VA Senate – NoVA Districts

The Northern Virginia senate districts include: Districts 13, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 39. All NoVA senate districts are represented by Democrats except for Senate District 27 which is represented by Republican Jill Vogel.

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VA Senate 13 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

Dick Saslaw

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Geary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Bell

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

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

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

Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Ronnie Ross III

Current Position: Teacher, Fauquier County
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Jeremy McPike

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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

Adam Ebbin

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Barbara Favola

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Janet Howell

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Jennifer Boysko

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

 

Suzanne Fox

Current Position: Entrepreneur, Loudon County
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Chap Petersen

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Scott Surovell

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Dave Marsden

Current Position: State Senator since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

George Barker

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Dutch Hillenburg

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

Overview: N/A

VA Senate - NoVA DistrictsVA Senate – NoVA Districts

The Northern Virginia senate districts include: Districts 13, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 39. All NoVA senate districts are represented by Democrats except for Senate District 27 which is represented by Republican Jill Vogel.

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Summary

The Northern Virginia senate districts include: Districts 13, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 39. All NoVA senate districts are represented by Democrats except for Senate District 27 which is represented by Republican Jill Vogel.

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NoVA Senate Districts

John Bell

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

VA Senate District 13

VA Senate District #13

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 87 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see John Bell’s post.

Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.

John enlisted in the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from high school. He was consistently recognized during this enlisted career as an outstanding performer and was named the #1 Non Commissioned Officer out of over 5,000 assigned to the Far East in 1992. After completing his bachelors degree in Business Administration and graduating Summa Cum Laude (while serving full time in the Air Force) from Regis University, he was selected for Officer Training School. At Officer Training School, John finished in the Top 10% of graduates and was named a Distinguished Graduate. John was also a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School and was named the U.S. Air Force’s 2006 Outstanding Contributor to Financial Management and Comptrollership.

John now leads a team of financial professionals in the private sector and assists government clients to identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving solutions.

John volunteered as the head tennis coach for the Freedom High School Varsity Boys program from 2008 to 2013. After taking over a team with only 3 victories in school history, Freedom now boasts a powerhouse program and is 66-12 in John’s tenure with a 3A Final Four appearance, 2 Regional titles and 4 District titles. John has also proudly served on Congressman Frank Wolf’s Service Academy Selection Board from 2011 to 2014.

In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, John also has an MBA (finance emphasis) and a Masters in Organizational Development from George Washington University.

John is married and lives in South Riding in Loudoun County with his wife Margaret (also retired Air Force). Margaret is a realtor and is an avid supporter of animal rescue. They have five children and have a proud tradition of military service with 3 children serving: John (6 years active duty Air Force), Josh (6 years Air National guard), and Danielle (10 years in both USAF and ANG).

John was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 to replace Delegate David Ramadan.

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VA Senate 13 - 2019 ElectionVA Senate 13 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

VA Senate District 13

District Map (PDF)

VA Senate District #13

John Bell

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 87 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see John Bell’s post.

Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.

John enlisted in the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from high school. He was consistently recognized during this enlisted career as an outstanding performer and was named the #1 Non Commissioned Officer out of over 5,000 assigned to the Far East in 1992. After completing his bachelors degree in Business Administration and graduating Summa Cum Laude (while serving full time in the Air Force) from Regis University, he was selected for Officer Training School. At Officer Training School, John finished in the Top 10% of graduates and was named a Distinguished Graduate. John was also a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School and was named the U.S. Air Force’s 2006 Outstanding Contributor to Financial Management and Comptrollership.

John now leads a team of financial professionals in the private sector and assists government clients to identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving solutions.

John volunteered as the head tennis coach for the Freedom High School Varsity Boys program from 2008 to 2013. After taking over a team with only 3 victories in school history, Freedom now boasts a powerhouse program and is 66-12 in John’s tenure with a 3A Final Four appearance, 2 Regional titles and 4 District titles. John has also proudly served on Congressman Frank Wolf’s Service Academy Selection Board from 2011 to 2014.

In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, John also has an MBA (finance emphasis) and a Masters in Organizational Development from George Washington University.

John is married and lives in South Riding in Loudoun County with his wife Margaret (also retired Air Force). Margaret is a realtor and is an avid supporter of animal rescue. They have five children and have a proud tradition of military service with 3 children serving: John (6 years active duty Air Force), Josh (6 years Air National guard), and Danielle (10 years in both USAF and ANG).

John was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 to replace Delegate David Ramadan.

Geary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see Geary Higgin’s post.

Elected in November 2011, Geary M. Higgins represents the Catoctin District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He serves as Chair of the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee and is a member of the Joint Board of Supervisors-School Board Committee, having previously served as co-chair of that committee. He is one of two of the Board’s representatives on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and serves as the Board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee.

As the Catoctin District School Board Member from 2000-2004, Geary served as the Chairman of the Personnel Services Committee and on the Legislative Policy and Discipline Committees. He worked extensively on formulating the LCPS budgets and initiated the concept for the Academy of Sciences. Since 1998, Geary has been a Board Member and officer for the Loudoun Museum where he has served as the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Education Committee.

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos’s post.

Jasmine’s passion is advocacy, her specialty in civil, and human rights as she understands that now. We are citizens of the world, and we, should have more comprehensive understanding of Civil Laws and Human Rights. Her practice and experience include working in the Supreme Court in Bolivia, learning international law interpretation, and working in Brazil in a very “heartbreaking field” as she describes. She worked in the Sexual Assault Center Program Advocacy in the “fabelas”(poor villages), in which she met women, children, transgender and gays who were physically, mentally, and sexually abused. She recently received a recognition by the department of education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a year of Service in support of students across the Commonwealth of Virginia with Suicide and Bullying Prevention Programs.

She born in Spain in a Muslim religion culture with Palestinian roots and was raised later in South America with a catholic mother. Jasmine attended a Catholic school for most of her student and college years, as her father worked as diplomat and the military field for many years. She moved to The United States of America as any other immigrant did chasing the “American Dream”. She depicted Virginia as her home for being “warm, welcoming and inspirational”. She works in Virginia integrating immigrants to the American system and recently with victims of human trafficking and forced labor.

Jasmine is a Next Generation Muslim Latinx, her kids two boys and a girl; like to call themselves “CHRISLIMS” Christian and Muslims as they celebrate Ramadan and Christmas as many next generation Chrislims in United States of America.

She is passionate about empowering immigrant minorities and the vulnerable. She recently wrote a book “the Devils skunk” to empower teens and spread awareness of suicidal prevention.
She was invited for the Pluralism Project by the Harvard University.
She also was the public speaker for Sharia laws and Hate Crimes at the Arkansas LAW Bar Association. She has been interviewed by her labor of advocacy with DACA “Dreamers”in Telemundo TV and for Islamophobia prevention and her work at the “Muslim Ban” at the Dulles airport by Al Jazeera TV.
She was one of the few political writers who help readers decide to vote for candidates who support our ideals and keep their promises. Her articles are all over the internet under Washington Post and Huffington Post.
She is the founder of NAPAC National ProAmerica Coalition in which she is working in a bill called Bullying Prevention Act.
She is member of the board of ARD American Rights Defenders who along NACA The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America have helped many subprime and later on Alt-A , and Prime mortgage and homeowners people to fight for their homes in foreclosure in 2010 and 2011 from predatory lending from National Corporates like JP Morgan part of Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with Countrywide around USA and mainly in Virginia.
On 2014 Jasmine went against an establishment, the FBI and she got her name LADYJ the UNDERDOG ,because she was the first person who was able to find justice in Maryland criminalizing and pushing a sentence for an FBI supervisor of counterterrorism who violently try to kill her 14 year old son while off duty, for the only reason of being Hispanics.
On 2018 she become a University of Virginia fellow trough their Sorensen Institute.
She has been awarded with the 40 under 40 DC Prospanica for the best notorious leaders of 2017.
She is working with HUDSON LINK project to bring higher education to inmates in Virginia as the same program in New York.

