Gerry ConnollyGerry Connolly – VA 11

Current Position: US Representative of US House District 11 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for US House District 11
Former Position: Board of Supervisors - Fairfax County from 1995 – 2007

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Current Position: US Representative of US House District 11 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for US House District 11
Former Position: Board of Supervisors – Fairfax County from 1995 – 2007

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Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia.

Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority. In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman 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.

Congressman Connolly 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.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, Connolly passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region’s air quality.

For his efforts, he has twice been recognized as a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 winner, was named the 2013 FedScoop Tech Champion of the Year, the 2015 FCW Eagle Award recipient, and received the AFFIRM Award for Leadership in the IT community.

He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.

In addition to his Committee assignments, Congressman Connolly is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.

Congressman Gerry Connolly currently serves as the President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA). The NATO PA is an affiliate organization of NATO and is comprised of more than two hundred and fifty delegates from the parliaments and legislative bodies of the Alliance’s 29 member states. As president, Mr. Connolly sets the Assembly’s broader agenda and represents the Assembly on all key international issues. He works in a bipartisan manner to support the values of the Transatlantic Alliance and strengthen Congressional commitment to NATO.

Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Connolly served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. He earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. During his tenure on the Board, Fairfax was recognized as a Best Managed County.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Congressman Connolly has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

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He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.

Contact

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Offices

Washington DC Office
2238 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1492

Fairfax District Office
4115 Annandale Road
Suite 103
Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: (703) 256-307
Fax: (703) 354-1284

Prince William District Office
2241-D Tacketts Mill Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: (571) 408-4407
Fax: (571) 408-4708

Web

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Politics

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2008
Connolly scored a 24-point victory over his closest opponent, former Congresswoman Leslie L. Byrne, in the 2008 Democratic primary. He then defeated Republican nominee Keith Fimian by more than ten points for the open seat held by Republican incumbent Tom Davis. The Independent Green Party candidate was Joseph P. Oddo.

2010
Connolly was challenged again by Fimian in 2010. Also running were Libertarian David L. Dotson, Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr., and Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo. Connolly won by fewer than a thousand votes.

2012
Connolly was challenged by Republican nominee Chris Perkins, Green nominee Joe Galdo and independent candidates Peter Marchetti, Chris DeCarlo and Mark Gibson. He received 61% of the vote.[59] Connolly was significantly aided by redistricting. The old 11th had been reckoned a swing district, though Davis had held it without serious difficulty due to his popularity in the area. Redistricting made the 11th significantly more Democratic than its predecessor. Barack Obama carried the old 11th with 57% of the vote in 2008, but would have carried it with 61% of the vote under the new lines—making it one of the most Democratic white-majority districts in the South.

2014
Connolly faced Republican Suzanne Scholte, Green Joe Galdo, and Libertarian Marc Harrold in his reelection bid, winning with 56.86% of the vote.[60]

2016
Connolly ran unopposed for reelection in 2016.[61][62] He was reelected with 87.89% of the vote.[63]

2018
Connolly faced Republican challenger, U.S. Army veteran Jeff Dove and Libertarian Stevan Porter in the 2018 election.

Recent Elections

2018

Gerry Connolly (D)219,19171.11%
Jeff A. Dove Jr. (R)83,02326.93%
Stevan M. Porter (L)5,5461.80%
Write In (Write-in)4900.16%
TOTAL308,250

2016

Gerry Connolly (D)247,81887.8%
Write In (Write-in)34,50412.2%
TOTAL282,322

2014

Gerry Connolly (D)106,78056.9%
Suzanne Kristine Scholte (R)75,79640.4%
Marc McCullough Harrold (L)3,2641.7%
Joseph Francis Galdo (G)1,7390.9%
Write in (Write-in)2260.1%
TOTAL187,805

2012

Gerry Connolly (D)202,60660.9%
Christopher S. Perkins (R)117,90235.4%
Mark Timothy Gibson ()3,8061.1%
Christopher Francis Decarlo (Write-in)3,0270.9%
Joseph Francis Galdo (G)2,1950.7%
Peter Matthew Marchetti (G)1,9190.6%
Write in (Write-in)1,3000.4%
TOTAL332,755

2010

Gerry Connolly (D)111,72049.2%
Keith S. Fimian (R)110,73948.8%
Christopher Francis DeCarlo ()1,8460.8%
David L. Dotson (L)1,3820.6%
David William Gillis, Jr ()9590.4%
Write in (Write-in)305.1%
TOTAL226,951

2008

Gerry Connolly (D)196,59854.7%
Keith S. Fimian (R)154,75843.0%
Joseph P. Oddo ()7,2712.0%
Write in (Write-in)8640.2%
TOTAL359,491

Source: Department of Elections

Finances

CONNOLLY, GERALD E (GERRY) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $12,417,737.

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Committees

Committees

Committee on Foreign Affairs
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Subcommittees

Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Subcommittee on Government Operations
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs
U.S. Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly (Chairman; 2013-present)

Voting Record

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Issues

Democracy & Governance

Good Government

As a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Congressman Connolly firmly believes that vigorous oversight of the Executive Branch is among the most serious responsibilities mandated to Congress by the Constitution.

