Frank Ruff is a leader in reforming economic development to expand current businesses and attract new employers. He has worked with prospective job creators to encourage them to come to our region. From assistance with funding for industrial parks to enhancing tourism, from working with the Governor and local leaders to recruit new industry, to the creation of a much needed law enforcement hazardous driving school, he has been a leader in the fight for small-town communities across the Fifteenth Senate District.

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Rosalyn Dance became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

Virginia Smith

Current Position: Elementary School Teacher, retired
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Joe Morrissey

Current Position: State Senator for District 16
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2015

I’ve been working and fighting for a better Richmond since 1989, when I was elected as your Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a delegate, I fought for Democratic Party principles, like bringing Obamacare to Virginia, improving Richmond City Schools, and helping people get their right to vote back.

Waylin Ross

Current Position: Founder, ParaLobby, LLC
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Bryce Reeves

Virginia Senate moves to censure Sen. Amanda Chase over Capitol riot
6News, The Associated PressJanuary 20, 2021 (Short)

The Virginia Senate is advancing a resolution to censure a GOP lawmaker for “fomenting insurrection against the United States,” saying she helped incite the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

Republicans distanced themselves from Chase, but voted against the resolution on the grounds that it was an infringement of Chase’s free speech rights.

“This country has dramatically shifted from the belief of freedom of speech to a culture of freedom from speech,” said Sen. Bryce Reeves.

Current Position: State Senator for District 17 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

Amy Laufer

Current Position: Founder of Virginia’s List
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

David Suetterlein

Current Position: State Senator for District 19 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

With nine years experience as a staffer in the General Assembly, including eight years serving the District’s former Senator, Ralph Smith, David Suetterlein is ready to serve the people of Western Virginia in the Senate. David’s service to Senator Smith and his leadership in Republican politics make him a strong voice to fight for economic growth, lower taxes, and increased government accountability.

Flourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Bill Stanley

Virginia Senate passes death penalty abolition bill
ABC News, Sarah RankinFebruary 3, 2021 (Short)

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would abolish the death penalty, a measure that if passed into law would mark a major policy change for a state that over its centuries-long history has led the nation in the number of executions it has carried out.

GOP Sen. Bill Stanley, who had initially co-patroned the measure, angrily spoke against it after Democrats a day earlier rejected attempts from Republicans to amend the bill, including changes Stanley proposed that he said would have guaranteed that people convicted of aggravated murder would never leave prison.

“This could have been coming out today as a bipartisan effort to end the death penalty. Instead it’s a party-line effort,” said Stanley, who also spoke about his personal opposition to capital punishment. He ultimately did not vote.

 

As the General Assembly session enters its second full week, Senators from southwest Virginia are pushing for sweeping changes in the criminal justice system.

Republican Bill Stanley of Franklin County has been working for changes of his own. The state repealed a law in 1999 that classifies drivers with multiple violations as habitual offenders.

“Once you’re created to be a habitual offender then it enhanced the penalties that you would otherwise face. We’ve now have tailored other options for punishment for those driving offenses,” Republican Senator Bill Stanley said.

Current Position: State Senator for District 20 since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Bill Stanley’s political foundation was cemented by the conservative values of his father, a Ronald Reagan Republican who preached the benefits of working hard, personal responsibility, spending less than you earn, and standing by your principals no matter what the cost.

During his tenure, Bill has been a strong voice for Southside and Southwest in Virginia’s Capitol. He has sponsored legislation to spur economic development to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Southside Virginia. Bill’s energy and enthusiasm, grassroots focus, and track record of effective leadership are making a difference for Southside families for future generations.

Sherman Witcher

Current Position: Works in agriculture
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Edwards

Democrats committed to expanding Virginia's Court of Appeals
The Roanoke Times, Amy FriedenbergerFebruary 11, 2021 (Medium)

The Senate passed a bill last week to add six new judges — two more than what Northam proposed — to the 11-member court. The House of Delegates did not take any action on its own bill, which caused senators to raise eyebrows. House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, chairwoman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, said the House didn’t have enough time to review the bill in committee before the deadline to complete action on House bills last week. She said she remains committed to expanding the court, despite what she said has been a “problem with the process.”

Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reached out to the Virginia State Bar in December asking for it to evaluate candidates for the potential upcoming vacancies. Herring said she didn’t know Edwards did that, and so the House was delayed in notifying any potential candidates to send in materials to the state bar within the two-week application window

General Assembly elects new judges, including successor to Roanoke judge who quietly left midterm
The Roanoke Times, Neil Harvey and Amy FriedenbergerFebruary 23, 2021 (Medium)

Counting Ferguson, four of that court’s five judges now are women.

“That was planned,” Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, said with a smile. Edwards is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that oversees the process to elect judges.

Of the nine total judges in the Roanoke Valley’s general district and circuit courts, only one — Judge Jacqueline Talevi — is a woman. The legislature elected her last month to another six-year term.

Lawmakers also voted to give Roanoke Judge Melissa Friedman a six-year term on the juvenile and domestic relations court. Friedman, who was appointed on an interim basis in November, began hearing cases in December.

Virginia Senate panel defeats bill to restore parole
12 On Your Side NBC, Associated PressJanuary 29, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would have restored parole in Virginia has been killed by lawmakers. On Friday, members of a Senate committee heard emotional testimony from family members of crime victims who pleaded with them to guarantee that their assailants would remain locked up.

The committee voted to send the measure to the Virginia State Crime Commission for study, ending the bill’s chances of passing this year.

Virginia abolished discretionary parole in 1995 and began requiring offenders to serve at least 85% of their sentences.

The bill sponsored by Sen. John Edwards would have reinstated parole and made it retroactive so that people sentenced for a felony beginning in 1995 would become eligible

A Senate committee voted Thursday to kill legislation aimed at expanding diversity in Virginia’s governor’s schools — a hot-button issue that’s sown debate at some of the state’s elite public institutions.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, made the motion to table the bill indefinitely over strong objections from Black and minority lawmakers including Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth — the chamber’s president pro tempore and the first woman and African American to hold that role.

Several other Democrats, including Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, Sen. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, and Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, joined Republicans in voting against the bill after a heated committee argument along the same lines of debate that have unfolded elsewhere in the state.

The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, would do away with any and all mandatory minimums in state law. The measure, backed by the Virginia Crime Commission, passed the Senate earlier this month on a 21-17 party line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, asserted that state judges don’t like such minimums because “it ties their hands” from fairly considering a case.

“I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard judges say, ‘I don’t want to do this, but I have to,’” said Morrissey, a former practicing attorney. “I have to give you a mandatory minimum of five years on each of these four counts.’”

Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, who is carrying the bill in the Senate, responded that it wouldn’t necessarily mean reduced sentences.

“That’s why we have judges,” he said. “To look at the nature and extent of the crime and the nature and history of the defendant.”

The House and Senate versions also differ in that the House allows people serving prison sentences related to mandatory minimums to petition for a resentencing hearing. The Senate version does not include resentencing provisions, but proposes studying the issue.

Current Position: State Senator for District 21 since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

 

Steven Nelson

Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Mark Peake

Lawmakers debate whether Va. localities could opt out of legal marijuana sales
ABC 13News, Hannah mcComseyFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Legislation to legalize marijuana is close to being a done-deal in Virginia, but the details are still up for debate. A draft of the bill by the state Senate could allow specific areas in Virginia to decide whether they want it at all.

If passed, the Senate’s bill would legalize marijuana in Virginia but localities could decide not to allow for its sale.

“No matter where you buy in the state you’ll be able to smoke it in the state,” Republican Senator Mark Peake said. “Some localities just might not want to sanction the sale of the drug.”

Current Position: State Senator for District 22 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

“I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

Dakota Claytor

Current Position: Freelance hair stylist and private music educator
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Steve Newman

Current Position: State Senator for District 23 since 1996
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator for District 24 since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

Annette Hyde

Current Position: Yoga Teacher
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Creigh Deeds

Background checks at shooting ranges
Last summer, a young man went to the Green Top Shooting Range in Hanover County, rented a gun, and used it to end his life. Five days later, another man did the same thing.

Their families are now working with Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, who has made mental health and suicide prevention a top priority after tragedy struck his own family, to pass a law requiring a background check before anyone would be handed a gun at a shooting range.

At a committee hearing, Deeds said both men had mental health issues. Research on suicides, he said, suggests it’s often carefully planned, and a background check could be an obstacle that might have changed the outcome.

“Anything you do to interrupt that plan may end up saving that person’s life,” Deeds.

The idea has technical limitations. Federal law doesn’t require shooting ranges to conduct background checks for gun rentals, so range operators wouldn’t have access to the same federal database used for gun sales. But supporters of the bill say the Virginia State Police background check system can be used instead, though the agency would likely require some additional funding to handle the increased workload. The State Police estimate the bill would mean 200 additional background checks per day.

Opponents of the proposal argue it’s unworkable, saying it would create an onerous new process for shooting ranges that could discourage gun buyers from seeking hands-on safety training.

D.J. Spiker, Virginia director for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said range suicides are “exceptionally rare.”

“’It’s best left to ranges and Virginia State Police to come up with in-house policies to regulate this,” Spiker said.

That approach wasn’t enough for Bradley Carroll, the father of one of the men who died by suicide at the Hanover gun range.

“The opposition will tell you that they acknowledge the issue but offer no solutions,” he said.

The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 10-4-1 and was referred to the Finance Committee for a closer look at its fiscal implications.

Current Position: State Senator for District 25 since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator for District 26 since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

April Moore

Current Position: Nonprofit organizer, retired
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Bell

Current Position: State Senator for District 13 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2016 – 2019

Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

John has worked across party lines to pass Medicaid expansion, increase school funding and teacher pay, fight for common-sense gun safety reforms and champion policies to address the opioid addiction crisis

Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator for District 27 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has held legal and policy positions in and out of government, including serving as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Energy. As managing partner of a law firm that specializes in charity and non-profit organizations, election law, and ethics, she has consistently been listed by Washingtonian Magazine as a “top lawyer in her field.”

In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia.

Ronnie Ross III

Current Position: Teacher, Fauquier County
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator for District 28 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

Jeremy McPike

Current Position: State Senator for District 29 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

“Jeremy McPike is a public servant who has dedicated his life to serving our community. As a volunteer firefighter and EMT, Jeremy understands the urgency of identifying and solving challenges, and that’s the approach he will take to Richmond.”

Adam Ebbin

Current Position: State Senator for District 30 since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

As a leader in the General Assembly, Adam Ebbin has fought to advance progressive priorities, including incentives for cleaner energy, funding for mass transit improvements, ending discrimination in state employment, and electoral reform.

Adam has distinguished himself as a voice for the easily exploited.

Barbara Favola

Current Position: State Senator for District 31 since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

Throughout her public life, Barbara Favola has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights.  In the Virginia Senate, Barbara is focusing her legislative efforts on women’s reproductive rights, health care access, K-12 education funding, workforce training, safety net programs, helping foster children, preventing domestic violence and sensible environmental policies.

Senator Favola also believes that a living wage is essential for families and communities to thrive.  She acknowledges that job creation and economic security are the cornerstones of a vibrant Commonwealth and a secure future.

Janet Howell

Northam urges raises of 5% for teachers, 3.5% for state workers
Danville Register and Bee, Michael MartzFebruary 22, 2021 (Short)

Gov. Ralph Northam is urging state budget negotiators to use additional revenues to raise pay for teachers by 5% and state employees and state-supported local employees by 3.5%

In a letter Friday to newly appointed members of a conference committee to negotiate changes to the budget, Northam praised the House of Delegates and Senate for converting one-time bonuses in his budget “into a permanent increase.”

The Senate included raises of 3% for teachers and 3% for state employees and others in its version of the budget. But the governor sided with the House on how much to increase pay, especially with an additional $730.2 million in revenue he identified for the General Assembly at the beginning of this week.

The Senate’s tax committee is directing a new panel to consider ways to help Virginia businesses hurt by the COVID-19 — without opening a billion-dollar revenue hole in the state budget — by giving them a tax windfall under the new federal emergency relief bill.

Senate Finance Chairwoman Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, will join five of her colleagues on a work panel she created to consider options Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne presented Wednesday. The options potentially would allow individuals and businesses that received forgivable loans under federal COVID-19 relief packages to claim a deduction on their state income taxes for 2020 or possibly future years.

Layne, a certified public accountant, was clear that he considers a provision of the Consolidated Appropriations Act Congress, adopted on Dec. 27, to give a “double tax benefit” to businesses that received forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program under the previous CARES Act, or that would get them under the new law.

A report once advised Virginia to get rid of VMI
Roanoke TimesFebruary 8, 2021 (Short)

The chairman of one of the General Assembly’s budget committee raised eyebrows — and in some quarters, full-scale alarm — when she suggested last fall that maybe Virginia doesn’t need a military college.

After multiple reports about racism at Virginia Military Institute, state Sen. Janet Howell, a Fairfax County Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, told Richmond Times-Dispatch political columnist Jeff Schapiro that she wants to see some changes at the school — or else. “I’m not sure how important or relevant it is,” Howell said. “It seems to me its time has passed, especially if it doesn’t adjust to changing times.”