She grassroot for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign in New York and many others locally, as they follow same political ideology and movement.

As the year progresses she wants you to know that running for office is not an easy task. When you decide for a candidate do your homework, check what he or she has been doing for the community during this past years their political views and affiliations, because few will stay in their promises once they reach their positions unless they have worked in service for years.

Jasmine has been working with the immigrant community, the children and the seniors for more than ten years and that makes her very sensible to the vulnerable.

And like “LADY J” the UNDERDOG and your future Senator says , it is not about a political party ,it is a political revolution, a social movement that started with few but now are so many…who fights injustice and rejects corruption.

Issues

Guns

Geary Higgins
Second Amendment –  I believe strongly in protecting our 2nd amendment rights.  Every year, more legislation is introduced that takes away our constitutional rights.  As a proven, committed conservative, you wont have to worry how I will vote on these important issues.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

Education

Geary Higgins

Commitment to Students, Teachers, Families and Innovation

I am the only candidate with proven experience supporting excellence, efficiency and accountability in our schools having served as a Loudoun County School Board member and Co-Chairman of the Loudoun Joint School Board and Board of Supervisors Committee.  As Supervisor, we increased the Loudoun County School budget each year to meet our growing demands for schools, increased starting teacher and mid-career teacher pay in Loudoun, and funded the Academy of Loudoun, which I initiated as a school board member, that seeks to empower students to explore, research, collaborate, innovate, and to make meaningful contributions to the world in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As your Senator, I will fight for state resources to adequately fund the needs of the Loudoun and Prince William public school systems. It is critical that we continue to invest in our students and our K-12 education system. Additionally, adequately investing on our K-12 education system reduces the financial burden on local jurisdictions.  When school budgets are not adequately funded, local tax money is reallocated from other important resources like public safety or worse taxes are raised on residents to pay for school funding. Choice for our students is also important and I will support school choice initiatives and equal access measures that support our home school communities so parents and families can make the best education decisions for their family.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

Health Care

Geary Higgins

Access and Affordability
Access to quality health care for Virginians in the Commonwealth is as important as ever.  Families are balancing day-to-day demands on their budgets; housing costs, taxes, day care, education, and commuting costs.  Health care costs are no different. Governor Northam’s veto of common-sense legislation passed by the house and senate last year that would have given Virginians the option of purchasing lower-cost catastrophic healthcare compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an example of the Governor’s view that government knows better than individuals themselves.  I will work with my Senate colleagues to provide reasonable and affordable healthcare to all Virginians.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

Abortion

Geary Higgins

Pro Life
I am 100% committed to protecting the life of the unborn.  Recent attempts by the Governor and some members of the general assembly to pass legislation allowing for the aborting of children…after they are born, must be stopped.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

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Dick Saslaw 3Dick Saslaw

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Dick Saslaw

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman
    Gasoline and auto service industry.

Education

  • B.S. in economics
    University of Maryland

Awards

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Janet Muldoon,Josue Turrubiates

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

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

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

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

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

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

2015 State Senator

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

2011 State Senator

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

2007 State Senator

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

2003 State Senator

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance
Rules

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fiscal Responsibility

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

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

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

Civil Rights

Champion for Women’s Rights

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

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

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

Economy

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

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

Environment

Energy Modernization and Security

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

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

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

Health Care

Medicaid Expansion

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

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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

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

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

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

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

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

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

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

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Geary HigginsGeary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Elected in November 2011, Geary M. Higgins represents the Catoctin District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He serves as Chair of the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee and is a member of the Joint Board of Supervisors-School Board Committee, having previously served as co-chair of that committee. He is one of two of the Board’s representatives on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and serves as the Board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee.

As the Catoctin District School Board Member from 2000-2004, Geary served as the Chairman of the Personnel Services Committee and on the Legislative Policy and Discipline Committees. He worked extensively on formulating the LCPS budgets and initiated the concept for the Academy of Sciences. Since 1998, Geary has been a Board Member and officer for the Loudoun Museum where he has served as the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Education Committee.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Vice President
    Labor Relations for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • Member
    NECA’s executive committee
  • Treasurer
    Council on Industrial Relations
  • Executive Committee Member & Treasurer
    Electrical Training Alliance

    Electrical Training Alliance is the committee responsible for the training of all union journeymen and apprentices in the electrical construction industry.

Volunteer Experience

Geary serves as a trustee for the for the NECA-IBEW Family Medical Health Care Plan. He is a fellow of The Academy of Electrical Contracting.

    Education

    • Business Administration
      Clarion University, Pennsylvania

      Double major in Management and Marketing.

    Web

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    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Second Amendment

    Second Amendment –  I believe strongly in protecting our 2nd amendment rights.  Every year, more legislation is introduced that takes away our constitutional rights.  As a proven, committed conservative, you wont have to worry how I will vote on these important issues.

    Education

    Education – Commitment to Students, Teachers, Families and Innovation

    I am the only candidate with proven experience supporting excellence, efficiency and accountability in our schools having served as a Loudoun County School Board member and Co-Chairman of the Loudoun Joint School Board and Board of Supervisors Committee.  As Supervisor, we increased the Loudoun County School budget each year to meet our growing demands for schools, increased starting teacher and mid-career teacher pay in Loudoun, and funded the Academy of Loudoun, which I initiated as a school board member, that seeks to empower students to explore, research, collaborate, innovate, and to make meaningful contributions to the world in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    As your Senator, I will fight for state resources to adequately fund the needs of the Loudoun and Prince William public school systems. It is critical that we continue to invest in our students and our K-12 education system. Additionally, adequately investing on our K-12 education system reduces the financial burden on local jurisdictions.  When school budgets are not adequately funded, local tax money is reallocated from other important resources like public safety or worse taxes are raised on residents to pay for school funding. Choice for our students is also important and I will support school choice initiatives and equal access measures that support our home school communities so parents and families can make the best education decisions for their family.

    Health Care

    HealthCare – Access and Affordability

    Access to quality health care for Virginians in the Commonwealth is as important as ever.  Families are balancing day-to-day demands on their budgets; housing costs, taxes, day care, education, and commuting costs.  Health care costs are no different. Governor Northam’s veto of common-sense legislation passed by the house and senate last year that would have given Virginians the option of purchasing lower-cost catastrophic healthcare compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an example of the Governor’s view that government knows better than individuals themselves.  I will work with my Senate colleagues to provide reasonable and affordable healthcare to all Virginians.

    Pro Life

    I am 100% committed to protecting the life of the unborn.  Recent attempts by the Governor and some members of the general assembly to pass legislation allowing for the aborting of children…after they are born, must be stopped.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    Congested roadways and long commutes steal time away from our families, are unsafe, and negatively impact our quality of life.  When I was elected to the Board of Supervisors we immediately started to focus on transportation.

