Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Spanberger VA-07

Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Other Positions:  Ranking Chair, Subcommittees Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee
District: Central and Northern Virginia including all of Orange, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Greene County, Madison County, Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Stafford County, and the eastern half of Prince William County, and a small sliver of Albemarle County.

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Abigail Spanberger for Congress

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Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Other Positions:  Ranking Chair, Subcommittees Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee
District: Central and Northern Virginia including all of Orange, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Greene County, Madison County, Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Stafford County, and the eastern half of Prince William County, and a small sliver of Albemarle County.

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U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger is proud to represent the people of Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House.

Abigail’s career has been defined by public service. She first swore an oath to the U.S. Constitution as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. In this role, she investigated money laundering and narcotics cases — including at the southern border. Then, as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer, she worked at home and abroad to collect intelligence, keep our country safe from terrorism, and inform policymakers in their national security decisions. Following her time at CIA, Abigail joined the private sector and helped American colleges and universities diversify their student bodies, expand opportunities for Americans entering the workforce, and increase graduation rates.

Personal

Gender:  Female

Family:  Husband: Adam; 3 Children: Claire, Charlotte, Catherine

Birth Date:  08/07/1979

Birth Place:  Red Bank, NJ

Home City:  Glen Allen, VA

Religion:  Protestant

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Education

BA, University of Virginia

MBA, German International School of Management and Administration (GISMA)/Purdue University

Offices

Washington, DC Office
1239 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2815

Glen Allen Office
4201 Dominion Blvd
Suite 110
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: (804) 401-4110

Spotsylvania Office
9104 Courthouse Rd
Room 249
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Phone: Call (202) 225-2815 for now

Contact

Email: https://spanberger.house.gov/contact/

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Politics

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Election Results

2018 Democratic primary results[78]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger33,21072.68
DemocraticDaniel Ward12,48327.32
Total votes45,693100.0
Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 2018[79]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger176,07950.34
RepublicanDave Brat (incumbent)169,29548.40
LibertarianJoe Walton4,2161.21
n/aWrite-ins2130.06
Total votes349,803100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 2020[80]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger (incumbent)230,89350.82
RepublicanNick Freitas222,62349.00
n/aWrite-ins8230.18
Total votes454,339100.0
Democratic hold
Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 2022[80]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger (incumbent)143,35752.2
RepublicanYesli Vega130,58647.6
n/aWrite-ins6470.2
Total votes274,590100.0
Democratic hold

Finances

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Committees

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry (Chair)
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation
    • Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment

Caucus memberships

  • LGBT Equality Caucus
  • New Democrat Coalitio
  • Problem Solvers Caucus[
  • Congressional Armenian Caucus

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Issues

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Services

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If you cannot get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, our office may be able to help resolve the issue or get you the information you need — whether it be related to Social Security, Medicare, the IRS and tax returns, passport issues, veterans benefits, Postal Service and delayed mail issues, and more. While we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, we will do our best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your concern.

My team can:

  • Help you communicate your issue with a federal agency.
  • Request a status update on your case.
  • Ask that an agency consider or reconsider your case.
  • Assist you in obtaining basic information from a federal agency.

My team cannot:

  • Force a federal agency to act in your favor.
  • Require a federal agency to speed up your case.
  • Provide legal advice or recommend legal representation.
  • Influence matters involving private businesses.
  • Intervene with state issues.
    • My team cannot influence matters involving state or local governments. If your issue involves state or municipal agencies, you may contact your state legislator or contact the agency directly. The office of the Governor of Virginia may also be able to assist with state issues.
  • Intervene with judicial issues.
    • Legally, my team cannot get involved with pending litigation, including questions about criminal trials or imprisonment, civil lawsuits, deportation proceedings, and child custody issues. My office cannot influence a court’s decision.

Please Note: The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a) requires that Members of Congress or their staff have written authorization before they can obtain information about an individual’s case. We will ask for your signature to proceed with this type of request.

District

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Virginia’s seventh congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The district is currently represented by Democrat Abigail Spanberger, first elected in 2018.