Since then, Gov. Ralph Northam has forced out VMI Superintendent Binford Peay and the VMI board has voted to remove the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson that cadets once were required to salute. We’ll see if that’s change enough.

Money committees including funding for passenger rail in budget amendments
WDBJ 7, Joe DashiellFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – Governor Northam made passenger rail a priority in his budget proposal earlier this year. Now, members of the House and Senate money committees agree.

Budget amendments, released Wednesday afternoon, include funding for improvements that should clear the way for extra service in Roanoke and the extension of passenger rail to the New River Valley.

“With respect to the expansion of daily passenger rail service from Washington DC to the New River Valley, the subcommittee believes that increasing accessibility is critical to economic growth,” said Senator George Barker (D-Alexandria).

Current Position: State Senator for District 32 since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Senator Howell is one of Virginia’s most influential senators.  She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. She also serves on the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, Privileges and Elections and Rules committees, and is a Senate budget conferee.

Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

Jennifer Boysko

Current Position: State Senator for District 35 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Jennifer Boysko’s  priorities are working to continue to build the New Virginia economy here in Virginia that supports both working families and small businesses in her district. She has actively sought to restore funding to our public schools and has worked on legislation that would make sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare.

Boysko seeks to find common ground and work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done. However, finding common ground does not mean we abandon our priorities and values. She will always stand up and speak out for the issues most passionately held where there are stark differences that cannot be negotiated.

 

Suzanne Fox

Current Position: Entrepreneur, Loudon County
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Senator

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Chap Petersen

School reopening

Three Virginia lawmakers say schools hoping to receive state dollars next year should be required to open for in-person learning in the fall.

At the Science Museum of Virginia on Wednesday, state Sens. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond; Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico; and Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, announced their intention to introduce a budget amendment this week to make state school funding contingent on a plan to welcome students back to classrooms, regardless of COVID-19 spread.

As of last month, 52 out of 132 school divisions were operating on a fully remote basis, according to the state education department; many have remained virtual since Gov. Ralph Northam last March ordered buildings shuttered to mitigate the spread of the potentially lethal virus.

Virginia lawmakers consider legislation to speed vaccinations
NBC29, Joe DashiellJanuary 21, 2021 (Short)

The measure would streamline the requirements for health professionals who want to volunteer, and help identify more locations where the state could establish mass vaccination sites. It provides civil and criminal immunity to individuals and organizations acting within the provisions of the bill.

“I have people from the medical community that want to help,” Dunnavant told members of the committee. “This is what they do. Our dentists, our doctors, our nurses, our nurse anesthetists, our NPs, this is what they do. They help people and they want to help us get this job done.”The legislation has bipartisan support.

“Getting people vaccinated in the most efficient way possible is in our joint interest,” said Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax). “I hope every senator will read this legislation and if they see fit, will put their name on it and take credit for it.”

State Democrats Working Out Differences on Gun Control Legislation
WVTF, Michael PopeFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

Lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at making sure guns are not available to people who shouldn’t have them. Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is a Democrat from Prince William County who introduced a bill to create new penalties for gun owners who don’t secure their firearms from people who live with them and aren’t allowed to have a gun.

“If we’re going to make the decision to live with someone, for the safety of our families, we will ensure that there is a criminal background check if it’s going to be a stranger,” Guzman explained.

“Anyone you live with? They should do a criminal background check,” asked Petersen. That question was from Senator Chap Petersen, a Democrat from Fairfax City who’s critical of the idea that people can be held liable for guns that are in the possession of someone they live with.

Current Position: State Senator for District 34 since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

Chap has been an attorney in private practice since 1994, successfully representing thousands of local people and businesses. In 2011, his peers selected him as one of thirty “Leaders of the Law” in Virginia.  His law firm, Chap Petersen & Associates, PLC, is located in downtown Fairfax, near the historic Fairfax County courthouse.

Chap began his career in politics by serving on the Fairfax City Council (1998-2002) and as a member in the Virginia House of Delegates (2002-2006).

Scott Surovell

Current Position: State Senator for District 36 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Scott is a co-founding partner and owner of Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, an 18-attorney law firm in Fairfax dedicated to helping Northern Virginia’s people and small businesses solve their legal problems.

Surovell has been a leader in the Virginia General Assembly on government transparency, criminal justice reform, consumer protection and environmental protection. In 2016, Surovell passed legislation requiring government officials to redact public documents instead of withholding entire records  and passed similar legislation applying to homeowner, condo and cooperative associations the following year.

Dave Marsden

Virginia State Senator David W. Marsden introduced wildlife conservation legislation that will benefit the Commonwealth’s wildlife and residents.

SB 1274 promotes the protection of wildlife corridors across the state by directing key agencies to incorporate wildlife corridors and road crossings into their planning. The legislation builds on the successful wildlife corridor legislation passed last year which directed the state to produce a Wildlife Corridor Action Plan (WCAP) to identify important wildlife corridors and road crossings. It also directs the departments of Conservation and Recreation, Transportation, and the State Forester to integrate the recommendations of the WCAP into their own strategic planning documents.

This legislation comes at an important time, as wildlife-vehicle collisions are an increasingly costly and dangerous impediment to Virginia’s motorists. More than 60,000 deer-related crashes occur within the state each year, costing approximately $533 million in damages annually.

Perhaps a third way
Richmond Times, David MarsdenSeptember 28, 2019 (Short)

The problem often is not what to do, but how to do it. Clearly, gas is less carbon intensive, less expensive and therefore preferable to coal, but it is still a greenhouse gas that an increasing number of Virginians are beginning to reject. Solar is cheaper than wind, but it is hard to find space.

The good news is that nuclear energy provides 40% of Virginia’s electricity and does not create greenhouse gases. Nonetheless, many Virginians are uncomfortable with the potential danger of a nuclear disaster.

So, what is the energy path forward? For me, there is a third way that does not demand so many huge utility-scale renewable projects or continued investment in pipelines and the use of fossil fuels. This third way consists of Dominion Energy, or some other private business entity, engaging in the home installation of solar in an entirely new way.

The bill was originally championed by Republican Senator Bill DeSteph, but has grown support within both parties. This year, the bill has sponsors from both parties, including DeSteph and Democratic Senator Dave Marsden, Democratic Delegate Alex Askew, Republican Delegate G. John Avoli and Republication Delegate Amanda Batten.

Jamie said the bill doesn’t just protect those students with epilepsy.

“The bill itself is really just an overall [protection for] any type of seizure. Like, any student can have a seizure,” she said. “There are over 40 different kinds of seizures, and so [school personnel] knowing how to respond to the most common ones – then there [will be] less injuries, fatalities and stuff like that.”

Virginia set to become second state to pass data privacy law
Roll Call, Gopal RatnamFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

Virginia is set to become the second state, after California, to pass data privacy legislation. The bill could become law as soon April when Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to sign a measure that has passed both chambers of the state legislature but is awaiting a few last-minute tweaks.

Known as the Consumer Data Protection Act, the law would go into effect Jan. 1, 2023 and would apply to all business that control or process data for at least 100,000 Virginians, or those commercial entities that derive at least 50 percent of their revenues from the sale and processing of consumer data of at least 25,000 customers.

The law would exempt health care data and information collected for assessing credit worthiness. It would give consumers the right to determine whether their data is being collected and processed and ask for a copy of their data, correct inaccuracies, ask for the deletion of personal data, and opt out of the processing of personal data that may be used for targeted advertising, sale, or consumer profiling.

Bill to eliminate Va. death penalty advances; cost savings debated
WTOP, Neil AugensteinJanuary 26, 2021 (Short)

However, fellow Democrat Sen. David Marsden, who has experience overseeing the state’s juvenile justice system, said despite estimates of annual savings of more than $30,000 from housing and feeding inmates in that system, the actual savings was “somewhere in the $6,000 or $7,000 range.”

“We’re not saving as much as one would think on a death row prisoner,” Marsden said. “It will be a savings, as opposed to all of the litigation that goes into a death penalty case.”

In changing the Virginia code, Surovell said “capital murder” would be changed to “aggravated murder”. If the bill passes, future Class 1 felony convictions would have a maximum possible sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.

Current Position: State Senator for District 37 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Elected to the Virginia Senate in 2010 in a special election, David Marsden has earned a reputation as a hard working legislator who gets things done for FairfaxCounty and the Commonwealth. Before serving in the Virginia Senate, he served 4 years in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Never afraid to put progress above partisanship, Senator Marsden has worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation to relieve traffic congestion, improve education, and create jobs and he brings over 40 years of experience and expertise in the juvenile justice field to the legislature.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Nader Momtaz at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City during the LWV-Fairfax Redistricting Forum on Nov. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Benton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator for District 38 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

George McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

George Barker

Current Position: State Senator for District 39 since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

With a background in healthcare management and policy, Senator Barker has worked tirelessly to address the rising costs of quality healthcare for Virginia families.

Since being elected in 2007, he has established a reputation as bipartisan leader who knows how to get things done. The Washington Post described him as, “one of the more effective, pragmatic lawmakers in Richmond.” From fixing transportation and improving our education system, to creating an environment that is good for businesses and job growth, Senator Barker is committed to working together to find common sense solutions that will benefit Virginians in his district and across the Commonwealth.

Dutch Hillenburg

Current Position: Federal employee, retired
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Todd Pillion

Current Position: State Senator for District 40 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2019

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.

Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

Ken Heath

Current Position: Marion Director of Community and Economic Development
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

VA 2019 Senate Competitive DistrictsVA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like  Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

Summary

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like  Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

VA Senate District 6

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

VA Senate 6 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Lynwood Lewis’s post.
For more information, see Elizabeth Lankford’s post.

VA Senate District 7

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

VA Senate 7 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Cheryl Turpin’s post.
For more information, see Jen Kiggans’s post.

VA Senate District 10

District Description: Powhatan County (All), Chesterfield County (Part), Richmond City (Part)
Current Senator: Glen Sturtevant since 2016 (R)

VA Senate 10 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Glen Sturtevant’s post.
For more information, see Ghazala Hashmi’s post.

VA Senate District 12

District Description: Henrico County (Part), Hanover County (Part)
Current Senator: Siobhan Dunnavant since 2016 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Siobhan Dunnavant’s post.
For more information, see Debra Rodman’s post.

VA Senate District 13

District Description: Loudoun County (Part), Prince William County (Part)
Current Senator: Richard Black since 2012 (R)

Senate 13

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see John Bell’s post.
For more information, see Geary Higgin’s post.
For more information, see Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos’s post.

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Dick Saslaw 3Dick Saslaw

Current Position: State Senator for District 35 since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia.

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

'The people we serve are paying too much for energy:' Virginia lawmakers are targeting Dominion Energy
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Patrick Wilson and Mel LeonorJanuary 30, 2021 (Medium)

Both chambers of the legislature are controlled by Democrats. While the legislation appears to have support in the House, it faces strong political headwinds in the state Senate, where Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and other lawmakers have been critical of past bills that aimed to curb Dominion.

Last year, a Senate committee killed a similar measure, sponsored by Jones, that aimed to restore regulatory power to the SCC. Dominion had argued that the proposal would have hurt its ability to invest in renewable energy projects.

In an interview last week, Saslaw declined to say much about the new House legislation, which is being backed by consumer and environmental groups, including Clean Virginia, an advocacy organization founded by wealthy hedge fund investor Michael Bills to counter Dominion’s clout in the legislature. “I’d have to see the bills,” Saslaw said.

He did, however, criticize Jones, suggesting the legislative package could face opposition in the upper chamber. “He’s essentially become the mouthpiece for Michael Bills. … It’s unfortunate,” Saslaw said.

Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report
Falls Church News Press, Dick SaslawFebruary 4, 2021 (Medium)

February is Black History Month. From Barbara Johns to President Obama, there are many individuals who readily come to mind who have been trailblazers and influential leaders in their professions and in the social sphere. I salute the Black legislators whom I have served with over the years in the Commonwealth.

Based on constituent outreach, the rollout and distribution of the vaccine is front and center on people’s minds. For the record, we are nearing 800,000 vaccinated Virginians with about 8 percent having had the requisite two doses. In Fairfax County there is a waiting list with 100,000 eligible people trying to schedule an appointment. The priorities in Phase 1b continue to be first responders, essential workers, teachers, and individuals that are responsible for providing government services. Rebuilding the economy, getting people back to work, and reopening schools are the prizes we are keeping our eyes on for administering the vaccine.

We need to focus on ramping up production and bolstering the “shots in arms” effort that includes hospitals, medical providers, health districts and large-scale organized vaccination events. After a slow start, Covid-19 vaccinations in the Commonwealth have seen a marked turnaround.

 

Senators oppose temporary moratorium on gold mining in Virginia
The Daily Progress, Patrick Wilson February 14, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — Democratic senators on a powerful committee said no to a House proposal that would put a temporary moratorium on gold mining, opting to allow for study of whether it’s environmentally safe.
The decision by senators to oppose the moratorium surprised one of the state’s big environmental groups, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, as well as Buckingham County residents who have shared concerns during state legislative hearings.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, said after Friday’s meeting of the Senate Rules Committee that most senators were OK with the study but didn’t see a need for a moratorium.

