Michael Mullin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mike Mullin is passionate about a lot of things, and it’s one reason he is such a good Delegate for the 93rd District of Virginia. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year.

He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. In his first year, he was most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren’t eligible for “first offender status” if they have committed other violent felonies. “This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children,” he says. “It just might save the life of somebody you love.”

Heather Cordasco

Current Position: Philanthropy Officer at nonprofit organization
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Michael Mullin 1Michael Mullin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mike Mullin is passionate about a lot of things, and it’s one reason he is such a good Delegate for the 93rd District of Virginia. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year.

He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. In his first year, he was most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren’t eligible for “first offender status” if they have committed other violent felonies. “This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children,” he says. “It just might save the life of somebody you love.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mike Mullin is passionate about a lot of things, and it’s one reason he is such a good Delegate for the 93rd District of Virginia. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year.

He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. In his first year, he was most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren’t eligible for “first offender status” if they have committed other violent felonies. “This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children,” he says. “It just might save the life of somebody you love.”

About

Michael Mullin

Mike is passionate about a lot of things, and it’s one reason he is such a good Delegate for the 93rd District of Virginia. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year. He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. In his first year, he was most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren’t eligible for “first offender status” if they have committed other violent felonies. “This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children,” he says. “It just might save the life of somebody you love.”

He excels at turning his experiences and understanding of the communities of the Peninsula into real results for his constituents. In his second year as a legislator, he was reappointed to the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee, and newly appointed to the Commerce and Labor Committee. He again passed four bills, highlighted by a new law to protect victims of human trafficking. Delegate Mullin served on the House Select Committee on School Safety throughout 2018. In the 2019 Legislative Session, Delegate Mullin passed ten pieces of legislation and continues to be a leader in the General Assembly.

When Mike isn’t in Richmond in session in the House of Delegates, he is a private practice attorney and resident of Newport News. He came to the Peninsula as a 17-year-old college freshman at Christopher Newport University and loved the city so much he wanted to raise his family here, so he returned after earning his law degree from The Catholic University. 


Mike is a Certified Gang Investigator by the Virginia Gang Investigator’s Association and volunteers his time to stop gang violence in our communities.  He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership and a member of the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Criminal Prosecutor

Education

  • JD
    The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
    2007
  • BA
    Christopher Newport University
    2004

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1981
  • Place of Birth: Fairfax, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Spouse: Laura Hadley Mullin
  • Children: Daniel, Henry, and William

 

Membership & Affiliation

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Knights of Columbus, Walter Pollard Council #5480
Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys
Virginia Gang Investigator’s Association
Virginia State Bar
Christopher Newport University Alumni Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Hannah Cannon
Administrative Assistant During Session: Jane Hornbeck

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1093

District Office
566 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C
Newport News, VA 23608
Phone: (757) 525-9526

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Michael P. Mullin (D)14,34855.66%
Heather L. Cordasco (R)11,40244.23%
Write-In (Write-in)280.11%
TOTAL25,778

2017 State DelegateArray

Michael Mullin (D)15,98860.0%
Heather Lynn Cordasco (R)10,62539.9%
Write In (Write-in)420.2%
TOTAL26,655

Finances

MULLIN, MICHAEL P has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,082,406.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Counties Cities and Towns
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

House Commerce and Labor
House Counties Cities and Towns
House Courts of Justice
Prevention and Response Protocol Subcommittee
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Mike has been working to bring good high-paying jobs to the region.  Partnering with our local colleges and universities, Mike is finding ways to grow our economy and create high quality jobs across the Peninsula. Mike believes investing in local small businesses so they can create jobs and help our area thrive and grow is critical. Mike voted to support expanding Worker Retraining tax credits that will help small businesses create the most ready and trained workforce. Mike also voted to waive tax penalties on small businesses in their first two years when they are starting up.

Women make up almost half of the workforce, so fighting to ensure equal pay for equal work becomes a reality in Virginia is a goal of Mike’s.

Mike has received endorsements from the KML Carpenters, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the Virginia AFL-CIO, Virginia Professional Firefighters Association.

Education

As the father of three young boys, Mike is committed to working for a world class education for every Virginia child. Mike will work to expand early childhood education so that each child has access to a quality pre-K education. Studies show that children who attend pre-K are more prepared for school. Mike will always support efforts to fully fund our public schools and that means not diverting funds to private institutions. We must also pay teachers a better salary. Our children deserve the best teachers and our teachers deserve fair compensation. Mike is proud to have supported a 2% salary increase for teachers last session. Mike has also worked to end the culture of high-stakes testing by eliminating some of the Standards of Learning requirements.