The district spans across much of Central and Northern Virginia including all of Orange, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Greene County, Madison County, Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Stafford County, and the eastern half of Prince William County, and a small sliver of Albemarle County.

Wikipedia

Abigail Anne Spanberger (née Davis; born August 7, 1979) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative from Virginia’s 7th congressional district since 2019. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Spanberger is a former CIA officer.

Spanberger defeated Republican incumbent Dave Brat in 2018, ending the Republican Party’s 38-year hold on the district. She won reelection in 2020 and 2022. In November 2023 Spanberger announced that she would be retiring from the House in order to run for governor of Virginia. She would be Virginia’s first female governor if elected.

Early life and education

Spanberger was born Abigail Anne Davis[1] in Red Bank, New Jersey, on August 7, 1979,[2] where her father was a police officer and her mother was a nurse.[3] She relocated with her parents, Martin and Eileen Davis,[4] to Short Pump, in Henrico County in Virginia, outside Richmond, when she was 13 after her father moved from policing to federal law enforcement for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. She attended John Randolph Tucker High School. Spanberger was later a page for U.S. Senator Chuck Robb.[5]

Spanberger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from a joint program between the GISMA Business School in Germany and Purdue University‘s Krannert School of Management.[5]

Early career

In 2002 and 2003, Spanberger taught English literature as a substitute teacher at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia.[6] In the early 2000s, she was a postal inspector, working on money laundering and narcotics cases.[7]

In 2006, Spanberger joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an operations officer.[8] She said she gathered intelligence about nuclear proliferation and terrorism.[9]

In 2014, Spanberger left the CIA and entered the private sector. She was hired by Royall & Company (now EAB).[10] In 2017, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed her to the Virginia Fair Housing Board.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Spanberger speaking at a campaign rally on election day eve in 2018

In July 2017, Spanberger announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th congressional district in the 2018 election against incumbent Republican Dave Brat, a Tea Party movement member.[12][13][14] She made the final decision to run after the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[7] On June 12, 2018, Spanberger defeated Dan Ward in the Democratic primary election with 73% of the vote, receiving more votes than any other candidate in the Virginia primaries that day.[15][16] Her campaign outraised Brat’s.[17]

Spanberger during the 116th Congress

In August, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC closely aligned with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, conducted a smear campaign against Spanberger. The smear campaign, which attempted to tie her to terrorism, was based on an SF-86 application she completed to obtain security clearance, which was inappropriately released in breach of privacy rules.[18] She won the November 6 general election by just over 6,800 votes.[19] While Brat won eight of the district’s ten counties, Spanberger dominated the two largest counties, Henrico and Chesterfield, by a combined margin of over 30,000 votes.[20]

In a visit to the district, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon described it as “an absolute bellwether of the entire country”, adding that losing the district would mean the GOP losing control of the House.[21]

A number of sources claimed Spanberger was the first Democrat to win this seat since 1970, when four-term Democrat John Marsh retired and was succeeded by Republican J. Kenneth Robinson.[22] But until 1993, the 7th stretched from the outer Washington suburbs through the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville to the outer Richmond suburbs;[23] the present 7th is geographically and demographically the successor to what was the 3rd district before 1993.[24]

2020

Spanberger faced a close reelection contest against state Delegate Nick Freitas, who represents much of the congressional district’s northern portion. She won with 51% of the vote to Freitas’s 49%. Freitas carried eight of the district’s ten counties, as Brat had done two years earlier. But Spanberger again prevailed by winning the district’s shares of Henrico and Chesterfield counties by a combined 43,400 votes, five times her overall margin of 8,400 votes.[25][26] She was also boosted by Joe Biden narrowly carrying the district;[27] Biden is the first Democrat to win what is now the 7th since 1948.