Gold mining “built a large part of the West,” Saslaw said. “What’s the big deal? We’re not talking coal mining.”

Budget, pandemic relief on agenda as Virginia lawmakers head to special session
WTOP News, Nick IannelliFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Virginia lawmakers will return in a special General Assembly session on Wednesday after their regular session came to an end earlier this week.

Though the Virginia General Assembly technically adjourned on Monday with Republican members wanting to limit work to 30 days, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a special session saying more time was needed to advance the state’s budget and pandemic relief efforts.

“People across our Commonwealth are facing tremendous challenges and they expect their elected officials to deliver results,” Northam said.

House and Senate Republican leaders said that given a lengthy special session that took place last year — during which lawmakers approved a new state budget and passed a host of major new criminal justice reforms — 30 days should have been sufficient to complete this year’s work.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw disagreed: “There’s no way realistically we can put together this budget and thoroughly review bills in 30 days,” he said.

The public safety workers included in the bill are currently eligible for coronavirus vaccinations under “Phase 1b,” which is ongoing in the Commonwealth and expected to be complete before the summer.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), a chief co-patron of the bill, said the Finance Committee decided not to make the bill retroactive because of the cost burden on localities. The fiscal impact is now estimated to be about $3 million dollars total, much less than the original price tag of $15 million.

Meanwhile, a similar bill in the House that passed unanimously on Thursday would apply to claims going back to March of 2020.

“That won’t make it through the Senate,” Saslaw said in an interview after the vote. “The money is simply not there in our budget.”

Virginia Senate passes bill requiring schools to offer in-person instruction
Fauquier Times, Kate Masters/Virginia Mercury February 3, 2021 (Short)

A bill that would require local school divisions to offer in-person classes passed the Senate Tuesday with help from a handful of Democrats, who joined their Republican colleagues in approving the measure.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, the influential chair of the chamber’s Finance Committee, both voted for the legislation. They were joined by Sens. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond and Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack — all vocal supporters of returning students to the classroom.

The one-line bill would require local school districts to provide in-person instruction to all students if their parents or guardians so request. Sponsored by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, the bill does not have an emergency clause attached, which means it wouldn’t go into effect until July.

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‘The people we serve are paying too much for energy:’ Virginia lawmakers are targeting Dominion Energy
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Patrick Wilson and Mel LeonorJanuary 30, 2021 (Medium)

Both chambers of the legislature are controlled by Democrats. While the legislation appears to have support in the House, it faces strong political headwinds in the state Senate, where Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and other lawmakers have been critical of past bills that aimed to curb Dominion.

Last year, a Senate committee killed a similar measure, sponsored by Jones, that aimed to restore regulatory power to the SCC. Dominion had argued that the proposal would have hurt its ability to invest in renewable energy projects.

In an interview last week, Saslaw declined to say much about the new House legislation, which is being backed by consumer and environmental groups, including Clean Virginia, an advocacy organization founded by wealthy hedge fund investor Michael Bills to counter Dominion’s clout in the legislature. “I’d have to see the bills,” Saslaw said.

He did, however, criticize Jones, suggesting the legislative package could face opposition in the upper chamber. “He’s essentially become the mouthpiece for Michael Bills. … It’s unfortunate,” Saslaw said.

Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report
Falls Church News Press, Dick SaslawFebruary 4, 2021 (Medium)

February is Black History Month. From Barbara Johns to President Obama, there are many individuals who readily come to mind who have been trailblazers and influential leaders in their professions and in the social sphere. I salute the Black legislators whom I have served with over the years in the Commonwealth.

Based on constituent outreach, the rollout and distribution of the vaccine is front and center on people’s minds. For the record, we are nearing 800,000 vaccinated Virginians with about 8 percent having had the requisite two doses. In Fairfax County there is a waiting list with 100,000 eligible people trying to schedule an appointment. The priorities in Phase 1b continue to be first responders, essential workers, teachers, and individuals that are responsible for providing government services. Rebuilding the economy, getting people back to work, and reopening schools are the prizes we are keeping our eyes on for administering the vaccine.

We need to focus on ramping up production and bolstering the “shots in arms” effort that includes hospitals, medical providers, health districts and large-scale organized vaccination events. After a slow start, Covid-19 vaccinations in the Commonwealth have seen a marked turnaround.

 

Senators oppose temporary moratorium on gold mining in Virginia
The Daily Progress, Patrick Wilson February 14, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — Democratic senators on a powerful committee said no to a House proposal that would put a temporary moratorium on gold mining, opting to allow for study of whether it’s environmentally safe.
The decision by senators to oppose the moratorium surprised one of the state’s big environmental groups, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, as well as Buckingham County residents who have shared concerns during state legislative hearings.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, said after Friday’s meeting of the Senate Rules Committee that most senators were OK with the study but didn’t see a need for a moratorium.

Gold mining “built a large part of the West,” Saslaw said. “What’s the big deal? We’re not talking coal mining.”

Budget, pandemic relief on agenda as Virginia lawmakers head to special session
WTOP News, Nick IannelliFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Virginia lawmakers will return in a special General Assembly session on Wednesday after their regular session came to an end earlier this week.

Though the Virginia General Assembly technically adjourned on Monday with Republican members wanting to limit work to 30 days, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a special session saying more time was needed to advance the state’s budget and pandemic relief efforts.

“People across our Commonwealth are facing tremendous challenges and they expect their elected officials to deliver results,” Northam said.

House and Senate Republican leaders said that given a lengthy special session that took place last year — during which lawmakers approved a new state budget and passed a host of major new criminal justice reforms — 30 days should have been sufficient to complete this year’s work.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw disagreed: “There’s no way realistically we can put together this budget and thoroughly review bills in 30 days,” he said.

The public safety workers included in the bill are currently eligible for coronavirus vaccinations under “Phase 1b,” which is ongoing in the Commonwealth and expected to be complete before the summer.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), a chief co-patron of the bill, said the Finance Committee decided not to make the bill retroactive because of the cost burden on localities. The fiscal impact is now estimated to be about $3 million dollars total, much less than the original price tag of $15 million.

Meanwhile, a similar bill in the House that passed unanimously on Thursday would apply to claims going back to March of 2020.

“That won’t make it through the Senate,” Saslaw said in an interview after the vote. “The money is simply not there in our budget.”

Virginia Senate passes bill requiring schools to offer in-person instruction
Fauquier Times, Kate Masters/Virginia Mercury February 3, 2021 (Short)

A bill that would require local school divisions to offer in-person classes passed the Senate Tuesday with help from a handful of Democrats, who joined their Republican colleagues in approving the measure.
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, the influential chair of the chamber’s Finance Committee, both voted for the legislation. They were joined by Sens. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax City, Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond and Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack — all vocal supporters of returning students to the classroom.

The one-line bill would require local school districts to provide in-person instruction to all students if their parents or guardians so request. Sponsored by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, the bill does not have an emergency clause attached, which means it wouldn’t go into effect until July.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 35 since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia.

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

About

Dick Saslaw

Source: Campaign page

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia. Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

Senator Saslaw worked tirelessly and helped lead the charge to expand Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to healthcare. No longer will Virginia leave billions of federal dollars unclaimed. Instead, these monies will help benefit more than 400,000 of our Commonwealth neighbors in need of affordable healthcare and provide hope for the otherwise desperate. Senator Saslaw was honored by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association as a 2018 “Healthcare Hero” for his multi-year dedication to expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth.

Democratic Leader Saslaw plays a key role in working with Governor Ralph Northam to grow the New Virginia Economy. Competing in a 21st-century global economy, Virginia must focus on building a talented workforce pipeline that can attract and retain businesses and investment. Senator Saslaw has helped advocate for innovative new programs like the Workforce Credentials Grant, which provides funding for workers looking for education and training in high-demand industries like cybersecurity. Virginia boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and ranks 4th on CNBC’s list of “America’s Top States for Business.”

In the General Assembly, Senator Saslaw serves on the Senate Committees on Finance, Commerce & Labor, Courts of Justice, Education & Health, and Rules. Dick has been honored by groups far and wide for his efforts to make Virginia a great place to live, work, and raise a family. These awards include:

Virginia Education Association “Legislator of the Year”
The Hispanic Alliance “Leader of the Year”
League of Conservation Voters “Legislative Hero”
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce “NOVAForward Legacy Award”
Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Leadership in Energy Award” & “Free Enterprise Award” (Transportation Category)
Virginia Transit Association “Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award”
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters “Legislator of the Year”
Virginia FREE “Virginia’s Most Effective Senator”
VA Autism Project & Autism Speaks “Autism Champion”

Dick grew up in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army for two years prior to earning a B.S. in economics from the University of Maryland. In college, he was a member of the track team, and is still an active runner. He is a successful local businessman in the gasoline and auto service industry.

Dick and his wife, Eleanor, are proud grandparents and have lived in Northern Virginia since 1968. Eleanor currently serves on the State Board of Virginia’s Community Colleges is a previous chair of the board. She also previously served as president of the State Board of Education. Dick and Eleanor’s adult daughter, Jennifer, is a graduate of the 35th District’s own Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the University of Virginia, and the Stanford School of Law. She is also a former Peace Corps volunteer.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman
    Gasoline and auto service industry.

Education

  • B.S. in economics
    University of Maryland

Awards

  • Virginia Education Association “Legislator of the Year” (2019)
  • The Hispanic Alliance “Leader of the Year” (2019)
  • League of Conservation Voters “Legislative Hero” (2019)
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce “NOVAForward Legacy Award” (2019)
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Leadership in Energy Award” & “Free Enterprise Award” (Transportation Category) (2019)
  • Virginia Transit Association “Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award” (2019)
  • Virginia Professional Fire Fighters “Legislator of the Year” (2019)
  • Virginia FREE “Virginia’s Most Effective Senator” (2019)
  • VA Autism Project & Autism Speaks “Autism Champion” (2019)

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Janet Muldoon,Josue Turrubiates

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E602
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7535
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 1856
Springfield, VA 22151-0856
Phone: (703) 978-0200
Fax: (703) 978-3032

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Richard Lawrence “Dick” Saslaw (born February 5, 1940) is an American politician. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1976–80, after which he was elected to the Senate of Virginia. He currently represents the 35th district, made up of all of the city of Falls Church and portions of Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria.

Saslaw has been the leader of the Virginia Senate Democrats since 1998, serving as Majority Leader from 2008–2012, 2014 – June 12, 2014, and Minority Leader 1998–2008, 2012–2014. He ran for Congress in Virginia’s 8th congressional district in 1984. He was defeated by then-Congressman Stanford Parris.

In the 2007 Virginia legislative elections, Democrats gained a majority by picking up four seats in the Virginia State Senate. Senator Saslaw was named Majority Leader when the Democrats assumed control of the chamber in 2008.

He also serves as chair of the Senate’s Labor and Commerce Committee.

Education has been one of his priorities. In 2006, the Association of School Boards named him Virginia Legislator of the Year.

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Richard L. “Dick” Saslaw (D)35,13192.49%
Write-In (Write-in)2,8517.51%
TOTAL37,982

2015 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)18,75474.4%
Terrence Wayne Modglin (G)6,05524.0%
Write In (Write-in)3831.5%
TOTAL25,192

2011 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)15,90561.7%
Robert Christopher Sarvis (R)9,27235.9%
Katherine Ann Pettigrew (G)5912.3%
Write In (Write-in)280.1%
TOTAL25,796

2007 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)16,85677.9%
Mario T. Palmiotto ()4,53221.0%
Write In (Write-in)2381.1%
TOTAL21,626

2003 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)17,73582.5%
C. W. Levy ()3,53716.4%
Write In (Write-in)2311.1%
TOTAL21,503

Finances

SASLAW, RICHARD has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$5,531,456.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance
Rules

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fiscal Responsibility

Senator Saslaw has earned a reputation for fiscal discipline through his leadership on the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, he has served as a key budget negotiator, and has worked across party lines to pass balanced budgets. With a “pay as you go” philosophy, Dick has led the way to keep future generations from carrying a burden of debt. On June 7, 2018, Governor Northam signed the biennial budget that included Medicaid expansion. This culminated more than five years of leaving behind billions of federal dollars that will now be available for providing hope and access to health care for nearly 400,000 Virginians.

Due to the fiscal prudence of Dick Saslaw and a bipartisan coalition in the state Senate, Virginia has maintained its stellar AAA bond rating – even as we recovered from the Great Recession. During this same period, we have built reserves in the Rainy Day Fund as well as developed and funded the Revenue Cash Reserve to meet the bond houses threshold for retaining the AAA bond rating.

Saslaw has prevented raids on the General Fund (the sole source of funding for public education, public safety, and health and human services). In addition, he has always been a fiscal watchdog and uses his leadership role to protect Virginia taxpayers. Actions by the federal government under the pseudonym of “tax reform” delivered a windfall to the top earners in America. Middle-class and working families in lower income brackets did not realize the same relief. Saslaw supports and will work for refunds on the earned income tax credit which will be the next fight in the legislature.