The importance of congressional oversight is constant, and should be blind to the partisan affiliation of each administration. However, Congressman Connolly recognizes the need for continued oversight efforts into the unprecedented challenges lingering from the Trump Administration. From the beginning, Congressman Connolly led efforts to examine the Trump Administration’s growing list of ethically and legally questionable decisions. From day one, he has raised questions about this administration’s abrupt decision to abandon plans for a new FBI headquarters, securing an Inspector General’s investigation into the matter. He has demanded investigations and subpoenas relating to the possible conflicts of interest presented by the president and his family’s ongoing business ties, the falsehoods the president spewed about the 2020 presidential election, and the president’s involvement in the January 6th insurrection.

The Trump Administration steamrolled legal precedent and norms that must be repaired legislatively. Congressman Connolly is determined to continue to hold the past Administration accountable while also ensuring that no one can ever cause this type of damage to the Executive Branch again.

From the White House to your local post office, Congressman Connolly knows that Virginians demand and deserve a federal government that is efficient, ethical, and accountable for its actions.

Federal Employees

As a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Congressman Connolly is a passionate and effective advocate for active and retired federal employees. In recent Congresses, federal employees have been demonized, demoralized, and politicized. Congressman Connolly is a vocal opponent of policies that seek to curtail federal employee pay, leave, and retirement benefits. A leading proponent of telework, he believes that the federal government should be investing in its most valuable resource – its talented workforce – in order to modernize the federal government.

Congressman Connolly believes the federal workforce is one of the nation’s greatest asset. During an unprecedented global pandemic, the federal workforce ramped up its efforts to ensure that the public continued to have access to critical, life-saving services. The federal government must be prepared to attract and retain an effective workforce. That is why Congressman Connolly has introduced legislation to improve the Office of Personnel Management, the center of federal human capital, so that it can efficiently serve both current and retired federal employees. Congressman Connolly has also led efforts to ensure the federal government is well positioned to recruit the next generation of federal employees, which includes helping agencies better leverage their internship programs.

Each year, Congressman Connolly introduces the FAIR Act, which provides a pay raise to federal employees. He has also led bipartisan letters urging Appropriators to increase pay for federal civilian employees commensurate with pay increases provided for members of the military. In the last several years, federal workers have endured pay freezes, wage-reducing furloughs, sequester cuts, government shutdowns, payroll tax deferrals, and incurred more than $182 billion in pay and benefit cuts. Furthermore, federal wages have continuously lagged far behind the private sector, with federal employees making roughly 20% less than their private-sector counterparts. Congressman Connolly believes that our nation’s dedicated civil servants deserve respect and fair compensation.

Finally, Congressman Connolly hosts an annual forum for federal employees to help them understand their benefits and make changes to their health plans during the federal government’s Open Season. He welcomes federal employees to contact his district office if they are experiencing problems with the administration of their benefits at 703-256-3071.

Economy & Jobs

Economy

With a professional background in the private sector and more than a decade of service in local government, Congressman Connolly’s top priority has always been delivering results for the Northern Virginia economy. Congressman Connolly has helped develop our region into an economic engine for the Commonwealth by championing the growth of local industries, fighting the dangerous and indiscriminate cuts of sequestration, and protecting the health of a productive federal workforce. Northern Virginia is now home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.

Congressman Connolly wants every family in Northern Virginia to have an opportunity to share in the prosperity of our region. He remembers the images of Robert Kennedy’s tour of poverty in America and was inspired to begin his professional career working for anti-hunger and anti-poverty nonprofit organizations. He understands the human cost of increasing income inequality in America, and he has spent his career in public life expanding access to economic opportunity and ensuring the public safety net is there for those who need it most.

Amid the pandemic, Congressman Connolly has made one of his top priorities funding for local governments, services, and schools. As a result of his advocacy, local jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have received nearly $2 billion in direct assistance to help local small business and nonprofits, prevent public sector layoffs, and maintain critical services that support our local economy.

Technology
 
Virginia’s 11th district is home to some of the nation’s most successful technology firms. From his private sector experience, Congressman Connolly knows firsthand the positive impact the technology sector has on our regional and national economy. He believes a strong and innovative technology agenda will be critical to ensuring America maintains our global competitiveness.

As a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and as Chairman of the Subcommittee Government Operations, Congressman Connolly is directly engaged in federal information technology policy, federal contracting, and improving cyber security across the federal government.

Congressman Connolly is the author of landmark bipartisan Information Technology (IT) reform legislation known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act (FITARA) and worked successfully to pass and enact the FITARA Enhancement Act, which increased transparency of federal agency IT acquisitions.

The government spends more than $90 billion on IT products and services, with about 80 percent of that amount on the operations and maintenance of existing IT investments, including aging and legacy systems. Congressman Connolly’s bipartisan law has helped move us towards new IT systems by streamlining the technology procurement process and empowering CIOs within federal agencies, consolidating data centers, and identifying additional technology savings.

Congressman Connolly has held a series of hearings and has devised a biannual scorecard to measure each agency’s progress implementing the various components of FITARA and other pertinent federal IT legislation. Since the Scorecard’s inception in 2015, agencies have made substantial, positive strides in improving their information technology practices. These improvements represent vital services delivered and more than $20 billion saved because we are finally baking IT into our policy decision-making process.