    • Beginning in my 2012 term we dedicated two cents of our tax rate specifically to roads.
    • We also added over $150 million each year for road construction and successfully funded critical road improvements such as Route 15 North of Leesburg Corridor, the Route 7 Overpasses at Belmont Ridge Road, the Route 7 overpass at Ashburn Village Boulevard, the Route 7 Climbing Lane West of Leesburg, Waxpool Road, Northstar Boulevard, Braddock Road Widening and many more. We have also focused on improving our western corridors with roundabouts and safety studies; Route 9, Route 15, Route 7, Evergreen Mill Road, Woods Road, and Route 287.
    • In 2013, I along with my colleagues on the Board at that time sued the Greenway for high tolls that “materially discouraged the use of the Greenway.” We were hearing from residents who avoided the Greenway due to the high tolls and the additional burden it placed on our commuting residents. Because of this we were faced with congestion spilling over on alternate roads such as Route 7, Waxpool Road, and Route 50. The buildout of Gloucester Parkway to Route 28 was in most part due to congestion on Waxpool Road from drivers avoiding the Greenway.
    • The Route 15 Corridor North of Leesburg is the project of which I am most proud. On any given day, Route 15 is full of traffic, shut downs and accidents.  I took on this politically charged project to give the residents piece of mind. In less than one-years’ time my office working with our Transportation Department established a stakeholder working group, conducted extensive public outreach, presented and analyzed various corridor solutions, and secured vital funding for Route 15 improvements.  Most of the funding for the project ($54 MILLION) was secured in an unprecedented six months. The project is now in the design phase with construction scheduled to begin in FY2022.

    As your Senator,

    • I will continue my work as Supervisor to eliminate oppressive tolls on residents.
    • Secure fair share of transportation revenue for Northern Virginia Road Projects
    • Protect Transportation Trust Funds. Roads should be our top funding priority through the Trust Fund and not raided for other initiatives.
    • Work to implement Metro reforms and accountability
    • Increase funding for Rural Road Maintenance
    • Increase VDOT funding for road paving

    Loudoun County State Park

    After seven years of hard work with the Board of Supervisors and the General Assembly, I was finally able to bring what will now be an 880-acre State Park to Loudoun. After two unsuccessful years of trying to obtain funding from the General Assembly, I was able to identify funding from the County’s Land Acquisition Fund to purchase the property.  This is a game changer for Loudoun, our rural economy and the region. The Loudoun State Park will be an important contributor to Loudoun’s $1.7 billion tourism industry. Park visitors will be able to experience and explore our surrounding history, equine industry, farms, wineries, breweries and bed and breakfasts and other great experiences like our Artisan Trail, Wine Country Passport and the LoCo Ale trail. The park will also provide an important connection to Harper’s Ferry National Park, the Appalachian Trail and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Future expansion will also preserve a considerable piece of history as this land includes the route Mosby’s Rangers took to attack the federal camp of Cole’s Cavalry almost one-hundred and fifty five years ago on that cold and snowy day – January 10, 1864.

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    Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

    Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
    Affiliation: Other
    Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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    Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
    Affiliation: Other
    Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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    Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Jasmine’s passion is advocacy, her specialty in civil, and human rights as she understands that now. We are citizens of the world, and we, should have more comprehensive understanding of Civil Laws and Human Rights. Her practice and experience include working in the Supreme Court in Bolivia, learning international law interpretation, and working in Brazil in a very “heartbreaking field” as she describes. She worked in the Sexual Assault Center Program Advocacy in the “fabelas”(poor villages), in which she met women, children, transgender and gays who were physically, mentally, and sexually abused. She recently received a recognition by the department of education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a year of Service in support of students across the Commonwealth of Virginia with Suicide and Bullying Prevention Programs.

    She born in Spain in a Muslim religion culture with Palestinian roots and was raised later in South America with a catholic mother. Jasmine attended a Catholic school for most of her student and college years, as her father worked as diplomat and the military field for many years. She moved to The United States of America as any other immigrant did chasing the “American Dream”. She depicted Virginia as her home for being “warm, welcoming and inspirational”. She works in Virginia integrating immigrants to the American system and recently with victims of human trafficking and forced labor.

    Jasmine is a Next Generation Muslim Latinx, her kids two boys and a girl; like to call themselves “CHRISLIMS” Christian and Muslims as they celebrate Ramadan and Christmas as many next generation Chrislims in United States of America.

    She is passionate about empowering immigrant minorities and the vulnerable. She recently wrote a book “the Devils skunk” to empower teens and spread awareness of suicidal prevention.
    She was invited for the Pluralism Project by the Harvard University.
    She also was the public speaker for Sharia laws and Hate Crimes at the Arkansas LAW Bar Association. She has been interviewed by her labor of advocacy with DACA “Dreamers”in Telemundo TV and for Islamophobia prevention and her work at the “Muslim Ban” at the Dulles airport by Al Jazeera TV.
    She was one of the few political writers who help readers decide to vote for candidates who support our ideals and keep their promises. Her articles are all over the internet under Washington Post and Huffington Post.
    She is the founder of NAPAC National ProAmerica Coalition in which she is working in a bill called Bullying Prevention Act.
    She is member of the board of ARD American Rights Defenders who along NACA The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America have helped many subprime and later on Alt-A , and Prime mortgage and homeowners people to fight for their homes in foreclosure in 2010 and 2011 from predatory lending from National Corporates like JP Morgan part of Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with Countrywide around USA and mainly in Virginia.
    On 2014 Jasmine went against an establishment, the FBI and she got her name LADYJ the UNDERDOG ,because she was the first person who was able to find justice in Maryland criminalizing and pushing a sentence for an FBI supervisor of counterterrorism who violently try to kill her 14 year old son while off duty, for the only reason of being Hispanics.
    On 2018 she become a University of Virginia fellow trough their Sorensen Institute.
    She has been awarded with the 40 under 40 DC Prospanica for the best notorious leaders of 2017.
    She is working with HUDSON LINK project to bring higher education to inmates in Virginia as the same program in New York.

    She grassroot for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign in New York and many others locally, as they follow same political ideology and movement.

    As the year progresses she wants you to know that running for office is not an easy task. When you decide for a candidate do your homework, check what he or she has been doing for the community during this past years their political views and affiliations, because few will stay in their promises once they reach their positions unless they have worked in service for years.

    Jasmine has been working with the immigrant community, the children and the seniors for more than ten years and that makes her very sensible to the vulnerable.

    And like “LADY J” the UNDERDOG and your future Senator says , it is not about a political party ,it is a political revolution, a social movement that started with few but now are so many…who fights injustice and rejects corruption.

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    John Bell 1John Bell

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

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

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

    Summary

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

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

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

    About

    John Bell

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.

    John enlisted in the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from high school. He was consistently recognized during this enlisted career as an outstanding performer and was named the #1 Non Commissioned Officer out of over 5,000 assigned to the Far East in 1992. After completing his bachelors degree in Business Administration and graduating Summa Cum Laude (while serving full time in the Air Force) from Regis University, he was selected for Officer Training School. At Officer Training School, John finished in the Top 10% of graduates and was named a Distinguished Graduate. John was also a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School and was named the U.S. Air Force’s 2006 Outstanding Contributor to Financial Management and Comptrollership.

    John now leads a team of financial professionals in the private sector and assists government clients to identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving solutions.

    John volunteered as the head tennis coach for the Freedom High School Varsity Boys program from 2008 to 2013. After taking over a team with only 3 victories in school history, Freedom now boasts a powerhouse program and is 66-12 in John’s tenure with a 3A Final Four appearance, 2 Regional titles and 4 District titles. John has also proudly served on Congressman Frank Wolf’s Service Academy Selection Board from 2011 to 2014.

    In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, John also has an MBA (finance emphasis) and a Masters in Organizational Development from George Washington University.

    John is married and lives in South Riding in Loudoun County with his wife Margaret (also retired Air Force). Margaret is a realtor and is an avid supporter of animal rescue. They have five children and have a proud tradition of military service with 3 children serving: John (6 years active duty Air Force), Josh (6 years Air National guard), and Danielle (10 years in both USAF and ANG).