Civil Rights

Champion for Women’s Rights

Dick Saslaw has a deep appreciation for equality and fairness in the workplace. He has always been consistent in his support for the Equal Rights Amendment. To the chants of “we shall overcome” in a packed committee room, he called the question in early 2018 when the issue was being tabled. It is past time for this amendment to become part of the Bill of Rights, ensuring pay parity and shattering the glass ceiling.

Equally important is a women’s right to the healthcare she needs, when she needs it. When making the most important decision, Dick believes that conversation should be between a patient and her doctor – not male legislators in the General Assembly. Putting hurdles like invasive ultrasounds and unreasonable waiting periods adds an unreasonable onus on individuals making one of the most serious decisions of their life.

The US Supreme Court is about to shift its objectivity to a hard-right conservatism. Women should not have to fear for their lives when exercising their constitutionally-protected right to choose. They should not have to fear retribution for accessing critical healthcare. Dick Saslaw stands with the women of Virginia and has been a champion for choice. He trusts women and will continue to fight for their rights.

Economy

Dick Saslaw, a small business owner in Northern Virginia for many years, understands what it takes to establish a strong business climate. He knows first-hand the importance of balancing a budget, making payroll at the end of the month, and treating employees right. In the Senate, Saslaw has led the charge to make Virginia a top business destination.

For many years now, Virginia has been recognized as one of the top states for business, due in large part to Dick Saslaw’s work in the state Senate. He currently sits on the Commerce and Labor Committee, where his stewardship has kept Virginia on a solid economic foundation. Saslaw’s bipartisan approach to growing the economy has earned him recognition from non-partisan business groups, such as the Northern Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

Investing in our economy and working families makes our workforce competitive. Senator Saslaw has supported critical investments to spur job creation across the Commonwealth. His priorities have been keeping costs low, ensuring Virginia has an educated workforce, and investing in strategic infrastructure projects. Dick has always been focused on making Virginia a more attractive place to live and work. The Senator supports increasing mass transit in Virginia to cut down on traffic gridlock on our roads and to make sure companies can conduct business in the Commonwealth efficiently. He led the fight to appropriately fund Metro, ensuring its viability with public safety as a top priority.

Competing in a 21st-century global economy, Virginia must focus on building a talented workforce pipeline that can attract and retain businesses and investment. Senator Saslaw has helped advocate for innovative new programs like the Workforce Credentials Grant, which provides funding for workers looking for education and training in high-demand industries like cybersecurity. He has also supported increasing Virginia’s minimum wage, because he believes in paying workers what they are worth.  He continues to push for measures that will retain the best and brightest students in the Commonwealth.

Education

Virginia has been recognized as the best place to raise a child due to the available opportunities for future success. Senator Saslaw believes that a strong public education system is the key to a productive workforce and a strong economy. Dick Saslaw supported increased funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in local schools in order to prepare Virginia’s students for the careers of the 21st Century. He has worked for smaller class sizes, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and more funding for school construction. Senator Saslaw has also worked closely with his Democratic colleagues and the Governor to increase pay for Virginia teachers.

Saslaw believes that appropriate funding for public education is a core responsibility of state government. In the Senate, he has protected K-12 schools from reckless cuts. Recognizing the value of early education, Dick supports funding for pre-K learning. The Senator continues working to ensure that every Virginian can have a quality education that is affordable and accessible. In Richmond, Dick has supported legislation to provide resources to help Virginia students navigate loan debt and plot a successful financial trajectory after receiving their degrees. He’s also worked to develop new post-secondary pathways, like workforce credentials, for Virginians who aspire to build a career and earn a family-sustaining wage. Above all, he believes that investing in our world-class education system, workforce development pipeline, and institutions of higher education produces the best return on investment for Virginia.

Senator Saslaw has been previously honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the non-partisan Virginia Education Association for his commitment to improving education.

Environment

Energy Modernization and Security

As your state Senator, Dick Saslaw is proud to be a voice for moving Virginia away from fossil fuels and bringing our power grid into the modern age. He worked closely with Governor Northam to pass the Grid Transformation and Security Act (SB 966), a landmark piece of legislation for Virginia’s energy future. SB 966 will dramatically increase the quantity of renewable energy in the public interest from 500 megawatts to 5,000 megawatts, enough to power more than 80,000 homes. This includes a forward-looking mix of solar and wind energy. It will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in ratepayer rebates, including the entirety of Dominion’s annual federal tax break, and maintain the SCC’s oversight authority. Further, Dominion will commit $130 million to help underprivileged Virginians with new, energy-efficient air conditioners, weatherization services, and bill payment assistance. These funds directly support low-income, elderly, disabled, and veteran populations.

Additionally, the Grid Transformation and Security Act will provide for significant undergrounding of power lines to guard against the types of power outages we witness all too frequently during severe weather. Dick has long been a proponent of undergrounding power lines, putting forward legislation in 2014, 2017, and 2018. This is not only common sense for the safety of our communities and maintaining local services, but it’s crucial for businesses as well. For small businesses and local entrepreneurs, a day or two without power could mean all the difference to their bottom line. As a former business owner himself, Dick knows that many residents of the 35th District rely on the power staying on.

Dick is proud of the fact that the Grid Transformation and Security Act was fully supported by two of the largest environmental groups in the nation – the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as several citizen and corporate stakeholder groups.

Health Care

Medicaid Expansion

Senator Saslaw worked tirelessly and helped lead the charge to expand Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to healthcare. No longer will Virginia leave billions of federal dollars unclaimed. Instead, these monies will help benefit more than 400,000 of our Commonwealth neighbors in need of affordable healthcare and provide hope for the otherwise desperate. Senator Saslaw was honored by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association as a 2018 “Healthcare Hero” for his multi-year dedication to expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth.

Dick believes that leaving citizens to rely on visits to the emergency room to treat ailments is costly, foolish, and overall poor stewardship of taxpayer money. More importantly, it is the wrong moral course for our Commonwealth. Dick knows that Virginians deserve the right to access healthcare. Despite what others may have you believe, Medicaid expansion is not a divisive partisan issue in Virginia. With 83% of the Commonwealth in support of expansion, including 72% of Republicans, it was high time to enact this sensible expansion of Medicaid. During his time in Richmond, Dick has always fought to enact policies that safeguard the welfare of his constituents and advance their quality of life. He looks forward to working with Governor Northam to ensure Medicaid has a successful expansion in Virginia and our underprivileged citizens get the access to healthcare they deserve.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Dick Saslaw has led the fight for necessary transportation funding for our region. He serves on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Transportation and continues to work to ensure that Northern Virginia receives the funding required to meet its growing transportation needs. He has been a longtime advocate for making critical investments in infrastructure aimed at reducing gridlock. He strongly believes that Virginia must expand the use of mass transit, increase efficiency, develop multimodal transportation options, and invest in maintenance of our existing roads, trains, and buses.

Saslaw knows that Virginia’s transportation problems cannot be fixed overnight and has advocated for commonsense measures to generate new revenue. In the Senate, he is one of the leading advocates for new sources of sustainable transportation funding. During the 2018 Session, Dick championed a bill (SB 856) to provide annual funding for the Metro system in partnership with Maryland and Washington. The bill earned widespread support in the business community and among the various transportation authorities throughout the Commonwealth.

Metro removes more than 1 million car trips from the D.C. region’s road every week day and more than half of all jobs in Northern Virginia are located within a half mile of a Metro stop. For every dollar the Commonwealth invests in Metro and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) it receives approximately $2.50 in value. Metro must be fixed from a financial and operational standpoint to secure our region’s primary mass transportation system for the next decade and beyond.

It is well understood that leading companies place high priority on locating to regions with efficient public transportation. Amazon has been particularly vocal in listing it as one of the top criteria for the location of their next headquarters. Senator Saslaw will continue working to prioritize the most important transportation projects that show the greatest potential for alleviating traffic on our busiest roadways.

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

An epidemic of gun violence is raging in this nation. The murder rate per 100,000 in this country is 10 times greater than in comparable industrialized democracies. We are 4.6% of the world’s population but we are home to 43% of all guns not currently held by the military or police. In the U.S., military-style weapons are in the hands of civilians. In the absence of the federal government acting, the states are going to have to react … or the voters will.

Young people are the victims in what has become today’s “shooting galleries” – our nation’s schools. Even after the mass shooting at VA Tech in 2007, we still are far from a solution to this scourge. Dick Saslaw has worked closely with the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action to do more than just offer his thoughts and prayers to the thousands of people whose lives have been shattered with weapons in the wrong hands. Arming teachers is not only unacceptable, it is foolish to think a hand gun is going to stop a large-caliber, high-capacity weapon.

Taking on the NRA and Civil Defense League, Senator Saslaw has used his influence with colleagues and the Governor to pull in the reigns on unreasonable legislation. With his leadership, all the Governor’s vetoes on this issue for the past five years were sustained. Domestic violence abusers must now surrender their weapons within two days after being ordered to do so by the courts.

Dick Saslaw is ready to stop the violence. Universal background checks are a long overdue step in the right direction. Banning the sale of mechanical devices that accelerate the firing mechanism on weapons (such as bump stocks) and prohibiting civilian use of assault-style weapons will do even more to help end this epidemic.

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Louise Lucas 2Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator for District 18 since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Virginia lawmakers voted Friday to legalize marijuana, agreeing in principle to legislation that would allow retail sales to begin in 2024 and expunge many past convictions.
“Our commonwealth’s prohibition on cannabis has clearly failed,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who sponsored the bill in the Senate with Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth. “We’ve had hundreds of thousands of Virginians branded as criminals and disadvantaged in various ways, and the war on marijuana has disproportionately targeted and impacted Virginia’s communities of color.”
The bill passed the House on a 55-42 party line vote, with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing. The measure drew modest bi-partisan support in the Senate, with two Republicans joining the chamber’s 21 Democrats in voting for the bill.

Virginia Senate backs U.S. Capitol statue for Barbara Johns
Martinsville Bulletin, Andrew CainFebruary 4, 2021 (Short)

The Virginia Senate on Wednesday joined the House of Delegates in backing a resolution to erect a statue of teenage civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns at the U.S. Capitol.

On a voice vote, the Senate supported a resolution sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, to put a statue of Johns in the U.S. Capitol as the replacement for Virginia’s statue of Robert E. Lee, which is now in storage at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Lucas chaired the Virginia Commission for Historical Statues in the U.S. Capitol. In December, the panel picked Johns for the honor from a group of five finalists.

State lawmakers working on Virginia's budget
radio wvtf, Michael PopeFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform will be important parts of the budget, both in terms of spending and revenue. Virginia is expected to eventually pull in more than $500 million a year in new revenue when commercial sales begin.

Until that happens, though, Senator Louise Lucas says investments need to be made into expunging old criminal records and setting up a new Cannabis Control Authority.

“The long-term impact of prohibition on recreational marijuana use has had a profound impact on minority communities,” she says. “High levels of incarceration and criminal record histories have limited options for individuals in the job market and their ability to better themselves and their families.”

Several top Virginia Democrats showed their support for State Senator Louise Lucas in a Portsmouth rally on Tuesday.
This comes after Lucas and others were charged with felonies for protests at the city’s Confederate monument on June 10.
NAACP President James Boyd said five more people were arrested on Monday, bringing the total number to 19. Boyd himself is facing two felony charges.

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Virginia lawmakers voted Friday to legalize marijuana, agreeing in principle to legislation that would allow retail sales to begin in 2024 and expunge many past convictions.
“Our commonwealth’s prohibition on cannabis has clearly failed,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, who sponsored the bill in the Senate with Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth. “We’ve had hundreds of thousands of Virginians branded as criminals and disadvantaged in various ways, and the war on marijuana has disproportionately targeted and impacted Virginia’s communities of color.”
The bill passed the House on a 55-42 party line vote, with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing. The measure drew modest bi-partisan support in the Senate, with two Republicans joining the chamber’s 21 Democrats in voting for the bill.

Virginia Senate backs U.S. Capitol statue for Barbara Johns
Martinsville Bulletin, Andrew CainFebruary 4, 2021 (Short)

The Virginia Senate on Wednesday joined the House of Delegates in backing a resolution to erect a statue of teenage civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns at the U.S. Capitol.

On a voice vote, the Senate supported a resolution sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, to put a statue of Johns in the U.S. Capitol as the replacement for Virginia’s statue of Robert E. Lee, which is now in storage at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Lucas chaired the Virginia Commission for Historical Statues in the U.S. Capitol. In December, the panel picked Johns for the honor from a group of five finalists.

State lawmakers working on Virginia’s budget
radio wvtf, Michael PopeFebruary 10, 2021 (Short)

Marijuana legalization and criminal justice reform will be important parts of the budget, both in terms of spending and revenue. Virginia is expected to eventually pull in more than $500 million a year in new revenue when commercial sales begin.

Until that happens, though, Senator Louise Lucas says investments need to be made into expunging old criminal records and setting up a new Cannabis Control Authority.

“The long-term impact of prohibition on recreational marijuana use has had a profound impact on minority communities,” she says. “High levels of incarceration and criminal record histories have limited options for individuals in the job market and their ability to better themselves and their families.”