Congressman Connolly also helped author the Modernizing Government Technology Act, which allows agencies to use savings generated through FITARA and other reforms to make investments in cloud transition and apply for critical IT funding through the Technology Modernization Fund. Congressman Connolly was able to secure $1 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund through the American Rescue Plan, to help agencies modernize IT systems and provide better experiences to the public.

The impacts from the unprecedented pandemic, solidified the importance of federal IT modernization. In the midst of the pandemic and despite a robust legislative response, many individuals and small businesses were denied timely support and assistance because of severely deficient IT infrastructure at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

The consequences of poor government IT are serious. By modernizing our IT infrastructure, we can deliver services to the public that are intuitive, accessible, and responsive to customer needs. This includes providing federal agencies with the tools and resources to retire legacy systems and move to the cloud.

Congressman Connolly continues to push agencies to move to the cloud by authoring legislation to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) to standardize the federal government’s approach to ensuring the security of all data stored in the cloud.

Environment & Energy

Transportation & Infrastructure

Congressman Connolly understands that reducing traffic congestion is critical to our quality of life in Northern Virginia. As a former county government executive, Congressman Connolly led major infrastructure investments, including the extension of Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles Airport – a $5.6 billion rail project, and pursued innovative Public Private Partnerships to add capacity to our regional transportation network. In Congress, he is fighting to fund new transportation projects and promote the use of telework in the federal government.

Transportation investments have the potential to realize enormous returns on taxpayer dollars. It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who signed the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956, and our nation continues to benefit from the legacy of that investment to this day, more than 60 years later. It would be difficult to calculate what the return on investment has been for the Interstate Highway System – a massive investment entirely financed with federal funds – but we know that, to this day, it enables enormous economic activity and touches our lives on a daily basis. Congressman Connolly proudly worked to pass President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, which makes the largest investment in American roads, highways, and bridges since President Eisenhower first signed the interstate highway system into law. Our region will receive nearly $20 billion in new direct infrastructure investment as a result of the new infrastructure bill.

Congressman Connolly knows we need Metro to be a safe and reliable transit backbone for the national capital region. He sees a system in crisis and in desperate need of a wholesale culture change. Congressman Connolly understands that failure of Metro is not an option. It is too important to our regional mobility. He has helped lead the effort to conduct Congressional oversight of safety and accountability at Metro. He helped lead the effort to establish a new Metrorail Safety Commission. He is the author of Metro reform legislation which preserved the annual $150 million federal investment in Metro necessary to replace aging rail cars and make other needed safety and infrastructure improvements. Provisions of Congressman Connolly’s Metro Investment and Accountability Act that reauthorize federal funding for WMATA through fiscal year 2030 were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

As a local elected official, Congressman Connolly helped set and exceed teleworking goals as a way to reduce regional traffic congestion and pollution and promote employee satisfaction. Congressman Connolly has been a champion of federal telework programs since his co-authorship of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, and he has overseen the largest increase in federal telework in history. Long before the pandemic, he was sounding the alarm about the Trump Administration’s attacks on federal telework and the harm they would do to federal continuity of operations plans. Congressman Connolly is focused on rebuilding federal telework programs and ensuring that all federal workers who can work remotely have that option available to them.

Health & Education

Congressman Connolly believes health care should be a right for all Americans. He is committed to expanding access and improving the quality of care for all his constituents. In order to advance this critical priority, Congressman Connolly will fight to defend the Federal Employee Health Benefits program (FEHBP), protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and guard against misguided efforts to weaken, privatize, or overhaul our nation’s most successful health care programs in history, Medicare and Medicaid.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Virginia’s uninsured rate has decreased to a historic low since 2010, providing Virginians access to health care coverage they would otherwise have been unable to obtain or afford. In addition to expanding coverage, the ACA protects millions of Virginians who, prior to the ACA’s elimination of punitive annual and lifetime limits, lived under the threat of having their inadequate health insurance cut off if they got too sick. Insurance companies can no longer indiscriminately deny an individual coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and thanks to reforms that allow children to stay on their parent’s health plan until the age of 26, nearly 59,000 young adults have health care coverage. The ACA also mandates coverage of many important services including mental health screenings, and free preventive care coverage, such as flu shots, cancer screenings, contraception, and mammograms.

Congressman Connolly strongly opposes partisan efforts to repeal the ACA. Republicans have relentlessly tried to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, including eliminating the individual mandate, cutting the Open Enrollment period in half, discontinuing much of the advertisement and outreach activities to boost ACA enrollment, encouraging short-term junk plans, and rescinding cost sharing reductions payments. These actions have resulted in higher premiums, fewer choices, and more uninsured Americans.

There is still much to do in ensuring that all Americans have access to health care and Congressman Connolly believes there are improvements to the ACA that can and should be adopted. He supports adding a public option, expanding tax credits to allow more individuals and families to qualify for subsidies, supporting state innovation to decrease the uninsured rate and lower premiums, and finding new ways to encourage younger Americans to join the marketplaces.

Congressman Connolly is a strong supporter of Medicaid expansion in Virginia, which provides health coverage for more than 450,000 Virginians and has dropped our uninsured rate to a historic low since the Governor signed it into law. He also fought for the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which covers more than 200,000 children in the Commonwealth.