    John was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 to replace Delegate David Ramadan.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Management consultant
      2019 to present
    • Military Service
      USAF
      1991 to 2007

    Education

    • BS
      Regis University, CO
      2019 to 1991
    • MBA
      Western New England College
      2019 to 2000
    • MA
      George Washington University
      2019 to 2005

    Personal

    Birth Year: 1963
    Place of Birth: Louisville, KY
    Gender: Male
    Race(s): Caucasian
    Religion: Roman Catholic
    Spouse: Margaret Rose Spataro
    Children: Danielle Tipps, John Manning, Joshua, Saoirse, Kyle Thornburgh

    Membership & Affiliation: American Society of Military Comptrollers
    Loudoun County Democratic Committee

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: David Choi
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Lisa Shiffert

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1087

    District Office
    P.O. Box 223822
    Chantilly, Virginia 20153

    Phone: (571) 367-9080

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    John J. Bell (D)44,76254.26%
    Geary M. Higgins (R)37,64545.63%
    Write-In (Write-in)950.12%
    TOTAL82,502

    2017 State DelegateArray

    John Bell (D)18,23461.7%
    Subba Rao Kolla (R)11,23638.0%
    Write In (Write-in)670.2%
    TOTAL29,537

    2015 State DelegateArray

    John Bell (D)8,20349.9%
    Chuong Dong Nguyen (R)7,88347.9%
    Brian Thomas Suojanen (L)3432.1%
    Write In (Write-in)1818%
    TOTAL16,447

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    Source: VPAP

    Committees

    Committees

    Counties Cities and Towns
    Militia, Police and Public Safety
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
    Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
    House Appropriations
    House Counties Cities and Towns
    House Militia Police and Public Safety
    School Readiness Committee
    War Memorial Board, Virginia

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Ballotpedia

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    Jill Vogel 1Jill Vogel

    Current Position: State Senator since 2008
    Affiliation: Republican

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2008
    Affiliation: Republican

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

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

    About

    Jill Vogel

    Source: Campaign page

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

    Jill is currently serving a third term in the Senate of Virginia, where she represents Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, Fauquier County, and parts of Loudoun, Culpeper and Stafford counties. She serves on the General Laws and Technology Committee, the Rules Committee the Finance Committee, and the Privileges and Elections Committee of which she is the chairman. In addition, Jill is chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Technology and serves on the Subcommittee on Claims. Jill was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Parole Review and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. She remains a member of the Commemorative Commission to Honor theContributions of the Women of Virginia.

    In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia. She has also been named a Champion of Justice by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys and a Catalyst for change by the Arc of Virginia. In addition, she received an Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and in 2014, she was the only member of the Virginia Senate to receive a 100 percent score from the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership.

    Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Jill is a wife, mother, and business owner. She volunteers her time helping civic and charitable organizations and she resides in Fauquier County with her husband and children.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    Education

    • JD
      DePaul University’s Law School
      2019 to present
    • BA, government and religion
      College of William and Mary
      2019 to present

    Awards

    • Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police (2019)
    • Legislator of the Year by Virginia Courts Clerks Association (2019)
    • Legislator of the Year by Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia (2019)
    • Champion of Justice by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys (2019)
    • Catalyst for change by the Arc of Virginia (2019)
    • Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District (2019)
    • 100 percent score from the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership (2014)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistants: Jennifer Moon, Angela Bell, Canon Cochran

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E612
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7527
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    45 North Hill Drive, Suite 100
    Warrenton, VA 20186
    Phone: (540) 662-4551
    Fax: (540) 341-8809

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Flickr

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    A member of the Virginia and Washington D.C. bars, Vogel specializes in laws relating to charitable and nonprofit organizations, as well as campaign finance and ethics. Vogel served as Deputy General Counsel in the Department of Energy, before starting her own law firm, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky. Vogel became the Chief Counsel of the Republican National Committee in February 2004 (she had previously been Deputy Chief Counsel, as well as involved in the 2000 Florida recount and as a staff counsel at the 1996 Republican National Convention).

    She was elected to the Senate of Virginia (a part-time position) as a Republican in 2007, after long-term state senator Russ Potts retired, defeating several opponents in the Republican primary and the general election. She represents much of the territory that was once represented by former Governor and U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. and former U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. It was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican; the GOP has held the seat without interruption since Harry, Jr.’s appointment to the U. S. Senate in 1965.

    Vogel faced a contentious race in 2007, winning by only 661 votes as the Democrats regained control of the Senate. She was re-elected by a wider margin in 2011.

    In 2012, Vogel attracted nationwide media attention for a bill she introduced requiring abortion clinics to provide ultrasounds, which she described as necessary for fully informed consent. In 2015, Vogel’s candidacy for reelection was unopposed. She became the Caucus Whip for the Republican party in the state Senate.

    In 2016, she introduced legislation to allow victims of domestic violence to more easily and quickly obtain concealed weapons permits. That same year, she also gained nationwide media attention for helping repeal laws that allowed “child marriage” involving pregnant minors. In 2017, she sought to curb gerrymandering by introducing a bill establishing more specific criteria for redistricting in Virginia. She also introduced legislation to legalize medicinal use of non-psychoactive cannabis oils for a range of conditions.

    In 2017, after an unusually bitter primary battle,[Vogel became the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2017. She lost to Democrat Justin Fairfax in the general election on November 7, 2017. If she had been elected, she would have become the first female Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Jill H. Vogel (R)43,35364.20%
    Ronnie J. Ross III (D)24,11435.71%
    Write-In (Write-in)650.10%
    TOTAL67,532

    2017 Lt. Governor

    Justin Fairfax (D)1,368,41252.7%
    Jill Vogel (R)1,224,52047.2%
    Write In (Write-in)2,6060.1%
    TOTAL2,595,538

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Jill Vogel (R)34,20397.3%
    Write In (Write-in)9642.7%
    TOTAL35,167

    2011 State SenatorArray

    Jill Vogel (R)24,55574.6%
    Shaun Derrick Broy (D)7,63623.2%
    Donald C. Marro (D)6812.1%
    Write In (Write-in)450.1%
    TOTAL32,917

    2007 State SenatorArray

    Jill Vogel (R)24,96048.4%
    Karen K. Schultz (D)24,30147.2%
    Donald C. Marro ()2,1704.2%
    Write In (Write-in)900.2%
    TOTAL51,521

    Source: Department of Elections

    Finances

    VOGEL, JILL HOLTZMAN has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,377,678.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Privileges and Elections, Chair
    Finance
    General Laws and Technology
    Rules

    Appointments

    Gubernatorial Appointments – Joint Subcommittee on
    Land Conservation Foundation, Board of Trustees
    Rappahannock River Basin Commission
    Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Economy

    Unleash Economic Growth

    There is no question that Virginians are feeling the impact of the national recession.  Rising fuel prices, a slowdown in our housing market, droves of unemployed college graduates, and the overall economic uncertainty has caused many of our families to cut back and to make difficult budget decisions.

    As state leaders, we have taken our cue from the great citizens of the Commonwealth and have acted accordingly through tough economic times.
    In an unprecedented show of bipartisan unity in the General Assembly, and with strong leadership under Governor Bob McDonnell, we balanced the budget, implemented money saving reforms, and passed measures that are designed to position the Commonwealth as a leader in job creation and in attracting new businesses.

    I believe we have a unique opportunity to make Virginia the most dynamic and business-friendly state by creating conditions that spur innovation, entrepreneurialism and a pro-growth economic environment.

    Education

    Push for Higher Education

    Providing a quality education will be a key factor to ensuring success for our children and ultimately success for our Commonwealth’s economic future.

     I co-patroned the 2011 Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act in support of the Governor’s call for higher education reform to make education more affordable and accessible to Virginia’s families. The initiatives place a greater emphasis on science and technology degrees and innovative private-public partnerships to create a highly educated workforce ready to compete in the 21st century global economy.