Several top Virginia Democrats showed their support for State Senator Louise Lucas in a Portsmouth rally on Tuesday.
This comes after Lucas and others were charged with felonies for protests at the city’s Confederate monument on June 10.
NAACP President James Boyd said five more people were arrested on Monday, bringing the total number to 19. Boyd himself is facing two felony charges.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 18 since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

About

Louise Lucas

Source: Wikipedia

The Honorable L. Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas began her federal career in 1967 as an Apprentice Shipfitter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and became the first Woman Shipfitter in July 1971. Senator Lucas began her public sector career path as Interim Executive Director of the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project (STOP) in 1985 and was appointed Executive Director in 1986 where she served until 1992.

Graduating with honors, Senator Lucas received her Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in Vocational-Industrial Education from Norfolk State University in 1971 and her Master of Arts Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Human Resources Planning and Administration also from Norfolk State University in 1982.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Senator L. Louise Lucas was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November 1991 and continues to serve the citizens of the 18th Senatorial District.

Senator Lucas is the mother of two daughters, Lisa L. Lucas-Burke and Theresa Lynn Lucas-Lamb who partner with her in various business entities and one son, the late Jeffery Lee Lucas, Sr. She has five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
    Lucas Lodge
    2019 to present

Education

  • MA
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

    Urban Affairs, with a concentration in Human Resources Planning and Administration, magna cum laude

  • B.S., Vocational-Industrial Education
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 22, 19444. Baptist; member: Deaconess, New Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Vernon Tillage, Denis Young

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E508
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7518
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 700
Portsmouth, VA 23705-0700
Phone: (757) 397-8209
Fax: (757) 966-9671

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

L. Louise Lucas (D)43,02192.49%
Write-In (Write-in)3,4947.51%
TOTAL46,515

2015 State Delegate

Louise Lucas (D)20,32195.6%
Write In (Write-in)9424.4%
TOTAL21,263

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Block Grants
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
Health Care, Joint Commission on

Voting Record

DANCE, ROSALYN has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $939,451.

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Thomas Norment 1Tom Norment

Current Position: State Senator for District 3 since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 3 since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

About

Thomas Norment

Source: Campaign page

Tommy Norment first came to Virginia’s 3rd Senatorial District as a child when his father worked at Cheatham Annex.

A graduate of James Blair High School in Williamsburg, Tommy attended college at Virginia Military Institute before returning to Williamsburg to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 1987, Tommy was elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1991 before being elected to the Senate of Virginia.

Tommy maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Professor
    College of William and Mary

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • BA
    Virginia Military Institute

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1946

Membership & Affiliation

Episcopal; member: Bruton Parish Church

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Zachary Lemaster, Eric Philipkosky, Alex Rendon, Daniel J. Spiker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E603
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7503
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 6205
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 259-7810
Fax: (757) 259-7812

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Initially a Democrat, Norment won election to the James City County Board of Supervisors as a Republican and served from 1987-1991. He was elected to the state Senate in 1991, defeating Democrat Bill Fears with 54% of the vote. Norment was unopposed for re-election in 1995, re-elected with 63% of the vote in 1999, re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2003, re-elected unopposed in 2007 and 2011, and re-elected with 70% of the vote in 2015.  Norment has led the Virginia Senate Republican caucus since 2008.

 

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R)50,44861.69%
Herbert C. “Herb” Jones, Jr. (D)31,05637.98%
Write-In (Write-in)2720.33%
TOTAL81,776

2015 State Delegate

Thomas Norment (R)0
Hugo Eduardo Reyes (D)0
Write In (Write-in)0
TOTAL0

Finances

NORMENT JR, THOMAS K has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,015,647.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Finance (Co-Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Ethics Advisory Council, Virginia Conflict of Interest and
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

  • Chief Patron
  • Chief Co-Patron
  • Co-Patron

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Monty MasonMonty Mason

Current Position: State Senator for District 1 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 1 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

About

Monty Mason 1

Source: Campaign page

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

During his tenure in the legislature Monty has worked to improve the child welfare system, protect seniors, serve our veterans, create opportunities for small businesses and improve education for Virginia’s children. He has worked to better the Foster Care system in Virginia by carrying legislation to implement the Families First Prevention Services Act, bringing federal dollars to the Commonwealth for prevention services. No stranger to community service before he took office, Monty has been volunteering and supporting the community for nearly two decades. He is a strong supporter of the College of William and Mary and was honored with the Alumni Service Award in 2018.  He was formerly Chairman of the William and Mary Athletic Educational Foundation and Williamsburg Economic Development Authority.

Monty also serves on the Virginia Living Museum Board of Directors, the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, the Statewide Advisory Board for the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Board, the Executive Board of Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, and the Advisory Board of Literacy for Life. His legislative appointments include serving on the Rehabilitation and Social Services committee, Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources committee, and the General Laws and Technology committee. Additionally, he serves as Virginia’s legislative representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and was recently appointed to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, the State Executive Council to the Office of Children’s Services, and the State Water Commission. He sponsors an annual College Creek cleanup to remove debris and trash from a portion of the creek every April.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Monty is a 1989 graduate of William and Mary where he earned a BA in government. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Pamela, who works at the College of William and Mary.  They have two daughters, Taylor Anne and Hawley.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior director
    Visa

    specializing on fraud prevention and risk management.

Education

  • BA
    College of William and Mary
    1989

Personal

Born in Farmville on September 8, 1967
Married Pamela Henney Mason

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Thomas Cross

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E515
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7501

District Office
P.O. Box 232
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 229-9310

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Mason ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2013 elections. He defeated incumbent Republican Michael B. Watson.[2] Mason took office as the Virginia State Senator for District 1 in 2016. For the 2018 legislative session, Senator Mason sat on three committees: General Laws & Technology; Rehabilitation & Social Services; and, Agriculture, Conservation, & Natural Resources.

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Monty Mason (D)36,86989.83%
Write In (Write-in)4,17410.17%
TOTAL41,043

2016 State Senator

Monty Mason (D)49,25158.1%
Thomas Richard Holston (R)31,74037.4%
John Bernard Bloom ()3,5344.2%
Write In (Write-in)2860.3%
TOTAL84,811

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MASON, T MONTY has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,969,771.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Children’s Services Act
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Jobs

Monty has been working to bring good, high paying jobs to our community.  Working with the V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) he is making sure that we can attract and retain highly skilled and qualified workers and keep them on the Virginia peninsula. His work in the General Assembly has earned him the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Mason plan:

  • Invest in small businesses so they can create jobs and help our area thrive and grow.
  • Provide funding to grow the tourism industry by supporting small businesses that promote tourism.
  • Continue to work with and support the Economic Development Authorities, local Chambers of Commerce, and local governments promoting economic expansion opportunities in the regio

Education

Education is the lifeblood that drives our economy.  Monty has championed Standards of Learning reforms, which will improve the quality of all the schools in our community, and help our kids, no matter where they live or their economic background.

Monty will continue to fight to expand Pre-K so that all children are prepared when they enter the school system and given the same opportunity to succeed.  He led the fight to eliminate the bureaucratic grading scale that unfairly targeted many Peninsula schools.  Monty understands the importance of history to our region, and worked to place a representative of Colonial Williamsburg on the Standards of Learning Commission.

Infrastructure

Transportation

A thriving transportation system is critical to a well-balanced economy.  Monty has been instrumental in bringing the topic of transit to the forefront on the Peninsula.  He has coordinated with other public officials to hold community meetings on transit and is working to expand public transit in the region.  He has worked closely with Hampton Roads Transit and WATA to push for more attention to this issue. He is currently working with area officials to provide transit to Lackey Free Clinic, which treats more than a thousand low-income patients each year but is located three miles from the nearest bus stop.

Mason has fought to increase funding for our roads to reduce traffic congestion and commute times. Monty is focused on keeping the momentum to get the third leg of the I-64 expansion funded and built.  Monty will continue to work to improve our roads and reduce commute times.

Social Security

We must always support seniors who have paved the way for the successes we have today.  Monty is committed to making sure more seniors can get in-home services and to keep property taxes low so more seniors can stay in their homes.  Monty has fought for harsh penalties for those who take advantage of our senior citizens by committing computer and telephone fraud.  He has also promoted legislation giving the state the authority to shut down any senior facility that is not properly licensed.  Monty has been a champion of seniors and fighting to do what is right.

Veterans

Our Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom deserve to be treated with dignity, honor, and respect when they come home.  Monty has helped to expand employment opportunities for veterans by working with V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) to help employers find veterans for job openings.  He is working across the aisle to expand the number of V3 certified companies on the VA peninsula to keep our veterans in the area and expand our workforce!

Monty helped lead the way to pass a bill to ensure that children of active duty service members receive the best education possible.  He has also fought to allow National Guard and active duty servicemen and women based in Virginia to receive in-state tuition.

Monty worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs and Community College System to pass legislation to allow veterans to count their military training towards classes that they take.  This will standardize the audit acceptance process and allow veterans to get the most out of their GI Bill benefits.

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Mamie LockeMamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator for District 2 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 2 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

About

Mamie Locke 1

Education

  • Ph.D., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984
  • M.A., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1978
  • B.A., Tougaloo College, History/Political Science, 1976
  • Certificate, Management Development Program, Harvard University, 1996
  • American University in Cairo, Middle Eastern Studies, 1986
  • Certificate in Archives Administration, Emory University, 1979
  • Civic Leadership Institute, Class of 2003

Employment

  • Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Professional Memberships

  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member
  • Former member of Editorial Board for the National Political Science Review
  • American Political Science Association, former Council member;
  • 1993 Program Committee; Editorial Board PS: Politics and Political Science; Organized Section of Women and Politics Research, Secretary and Board member 1994-1999
  • Southern Political Science Association, former member of Committee on the Status of Women
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad (Egypt), 1986
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1987, 1988
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990
  • Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1992
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1994
  • Pathfinder Award for Continued Support through Civic Excellence and Social Activism, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1996
  • Plaque for Meritorius Community Service and Excellence in Academic Leadership, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1998
  • Outstanding President Award, Mid-Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998
  • Peninsula Women’s Forum, Outstanding Woman in Government, 1999
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, 2000
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Award, Old Dominion University, 2001
  • Lawrence Bethel Woman of Courage Award, 100 Black Men of America, 2001
  • Marguerite Adams Award for Political Action, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2001
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year, CHUMS, Inc., 2002
  • “Mayor of the Year,” Old Northampton Community Organization, 2002
  • Humanitarian Award, National Conference for Community and Justice, 2002
  • Citizen of the Year, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2003
  • Trailblazer Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 2003
  • Distinguished Woman Award, Newport News/Hampton Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated, 2006
  • Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2006
  • Spirit and Leadership Award, Alternatives, Inc., 2007
  • Senator of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies in Virginia, 2008
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals, 2010
  • Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government, Southern Political Science Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Education Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Court Clerks’ Association, 2011
  • Trailblazer Award, Virginia Leadership Institute, 2011

Civic/Social Activities

  • Member, State Senate, Virginia General Assembly, 2004-Present
  • Member, Hampton City Council, 1996-2004; Mayor, 2000-2004; Vice Mayor 1998-2000
  • Commissioner, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 1996-2004
  • Commissioner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 2000-2004
  • Member, Peninsula Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Member, Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Board of Directors, National League of Cities, 2003
  • Second Vice President, Women in Municipal Government (National League of Cities), 2003
  • Regional Director, Region 3, National Caucus of Local Elected Officials (National League of Cities), 1999-2002
  • National League of Cities, 2001 Program Committee
  • Municipalities in Transition Panel: Families and Communities, National League of Cities, 2002
  • Transitions (Family Violence Services), Past Board Member
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, Board Member
  • Towne Bank, Board Member
  • Links, Incorporated, Hampton Chapter
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Hampton Chapter, Life Member
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church (past member of Finance Council)

Senate Appointments

  • General Laws, General Laws and Technology
  • Local Government
  • Education and Health
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Commission
  • Virginia Housing Commission, Vice Chair
  • Joint Commission on Technology and Science

Additional Affiliations

  • Chair, Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Reproductive Rights Caucus
  • Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Progressive Caucus

Publications

  • “Women of the Senate,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2008
  • “State of the Black Union 2007,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 2007

Additional Information

Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender. She has also served as a speaker for various community organizations. Most recently she was a panel member for the session “Women Doing Politics” at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, speaker for Tougaloo College’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King program at St. James United Methodist Church, Black History Month speaker for program sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, speaker for the annual Black Heritage Foundation program sponsored jointly by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah, and keynote speaker for the national meeting of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

Dr. Locke has a number of publications on race and gender. These articles have appeared as book chapters and in such publications as Women and Politics, Africana Women’s Studies Series, Phoebe, Network, and The Journal of Mississippi History. She is the co-editor of two books, African American Politics: The Struggle for Liberation and Urban Politics: A Planning Perspective. Dr. Locke was recognized for her dual service as a university administrator and elected official by Black Issues in Higher Education.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Dean, School Of Liberal Arts
    Hampton University

Education

  • M.A., Ph.D
    Atlanta University
  • BA
    Tougaloo College
  • Certificate in Management Development
    Harvard University
  • Certificate in Archives Administration
    Emory University/Georgia Department of Archives and History

Personal

Born in Brandon, Mississippi on March 19, 1954

Membership & Affiliation

Roman Catholic Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Theressa Parker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E510
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7502 F
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 9048
Hampton, VA 23670
Phone: (757) 825-5880
Fax: (757) 825-7327

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Locke was first elected to Hampton City Council in 1996. The council chose her as Vice Mayor in 1998 and Mayor in 2000.