Additionally, he supported legislation to incentivize states to extend Medicaid coverage for new moms through the entire postpartum period. Medicaid is already the largest single payer of maternity care and is a powerful tool that we must deploy in our mission to improve maternal health. States that have expanded Medicaid have lower maternal mortality rates with 1.6 fewer maternal deaths per 100,000 women. Rep. Connolly also supports legislation like the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, which takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the Black maternal mortality crisis through investments in data collection, social determinants of health, maternal behavioral health, the perinatal workforce, and community-based organizations.

Congressman Connolly is also fighting to make prescription drugs more affordable. In passing the ACA, we closed the Medicare prescription drug donut hole. As a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congressman Connolly is supporting investigations into egregious price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies and holding them accountable for indefensible skyrocketing drug costs. He supports reforms that will help lower prescription drug prices like empowering the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate the price of drugs, creating an out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries, and requiring drug manufacturers to issue a rebate back to Medicare if they increase prices faster than inflation. He supports reinvesting the savings from these reforms in dental, vision, and hearing benefits for Medicare beneficiaries and research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Since coming to Congress, he has championed greater investment in scientific and biomedical research that will lead to new breakthroughs in medicine and treatments. Each year, he has advocated for robust funding for the NIH and helped pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which would help unleash research and development.

Congressman Connolly steadfastly protects women’s freedom to make their own health care choices. He strongly opposes partisan efforts to have the Federal government control individual health care decisions, and he has stood up to those in Congress who have attacked organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which provide vital health services to millions of Americans of all genders, races, and ages. He supports legislation that ensures affordable abortion coverage and care for every woman, no matter their income, insurance, or home state. He also believes we must establish a national standard protecting the right to abortion access in every state by prohibiting unnecessary restrictions on women and providers that do not promote women’s health and safety, and that limit a woman’s access to abortion services.

Seniors

Congressman Connolly believes we need to ensure that all Americans can retire with peace of mind. As Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, he helped launch the 50+ Initiative to address the many challenges facing our seniors, including housing, health care access, transportation, and educational and volunteer opportunities. He knows that seniors are a resource within the community, and that we should provide support and opportunities for them to remain active members of our community. He is promoting legislation to protect access to affordable health care and prescription drugs, improve the quality of life, and ensure financial security for older Americans.

We must protect the promise of Social Security and Medicare for today’s retirees and future generations. Congressman Connolly has opposed efforts to dismantle these programs, including privatization, which would force seniors to buy insurance on the private market. He supports legislation that expands benefits that Americans have earned through Social Security, cuts taxes for millions of seniors, ensures Social Security will remain solvent through the end of the century, and adopts a more accurate formula to calculate the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

He has also introduced legislation which brings equity to the way the COLA is determined under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). His legislation would ensure that FERS retirees’ COLA is calculated the same way as the COLA for CSRS retirees.

Congressman Connolly is also fighting to make prescription drugs more affordable. In passing the ACA, we closed the Medicare prescription drug donut hole. He supports reforms that will help lower prescription drug prices like empowering the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate the price of drugs, creating an out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries, and requiring drug manufacturers to issue a rebate back to Medicare if they increase prices faster than inflation. He supports reinvesting the savings from these reforms in dental, vision, and hearing benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. He helped pass legislation to fix reimbursement rates for Medicare and TRICARE providers, ensuring seniors can keep their doctor.

He supported the renewal of the Older Americans Act, which increased federal funding for senior nutrition, support services, and overall health programs, and improved transportation services. He also supported legislation increasing federal funding for cancer and Alzheimer’s research, and will continue to support research and innovation efforts in this area. Congressman Connolly has also supported legislation that permanently extends the ability of seniors to make tax-free distributions from IRA’s for charitable purposes, and helps make retirement planning easier.

Human Rights

Pro-Choice

Congressman Connolly steadfastly protects women’s freedom to make their own health care choices. He strongly opposes partisan efforts to have the Federal government control individual health care decisions, and he has stood up to those in Congress who have attacked organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which provide vital health services to millions of Americans of all genders, races, and ages. He supports legislation that ensures affordable abortion coverage and care for every woman, no matter their income, insurance, or home state. He also believes we must establish a national standard protecting the right to abortion access in every state by prohibiting unnecessary restrictions on women and providers that do not promote women’s health and safety, and that limit a woman’s access to abortion services.

Gun Violence

Congressman Connolly has been a strong supporter of common-sense gun safety legislation and believes that upholding the 2nd Amendment does not have to come at the expense of public safety. In Congress, he is an original cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban. He supports limits on large-capacity ammunition magazines, expanding background checks, closing the gun-show loophole, and preventing suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. He also supports a repeal of the federal restrictions that prevent local law enforcement officials from accessing criminal gun trace information that is necessary to conduct gun crime investigations and dismantle illegal gun trafficking networks.

Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Congressman Connolly met with the Parkland students and joined Northern Virginia students at the March for Our Lives. He supports the federal ban on bump stocks and voted for funding that permits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct gun violence research. He introduced bipartisan legislation, the Safe Homefront Act, to ensure that no U.S. servicemember with a felony-level domestic violence conviction can legally purchase firearms. These are steps in the right direction, and he will continue to push for sensible gun safety measures.