     Education for Virginia’s Veterans

    Providing education benefits will serve to help veterans transition back to civilian life. Virginia is home to 823,000 veterans, which is the 7th largest population of veterans in the country. Projections show that Virginia will rank as the 4th largest in the nation by 2016. The growing population of veterans make up an important and integral segment of our society. We must therefore take measures to expand education benefits for a new generation of veterans.

    Health Care

    Protect Healthcare Freedom

    Veterans

    Honor Our Veterans

    Virginia is home to 823,000 veterans, which is the 7th largest population of veterans in the country.  With thousands of military personnel returning home within the next few years, projections show that Virginia will rank as the 4th largest in the nation by 2016.
    The growing population of veterans makes up an important and integral segment of our society.  It is critical that we take measures to ensure they have the right resources to transition into civilian life after serving our country.
    As a member of the General Laws and Technology Committee and the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, I have authored and supported legislation to improve the lives of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and have sacrificed for all of us.
    In 2011 it was my legislation that created a Department of Veterans Affairs to create more opportunities for Virginia to provide resources to our veterans.  They deserve all of the resources that that we can provide and the benefits that they have earned.

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    Ronnie Ross III- FIRonnie Ross III

    Current Position: Teacher, Fauquier County
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Senator

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: Teacher, Fauquier County
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Candidate: 2019 State Senator

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Campaign page

    Ronnie Ross is a teacher, coach, and school administrator who lives in western Loudoun County.  Ronnie and his wife Josie have one child: Ronnie. Jr. In fact, it was the birth of his son and the encouragement of his wife that convinced Ronnie to run.  He became deeply anxious about the world we were creating–and leaving–not just for little Ronnie, but for all of our children. When he mentioned to Josie that it would be difficult to run with an infant in the household, she responded with words he would never forget: “That’s fine. It will be hard.  But, when it feels like too much, you can always just look into your son’s eyes and know why you’re doing this.”

    Ronnie came to Virginia a decade ago, following a job offer during the worst stretch of the Great Recession.  He had graduated summa cum laude from Wittenberg University and was also a member of the national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.  However, job prospects were bleak as fewer than one-fifth of graduates in the class of 2009 had a job at the time of graduation. When Ronnie was offered a chance to teach English in Warrenton, Virginia, he jumped at the opportunity to pursue his passion, what he considers to be his life’s work. In 2014, Ronnie went on to earn a Masters of Science in Education, with a focus in School Leadership, from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Since that time, Ronnie has made Virginia his home.  Indeed, he has specifically chosen to raise his family here, having fallen in love with the land and its people.  Ronnie grew up in Appalachia, on the Ohio side of the mountain, the son of two public school teachers. There, his parents ingrained the values of hard work and toughness, but also of compassion and empathy.  Most of all, they instilled the value of community. Ronnie found these same values on this side of the mountain, and he has eagerly decided to make his life here. He and his family attend Holy Cross Abbey and they are also active members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church where Ronnie is a member of its School Advisory Board.

    Ronnie’s personal and professional experience have given him strong insights into the needs of Virginia Senate District 27, whether it’s representing people’s needs in Richmond or listening to them in Boyce.  However, he knows that the biggest part of fighting for you is listening to you, and Ronnie is eager to do both.

    “When I was born on the other side of the mountains in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, my parents raised me to take personal responsibility and to be a man of my word.  None of that has changed as I raise my own family over here in this side of the mountains, in western Virginia.” So, with that in mind, Ronnie promises:

    • He will not take money from Dominion or Appalachian Power
    • He will not take money from corporate PAC’s 
    • He will hold a listening session in every precinct in the 27th
    • He will make pragmatic decisions based on the best available science and data
    • He will make every effort to work across the aisle as long as his colleagues operate in good faith

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Teacher
      Fauquier County
      2009 to 2019

    Education

    • MS Education
      UVA
      2014
    • BA
      Wittenberg University
      2009

      Graduated summa cum laude and was also a member of the national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa

    Personal

    Membership & Affiliation

    Attends Holy Cross Abbey and also active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church where Ronnie is a member of its School Advisory Board.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

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    Jeremy McPike

    Current Position: State Senator since 2016
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2016
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

    About

    Jeremy McPike

    Source: Campaign page

    Jeremy Scott McPike (born September 19, 1975) is an American politician from Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, McPike is the member of the Virginia Senate, who has represented the 29th district since the 2015 election.

    Jeremy McPike has spent his life in Prince William County, attending Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary, Fred Lynn Middle and graduating from Gar-Field High School.

    Paying for school expenses by working as a construction laborer and eventually as a construction superintendent, Jeremy attended George Mason University for his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Public Administration degrees.

    For the last 16 years, Jeremy has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department, where he is a Captain and has been honored with Life Membership. He helped found and serves as president of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Foundation, well known in the community for its Santa visits to kids fighting cancer and its support of public safety initiatives.

    Jeremy has also worked for the City of Alexandria for the last 15 years, currently serving as the Director of General Services. In this role, he works to make sure public building projects come in on time and on budget, and has established gleaning programs and SNAP/EBT at local Farmers’ Markets so healthy foods can reach the most vulnerable, and has led animal shelter operations, new public-private partnerships for the city, and sustainable green building policies.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Director of General Services
      City of Alexandria
      2004 to present

    Volunteer Experience

    • volunteer firefighter and EMT
      Dale City Volunteer Fire Department
      2003 to present

    Education

    • Master’s of Public Administration
      George Mason University
      2019 to present
    • Bachelor’s of Public Administration
      George Mason University
      2019 to present

    Contact

    Legislative Assistants: Jim Rogers, Denia Rauls

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E511
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7529

    District Office
    P. O. Box 2819
    Woodbridge, VA 22195
    Phone: (571) 316-0581

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Jeremy S. McPike (D)35,14891.10%
    Write-In (Write-in)3,4358.90%
    TOTAL38,583

    2016 State SenatorArray

    Jeremy McPike (D)16,48953.7%
    Harry Jacob Parrish, II (R)14,13146.1%
    Write In (Write-in)600.2%
    TOTAL30,680

    Source: Department of Elections

    Finances

    MCPIKE, JEREMY  has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,900,476.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    General Laws and Technology
    Local Government
    Rehabilitation and Social Services

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Governance

    Promoting government accountability

    Democracy

    Promoting transparency

    Voters throughout Virginia have lost much of their confidence in the electoral process, due in no small part to gerrymandering in districts across the commonwealth. Politicians have picked their own voters before voters have picked them. As the former Northern Virginia Chair for OneVirginia2021, a bipartisan organization advocating independent and impartial drawing of districts, Jeremy considers fair redistricting one of his fundamental policy goals, even if it means being drawn out of his district in the future.

    Economy

    Creating good jobs closer to home

    Jeremy believes that anyone who is willing to work hard should be able to earn enough to support their family, which is why he supports raising the minimum wage in Virginia. Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy because they help create jobs close to home and improve our local infrastructure. As state senator, Jeremy will promote a small business agenda that includes tax incentives for local business, giving Virginia businesses the first crack at state contracts, and supporting efforts to make it easier for employees to telecommute.

    Education

    Reforming SOL testing and investing in our schools

    Jeremy grew up going to our local public schools, the schools that his three daughters go to. He knows firsthand that Virginia’s standardized testing system is broken – it doesn’t work for parents, it doesn’t work for teachers, and it definitely doesn’t work for our students. Jeremy will fight to reform SOL testing so teachers can treat students like individuals, instead of teaching to a test, and emphasize the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy. And by raising teachers’ pay and reducing class sizes, Jeremy knows we can provide our children with the opportunities they deserve.