In 2003, she won a three-way Democratic primary for the 2nd Senate district nomination with 48.11% of the vote.She then won the general election over Republican P. K. Bomersheim and independent J. B. Hobson with 64.75%.

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.

In 2011, she defeated Republican Tom E. Harmon IV with 65.39% of the vote.

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Mamie E. Locke (D)36,55192.79%
Write-In (Write-in)2,8397.21%
TOTAL39,390

2015 State Senator

Mamie Locke (D)17,45994.1%
Write In (Write-in)1,0875.9%
TOTAL18,546

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

LOCKE, MAMIE has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $701,235.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Appointments

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Virginia Council on
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
History of Lynching Work Group
Joint Rules
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Revisions to SOQ & SOL
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
Virginia Housing Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Herb Jones Jr.Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

N/A

Summary

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

N/A

About

Herb Jones Jr. 2

Source: Campaign page

Herb began his career in government service as a second lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Over the next 10 years, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Meade, Maryland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Fort Lee, Virginia.

Herb left active duty to start a career in finance and investments with Edward Jones, Signet Financial Services, Bank of America, and Colonial Downs. Herb ran to be the County Treasurer for New Kent in 1999 and served three terms. At the same time, he remained in the US Army Reserves. He was called up twice after 9/11 and served here in Virginia and two tours in Iraq.

In 2011, Herb decided not run for a fourth term and took a position with the federal government as a operations officer in Afghanistan 2012. He served in this capacity until November 2014. As a result of Herb’s extensive military knowledge and experience, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appointed Herb to his Military Advisory Council.

Herb and his brother, Michael, started Pyramid Technologies, LLC, a cloud-computing, project management, and logistics firm. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Pyramid. Herb and his wife, Yvonne, reside in the Providence Forge area of New Kent County. Yvonne is a retired educator who served as the principal at New Kent High School for 14 years. They have two sons, and one grandson.

Experience

Work Experience

Awards

  • Champion, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (2019)

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 432, Providence Forge, VA 23140
Phone: 804-993-4648

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Campaign Site

Issues

Economy

Economic Policy

Technology has changed the 21st economy and workforce. These changes affect every aspect of day-to-day living. It affects our schools, the way we communicate, the way we conduct business. The effect is global. Currently, US business has a deficit in homegrown talent to full positions in our workforce. we can plan accordingly and ensure that our workforce training meets the needs of the changing economy.

I believe in organized labor. Unions have historically been the bedrock of the American middle-class. Unions are responsible for the establishment of minimum-wage laws, overtime rules, worker’s compensation, severance pay, and many other benefits all Americans enjoy today. Given the changing workforce needs, unions and the training opportunities they provide, i.e., apprenticeship programs, are vital in preparing the next generation of skilled workers and for the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States.

The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet, but not everyone is benefiting from this. People are working longer and harder, and still falling behind. I believe that the minimum wage should be a living wage. I believe that the minimum living wage should be $15/hour. But just setting a minimum wage is not enough. We have to create an economy and jobs that people earn much more than the “minimum living” wage.

Tax Reform

The Commonwealth of Virginia state income tax structure is inherently unfair and needs to be overhauled. A person who earns $17,000/year the income tax rate is 5.75% If a person earns 10 million dollars a year, the income tax rate is 5.75%. This is simply wrong. I think that the state income structure should be reformed so that the first $60,000 of earned income is exempt from the state income tax. We should reform the tax code to create a more modern rate that lifts the burden off of hard-working Virginians. This reform helps, working families, retirees, students, and veterans…

Education

I believe our schools and education systems of today are the economies of tomorrow. I believe learning is a lifelong process that starts at birth and doesn’t stop when we graduate from high school or college. Over the past 20 years, we have seen radical changes in technology. We must bring the new technologies into our schools and education systems up to 21st century standards. We are still using 20th century metrics to measure the success of our students, teachers and schools. This is shortsighted and will result in the US continuing to fall behind other developed countries. Today, a strong grade-point-average is not enough; our students must be creative problem solvers, and able to work collaboratively. We must provide our teachers and staff with the tools and techniques to prepare our students to prosper in a vibrant, dynamic, evolving economy. To do this, we must 1) provide quality pre-kindergarten for all families; 2) equip teachers, staff with the training and tools that facilitate collaborative, dynamic learning; 3) attract and retain the best and the brightest talent available by treating and compensating teachers as the professionals they are; 4) create learning environments that are safe, nurturing and up to 21st century standards; 5) create greater opportunities for skilled training and apprenticeships so student are prepared to begin a career that may or may not include college.

Environment

We must leave a habitable environment for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and generations to come. We will consume most if not all mineable fossil fuels by the end of this century. Mankind’s activities are creating C02 that is heating up the planet at an unsustainable rate. We must get this under control. Many scientists say that we are falling behind. It is imperative that we invest in research the will provide renewable and alternative sources of energy.

Health Care

No one should have to declare bankruptcy as a result of medical expenses. Virginia finally expanded Medicaid and 400,000 more Virginians now have access to health care that they did not have before. In addition to my support of Medicaid Expansion, I also support CHIP and the important services they provide to Virginians. I will work to protect Medicaid Expansion, to fully fund the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), and to provide access to healthcare for the 300,000 Virginians who will still not have access after Medicaid Expansion is fully implemented. I will work with our leaders in Washington to provide universal healthcare public options like Medicare for All. I will work to improve our healthcare systems through efficiencies and automation. More of our resources need to be allocated to addressing mental health needs and opioid addiction. We must stop putting people in prison for addiction disorders. I also support protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare, to include Planned Parenthood and other providers that ensure essential healthcare to women and men.

Safety

Gun Violence & Gun Safety

Too many people die from gun violence, suicide and gun-related accidents. This must be addressed by our leaders in Richmond and Washington. I am a retired military officer. During my career, I trained with and operated firearms routinely. When I was deployed to Iraq, I carried a weapon every day. I believe in the importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, protecting everyone’s right to bear arms. I also believe in responsible gun ownership. My wife and I own fire arms. Gun safety is not a political issue; it is a commonsense issue. I was in Afghanistan when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut occurred. My wife is a retired high school principal; I remember calling her to check on her in the wake of Sandy Hook. As I was talking to her, it occurred to me that I was safer in a combat zone in Afghanistan than she was in the United States as the principal of a high school. There’s something very wrong with that. The time to act is now, before any more children are victims of gun violence.

Cannabis & Hemp Policy

The war on drugs has been – and continues to be – an abject failure. At the center of this inept effort has been the ill-conceived and poorly implemented prohibitions and regulations on cannabis and industrial hemp. Over the past 50 years, billions of dollars in precious resources have been used to prosecute and imprison millions of people and across the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will work to create and implement commonsense regulations that will regulate the adult use of cannabis, and the cultivation and harvest of industrial hemp. Removing these barriers will create jobs, spur the economy, and save millions of dollars in prioritizing law enforcement resources. In states with full regulated adult use, the use of opioids is markedly lower.

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Ryan McDougleRyan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator for District 4 since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Virginia Senate panel advances campaign finance reform bill
The Washington Post, Sarah RankinFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

A Virginia Senate committee advanced a House measure Tuesday that would prevent politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for child care-related expenses.

The bill’s continued advancement this year seems to be a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have previously been reluctant to tackle. Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

“If we’re going to make it a penalty for somebody to be in violation, then it should be clear up front. We should vote on what those penalties are,” said Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle, who voted against the measure along with GOP Sen. Mark Peake.

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Virginia Senate panel advances campaign finance reform bill
The Washington Post, Sarah RankinFebruary 16, 2021 (Short)

A Virginia Senate committee advanced a House measure Tuesday that would prevent politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for child care-related expenses.

The bill’s continued advancement this year seems to be a breakthrough on an issue lawmakers have previously been reluctant to tackle. Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

“If we’re going to make it a penalty for somebody to be in violation, then it should be clear up front. We should vote on what those penalties are,” said Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle, who voted against the measure along with GOP Sen. Mark Peake.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 4 since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

About

Ryan McDougle 1

Source: Campaign page

Ryan’s commitment to public service is influenced by a grounded and humble upbringing. He quickly learned the value of hard work through his mother’s small business, Sandy’s Plants, at a young age. He went on to attend James Madison University before attaining his Juris Doctor degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary.

Upon graduation, Ryan worked as a prosecutor for the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Ryan began his legislative service in the House of Delegates in 2002 and went on to win a special election in 2006 for the vacant 4th Senate District seat, where he currently serves. He is the Chairman of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus and the Senate Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Courts of Justice, Rehabilitation & Social Services, and Commerce and Labor Committees in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee, Ryan plays a unique and critical role in shaping the biennial budget for Virginia.

Ryan currently operates his own law practice, McDougle Law Firm, P.C., in Hanover. When he is not practicing law, working downtown at the Capitol, or visiting with constituents in the 4th District, Ryan spends his time with his wife Dr. Robyn McDougle and their daughter, Reagan

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    McDougle Law Firm, P.C
    2019 to present
  • Prosecutor
    Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
    2019 to present

    Specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary
    2019 to present

  • James Madison University
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Kyler Hedrick, Jordan Stewart

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E501
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7504
Fax: (804) 698-7943

District Office
P.O. Box 187
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone: (804) 730-1026
Fax: (804) 730-1051

Web

Government Page, Facebook, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Ryan T. McDougle (R)45,71463.02%
R. Stanton “Stan” Scott (D)26,65436.74%
Write-In (Write-in)1730.24%
TOTAL72,541

2015 State Delegate

Ryan McDougle (R)37,88296.0%
Write-in (Write-in)1,5734%
TOTAL39,455

2011 State Delegate

Ryan McDougle (R)37,87997.4%
Write-in (Write-in)9942.6%
TOTAL38,873

Finances

MCDOUGLE, RYAN T has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,971,211.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Chair
   Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Chair
   Senate Rules Committee

Committees

Rules (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Finance
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Broadband Advisory Council
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Code Commission
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
General Assembly Building
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Legislative Support Commission
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Authority, Board of Directors of the
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee W
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Contact Information district04@senate.virginia.gov Legislative Staff Jordan Stewart, Director of Operations; Kyler Hedrick Session Office Pocahontas Building Room No: E501 Senate of Virginia P. O. Box 396 Richmond, VA 23218 Phone: (804) 698-7504 Fax: (804) 698-7943 Email district04@senate.virginia.gov District Office P.O. Box 187 Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Phone: (804) 730-1026 Fax: (804) 730-1051 Senate Connect

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES

Ryan knows lower taxes means more jobs. He has fought for us to keep our hard-earned money throughout his time in public office. He carried legislation that brought an annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday to Virginia, and worked on a budget in 2019 to provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief to Virginians. He will continue to hold the line on lower taxes and protect our paychecks.

Civil Rights

PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

With an “A” rating from the NRA, you can trust Ryan to protect our right to keep and bear arms. He has sponsored numerous bills to both protect and expand our Second Amendment rights. As an avid sportsman himself, Ryan will always stand up for gun owners.

PROTECTING THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES

Ryan will always defend the lives of the unborn. He recently voted against budget proposals that would have given more money to Planned Parenthood and constantly stands up for pro-life bills in the legislature.

Economy

MORE JOBS, STRONGER ECONOMY

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Ryan wants to make it easier to open and grow a business. A thriving private sector leads to job creation and higher employment. Our economy is booming and Ryan believes we should be fostering that growth to bring more jobs to our community.

Health Care

GREATER AFFORDABILITY AND CHOICES IN HEALTHCARE

Virginians deserve better healthcare – and that starts with making it more affordable and flexible. Ryan supports increasing the duration of short-term healthcare plans and allowing Virginians to purchase catastrophic health care insurance to access essential health benefits. Ryan voted against Medicaid expansion and will continue to fight against the restrictive single-payer healthcare plan of Obamacare.

Veterans

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO PROTECT US

Ryan has been and always will be a strong defender of our veterans and our law enforcement. Our men and women in the military and in law enforcement sacrifice so much to protect us and we have a duty to ensure they receive the honor and compensation they deserve for
their service.

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Stan ScottStan Scott

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Stan has spent his life serving his country in one way or another. Now he’s ready to bring his experience and skills to the table to work with his fellow Virginians to construct the Commonwealth of the future.  Stan learned from his military service that we’re all in this together – that we’re most effective when operating as a healthy, well-trained, accepting, and mindful group. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Source

Stan has now been a member of the Hanover Democratic Committee for ten years, including seven on the Executive Committee organizing as a Precinct Chair. 

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
8005 Creighton Parkway, Suite C179
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

Our current representation fundraises with corporate interests, undermining private property rights.

Economy

Across the district, young people lack the education and business opportunities they need to enter the workforce, and older workers and entrepreneurs lack the connectivity needed to create virtual teams or start new businesses.

Education

We need to invest in accessible and high-quality early childhood education programs, excellent public schools, and dynamic institutions of post-secondary and higher education.