On November 5, days after winning reelection by a margin of 1.8%,[28] Spanberger criticized the Democratic Party‘s strategy for the 2020 elections in a phone call with other Democratic caucus members that was subsequently leaked.[29] Calling the elections “a failure” from a congressional standpoint, she singled out Republican attack ads decrying “socialism” and the movement to “defund the police” as prime reasons the Democratic Party lost seats in swing districts. She argued that Democrats should watch Republican ads before deciding how to talk about issues and “not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again”.[30]

CNN political editor Chris Cillizza described Spanberger’s remarks as “some hard truth” for the Democratic Party, adding that in order to succeed in the 2022 and 2024 elections, the party should “listen to the likes of Spanberger” instead of pushing for “the boldest possible progressive legislation”.[31] Spanberger’s remarks were disputed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who noted that Democrats kept the House, and progressive Representative Rashida Tlaib, who said the Democratic Party should “study the results” before dismissing progressives who represent their districts.[30] The Washington Post digital editor James Downie criticized Spanberger’s view, remarking that if a losing officeholder “couldn’t manage to tie his or her Republican opponent to almost a quarter of a million COVID-19 deaths in the United States, a tanked economy or a dozen other policy fiascos, that’s the candidate’s fault.”[32] Downie quoted progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had noted that no swing-district House Democrat who co-sponsored Medicare for All lost their seat, and had remarked in response to Spanberger’s comments that “not a single member of Congress that I’m aware of campaigned on socialism or defunding the police in this general election.”[32][33]

2022

After the 2020 United States redistricting cycle, Spanberger’s district was radically redrawn, and no longer included her home in Henrico County. Despite this, Spanberger ran for reelection in the seat. She was seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents of the 2022 election cycle, with pre-election polls projecting a close race with Republican Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega, a law enforcement officer endorsed by Governor Glenn Youngkin and former president Donald Trump.[34][35] In the general election, Spanberger defeated Vega by 52% to 48% of the vote.[36][37]

Committee assignments

Spanberger’s committee assignments include:[38][39]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Some commentators have characterized Spanberger as a centrist Democrat.[42][43] In the 2019 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives election on the opening day of the 116th United States Congress, Spanberger voted for U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, an Illinois Democrat, joining 11 other Democrats who did not back Nancy Pelosi.[44]

Spanberger voted with President Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time in the 117th Congress, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. This results in a Biden Plus/Minus score of +39.6 indicating more support for Biden’s priorities than would be expected given the makeup of her district.[45]

According to FiveThirtyEight, Spanberger has voted with Biden 86.8% of the time in the 118th Congress through 2023.[46]

Abortion

Spanberger supports legal abortion.[47]

COVID-19 policy

On February 1, 2023, Spanberger was among 12 Democrats to vote for a resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency.[48][49]

On January 31, 2023, Spanberger was among seven Democrats to vote for H.R.497, the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act, a bill that would lift COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.[50][51]

Crime

In 2023, Spanberger voted against overturning the District of Columbia‘s revision of its criminal code, which reduced the maximum penalties for burglary, carjacking, and robbery.[52][53]

Economy

Although not a member of Congress when it passed, Spanberger criticized the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act supported by President Donald Trump, arguing that its permanent tax cuts for corporations would increase the national debt.[47]

Spanberger has called for the passage of the USMCA trade deal negotiated between the Trump administration, Mexico, and Canada.[54][55]

In May 2020, Spanberger voted against the HEROES Act, a proposed $3 trillion stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[56] She said the bill went “far beyond” pandemic relief and had no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate.[57] In November 2020, Spanberger led a bipartisan effort to secure the 340B Drug Pricing Program against changes that would lead to significant increases in prescription medication costs.[58]

Environment

Spanberger has called climate change “one of the greatest and most imminent threats to our economy, our national security, and our way of life” and promised to “stand up to attacks against science.”[47] During a Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting in 2019, Spanberger asked the Trump administration to reverse its isolationist policies, saying, “it’s in [the US’s] national interest to reinforce our stature as a global leader on international environmental and energy issues.”[59]

She described the Green New Deal proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “bold compilation of ideas meant to address global climate change” but criticized it for allegedly including unrelated policy proposals and not identifying specific resolutions to the problems that it identifies. “Overall I am not a supporter of the Green New Deal”, she said.[60]

Foreign affairs

In February 2023, during the Russo-Ukrainian War, Spanberger signed a letter advocating for President Biden to give F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.[61]