Public Safety

Congressman Connolly is a member of a bipartisan group of lawmakers committed to addressing the complex challenges facing our nation’s dysfunctional criminal justice system. He supports strategies that reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and decrease corrections costs for state and local governments. He also supports permitting courts to reduce or amend mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent defendants.

Congressman Connolly is a cosponsor of a number of bills that will improve transparency and training in law enforcement, combat systemic racism, and build trust between communities and law enforcement:

  • The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would address a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It includes measures to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, to enhance transparency and data collection, and to eliminate discriminatory policing practices. The bill establishes a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which would end the transfers of certain military equipment to local law enforcement. In 2017 President Trump fully restored the Pentagon’s excess property, or “1033 program.” Under this program, the Department of Defense transferred more than $6 billion in excess military equipment—often from war zones overseas—to our streets.
  • The End Racial Profiling Act, which prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial profiling. This prohibition would be enforceable by declaratory or injunctive relief. The bill also mandates training on racial profiling issues as part of Federal law enforcement training, the collection of data on all routine or spontaneous investigatory activities that is to be submitted through a standardized form to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ will be authorized to provide grants for the development and implementation of best policing practices, such as early warning systems, technology integration, and other management protocols that discourage profiling.
  • The Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act, which makes the use of chokeholds by law enforcement unlawful through an amendment to civil rights statute entitled “Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.”
  • The National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act, which would require federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to collect and publish data on the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. DOJ must reduce by 10% the allocation of funds under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program for a state or local government that fails to substantially comply. There is no official tally or database of statistics on law enforcement use of deadly force. Bringing transparency and accountability to law enforcement and policing tactics will be an important step towards ending police brutality and helping us understand what policies may be needed to address it.
  • The Private Prison Information Act of 2021, which requires private prison, correctional, or detention facilities to disclose information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • The Police Training and Independent Review Act, which authorizes the DOJ to award grants to States that require law enforcement officers to be trained on ethics and racial bias, cultural diversity, and police interaction with the disabled, mentally ill, and new immigrants. The bill also requires an independent prosecutor to be appointed to investigate and prosecute an alleged offense involving the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer that results in a death or injury.
  • The Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2021, which prohibits private for-profit prisons.
  • The Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act requires a state or local government that receives funding under the JAG program to train law enforcement officers on de-escalation techniques and require law enforcement to use such techniques. DOJ may reduce the JAG allocation of a state or local government that fails to comply with the training requirement.
  • The Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act is designed to provide incentives for local police departments to voluntarily adopt performance-based standards to minimize incidents of misconduct, improve operations and enhance community accountability.
  • The Police Exercising Absolute Care for Everyone (PEACE) Act would change the use of force standard for federal officers to require that force must be necessary, as a last resort, to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury, and no reasonable alternatives were available, prohibit the gross negligence of an officer to precipitate the need for such force, and incentivize states, municipalities, and police departments to adopt a comparable standard by placing conditions on specified federal assistance.

As Chairman of Fairfax County, he has seen firsthand the value of modernizing criminal justice initiatives and remains a strong advocate of innovative reform programs, such as Veterans Treatment Courts. These courts provide eligible veterans with an alternative to jail, promote community collaboration, and can connect veterans with the programs and benefits they have earned. Fairfax County established the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first such program, known as the Veterans Treatment Docket.

 Immigration

Congressman Connolly believes Congress must be a partner in solving our immigration challenge. He has fought for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to citizenship, keep families together, and secure our borders. Congressman Connolly supports a pragmatic and results-oriented approach to border security that protects the rights and dignity of immigrants and refugees.

He is a strong supporter of the DREAM Act and programs like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Northern Virginia is home to many talented DREAMers and TPS holders and Congressman Connolly has seen firsthand how much they contribute to the success of our community. Immigrants enrichen our community, strengthen our economy, and provide the United States with an entire generation of diverse, future leaders.

As the former Executive Director of the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Congressman Connolly firmly believes that America’s doors must remain open to those fleeing injury, violence, or persecution. He led the fight in Northern Virginia against efforts to bar refugees and has introduced legislation to establish a minimum goal for the number of refugees resettled in our country.

Foreign Policy

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and previously spent 10 years as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He believes that while a strong military is a vital tool in our security toolbox, we cannot ignore the increasingly important role diplomacy and development play in meeting our most pressing security challenges and in demonstrating American leadership in global affairs.

Our diplomacy and development efforts are complementary to U.S. military operations. As has been the lesson in Iraq, Afghanistan, and countless other interventions, a permanent U.S. military footprint is rarely a tenable proposal for the American public. Instead, investments in democracy and governance, rule of law, and economic development are the key to turning stagnant societies mired in corruption and violence into more stable, resilient, and prosperous countries. When we fail to make those investments, we are often left conducting triage when the bills come due for our neglected international funding priorities.

In November 2020, he was elected President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), an interparliamentary organization for the members of parliament from across the Alliance to discuss and inform decisions on Alliance security. During his term, President Connolly has sought to help reestablish U.S. leadership within NATO, strengthen the founding democratic values of the Alliance, and enhance NATO PA’s contributions to Alliance strategic planning. He has spearheaded an initiative to establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the NATO Headquarters, to serve as a resource of best practices, networking and cross-fertilization for NATO members, partners and aspirant countries.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has underscored not only the need for a robust federal response to such a crisis, but also the importance of investing in global health security around the world. As diseases do not stop at borders, saving lives from the next global pandemic starts with investing in preparedness before it strikes. That is why Congressman Connolly introduced the Global Health Security Act, which recognizes the critical role of U.S. leadership in international health security, and ensures that there is a permanent designated official responsible for coordinating the federal response to a global health security emergency. The House of Representatives has passed this legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support.