Mike’s commitment to education has earned him the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association.

Environment

Mike is committed to making sure we have an environment that protects our region’s natural beauty and encourages job creation.

These goals are accomplished by:

Protecting the Chesapeake Bay: Jobs in Hampton Roads rely on a clean and protected Chesapeake Bay. Mike will continue to be a strong voice for providing full funding for the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

Promoting Renewable Energy: Mike believes that we must find ways to promote clean energy with investments in wind, solar, and other renewable resources. Mike will also continue to advocate for legislation that will create an electric and clean vehicle infrastructure for the future.

Addressing the Problem of Climate Change: The Virginia Peninsula is created by the York and James Rivers, so the impacts of climate change, particularly flooding, are of great concern to residents and businesses. Mike is committed to expanding our efforts to curb climate change, including renewable energy, efficient modes of transportation, and recycling.

Mike is proud to be endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters.

Health Care

Mike was a strong supporter of expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Medicaid expansion, enacted in 2018, extends coverage to nearly 400,000 Virginians, and put money back into the state budget for schools, mental health, and state employee raises. Mike believes this was a common-sense solution that improves the lives of citizens of the 93rd District and Virginia.

Mike is a strong advocate and supporter of women making their own health choices. That is why Mike has stood in support of Planned Parenthood and advocated for affordable birth control.

Mike has received endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for these efforts.

Safety

Criminal Justice

As a former criminal prosecutor, Mike has been a leader in combating gang violence and cracking down on sex crimes in Hampton Roads. He will always make sure that the most vulnerable in our community are protected.

In Richmond, Mike has put his background in criminal justice to work, focusing on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Too often, Virginia children go straight from the classroom to prison. Mike is working to ensure our system is more focused on educating kids than on channeling them to the criminal justice system.

Mike is a strong advocate for Virginia women and families affected by domestic or sexual abuse. This spring, Governor McAuliffe signed Mike’s legislation to ensure that violent felons will no longer be eligible for first offender status under the state’s domestic violence laws.

Mike was awarded “Champion of Justice” by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys for his work on these issues in Richmond.

Affordable Housing

Mike will support policies that ensure that all Virginians have access to safe and stable homes and any additional resources needed that will enable them to thrive in the community. This includes:

* Increasing funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, a flexible loan and grant resource that addresses a range of local housing needs from homelessness to homeownership

* Promoting home energy efficiency programs that reduce monthly utility costs and help keep housing costs sustainable

* Providing access to permanent and supportive homes for individuals with mental health and disability needs.

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Heather CordascoHeather Cordasco

Current Position: Philanthropy Officer at nonprofit organization
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Philanthropy Officer at nonprofit organization
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Heather Cordasco 1

Source: Campaign page

Heather Cordasco served on the Williamsburg/James City County School Board from 2012-2015.  At Heather’s suggestion, WJCC schools participated in the Northstar Project, an organization that helps schools streamline processes so that more money can go to the classroom. Heather is a strong supporter of teachers and supports competitive salaries and supplying the resources they need in the classroom.

As chair of the 21st Century Career Readiness Committee (formerly Career and Technology), she took a strong interest in career options for students. Heather encouraged the Association for Manufacturing Excellence to adopt the Williamsburg/James City County school system; as a result, students have the opportunity to explore careers in advanced manufacturing during Manufacturing Day. This led to closer relationships with county industries, and to local jobs for WJCC students. She currently sits on the New Horizons Foundation Board, a board that helps students who receive technical training to have funds to pay for trade job expenses, such as certifications and tools. The New Horizons Foundation Board is also a partner in “The Good Life” program that hires students with skills into great jobs right after their high school graduation.

Heather also served on the Special Education Advisory Committee, and the New Horizons Board. She was appointed to the Regional Issues Committee for the Historic Triangle in 2012. Heather has been a member of the Education Committee of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and was recently named the chair of that committee. She has served as the President of Network Peninsula, as a member of the local Red Cross board, and is the former president of the Kingsmill Women’s Social Club. She is currently the chair of the Grove Community Garden.

