VA US House impeachment votes

Title: “Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
Author: Robin Bravender
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Virginia’s Three Amigas

Virginia elected three new women to the US House of Representatives:  Elaine Luria (D) from District 2; Jennifer Wexton (D) from District 10; and Abigail Spanberger (D) from District 7.

Each congresswoman flipped their district from Republican to Democrat.

Elaine Luria received votes 139,571 (51.05%) and Scott Taylor (R) 133,458 votes (48.81%%)

Abigail Spanberger received 176,079 votes (50.34%%) and Dave Brat (R) 169,295 votes (48.4%)

Jennifer Wexton received 206,356 votes (56.7%) and Barbara Comstock (R) votes (43.73%)

 

Virginia Congressional Districts

Virginia is currently divided into 11 congressional districts, each represented by a member of the United States House of Representatives.

The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

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Friday December 20, 2019 1VA US House impeachment votes

Title: “Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
Author: Robin Bravender
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Summary

Title: “Like most of Congress, Va. delegation splits down party lines on impeaching Trump
Author: Robin Bravender
Source: Virginia Mercury
Date: December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.

Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival in an effort to interfere with the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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Virginia's Three AmigasVirginia’s Three Amigas

Virginia elected three new women to the US House of Representatives:  Elaine Luria (D) from District 2; Jennifer Wexton (D) from District 10; and Abigail Spanberger (D) from District 7.

Each congresswoman flipped their district from Republican to Democrat.

Elaine Luria received votes 139,571 (51.05%) and Scott Taylor (R) 133,458 votes (48.81%%)

Abigail Spanberger received 176,079 votes (50.34%%) and Dave Brat (R) 169,295 votes (48.4%)

Jennifer Wexton received 206,356 votes (56.7%) and Barbara Comstock (R) votes (43.73%)

 

Summary

Virginia elected three new women to the US House of Representatives:  Elaine Luria (D) from District 2; Jennifer Wexton (D) from District 10; and Abigail Spanberger (D) from District 7.

Each congresswoman flipped their district from Republican to Democrat.

Elaine Luria received votes 139,571 (51.05%) and Scott Taylor (R) 133,458 votes (48.81%%)

Abigail Spanberger received 176,079 votes (50.34%%) and Dave Brat (R) 169,295 votes (48.4%)

Jennifer Wexton received 206,356 votes (56.7%) and Barbara Comstock (R) votes (43.73%)

 

Elaine Luria

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

Affiliation: Democrat
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Overview:

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

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

Abigail Spanberger

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 7 since 2019

Affiliation: Democrat
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Abigail Spanberger began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the US Postal Inspection Service. Following her love of country, public service, and languages, Abigail joined the CIA as an Operations Officer.

Abigail 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.

Jennifer Wexton

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 10 since 2019
Former Positions: State Senator for VA Senate District 33
Affiliation: Democrat
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Overview:

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.

Jennifer comes to Congress with experience in legislating and a deep understanding of Virginia’s 10th district and the issues that matter most to our region’s families. Rep. Wexton looks forward to working across the aisle in Congress to deliver positive results for the people of Northern Virginia and the United States.

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Virginia Congressional Districts

Virginia is currently divided into 11 congressional districts, each represented by a member of the United States House of Representatives.

The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

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Summary

The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.

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2016 redistricting

The redistricting of congressional districts prepared by the Virginia legislature, the Virginia General Assembly, in 2012 was used in the 2014 elections. The redistricting was found unconstitutional and replaced with a court-ordered redistricting on January 16, 2016, before the 2016 elections. Gloria Personhuballah and James Farkas claimed that Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District violated the Voting Rights Actby packing black voters into the district for the political purpose of making surrounding areas better for Republican candidates. Following Supreme Court precedent, the Eastern Virginia Circuit Court found that U.S. Congressional Districts cannot be gerrymandered by race for partisan gain. In this case, the twisting non-contiguous 3rd District hopped the James River in several places and divided multiple locality boundaries, resulting in 89% majorities for black Representative Bobby Scott (D) while surrounding Republican incumbents enjoyed majorities of 16-24%. Subsequent appeals by Republican lawmakers to the Supreme Court were unsuccessful.

Bipartisan gerrymandering

Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, both on the congressional and state levels, based on lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts. Virginia congressional districts are ranked the 5th worst in the country because counties and cities are broken into multiple pieces to create heavily partisan districts.

Virginia’s congressional districts do not meet the “competitive” mark of a 5% margin of victory, but they average a margin of 35%, comparable to the national district statistical average of all 435 districts. Districts 10 and 11 in northern Virginia and the 2nd in the Hampton Roads ranged between 16-18%. Virginia, like the nation as a whole, has about 73% of its delegation winning by a margin of 20% or more. Districts 4, 7, 5, 1 and 8 ranged from 22-32%, and three outliers had a margin of victory of more than 50%: the 9th at 48%, the 6th at 62%, and the 3rd at 89%.

Reform efforts

The Redistricting Coalition of Virginia has recommended reforms, including either an independent commission or a bipartisan commission that is not polarized. Member organizations include the League of Women Voters of Virginia, AARP of Virginia, OneVirginia2021, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Organizing Project.

The Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting for the Commonwealth of Virginia made its report on April 1, 2011. It made recommendations for both state legislative and congressional district redistricting, detailing three options for congressional districts, all improving on the 2001 Congressional map by reducing the number of split jurisdictions, defining three districts in the DC metro northern Virginia area, and increasing compactness in each district. In accordance with the Voting Rights Act, it maintained one majority African-American district without packing to dilute community influence in other districts.

In 2011, the Virginia College and University Redistricting Competition was organized by professors Michael McDonald of George Mason University and Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University. About 150 students on sixteen teams from thirteen schools submitted plans for legislative and U.S. Congressional districts. The winning submissions for the congressional redistricting were from the University of Virginia and from the College of William and Mary. The “Division 1” maps conformed to the Governor’s Executive Order, and did not address electoral competition or representational fairness. In addition to the criteria of contiguity, equi-population, the federal Voting Rights Act, and communities of interest in the existing city and county boundaries, “Division 2” maps in the competition did incorporate considerations of electoral competition and representational fairness. Judges for the cash award prizes were Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. They also created districts more compact than the General Assembly’s earlier efforts.

In January 2015, Republican State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel of Winchester and Democratic State Senator Louise Lucas of Portsmouth sponsored a Senate Joint Resolution to establish additional criteria for the Virginia Redistricting Commission of four identified members of political parties, and three other independent public officials. The criteria began with respecting existing political boundaries, such as cities and towns, counties and magisterial districts, election districts and voting precincts. Districts are to be established on the basis of population, in conformance with federal and state laws and court cases, including those addressing racial fairness. The territory is to be contiguous and compact, without oddly shaped boundaries. The commission is prohibited from using political data or election results to favor either political party or incumbent. It passed with a two-thirds majority of 27 to 12 in the Senate, and was referred to committee in the House of Delegates.

Current House Representatives

Virginia Congressional Districts

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