U.S. foreign assistance programs work to end extreme poverty and build democratic societies that respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms. These efforts are fundamental safeguards against the development of instability and security threats overseas. Congressman Connolly introduced and passed the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, which directs the President to establish monitoring and evaluation guidelines for U.S. development and economic assistance programs. He has also introduced the Global Partnerships Act, which would provide a comprehensive reauthorization of U.S. foreign aid programs for the first time since 1985. He has championed human rights and spoken out on behalf of activists, dissidents, and the voiceless from Asia to the Middle East. Congressman Connolly introduced the Protection of Saudi Dissidents Act, which passed the House of Representatives. This legislation would hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of VA-11 constituent Jamal Khashoggi and other attacks on critics of the Kingdom.

Serious, credible, and ambitious diplomacy can resolve the world’s most intractable challenges, and development investments have proven capable of unleashing economic growth and promoting stability. Together, diplomacy and development keep us safe, and Congressman Connolly believes we should fund them in a manner commensurate with the premium we place on our national security.

Congressman Connolly holds several foreign policy-related leadership positions in the House of Representatives. He serves as a co-chair of the Korea Caucus, Georgia Caucus, Morocco Caucus, Taiwan Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans. He also serves as a member of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), which supports the development of democratic legislative bodies in partner countries.

Veterans

Congressman Connolly is proud to represent more than 80,000 veterans and their families in Northern Virginia. He has fought to make sure our veterans have quality health care, better pay, and access to services throughout their lives and to ensure quality and consistent services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of his efforts, Our Military Kids, an organization dedicated to helping military children, awarded him the “Friend of Military Kids” award for his work on behalf of military families. In addition, Congressman Connolly has consistently received a perfect score from the Military Officers Association of America.

Since coming to Congress, he has fought for more reliable funding for veteran health care, new investments in treating traumatic brain injuries sustained by our servicemembers, and improved assistance for homeless veterans. Congressman Connolly has introduced legislation and helped advance legislative efforts on behalf of veterans:

The Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act, which would ensure disabled veterans are able to fully utilize their benefits amid disruptions in veterans’ health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Military and Veteran Caregiver Student Loan Forgiveness Act, which would allow primary family caregivers of veterans to be eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
The Families of Fallen Servicemembers First Act, which ensures the immediate payment of military death benefits to survivors of fallen servicemembers during a lapse in appropriations and expand the transferability of education assistance to veterans’ dependents. This legislation was enacted as part of the 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
The Veteran Fraud Reimbursement Act, legislation that would streamline VA efforts to make whole any veterans who are defrauded of their benefits by their fiduciary.

Congressman Connolly has helped advance legislation to minimize increases to TRICARE premiums, supported a grace period for beneficiaries in need, and ensured these fees do not apply to active-duty family members, transitional survivors, and medically retired retirees or family members. He has supported legislation to provide free postal benefits for troops in combat zones, provide disability compensation for PTSD, allow military retirees to pay their health care premiums with pre-tax dollars, expand the eligibility for concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation, and provide education and respite care support services for family caregivers.

Congressman Connolly believes that we have a sacred obligation to ensure that the men and women who sacrifice so much to defend our freedoms receive the services and benefits that they have earned. That starts with a functional and well-run Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, he has led Congressional oversight efforts to improve management accountability at the VA, reduce VA backlogs, and help veterans access care at private facilities when they are unable to do so at VA centers in a timely manner. He also has supported legislation that directs the VA to establish a “Buddy Week” and provide additional resources for peer-to-peer support to veterans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any veteran who finds him or herself in need of assistance should know that Congressman Connolly’s door is always open.

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Gerald Edward Connolly (born March 30, 1950) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Virginia‘s 11th congressional district, first elected in 2008. The district is anchored in Fairfax County, an affluent suburban county west of Washington, D.C. It includes all of Fairfax City and part of Prince William County. Connolly is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life

Connolly graduated from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois,[1] with a B.A. in literature in 1971, and completed a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1979.

Early career

Connolly worked from 1979 to 1989 with the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where he managed committee oversight of international economic issues, international narcotics control, and United Nations and Middle East policies, and published reports on U.S. policy in El Salvador, Central America, Israel, and the Persian Gulf region.[2] From 1989 to 1997, he was Vice President of the Washington Office of SRI International. He was also Director of Community Relations for SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation).[3]

In local politics, Connolly served on the Fairfax Government Reorganization Commission from 1992 to 1993. In 1995, he was elected Providence District Supervisor, serving for nine years.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Gerry Connolly during 2015 Fairfax City 4th of July parade

Connolly’s career as a public official began on March 28, 1995, when he won a special election for the Providence District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, defeating Republican Jeannemarie A. Devolites.[4] A rematch against Devolites in November of that same year saw Connolly reelected to a full four-year term on the board.[5] Connolly ran unopposed for reelection in November 1999. He was elected Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2003 and reelected in 2007.