    Health Care

    Expanding access to quality health care

    Jeremy will be a champion for affordable, quality health care in Prince William, Manassas, Manassas Park, and across Virginia. As a firefighter and an EMT, he has seen firsthand where access to preventive care could have helped those in need.  He will fight to expand Medicaid so that more uninsured Virginians, including children, can have access to the health care they need and deserve.

    Infrastructure

    Taking action on our traffic crisis L

    Like many of us, Jeremy spends two hours every day just getting to and from work. As a father, he knows that time stuck in traffic means time away from our families. Jeremy will fight to get our fair share of transportation funding from Richmond, prioritize Route 28 and Route 1, oppose tolls on I-66, and work to finally extend the Metro and expand VRE services.

    Safety

    Reducing gun violence

    As a first responder, Jeremy has seen the devastation of gun violence up close. That’s why he’s committed to advancing commonsense gun safety measures, like universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and blocking domestic abusers’ access to firearms

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    Adam Ebbin 1Adam Ebbin

    Current Position: State Senator since 2012
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2012
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    About

    Adam Ebbin

    Source: Campaign page

    Virginia Senator Adam P. Ebbin took office in January 2012 after serving for eight years in the House of Delegates.

    Adam represents the 30th Senate District, consisting of approximately 200,000 residents who reside in portions of Arlington, Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon and Lee Magisterial Districts. The district borders the Potomac River and includes Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate.

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

    Adam has distinguished himself as a voice for the easily exploited. He has won approval of legislation to enable lower interest rates on deferred property taxes for seniors (HB 2635, 2005); to create a solar resource fund to increase production of clean energy (HB 2919, 2011); to create a Public Defender office in Arlington County (HB 1500, 2004); to provide support to victims of human trafficking (SB 259, 2012 and HB 2190, 2011); and to provide prenatal care for immigrant mothers (SB 568, 2012). He also led a bipartisan effort that provided access to life insurance benefits to domestic partners (HB 865, 2008 and HB 352, 2010) and has served as Chair of the Virginia Commission on the Prevention of Human Trafficking.

    In the General Assembly, Adam serves on three Senate Committees: General Laws and Technology; Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; and Privileges & Elections. He is a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the School Readiness Committee, the Virginia Geographic Information Network Advisory Board, the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, the Joint Subcommittee on Block Grants and the Task force to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. He is also a founding member of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention.

    His leadership skills were previously recognized by Governor Mark Warner, who in 2002 appointed Adam to serve as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry.
    A native of Commack, New York, Adam has resided in Alexandria since 1989 and is a 1985 graduate of American University in Washington, DC. He was a Fellow with the Flemming Foundation for Legislative Leadership in 2006 and at the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership in 2000. In 2012, Adam was also a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Chief Deputy Commissioner
      Department of Labor and Industry
      2002 to 2006

    Education

    • BA
      American University
      2019 to present

    Contact

    Legislative Assistants: Christopher Leyen, Henry Watkins

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E520
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7530
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    P. O. Box 26415
    Alexandria, VA 22313
    Phone: (571) 384-8957

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    House of Delegates
    He first sought the 49th district seat in 2003, narrowly winning a five-person Democratic primary and facing no Republican opponent in the general election. He took office in January 2004 and was re-elected unopposed in 2005. Ebbin faced only an Independent Green opponent in 2007, winning easily, and ran unopposed in 2009. The district includes a large part of South Arlington, the Del Ray and Arlandria portions of the City of Alexandria and parts of Bailey’s Crossroads in Fairfax County.

    State Senate
    Ebbin decided to give up his seat in the House of Delegates to run for the Virginia State Senate in 2011, following Patsy Ticer’s announcement that she would not seek re-election. He ran in the 30th district, comprising parts of Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County; the district leans heavily Democratic.

    He faced a heated Democratic primary election held on August 23, 2011, with two opponents: Rob Krupicka, a member of the Alexandria city council, and Libby Garvey, a member of the Arlington school board. Krupicka, who led in fundraising, was widely considered the favorite but Ebbin prevailed narrowly in what local newspapers called an “upset” and a “shocker”. Ebbin took 39% of the vote to Krupicka’s 36% and Garvey’s 25% – a margin of 335 votes. The 30th district race was the second most expensive primary in the state, with the three Democratic candidates raising a combined $746,000. In the general election, Ebbin faced Republican candidate Tim McGhee and prevailed easily. He took office as a Virginia state senator on January 11, 2012.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Adam P. Ebbin (D)42,85091.67%
    Write-In (Write-in)3,8958.33%
    TOTAL46,745

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Adam Ebbin (D)27,27476.7%
    James Ronald Fisher (R)7,43120.9%
    Write In (Write-in)8422.4%
    TOTAL35,547

    2011 State SenatorArray

    Adam Ebbin (D)20,96864.7%
    Timothy Thomas Christensen McGhee (R)11,34935.0%
    Write In (Write-in)1020.3%
    TOTAL32,419

    Source: Department of Elections

    Finances

    EBBIN, ADAM P has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,527,704.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
    General Laws and Technology
    Privileges and Elections

    Appointments

    Block Grants
    Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Task Force to Commemorate the
    Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
    Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
    Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
    School Readiness Committee

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    His 2020 priorities include passing new gun control legislation, decriminalizing marijuana use, raising the minimum wage and barring anti-LGBT discrimination.

    Civil Rights

    Gay Marriage

    “Virginia is waking up from history. At long last, gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry. This victory was a long time in coming, and it might have been longer still if countless Virginians had not chosen to fight for equality and justice. I am proud of the work that they have done — and continue to do every day. We have made immense progress, but we have to keep going. In many parts of the country, marriage equality is still out of reach. Here in our Commonwealth, we still need to enact workplace and other non-discrimination protections. I look forward to continuing to fight for those laws.” — Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria)

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    Barbara Favola 2Barbara Favola

    Current Position: State Senator since 2012
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2012
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    About

    Barbara Favola

    Source: Campaign page

    Prior to her election as a State Senator, she served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years (1997-2011) and chaired that body three times.  During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board’s leading advocate for children, youth and families, and her contributions to the community include establishing mental health services in the public schools.

    Throughout her public life, she has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights.  In the Virginia Senate, Barbara is focusing her legislative efforts on women’s reproductive rights, health care access, K-12 education funding, workforce training, safety net programs, helping foster children, preventing domestic violence and sensible environmental policies.  Senator Favola also believes that a living wage is essential for families and communities to thrive.  She acknowledges that job creation and economic security are the cornerstones of a vibrant Commonwealth and a secure future.

    Senator Favola serves on Virginia’s Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Transportation Committee. She is Chair of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence,  Chair of the Senate Women’s Health Care Caucus and Chair of Virginia’s Commission on Youth.  She served on Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.  Senator Favola was recently appointed to the Disability Commission and the Joint Committee to Study the Future of Public Education.   Senator Favola serves on the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.

    Prior to Senator Favola’s elected life, she served as a Presidential Management Intern and senior policy advisor at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.  She also served on the House Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Favola is the founder and managing director of Pathways to 21st Century Communities, a consulting group specializing in government relations and community outreach.  In addition to her Senate duties,  Ms. Favola also serves on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the Advisory Committee for the Arlington YMCA and the Fairfax CASA Board.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Policy advisor
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
      2019 to present

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Julia J. Kim

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E616
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7531
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    2319 18th Street North
    Arlington, VA 22201-3506
    Phone: (703) 835-4845

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    From 1997 until 2012, Favola was a member of the Arlington County Board; she served as Chairman in 2000 and 2004 and Vice Chairman in 1999, 2003 and 2011. She has been a Board member since December 1997.

    In 2006, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine appointed Favola to a four-year term on the State Health Board.