Environment

Local environmental protection matters in a district with thousands of miles of shoreline. Local watermen depend on clean water for their livelihood, in addition to the thousands of people who just like to hunt and fish.

Health Care

Without life-saving medications and treatment, a right to life or liberty has no meaning and pursuit of happiness becomes impossible.  As a product, health care responds poorly to market forces, and our state government must step in to expand the provider network and ensure universal access to care.

Safety

Gun Sense for Public Safety

Virginians have a right to enjoy public spaces, especially schools and churches, without fear of attack by someone with a firearm.

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Lionell Spruill 1Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator for District 5 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 5 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

About

Lionell Spruill

Source: Campaign page

The Honorable Lionell Spruill, Sr., is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society Legislator of the Year (2018)
  • A Dog’s Best Friend Award (2018)

Personal

Born in on December 28, 1946
One daughter – Nadia and three sons – Lionell, Jr., Clayton, and Tony, and grandfather to six grandchildren.

Membership & Affiliation

Source

Founder of Chesapeake’s first Block Security Program
Life Member of NAACP, Norfolk NAACP, The Chesapeake Men for Progress, Fourth Congressional District            Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia
Served for seven years as a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia
Past Master of Providence Lodge #189
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Lambda Boule.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Susan Rowland, Holly Anderson

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E524
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7505

District Office
P. O. Box 5403
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Phone: (757) 424-2178
Fax: (757) 321-6646

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Lionell Spruill Sr. (D)31,57679.25%
Jeff B. Staples ()7,81219.61%
Write-In (Write-in)4571.15%
TOTAL39,845

2016 State Senator

Lionell Spruill (D)66,98996.2%
Write In (Write-in)2,6273.8%
TOTAL69,616

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

SPRUILL SR, LIONELL has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,223,243.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Coordinate with economic development to bring new businesses and technology to the District.

Improve State Funding

Collaborate with state workforce development to bring funds to the district

Education

Greater Funding

Work to bring education funding to create a world class education system.

Promote Vocational Education

Promote vocational education for those who want to learn a trade or skill

Infrastructure

Improve Reliable Transportation

Support and work for a reliable transportation system including roads, highways, light rail, and public transit.

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Jeff Staples 2Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Jeff Staples 3

Source: Campaign page

Jeff Staples is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia. A native Virginian, he has always loved the Commonwealth, it’s cities, it’s rural areas and it’s people. 

He is an automotive repair professional in Chesapeake and is also in leadership roles of several state and local environmental and social justice organizations.

 For his volunteer work he has won several awards. He has been involved with fighting the Atlantic Coast and Southside Connector Pipelines since they were in the planning stages. 
Staples has seen the lack of interest the present leaders have for the 5th District and he want’s to help bring the area good, tech and clean energy jobs that will last well into the future. 
The choice is clear, the politics of the past, or let’s prepare for a brighter future. Please vote for Jeff Staples, Independent Candidate on November 5, 2019.
 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Automotive Repair Professional

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Jeff Staples for Virginia Senate
1453 Boxwood Dr.
Chesapeake, Va.
23323
Phone: 757-647-0410

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

I have pledged to not take any corporate money. I will I work  to see that the Virginia Legislature bans corporate contributions for all elected state officials as well.

Civil Rights

Gender Rights

I support reproductive health freedom rights. I support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. I will also support the increased protection for those who have suffered from or are threatened by domestic violence.

Legalization of Marijuana

Acknowledging the many medical benefits and the over criminalization of marijuana and how it is costing taxpayers billions per year to fund the war against it, I am in support of legalizing marijuana. I will fight to enforce our Constitution to prevent any infringements. 

Criminal Justice

I support fiscal accountability by supporting alternative sentences and rehabilitative programs and services for nonviolent offenders.

Education

Should be our #1 priority! I support statewide raises of no less than 5% for teachers and support staff. Fully funding two years of Community College education and programs that train for careers, should be furnished to all residents students at no tuition cost to boost economy and boost employment opportunities which in turn has the potential to reduce crime and recidivism.. This program will rapidly pay for itself by having a trained workforce ready to tackle the industries and technologies of tomorrow thus  earnestly boosting the Virginia economy.

Environment

Clean Energy

I will fully support the proposed Virginia Green New Deal. I am against the further exploitation of fossil fuel resources or infrastructure in the Commonwealth. I will also support workers training programs for new energies and technologies that will lead to good paying employment opportunities.
No to offshore oil and/or gas drilling, fracking and pipelines.
Yes to wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and other forms of clean energy.

Health Care

I will continue to work for the expansion of Medicaid access.  I will work to lower cost for prescription drugs and push for better access for Virginians to mental health care.

Infrastructure

Transportation

I plan to work for big increases in public transportation funding and availability.

Safety

Gun Rights

I do believe that the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land. I also am an avid deer and turkey hunter.  I do believe that we should have universal background checks for gun purchases/ownership transfers, except among family members. I also would vote to see bump stocks and noise suppressors banned from being legal in the Commonwealth.

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Lynwood Lewis 1Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Lynwood Lewis

Source: Campaign page

Lynwood Lewis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore in the Town of Parksley. His family farmed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for over three generations. He currently resides in Accomac where he is raising his 13 year-old son, John Zadoc.

Lewis graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1984 with a BA in History and Political Science and went on to receive his JD from the University of Richmond. Lewis continues the general practice of law in Accomac, Virginia as a partner in the firm of Custis, Dix, Lewis & Custis, L.L.P.

First elected to the House of Delegates in 2003, Lewis served, while in House, on the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council and the Speaker of the House appointed him to the Health Insurance Reform Commission.

In January of 2014, he was elected to the Virginia Senate from the 6th District. Senator Lewis sits on the Committees of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Local Government and Education and Health. He serves as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation in the General Assembly. Lewis has also been appointed to both the State Water Commission and the Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council.

Lewis was named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He has been named a Legislative Hero or Leader by the League of Conservation Voters five times – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2018 – and in 2012 and 2013 he was awarded the Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. As a Senator, Lewis was named the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Just recently, he received the Humane Society’s 2018 Humane Legislator Award, Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s 2018 Coastal Defender of the Year Award, the Sierra Club’s Legislative Leader Award and the HosPAC Healthcare Hero Award.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Richmond School of Law
  • BA
    Hampden-Sydney College

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Born in Parksley, Virginia on November 26, 1961

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jessie Williams, Michele Haynie

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E609
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7506

District Office
P. O. Box 760
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: (757) 787-1094
Fax: (757) 787-2749

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. (D)25,77259.66%
Elizabeth A. Lankford (R)17,35740.18%
Write-In (Write-in)690.16%
TOTAL43,198

2019 State Senator

Lynwood Lewis (D)16,73859.5%
Richard Hooper Ottinger (R)11,38640.4%
Write In (Write-in)290.1%
TOTAL28,153

Finances

LEWIS JR, LYNWOOD has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,681,078

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
Local Government

Appointments

Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

  • Supports and co-sponsored Equal Rights Amendment
  • Supports and co-sponsored legislation that would expand Virginia’s anti-discrimination in housing and employment laws to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • Fighting to end school-to-prison pipeline
  • Supports and has co-sponsored decriminalization of marijuana
  • Supports and co-sponsored legislation to end the harmful practice of suspending driver’s licenses for nonpayment of court fees
  • Supports body cameras for law enforcement officers
  • Supports targeted investments and prison reform that will substantially decrease recidivism rates
  • Supported raising the felony threshold to $500 in 2018 and continues to support increasing threshold to $1000
  • Supports reform of cash bail system in Virginia
  • Supports banning the box to prevent discrimination in employment

Democracy

Voting Rights

  • Supports and has sponsored legislation to repeal unnecessary and harmful Voter ID laws
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to enact no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Supports restoration of voting rights to felons who have served their time
  • Consistently sponsored and supported legislation to end partisan and political gerrymandering. Firmly believes that voters should pick their legislators, not the other way around.
  • Opposes legislation that would allow any entity that takes taxpayer dollars to discriminate based on sexual orientation

Economy

  • Played and continues to play critical role in rural broadband deployment and expansion, fighting for prioritized funding and budget language changes to make grant funds more accessible
  • Introduced and passed legislation to establish working waterfront economic development areas, allowing localities to incentivize investment and procure special zoning to cultivate much-needed working waterfronts, particularly in rural coastal areas
  • Created and secured the initial seed funding for the Virginia Waterway Maintenance Fund, a fund that specifically addresses dire funding needs in rural coastal Virginia and waterways neglected by the US Coast Guard that have subsequently had their navigable markers removed. This legislation was a huge victory for rural coastal Virginia.
  • Fought for inclusion of Northampton, Accomack and Mathews Counties in 2018 legislation that incentivizes investments by businesses that will create guaranteed high-paying jobs and will remain in those localities for a significant amount of time. After the inclusion of the rural counties in the 6th District, subsequently co-sponsored this critical rural development legislation.
  • Long advocated for funding and policy that invests in and prioritizes the industries critical to the 6th District—industries like aquaculture, commercial fisheries, ecotourism, aerospace, trade, and forestry, as well as best management practices for farms and major investments in both the Port of Virginia and Wallops Flight Facility.
  • Supported and fought for investments in the Eastern Shore Public Library, Eastern Shore Community College and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital—all critical pieces of attracting and retaining businesses and workers
  • Consistently fought for major structured investments in transportation infrastructure, roads and public transit, as well as working to address resiliency needs as it pertains to the regular flooding of roads in the 6th Senate District.
  • Expanding both the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, projects that are long-overdue
  • Recognized as an advocate specifically for small and locally-owned businesses in Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore
  • Sponsored incentives for resiliency in building and business practices for commercial properties

Labor

  • Supports increased minimum wage, with preference given to the Congressman Bobby Scott model: an increase to $15/hour over four years with an appropriate carve-out for small businesses—the same that has been done in many other states.
  • Supports collective bargaining rights of workers
  • Supports investments in workforce training programs, especially for transitioning veterans
  • Supports transparency in pay for workers receiving debit cards rather than paper checks
  • Supports regulation of payday lenders
  • Opposes changing the current 1:1 ratio of journeyman to apprentices
  • Supports investments and incentives to attract medical and educational professionals to areas of high-need and with high-turnover (ie, student loan forgiveness)

Education

  • Supports fully funding public education—including a complete study of our Standards of Quality, which are woefully out of date. He sponsored legislation to do this in 2019, and it was killed in Committee by Republicans.
  • Supports pay raises for teachers and funding for them at a state level. This should not only be to obtain parity for teachers throughout Virginia, but we should be striving to lead nationally in teacher salaries.
  • Supports increases to at-risk funding for schools and funding through the lottery, as well as through General Fund. At-risk funding should be prioritized over additional lottery funding, as we should be prioritizing funding for schools who have the most need. This includes most of the school districts in the 6th Senate District.
  • Supports continuing to decrease the number of standardized tests required of students. Teachers should be able to teach to the student’s needs, not to a test.
  • Supports decreasing the counselor:student ratio and advocated heavily for legislation to do this as well as full funding for it. This is a mental health issue and a school safety issue as well as sound school policy.
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Too many of our young people, especially young men and women of color, end up in our court system instead of receiving an education—and it is unacceptable.
  • Supports increased funding for Pre-K and advocates heavily for equity in access to early childhood education. Access to early education is critical to outcomes.
  • Supports investments in career and technical education and has supported legislation that increases access to these programs.
  • Fighting for state investments in local school infrastructure, despite precedent being that local school districts be responsible for these costs. Co-sponsored legislation to this effect.
  • Supports policy to make our schools safer and sponsored legislation to require local school boards to enter memorandums of understanding with local law enforcement as put forth by new state guidelines. MOUs should be public.
  • Opposes using public funds for private schools (charter schools).
  • Recognizes the burden of student loans is one of the most pressing fiscal problems of our time and supports addressing this at a state level
  • Supports and fought for a tuition freeze for colleges and universities to keep tuition costs from escalating any more
  • Supports seeking ways and reforms to make our world-class system of higher education more accessible across socioeconomic backgrounds

 

Environment

  • Chair of Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation
  • Environmental Policy Liaison for the Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Responsible for much of the successful policy that has passed in recent years regarding the environment as it pertains to Coastal Virginia, including:
    • 2016 SB282 : Established Shoreline Resiliency Fund
    • 2016 SB283: Fitting crab pots with turtle excluder device
    • 2016 SB307: Allows for authorization of emergency beach restoration in case of weather event that was state or national emergency
    • 2017 SB1518: Expands recycling programs to include beneficial use
    • 2018 SB265: Created cabinet-level position (Special Assistant to the Governor on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation), resulting in the hiring of Rear Admiral Ann Phillips and a fully-developed Coastal Plan
    • 2018 SJ21: Constitutional amendment to allow localities the ability to provide tax abatements to property owners who take flooding remediation efforts on existing properties. Passed on 2018 ballot and enabling legislation that set parameters passed in 2019.
    • 2019 SB1559: Expands C-PACE loan program to include shoreline resiliency improvements
    • 2019 SB1599: Protects vulnerable Eastern Shore aquifer and our groundwater supply through incentivized approach
    • Opposes opening our waters to off-shore drilling AND seismic testing
    • Supports carbon capping and has sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for several years, but Republican majority has stymied this
    • Supports moving away from plastic use, and has sponsored legislation to allow localities to ban or tax plastic bags
    • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to increase both commercial and residential access to solar energy
    • Secured investments (Agricultural Best Management Practices) that helped farmers curb runoff pollution
    • Supports recycling of coal ash to protect public health and our drinking water
    • Supports increased funding for coastal resiliency, solutions to sea level rise, energy efficiency programs and green jobs
    • Secured investments to study and restore oyster populations, resulting in a healthier Chesapeake Bay and, in some tributaries, full restoration or near-full restoration of the native oyster