As chairman of the ten-member board, Connolly balanced a $4.5 billion budget and managed a county that would be the nation’s 13th-largest city, 12th-largest school district, and sixth-largest office market. He served as chairman of the county’s Legislative Committee and vice-chair of the Economic Advisory Committee. Connolly also served as chairman of the board of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), and was chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). He also chaired the region’s Emergency Preparedness Taskforce and represented Fairfax County on the board of the Virginia Association of Counties (VaCo), where he also served as president.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Past committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Legislation sponsored

Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (H.R. 1232; 113th Congress) As the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Connolly co-sponsored this bill with Darrell Issa. It is a proposed bill that would make changes and reforms to the current framework that manages how the federal government buys new technology.[13] One of the requirements would be that the government develop a streamlined plan for its acquisitions.[14] The bill would increase the power of existing chief information officers (CIO) within federal agencies so that they could be more effective.[15] Each agency would also be reduced to having only one CIO in the agency, who is then responsible for the success and failure of all IT projects in that agency.[16] The bill would also require the federal government to make use of private sector best practices.[15] The bill is intended to reduce IT procurement related waste.[17] Explaining the bill, Connolly said that “there are more than 250 identified CIOs in the federal government, yet none possess the necessary authority to effectively manage IT investments” which has “resulted in duplicative and wasteful IT spending.”[15] It passed the House in a voice vote on February 25, 2014.[14]

Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014 (H.R. 4194; 113th Congress) As the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Connolly co-sponsored this bill with Darrell Issa. It is a proposed bill that would eliminate approximately 100 required federal agency reports that are considered redundant or wasteful.[18] Connolly argued that “in today’s challenging fiscal environment, it is incumbent that we leverage every opportunity to streamline or eliminate antiquated agency reporting requirements that are duplicative, irrelevant or simply ignored.”[19] The bill passed in the House in a voice vote on April 28, 2014.[20]

Political positions

Abortion

Connolly is pro-choice.[21] He voted against the Stupak Amendment to the Affordable Care Act, which placed stringent limits on health insurance companies offering abortion services. During the budget amendments process in 2011, he voted against an amendment that would have prevented taxpayer funds from going to Planned Parenthood.[22]

Trump impeachment

Connolly voted in favor of the articles of the first impeachment of Donald Trump. He said during debate on the articles that extorting “a foreign country to investigate your political opponent is an unconstitutional abuse of power. To solicit foreign interference in an American election is an unconstitutional abuse of power.”[23]

Civil liberties

Connolly has voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 regarding funding the US Armed Forces, including the paychecks delivered to soldiers but also including a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to detain anyone “who was part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners”, and anyone who commits a “belligerent act” against the United States or its coalition allies in aid of such enemy forces, under the law of war, “without trial, until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization of Use of Military Force.” The law would not grant new powers to the President but does codify federal court rulings on this issue and the detainment of unlawful combatants until hostilities are over is in accordance to the Geneva Conventions.[24][25]

Economics

Connolly has voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,[26] the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009,[27] the supplemental appropriations bill that established Cash for Clunkers,[27] and the Cash for Clunkers Extension.[28] Additionally, he voted for all of the 2010 governmental appropriations bills,[29][30][31][32][33][34] and he voted for the Continuing Appropriations Act for 2011.[35] He has voted against some large spending bills, including the release of $350 billion in bank bailout funds[36] and a $154 billion spending bill[37] because of concerns these would add to the federal deficit.[38]

He was a cosponsor of pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budget legislation that was signed into law in February 2010.[39]

In May 2011, Connolly voted to increase the debt ceiling, but the measure failed by a significant margin.[40] It was his third such vote.[41]

Energy

Connolly voted in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009,[42] saying it would strengthen national security while spurring innovation in the energy industry.[43] In 2010, he voted in favor of ending a moratorium on deepwater drilling rigs that met certain safety standards.[44] Connolly is one of the 35 congressmen who founded the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.[45]

LGBT issues

Connolly supports gay rights, having campaigned against the Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia Constitution, which banned all gay unions from being performed or recognized in Virginia.[46] In Congress, he voted in favor of repealing the contentious “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military. He has also co-sponsored a few bills that would repeal portions of the Defense of Marriage Act—a federal law that had effectively banned same-sex marriage across the country.[47]

Guns

While on the Board of Supervisors for Fairfax County, Connolly sponsored an ordinance that would have made it illegal to transport a loaded shotgun in the back of one’s car.[48] In Congress, Connolly signed on to a measure that would have closed the gun show loophole by requiring that private sellers of firearms at gun shows engage in the same background check and reporting requirements as registered firearms dealers.[49] Connolly opposes allowing concealed weapons in schools and on college campuses.[50]

In November 2011, Connolly voted against the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, which would have exempted non-residents of states that prohibit concealed weapons from those restrictions.[51]

Health care

In 2009, Connolly was an early supporter of the Democratic health care plan, which ultimately became the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, as well as the public health insurance option, saying at a live chat with constituents in September to a woman from Washington, D.C. that “One of my principles for health care reform is that it increases the choices you have. By setting up a health insurance exchange, we can give your family more insurance choices, hopefully including one that your daughter’s doctor chooses to accept”. Connolly voted against the Stupak-Pitts Amendment,[52] and in 2010 for the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.