    Favola was a policy advisor for 15 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Favola started her career at HHS as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI), and served in various policy and planning positions throughout the Department, with several assignments in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health. As part of the PMI experience, Ms. Favola also worked on the House Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    State Senate
    Favola was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2011 in the 31st district, defeating Republican Caren Merrick with 58% of the vote. She was re-elected in 2015, defeating Republican George Forakis with 62% of the vote.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Barbara A. Favola (D)46,65591.63%
    Write-In (Write-in)4,2618.37%
    TOTAL50,916

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Barbara Favola (D)26,37362.3%
    George Vasilios Forakis (R)15,90437.5%
    Write In (Write-in)810.2%
    TOTAL42,358

    2011 State SenatorArray

    Barbara Favola (D)24,34958.1%
    Caren Dewitt Merrick (R)17,48441.7%
    Write In (Write-in)790.2%
    TOTAL41,912

    Finances

    FAVOLA, BARBARA  has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,145,161.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Local Government
    Rehabilitation and Social Services
    Transportation

    Appointments

    Disability Commission
    School Facility Modernization
    School Leadership & Student Outcomes
    Sexual and Domestic Violence, Advisory Committee on
    Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Board of Visitors
    Youth, Commission on

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Fighting for Criminal Justice

    We know that solitary confinement severely affects a person’s mental health and ability to reintegrate into society. I am sponsoring a bill that would require the Department of Corrections to submit an annual report to the General Assembly containing statistical information regarding the use of solitary confinement.

    Economy

    Fighting for Paid Family Leave

    I have been working with stakeholders to craft a bill that provides much needed support for families. We are looking at best practices in other states to evaluate ways for making such a program universal. My bill will seek a tax credit to help small employers cover the costs associated with the program.

    Education

    Promoting Mental Health Services in Public Schools

    I am submitting legislation that will require school counselors to allocate 80 percent of their time to behavioral health counseling. It is also important that the Standards of Quality reflect a counselor to student ratio of 1 to 250. I will address this issue in my budget amendments.

    Promoting Quality K-12 for All Students

    In collaboration with Loudoun Public Schools and other stakeholders, I am submitting legislation to enable the creation of “Divisions of Innovation.” This concept will enable schools to create a more comprehensive and more meaningful way to teach and measure academic success. I will also be advocating for increases in teacher salaries.

    Health Care

    Improving Access to Health Care

    Working in collaboration with the Medical Society of Northern Virginia and area pediatricians, I will submit a bill that would require all health insurance plans in the Commonwealth, including short term plans and association plans, to cover the basic primary and preventive services currently required under the Affordable Care Act.

    “So often folks do not realize that these “cheaper” plans really don’t cover many services at all. It is heartbreaking to know that consumers learn about theses omissions when they need care.” – Barbara Favola

    Promoting Women’s Health

    I am submitting a bill to codify the U.S. Supreme Court decision on “Roe versus Wade.” This decision granted women the right to privacy in making reproductive health care decisions, including access to abortion care for up to 20 weeks during a pregnancy. “Given the new composition of the Supreme Court, States will likely be granted authority to establish barriers for women wishing to access abortion care. Virginians want us to act now to protect this important right to privacy.” – Barbara Favola

    Infrastructure

    Championing Solar Freedom

    I am proud to collaborate with my colleague, Senator McClellan, environmental leaders and business leaders on a bill that will enable the creation of more solar energy, including increased opportunities for individuals and businesses to participate in new metering.

    Safety

    Reducing Hate Crimes

    For the past several years I have submitted bills to strengthen Virginia’s Hate Crime laws. At the request of Attorney General Mark Herring, I will be carrying a bill to include sexual orientation and gender identification as causes for hate crimes. A stronger Virginia Hate Crimes statute will give prosecutors more “tools” in the tool box when they are evaluating sentencing options. “It is incredibly important to keep track of and understand crimes motivated by hate and prejudice. We must send a message that all Virginians are valued and the Commonwealth is committed to keeping everyone safe.” – Barbara Favola

    Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    As chair of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, I learned from Victims’ Rights groups that the process for continuing a protective order can cause a hardship on the survivor. My bill would enable a judge to rule on the continuation of a preliminary protective order at the same time the criminal trial is being heard. This eliminates the need for the survivor to return to court just for a hearing on a protective order. I also submitted a bill which would allow a judge to hear a request for a protective order using Skype if the petitioner is hospitalized or cannot make an in-person appearance because of an extraordinary circumstance.

    Promoting Gun Safety

    I will be submitting legislation to require that an individual who has been convicted of two misdemeanor assaults of a household member shall forfeit possession of a firearm. Additionally, I will be advocating for passage of “red flag” laws and the implementation of more complete and more universal background checks. “We must take steps to remove guns from those who have a history of violence. Abused women are 5 times more likely to be killed if their abuser owns a firearm. Virginians want to be safe in their homes and in their communities. Responsible gun ownership needs to accommodate safety considerations.” – Barbara Favola

    Protecting Our Animals

    In response to constituent concerns about the treatment of companion animals, I have submitted a bill that grants local governments the authority to adopt an ordinance that defines “adequate care.”

    Supporting Vulnerable Families

    Once again, I am submitting a budget amendment to provide child care subsidies and case management services to individuals, mainly moms, for a 2-year period if they are participating in an educational or work training program.

    “It is absolutely critical that individuals transitioning off of public assistance be given the opportunity to succeed. This means we should help them continue their education or technical training so they can secure jobs that pay enough to support a family. Our income security programs must be redesigned to help folks achieve self-sufficiency and not just provide band aids for the moment.” – Barbara Favola

    I am also supporting a budget amendment to ensure that when foster children are reunited with their families, the family receives case management services for a year to help ensure a smooth transition.

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    Dick Saslaw 1Janet Howell

    Current Position: State Senator since 1992
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 1992
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    About

    Janet Howell

    Source: Campaign page

    Janet Howell has been a Virginia State Senator since 1992. A community leader prior to running for office, Janet was a PTA president, community association president, and Chair of the State Board of Social Services.

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

    Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. She headed the overhaul of Virginia’s family violence laws.  She led efforts to protect children from sexual predators. Virginia has genetic information privacy legislation due to her efforts.  She spearheaded the mental health law reform in the Senate following the Virginia Tech tragedy. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

    Her work has been widely praised and honored.  The American Academy of Pediatrics named her their National Child Advocate of the Year.  The Virginia Sheriffs have repeatedly called her Senator of the Year.  Numerous human services organizations, including the Virginia Interfaith Center, have also given her awards.

    Senator Howell earned her BA at Oberlin College (Government) and her MA at the University of Pennsylvania (International Relations).

    Always approachable, Janet loves representing the people of the 32nd District which encompasses parts of Arlington and Fairfax County. She loves listening to their views, and solving their problems with state government.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Legislative assistant
      Virginia State Senate
      1989 to 1991
    • Teacher
      Philadelphia school district
      2019 to 1969

    Education

    • MA (International Relations)
      University of Pennsylvania
      2019 to present
    • BA (Government)
      Oberlin College
      2019 to present

    Awards

    • Citizen of the Year, The Reston Times (2019)
    • Woman of the Year, Network of Entrepreneurial Women (2019)
    • Restonian of the Year, Reston Community Association (2019)
    • Friend of Trees Award, Fairfax County Tree Commission (2019)
    • Public Citizen of the Year, Virginia Chapter National Association of Social Workers (2019)
    • Friend of Police, Fairfax County Coalition of Police (2019)
    • Friend of Business, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (2019)
    • Outstanding Service Award, VALOR and the Northern Virginia Victim/Witness Coalition (2019)
    • The Women’s Center (2019)
    • Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault (2019)
    • American Diabetes Association (2019)
    • Virginia Association of Social Work Practitioners (2019)
    • Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (2019)
    • Virginia Dietetic Association (2019)
    • Virginia Coalition for the Homeless (2019)
    • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (2019)
    • Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (2019)
    • Virginians Against Domestic Violence (2019)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Karol Straub, Edyta Weisner