Spanberger is a sponsor of H.R.932 – To repeal the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq.[62]

During the Israel-Hamas War, Spanberger signed a letter expressing concern over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conduct of the war and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It calls for President Biden to further pressure the Israeli government to adjust their strategy regarding the war.[63]

Guns

Spanberger has called for a new version of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. She favors requiring background checks on private gun sales and supported a ban on bump stocks.[47]

Health care

Spanberger supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[47] She supports a public option for healthcare via the proposed Medicare-X Choice Act.[56] In November 2020, she described reducing the cost of prescription drugs as “the top priority of families in [her] district”.[58]

In January 2020, Spanberger sponsored the Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act, which passed the House unanimously. The bill requires pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), who manage prescription drug benefits for health insurance companies, to publicize the rebates, discounts, and price concessions they negotiate, via a website hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Spanberger also co-sponsored the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which grants Medicare Part D the power to negotiate prescription prices directly with drug companies.[64]

Immigration

Spanberger objected to President Trump’s travel bans from certain predominantly Muslim countries and argued that they would aid jihadist propaganda by allowing a portrayal of the United States as an anti-Muslim country. She has voiced her support for stronger border security measures but opposes Trump’s proposed wall.[47] She voted for a bill that included funding for border infrastructure, technology at ports of entry and more customs and border patrol agents. She said she does not support “sanctuary cities” but also called the term “a campaign slogan a lot of people get caught up in.” She added that it “degrades the value of the conversation if we’re not actually talking about what the real concern is.”[60] Spanberger called for a pathway to legal status for illegal immigrants who abide by the laws, work, and pay taxes.[47]

Spanberger voted to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be notified when undocumented immigrants attempt to purchase firearms, and voted against the House budget in summer 2019 because it failed to acknowledge the growing national debt.[56]

Ban on stock trading

Spanberger supports banning members of Congress from trading stocks.[65] She has introduced legislation that would require lawmakers, as well as their spouses and dependent children, to place assets in a blind trust while in office.[66][67][68][69]

Presidents

Donald Trump

According to FiveThirtyEight's congressional vote tracker, Spanberger voted with President Donald Trump 6.9% of the time.[70] In the 2016 presidential election, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton with 50% of the vote to her 44% in Spanberger’s congressional district.[71]

On September 23, 2019, Spanberger joined six other freshman House Democrats with national security backgrounds in calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump. They co-wrote a Washington Post opinion piece explaining their support for an impeachment inquiry, writing: “Congress must determine whether the president was indeed willing to use his power and withhold security assistance funds to persuade a foreign country to assist him in an upcoming election.” They wrote that if the allegations were true, they amounted to “a flagrant disregard for the law” and “a threat to all we have sworn to protect.”[72] Spanberger later announced that she would vote in favor of impeachment. “The President’s actions violate his oath of office, endanger our national security, and betray the public trust”, she said.[73]

On June 1, 2020, Spanberger tweeted criticism of Trump’s reaction to the George Floyd protests, a series of protests against police brutality that began in Minneapolis on May 26. On June 2, The Washington Post and The New York Times quoted Spanberger and several other high-profile former CIA analysts’ interpretations of Trump’s reaction to the protests as reminiscent of the reaction of totalitarian dictators on the brink of losing control of their dictatorships. “As a former CIA officer, I know this playbook, and I know the president’s actions are betraying the very foundation of the rule of law he purports to support, the U.S. Constitution”, she said.[74][75][76] Spanberger took issue with Trump after police used tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors and a priest during the George Floyd protests to clear a path so that he could have a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.[77][74]

Spanberger opposed Democrats’ attempts to amend the Insurrection Act of 1807, saying that amending the rarely used law would not accomplish what Democrats intended.[56]

Joe Biden

In a November 2021 interview with the New York Times, Spanberger criticized Biden after the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election, saying, “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R., they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.”[78] She also said the Democrats had not sufficiently recognized that “inflation is a problem”.[79]