Connolly cited deficit reduction in explaining his health care vote.[53][54]

Connolly has adopted a conservative stance on Medicare for all.[55]

Marijuana

Connolly supports rescheduling marijuana to expand its availability for research and medicine.[56]

Military veterans

Connolly was a cosponsor of the Helping Active Duty Deployed Act[57] and the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act.[58]

Syria

Connolly supported military intervention in Syria.[59]

Political campaigns

2008

Connolly scored a 24-point victory over his closest opponent, former Congresswoman Leslie L. Byrne, in the 2008 Democratic primary. He then defeated Republican nominee Keith Fimian by more than ten points for the open seat held by Republican incumbent Tom Davis.[60] The Independent Green Party candidate was Joseph P. Oddo.

2010

Connolly was challenged again by Fimian in 2010. Also running were Libertarian David L. Dotson, Independent Green David William Gillis, Jr., and Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo. Connolly won by fewer than a thousand votes.[61]

2012

Connolly was challenged by Republican nominee Chris Perkins, Green nominee Joe Galdo and independent candidates Peter Marchetti, Chris DeCarlo and Mark Gibson. He received 61% of the vote.[62] Connolly was significantly aided by redistricting. The old 11th had been reckoned a swing district, though Davis had held it without serious difficulty due to his popularity in the area. Redistricting made the 11th significantly more Democratic than its predecessor. Barack Obama carried the old 11th with 57% of the vote in 2008, but would have carried it with 61% of the vote under the new lines—making it one of the most Democratic white-majority districts in the South.

2014

Connolly faced Republican Suzanne Scholte, Green Joe Galdo, and Libertarian Marc Harrold in his reelection bid, winning with 56.86% of the vote.[63]

2016

Connolly ran unopposed for reelection in 2016.[64][65] He was reelected with 87.89% of the vote.[66]

2018

Connolly faced Republican challenger, U.S. Army veteran Jeff Dove and Libertarian Stevan Porter in the 2018 election.[67]

2020

Connolly faced a progressive primary challenger, Zainab Mohsini, ahead of the general election, his first primary challenger. Connolly won the Democratic primary against Mohsini. Connolly defeated Republican Manga Anantatmula in the 2020 election.[68]

Electoral history

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: Results 1995—2007
YearSubjectPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%
1995-SpecialGerald ConnollyDemocratic4,47859.0Jeannemarie Devolites DavisRepublican3,10440.9
1995Gerald ConnollyDemocratic10,57855.8Jeannemarie Devolites DavisRepublican8,37144.1
1999Gerald ConnollyDemocratic14,309100.0Unopposed
2003Gerald ConnollyDemocratic98,41953.1Mychele B. BricknerRepublican81,31943.9Other5,4652.9
2007Gerald ConnollyDemocratic113,83059.5Gary H. BaiseRepublican68,40335.8Gail ParkerIndependent Green8,9904.7
Virginia’s 11th congressional district: Results 2008—2020
YearSubjectPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%
2008Gerald ConnollyDemocratic196,59854.7Keith FimianRepublican154,75843.0Joseph P. OddoIndependent Green7,2712.0
2010Gerald ConnollyDemocratic111,72049.2Keith FimianRepublican110,73948.8Others4,4922.0
2012Gerald ConnollyDemocratic202,60661.0Christopher PerkinsRepublican117,90235.5Others11,7353.5
2014Gerald ConnollyDemocratic106,78056.9Suzanne ScholteRepublican75,79640.4Others5,2292.8
2016Gerald ConnollyDemocratic247,81887.9UnopposedOthers34,18512.1
2018Gerald ConnollyDemocratic219,19171.1Jeff DoveRepublican83,02326.9Others6,0522.0
2020Gerald ConnollyDemocratic280,72571.4Manga AnantatmulaRepublican111,38028.3Others1,1360.3

Connolly and his daughter Caitlin during 2015 Fairfax City 4th of July parade

Personal life

Connolly and his wife Cathy have lived in Mantua since 1979.[citation needed]

Connolly is also a company member of The Providence Players of Fairfax, a community theatre in Fairfax County, having acted in several of their shows.[69]

In 2004, Connolly was charged with “a misdemeanor count of hit and run” after causing an estimated $500 worth of property damage to a 2003 Ford Explorer and Connolly’s 2003 Toyota Camry.[70] Connolly claims he did not realize a collision took place when he swerved and then immediately stalled, forcing the Explorer to collide into Connolly’s left front wheel.[70] The Fairfax County Police Department was criticized for giving Connolly special treatment and potentially saving him from being forced to resign for a felony instead of a misdemeanor charge.[70] A judge later dismissed the misdemeanor charge against Connolly, saying Connolly’s “position and his duties have caused him to be oblivious to what is going on in his car”.[71] David Freddoso criticized the judge’s ruling in the Washington Examiner.[72]

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Gerry Connolly – VA 11

Current Position: US Representative of US House District 11 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for US House District 11
Former Position: Board of Supervisors - Fairfax County from 1995 – 2007

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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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Manga Anantatmula

Current Position: Professional
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 11

Candidate for US Congress: VA District 11. Loves God, Family, & USA
Accomplished professional. Wife of a professor. Proud military mom of USN LCDR

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