Health Care

  • Fought for and successfully passed Medicaid Expansion, ensuring long-awaited healthcare access for an estimated 400,000 Virginians and saving rural hospitals across the state
  • Supports greater access to and broader investments in mental health care and awareness in the Commonwealth
  • Passed comprehensive legislation to address the opioid crisis; established regional overdose task force that is now established on the Eastern Shore
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to create and expand access to medicinal cannabis and supports a fully implemented medicinal marijuana program for the Commonwealth.
  • Supports seeking ways to address the damage done by current Administration at federal level to health care affordability and accessibility
  • Fought to make Eastern Shore Rural Health a designated care center for veterans,and will continue to fight for that designation and for the care that our veterans deserve
  • Opposes piecemeal changes to Certificate of Public Need that could lead to less oversight in medical care and hospital closure
  • Supports and helped pass legislation to end surprise billing by insurance companies

Housing

  • Supports continued increased investments in Housing Trust Fund in order to address a growing affordable housing crisis
  • Helped pass and will continue to support legislative reforms that address the exorbitant eviction rate in Virginia, particularly in Richmond and Hampton Roads
  • Supports and is focusing on addressing major infrastructure needs that inhibit new building or create barriers to existing improvements, like outdated sewer systems and aging water infrastructure.
  • Supports investments in programming to educate Virginians as it pertains to housing accessibility and affordability
  • Supports investments in energy efficiency and home rehabilitation efforts, both of which are sorely needed in rural Virginia and amongst a growing senior population
  • Supports incentives that encourage developers to both (a) resilient and (b) rent to residents from mixed incomes
  • Supports utilizing nearby intellectual capital (like ESCC, ODU, NASA, TCC) to extract innovative ideas for building and resiliency

More Issues

  • Supports a woman’s right to access reproductive care and believes that all decisions regarding her care should be between a woman and her doctor
  • Supports universal background checks on all guns purchased in the Commonwealth
  • Supports red flag laws
  • Opposes arming teachers
  • Supports legislation to address food insecurities and food deserts
  • Supports “hands free” legislation—Virginia has the highest rate of distracted driving in the country
  • Supports in-state tuition for DACA recipients
  • Supports Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Recognizes critical problems within our current foster care system and supports reforms
  • Supports new regulations and laws to address proliferation of elderly financial abuse; sponsored legislation to create elder abuse registry that was cost prohibitive and working in the interim to ensure the legislation that will be newly introduced (if elected) in 2020 can be implemented as intended

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Elizabeth LankfordElizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Growing up on the Eastern Shore Elizabeth Lankford learned about hard work and character. As a young girl, she was involved in her family’s agricultural business, seeing how the government can be both necessary and intrusive.

Now Elizabeth has decided to take the bold step into a run for State Senate because things haven’t gotten better while she was away. Opioids have spiraled out of control. Job growth hasn’t picked up despite the economy improving. Flooding isn’t just the same problem it was a decade ago but has gotten worse.  What we have right now isn’t working. It’s time for someone to step up and not just do the bare minimum needed to get re-elected. Things have to change.

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Civil Rights

Right to Work

As a small businesswoman, Elizabeth knows that Right to Work enables an employee’s right to unionize while respecting those who wish to abstain.  Policies such as Right to Work have helped make Virginia a top ranked state for business. To bring prosperity to the 6th district, we must support our businesses and employees.

 
 

Economy

Job Creation

One of the main drivers of Elizabeth’s decision to run for State Senate was the lack of success seen with job creation in this district.  Better jobs mean a better economy. We need to attract young workers to come to, and stay in, the 6th district. This is not a Republican issue or Democratic issue.  This is about bringing prosperity to the area. She will seek out problem solvers in Richmond, regardless of what party they are in. 

Education

K-12 Education

This is our future.  We must keep a focus on innovation in our schools and making the area appealing for the best teachers to want to work here.  Elizabeth will be an advocate for Virginia’s school voucher program in Richmond. 

Secondary Education

Costs are skyrocketing for secondary education.  Whether a student’s pathways lead to a four-year institution or a career tech program, we must invest in our future workforce. We are lucky to have many secondary education programs across the district and must support them and their students. 

 

Environment

Natural Disaster Protection

We must improve our flood prevention measures.   We must improve our economy to be able to fund even more advanced measures.   If you believe in climate change or not, we can all agree that what puts us in the strongest position to make necessary changes, or respond to a natural disaster, is a strong economy.  That is what drives plans, innovations and improvements.  

Health Care

People need easier access to lifesaving cures and the government should not be in the way of innovations.  Costs are too high and access is limited in the rural areas of our district.  We need more options for coverage and care. This includes access to mental health care and addiction care. Opioids have taken too many lives in our community and we must reach across the aisle to create a common sense solution. We need someone to go fight for change.   

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Cheryl Turpin 2Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Cheryl Turpin 1

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Cheryl Turpin grew up in an active military family. After serving in the Army for 23 years, Cheryl’s father retired from service and her family resided in Fairfax County, Virginia. For the past 18 years, Cheryl’s family has called the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach home. Her two adult daughters – Ellison and Patricia – attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools and are graduates of Kempsville High School.

Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. Cheryl has invested herself and her appreciation of education into the lives of local students for the past 24 years while serving as a High School Science teacher. For the past 8 years, she has taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

Giving Back to Students and the Community

In 2016, Cheryl was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Frank W. Cox High School. Cheryl has served her community for many years offering her leadership in a diverse range of organizations. Cheryl has served as a Board Member for the Make a Difference Foundation, as Activities Coordinator for several school PTA’s, a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, a coach for the Neighborhood Soccer League, and a member of the Sierra Club.

Cheryl has spent much of her career working with at-risk students. She is a partner in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) community. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college. Cheryl is a long-time member of both the Virginia Education Association and the National Education Association.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Teacher

Education

  • M.ED
    University of Virginia
    2002
  • BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    1987

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Fort Bragg, NC
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Children: Patricia and Ellison

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Dominic Melito
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mari Wadsworth

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1085

District Office
P.O. Box 66557
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
Office:
Phone: (757) 965-9763

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate

Cheryl Turpin (D)11,84350.7%
Norman Dewey Holcomb, III (R)11,45449.1%
Write In (Write-in)490.2%
TOTAL23,346

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

TURPIN, CHERYL B has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $610,661.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Education

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Human Rights

  • Protect and provide healthcare to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
  • Demand a minimum wage that allows people to provide for their families.
  • Work in a bipartisan way to overhaul our criminal justice and mental health care systems to keep the Commonwealth safe and secure.

Economy

Economic Opportunities

  • Increase infrastructure spending to improve our roads and traffic conditions to attract families and businesses to Virginia Beach.
  • Create small business loans to encourage young entrepreneurs to start new businesses.
  • Expand broadband access so that every student, business, and entrepreneur has the tools they need to stay competitive.

Education

Strengthen Education

  • Reduce the time dedicated to mandated testing and add it back into instructional time.
  • Provide full day public kindergarten for every child.
  • Give teachers the resources needed to increase the use of technology in the classroom.

Environment

Safe Environment

  • Guarantee that every child lives in a world with clean water and clean air.
  • Create a plan to protect property owners against rising sea levels due to global climate change.
  • Encourage the use of reusable and recyclable goods, which will reduce the amount of land needed to create new landfills.

Infrastructure

Transportation

  • Bring smart planning to local transportation so we can grow our economy and reduce traffic congestion at the same time.
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Jennifer KiggansJen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator for District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

About

Jen Kiggans

Source: Campaign page

Jen Kiggans, former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner is running as a political outsider for Virginia’s 7th Senate district seat. The seat is currently held by retiring Senator Frank Wagner and includes parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Jen’s support has been overwhelming in the few short months since she began this journey and she looks forward to continuing to share her positive message with the voters of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American Nurses Association, and the American Legion. She is a recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.As an everyday citizen who is frustrated with the present political climate, Jen is running for the State Senate because she knows Virginia can do better than the current status quo. If elected, Jen will be a strong voice for Virginia’s veterans and the hardworking taxpayers of the 7th district. She will be a leader on the issues of job creation, keeping healthcare costs down, and limiting government spending. Jen believes politics is about public service rather than serving one’s self, and would be honored to have your support this November.

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

  • Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership (None)

Contact

Legislative Aide: Joe Link

Offices

Jen for Virginia
4734 PRINCESS ANNE ROAD
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 990-3080

Richmond office
Phone: (804) 698-7507

Web

Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Jen A. Kiggans (R)29,58950.36%
Cheryl B. Turpin (D)29,07449.48%
Write-in (Write-in)91.15%
TOTAL58,754

Issues

Source: Campaign page

HEALTHCARE

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.

ECONOMY

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

VETERANS

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

PUBLIC SAFETY

    • Jen is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
    • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
    • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

EDUCATION

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

TRAFFIC

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

FAMILIES

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.
     

Civil Rights

Families

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.

Economy

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

Education

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

Environment

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

Health Care

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.

Infrastructure

Traffic

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

Safety

  • Jen is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
  • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
  • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

Veterans

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

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Bill DeSteph 1Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator for District 8 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator for District 8 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

About

Bill DeSteph

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions. As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Desert Storm veteran, DeSteph proudly served in the United States Navy, both as a chief petty officer, and later, as a naval special-warfare intelligence officer. He later joined the defense technology firm AMTI as a senior vice president and co-owner, where he assisted in the growth and eventual sale of the company. From 2003-2013, he served on the Virginia Beach City Council, where he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative who consistently fought for government transparency and accountability.

Bill DeSteph has given his time and resources to the city of Virginia Beach for years, coaching youth sports as well volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, Hampton Roads Community Care and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He also serves on the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council Board of Directors and is an active member of Law Enforcement United, participating in the annual “Road to Hope” bicycle ride for many years.

Bill believes in smaller, smarter government, and works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Virginia Beach to promote public safety, free-market capitalism, energy independence, and private-sector job creation throughout the Commonwealth and our great nation.

Vocationally, Bill has been engaged in homeland security at the federal, state, and local level, which provides him with a unique understanding of complex policy issues, as well as the support, training, and resources needed to protect our families.

Over 20 years ago, he joined the United States Navy as an enlisted sailor, working his way up to chief petty officer. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, he was commissioned as an intelligence officer and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Officer.

He proudly fought for our country during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort, defending Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War and delivering humanitarian aid prior to his retirement from Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

After his naval career, Bill easily transitioned into the corporate environment, leveraging his operational, technical, and tactical skills into the business world. In 1999 he joined AMTI, headquartered in Virginia Beach, as senior vice president and co-owner, where he helped transform this 20-person defense-technology corporation into a leading national supplier of professional and technical services with over 600 employees, 6 satellite offices, and 23 additional client-site locations.

AMTI was recognized as the ninth fastest growing business in Virginia (2003) and continues to flourish as a direct result of his leadership and guidance.
In late December of 2006, AMTI was sold to SAIC Inc., a 45,000-person, $9 billion company. This was truly an American success story. Today, Bill mentors neighboring companies to help enhance the local economy and provide new job opportunities.

Bill has continually demonstrated his commitment to serving the citizens of Virginia Beach as well as the Commonwealth, by fighting to maintain low taxes, carefully reviewing municipal expenditures as a member of Virginia Beach City Council, and reaching across all lines to help make Virginia Beach and Virginia a more dynamic place for citizens, business owners, and our military community.

Bill DeSteph brought this same common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government.

Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness and improve the general welfare and constantly works to secure a prosperous future for our Commonwealth and our great nation.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Retired Military
    USNR,

Education

  • BS Finance
    University of Maryland

Personal

Born in Hartford, Connecticut on October 28, 1964

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jill H Eyler, Regan Roberts, Samantha Schultz

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E614
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7508

District Office
588 Central Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Phone: (757) 321-8180
Fax: (757) 631-6150

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

William R. “Bill” DeSteph (R)28,63752.11%
Missy Cotter Smasal (D)26,24247.75%
Write-In (Write-in)810.15%
TOTAL54,960

2015 State Senator

Bill DeSteph (R)15,90558.7%
Howard David Belote (D)11,07540.9%
Write In (Write-in)1060.4%
TOTAL27,086

Finances

DESTEPH JR, BILL R has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $672,848

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

General Laws and Technology
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Manufacturing Development Commission
School Facility Modernization
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
War Memorial Board, Virginia
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph has consistently brought a common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government. Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness, improve the general welfare, and secure the Commonwealth’s, and our great nation’s, position for the future.

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