Electoral history

2018 Democratic primary results[80]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger 33,210 72.68
DemocraticDaniel Ward12,48327.32
Total votes45,693 100.0
Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 2018[81]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger 176,079 50.34
RepublicanDave Brat (incumbent)169,29548.40
LibertarianJoe Walton4,2161.21
n/aWrite-ins2130.06
Total votes349,803 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 2020[82]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger (incumbent) 230,893 50.82
RepublicanNick Freitas222,62349.00
n/aWrite-ins8230.18
Total votes454,339 100.0
Democratic hold
Virginia’s 7th congressional district, 2022[82]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAbigail Spanberger (incumbent) 143,357 52.2
RepublicanYesli Vega130,58647.6
n/aWrite-ins6470.2
Total votes274,590 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Spanberger is married to Adam Spanberger, an engineer, and they have three daughters. In 2014, the family moved back to Henrico County. They live in Glen Allen, Virginia.[83][84] She is a Protestant.[85]

See also

References

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  3. ^ Vozzella, Laura (November 12, 2023). “Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger to Run for Governor in 2025.” MSN.com. Retrieved November 13, 2023.
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Abigail Spanberger VA-07

Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Other Positions:  Ranking Chair, Subcommittees Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee
District: Central and Northern Virginia including all of Orange, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Greene County, Madison County, Fredericksburg, Caroline County, King George County, Stafford County, and the eastern half of Prince William County, and a small sliver of Albemarle County.

Pinned Tweet: The Inflation Reduction Act will lower healthcare costs for Virginians. – Seniors will see Medicare out-of-pocket drug prices capped at $2,000/year – Insulin for Medicare patients will be capped at $35/month – Medicare will finally be able to negotiate drug prices.

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Yesli Vega

Current Position: Prince William County Board of Supervisors since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 7
Former Position: Police Officer

Yesli and her family are firm believers in the passage from Luke which says “to whom much is given, much is required.” That is why she’s dedicated her life to service in three different Virginia law enforcement agencies and why she’s running to be your voice to power in Washington.

 

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US House District 2 – VA 2020

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The GOP primary to decide who will challenge Rep. Elaine Luria (D) in the military heavy 2nd District was won by Scott Taylor. Taylor, a former congressman, who lost the Virginia Beach seat to Luria in the 2018 blue wave, defeated two Republican opponents, paving the way for a rematch in November.

An uptick in anti-Trump sentiment, and a scandal over fraudulent signatures that his campaign collected to help a potential spoiler candidate get on the ballot, sunk Taylor’s campaign against Luria two years ago, analysts say.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report considers the general election a toss-up.

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US House District 5 – VA 2020

A practicing physician, Cameron Webb returned to Charlottesville where he treats patients as a general internist, teaches students and serves as the Director of Health Policy and Equity at UVA’s School of Medicine.  Cameron is running for Congress to serve his community at this critical time. In Washington, he will be a fierce advocate to ensure opportunities for health and success for all Virginians.

Bob Good is running for Congress to bring the conservative principles of financial stewardship and respect for hard working taxpayers back to Washington. President Trump’s policies have delivered a growing, vibrant economy and we must ensure that our representatives back his agenda.

 

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US House District 7 – VA 2020

Abigail Spanberger took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…When she saw partisan politics threatening the country she has worked so hard to protect, she knew it was her time to stand up for the people in the 7th District.

At the in-person convention in Caroline County on July 18, Nick Freitas, Delegate from Culpeper,
received 56% of the vote on the third ballot, outlasting five challengers in his bid to secure the GOP nomination in the one-time Republican stronghold that turned blue in 2018.

In the final round of balloting, Freitas topped Del. John McGuire, R-Goochland, who received 44% of the vote. The win for Freitas, who sought the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in 2018, sets up what is likely to be a closely watched contest with Spanberger in a swing district that includes eight rural counties and large swaths of suburban Chesterfield and Henrico.

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US House District 1 – VA 2020

Rob Wittman has served the First Congressional District of Virginia since 2007.  Wittman has been focused on strengthening our military and supporting veterans, promoting economic development through fiscal responsibility, fixing our crumbling infrastructure, increasing access to high-speed internet, and promoting workforce development through Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.