Heather is also a graduate of LEAD Virginia and a recent graduate of the Lead Historic Triangle Class that is offered through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2011 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and a 2009 Graduate of the James City County Citizens Academy. Heather has served on the Legislative Positions Committee for the Virginia School Boards Association and has been presented with the Award of Excellence from the VSBA twice. She has also advocated for local school systems at the National Virginia School Boards Association Advocacy Conference on Capitol Hill. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Nyack College in New York. She currently works at a nonprofit organization as a Philanthropy Officer, and as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer who holds multiple certifications with a specialty in older adult fitness. She taught a variety of adult fitness classes in James City County. Heather has been married to her husband Carlo for 31 years and has three children, all graduates of James City County Schools. This December, Heather became a grandmother!

Residents of the Peninsula since 1993, the Cordasco family settled in James City County in 2004. Heather chaired the meal committee for the Jamestown High football team for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, feeding 90 boys every week. The Cordasco family worships at Foundations Church in Williamsburg.

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Jobs and the Economy
 
Improving our local economy and creating good paying jobs for peninsula families is important to Heather. Our tourist industry is vital to our local economy and we must do everything we can to continue to make the peninsula an attractive destination for visitors. Making investments that will diversify our economy will go a long way in expanding opportunities at our ports and attracting good paying manufacturing jobs. Keeping taxes low and reducing burdensome regulations help small businesses compete and local families make ends meet. Heather will oppose efforts to raise taxes and demand that our state government lives within its means.

A well-trained work force is a magnet for employers and as a Williamsburg/James City School Board member, Heather helped expand opportunities for students to prepare for careers in cutting edge high-tech manufacturing and the trades. If elected to represent the 93rd district in the General Assembly, Heather will make expanding our local economy a top priority.

Education
 
A passionate advocate for our children’s education, Heather’s background serving our public schools gives her a unique perspective into what our local students, teachers and schools need. Heather’s three children have all graduated from our public school system. She has served on the Williamsburg/James City County School Board, the Special Education Advisory Committee, the New Horizons board and Chaired the 21st Century Career Readiness Committee. She currently sits on the New Horizon’s Foundation board to raise scholarship money for tools and certifications for students who have chosen the trades, manufacturing or construction as a career.

While on the WJCC School Board, she helped create potential employment opportunities for our students by initiating Manufacturing Day. WJCC school system was the first in North American to be adopted by the Association for Manufacturer’s Excellence and to hold Manufacturing Day; a day for students, teachers and parents to explore careers in manufacturing. As a result of these decisions, organic relationships have developed with our local employers.

Heather’s focus will be to ensure that our students have the tools to compete in tomorrow’s global economy while demanding excellence and accountability from every school. Heather believes that the best investment a school system can make is not in a new program or building but in quality teachers to lead our classrooms. While on the school board she also helped implement the Northstar project, that helps schools save money on process so that more money can be put in the classroom. Heather believes that the teacher is the most important asset and has supported pay raises.

We have a lot of terrific schools in the 93rd district but unfortunately, we also have some schools that are underperforming. Heather believes that we need to find ways to get more resources into the classroom but also provide parents of children in failing schools with options to provide their kids the best education possible. Every child should have access to a quality education, regardless of economic or geographic restraints or status.

Veterans and Military
 
Almost ten percent of Virginia residents are active duty military or veterans giving our commonwealth one of the highest concentrations of military residents in the nation. Heather would like to propose legislation of across-the-board credentialing of military spouses or their family members in their chosen profession. Other states have adopted this type of legislation and it is beneficial not only to the family members of our military, but also to our businesses and schools who gain skilled, experienced employees.

Because military families are frequently moving state to state, it’s in many cases practically impossible for a family member to get credentialed or licensed to move their business with them from state to state. By the time they receive their credential or license to do business, they are off moving to another state. As a result, many military family members give up on their businesses entirely. Heather’s legislation would permit military family members from being able to bring their credentials or licenses to Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia would recognize these out-of-state credentials as valid within the Commonwealth. Heather would also like to work on efforts to incentivize our retirees to stay here and reduce the financial burden on them.

Reducing Traffic
 
Heather understands that for far too long our traffic issues on the Peninsula have not been addressed properly. Working to bring solutions to local traffic congestion is a high priority of Heather’s. Peninsula residents would much rather be spending time at home with their families instead of being stuck in traffic.

Heather is committed to building a broad coalition of local stakeholders and elected officials in ensuring the Peninsula gets its fair share of dollars to maintain the infrastructure in the area and see the completion of a third crossing. The completion of this construction is vital in helping reduce the bottle necking that is occurring and keeping residents from getting where they need to go. Traffic is a deterrent for new businesses to relocate into the area and for existing businesses to expand. Heather will also encourage businesses to offer the option of working remotely.

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