Qasim Rashid believes in service, leadership, and compassion. Rashid earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and has a long track record of serving diverse communities in Virginia. This includes his work to combat domestic and sexual violence against women, uplift the incarcerated through prison chaplaincy, serve his neighbors through blood drives and highway cleanups, and advocate for children’s education.

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US House District 3 – VA 2020

During his tenure in the Virginia General Assembly, Congressman Bobby Scott successfully sponsored laws critical to Virginians in education, employment, health care, social services, economic development, crime prevention and consumer protection.

His legislative successes included laws that increased Virginia’s minimum wage, created the Governor’s Employment and Training Council and improved health care benefits for women, infants and children.  He also sponsored the Neighborhood Assistance Act, which provides tax credits to businesses for donations made to approved social service and crime prevention programs.

John Collick is retired Marine 1st SGT who was a Signals Intelligence Analyst; Cryptologic Linguist (Arabic); Counterterrorism Analyst; Developed Asymmetrical Threat Methodology; Developed Random Patrol Matrix (USCG); Developed Intel Support for International Port Security Program (USCG); Developed Syrian Refugee Vetting Process (USCIS); HUMINT Issues Manager for YEMEN (DIA);; Immigration Officer; Section Chief of Illicit Travel Unit (ICE)

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US House District 4 – VA 2020

Donald McEachin represents his constituents, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C), the House Committee on Natural Resources (Natural Resources), and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a member of E&C, McEachin sits on the Environment and Climate Change, the Communications and Technology, and the Energy subcommittees. As a member of Natural Resources, McEachin sits on the Energy and Mineral Resources as well as the Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.

Leon Benjamin is the Senior Pastor and Bishop of New Life Harvest Church in Richmond, VA.  Bishop Benjamin, a former Democrat and Gulf War veteran, is an emerging evangelical leader on the national front as a media spokesperson and conservative political activist.  He operated as a surrogate for Trump on the presidential campaign trail and worked on the Faith-Based Initiative support team during the President-Elect’s transition to the White House

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US House District 6 – VA 2020

Ben Cline represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. He previously served as a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 24th District from 2002-2018. In the Virginia House, Cline chaired the Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety.

Nicholas Betts has worked in construction and landscaping, as a graduate teaching assistant, a substitute teacher, a contract manager for a small family business, and now as a law clerk in Roanoke, Virginia. He knows what it is like to work hard and to achieve goals in the face of adversity.  If elected to Congress to represent the 6th District of Virginia, Nicholas Betts will fight hard for Freedom, and he will go to Washington to work, not to play politics.

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US House District 8 – VA 2020

Congressman Don Beyer is serving his third term as the U.S. Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He serves on the House Committees on Ways and Means and Science Space and Technology, and is a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task Force. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998, and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama.

Jeff Jordan has heard the call to serve his state and country. He has seen with his own eyes the misery of people suffering under Socialist ideologies, and fervently prays for America’s future. As a true Patriot, Jeff is committed to the American dream and will continue working, defending, and loving the United States. He is driven to protect against the immorality and injustice that has gained favor and popularity in recent years.

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US House District 10 – VA 2020

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton has been serving the people of Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley for nearly two decades as a prosecutor, advocate for abused children, state Senator, and now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 10th District.

Aliscia Andrews, after her deployment with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, focused the rest of her active duty time in the Marine Corps training, developing and mentoring Marines. After the Marine Corps, Aliscia continued honing her analytical tradecraft in both the public and private sector, while completing her MBA (2015) and Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy Management (2016). Her work focused primarily on finding solutions to challenging government problems as a strategic management, analytic, and policy advisor in support of multiple government agencies both in and out of the Intelligence Community.

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US House District 11 – VA 2020

Congressman Gerry Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, including federal workforce and federal agency oversight, federal procurement and information policy, national drug policy, regulatory reform, the United States Postal Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the District of Columbia. He also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Manga Anantatmula is a candidate for US Congress: VA District 11. Manga loves God, Family, & USA.
Accomplished professional. Wife of a professor. Proud military mom of USN LCDR.

 

 

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