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E509
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7532
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    .O. Box 2608
    Reston, VA 20195-0608
    Phone: (703) 709-8283

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Campaign

    Legislative Awards

    National Child Advocate of the Year, American Academy of Pediatrics

    Legislator of the Year, Victims and Witnesses of Crime (four times)

    Senator of the Year, VA Sheriff’s Association (four times)

    Legislator of the Year, Virginia Chiefs of Police Association

    Legislator of the Year, Human Services Coalition

    Legislator of the Year, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

    Legislator of the Year, Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children

    Legislator of the Year, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

    Senator of the Year, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC)

    Senator of the Year, Virginia State Fraternal Order of Police

    Champion of Health Issues, American Cancer Association

    Northern Virginia Community College Foundation

    Legislative Hero, Coalition for Smoke-Free Kids

    Technology Awards

    TechTen, Northern Virginia Technology Council (three times)

    TechTenure Lifetime Achievement Award, Northern Virginia Technology Council

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Janet D. Howell (D)48,58173.51%
    Arthur G. Purves (R)17,37626.29%
    Write-In (Write-in)1270.19%
    TOTAL66,084

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Janet Howell (D)31,15694.0%
    Write In (Write-in)1,9746%
    TOTAL33,130

    2011 State SenatorArray

    Janet Howell (D)26,02660.3%
    Patrick Nicholas Forrest (R)17,12239.6%
    Write In (Write-in)480.1%
    TOTAL43,196

    2007 State SenatorArray

    Janet Howell (D)28,08997.2%
    Write In (Write-in)8182.8%
    TOTAL28,907

    2003 State SenatorArray

    Janet Howell (D)21,25256.7%
    D. M. Hunt (R)16,21443.3%
    Write In (Write-in)13
    TOTAL37,479

    Finances

    HOWELL, JANET D has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$2,233,581.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Courts of Justice
    Education and Health
    Finance
    Privileges and Elections
    Rules

    Appointments

    Crime Commission, Virginia State
    Criminal Justice Diversion
    Elementary and Secondary Education Funding, Joint Subcommittee
    Ethics Advisory Council, Virginia Conflict of Interest and
    Ethics Laws of the Commonwealth, Joint Subcommittee to Study
    Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
    Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
    Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for
    Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
    Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
    Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
    Joint Rules
    Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
    Reapportionment Joint Committee
    State Training Centers, The Special Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close
    Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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    Jennifer Boysko 2Jennifer Boysko

    Current Position: State Senator since 2016
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

     

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2016
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

     

    About

    Jennifer Boysko 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Jennifer Boysko is the current Delegate for the 86th district (Herndon, Oak Hill, Chantilly, and Sterling Park) of the Virginia General Assembly. She currently serves as a member of the Cities, Counties, and Town Committee, the Education Committee and The Privileges & Election Committee in the House. She is also a member of the Broadband Advisory Committee. As Delegate, she has worked to improve our schools and the economy here in Northern Virginia. She has fought to expand Medicaid to thousands of Virginians and will continue to work to improve access and quality for everyone. In the House of Delegates, she has sponsored a number of bills from working to improve access to reproductive rights for women’s health to improving the traffic situation on I-66 and the Dulles Toll Road. Delegate Boysko seeks to find common ground and work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done. However, finding common ground does not mean we abandon our priorities and values. She will always stand up and speak out for the issues most passionately held where there are stark differences that cannot be negotiated.

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

    She previously served as an aide to Dranesville Supervisor John Foust. She staffed the Supervisor on all matters related to Economic Advisory Committee and Audit Committee and for all Virginia Department of Transportation Maintenance and Housing issues. She served as liaison to help solve district challenges, address constituent issues, and to find solutions to problems. Working with various homeowners associations and local organizations she provided connections between constituents, groups, and organizations to County agencies and officials. She joined the Supervisor’s staff in 2008 when he was elected, and for the first five years of his term served as his Herndon Aide, Education, Human Services, Utilities and Consumer Affairs Aide. She served as Supervisor Foust’s representative on all issues relating to the Herndon area regarding land use and transportation, Metro area planning, liaison with Town government and constituent services.

    Governor McAuliffe appointed her as a Citizen Member of the Virginia Real Estate Board. The Real Estate Board licenses salespersons, brokers, and firms representing others in property transactions. The Board also enforces Fair Housing Law in cases involving real estate licensees and their employees.

    Jennifer also serves as a board member for NARAL Pro Choice Virginia, working to educate Virginians and policymakers about the broad range of issues encompassing reproductive choice and lobby our legislature to pass pro-choice policies and defeat anti-choice laws.

    Jennifer was part of Emerge Virginia’s inaugural class of 2014. Emerge Virginia is changing the face of Virginia politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. The intensive, cohort-based six-month training program is unique.

    Jennifer’s first job was in the US Senate office of Richard Shelby from her home state of Alabama when he was a Democrat. She also covered federal legislative and regulatory issues for Bayless, Boland, Madigan, and Barrett as the legislative assistant in the early 1990’s in Washington, DC. Policy issues: NAFTA, telecommunications deregulation, aviation, financial derivatives, Superfund, and alternative fuels.

    A veteran campaigner, Jennifer has given her time and talent on every Democratic campaign in the Herndon area since 2003, several statewide races in the Commonwealth of Virginia and at the national level, including serving as the State Director for Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign.

    Jennifer is married to Glenn Boysko a software engineer and they have raised their two daughters in Historic Downtown Herndon, where they have lived since 1996. A leader in her community, she has volunteered in a number of capacities including the Herndon High School PTSA Board and Sports Boosters, the Herndon Fortnightly Club, the Herndon Optimists, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Reston Interfaith, the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia and is a founder of the Dulles Area Democrats. Jennifer has been a grassroots activist her entire life, supporting efforts to make her community a better place for all. She is a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and was raised in Alabama and Arkansas. She was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 3, 2015.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Legislative assistant
      Bayless, Boland, Madigan, and Barrett
      2019 to 1989
    • Legislative assistant
      US Senate office of Richard Shelby
      2019 to present

    Education

    • BA
      Hollins University
      2019 to present

    Personal

    Birth Year: 1966
    Place of Birth: Pine Bluff, AR
    Gender: Female
    Race(s): Caucasian
    Religion: Episcopalian
    Spouse: Glenn James Boysko
    Children: Hannah and Sophie Claire
    Membership & Affiliation:

    St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (former delegate, Region V, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia)
    Herndon Fortnightly Club (2nd vice president)
    Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council
    Democratic Party of Virginia, State Central Committee, 11th District
    Rotary of Herndon

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Karen Harrison
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Marty Moore

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1086

    District Office
    730 Elden Street
    Herndon, VA 20170

    Phone: (703) 437-0086

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    Boysko grew up in Alabama and Arkansas. She is a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Since 1996 she has been a resident of downtown Herndon, Virginia, where she and her husband Glenn have raised two daughters, Hannah and Sophie Claire. She has been a grassroots organizer and leader in her community, volunteering her time for the Herndon High School, the Herndon Fortnightly Club, the Herndon Optimists, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Reston Interfaith, and other political and charitable causes.

    House of Delegates

    In 2013, Boysko was narrowly defeated for the House of Delegates 86th district seat, losing to the incumbent Republican Tom Rust, 50.08 percent to 49.92 percent, a difference of 32 votes.

    The 2015 election, held November 3, featured an open seat after Rust announced his retirement on February 25, 2015. For the primary election, held June 9, Boysko ran unopposed. For the general, Boysko received 54 percent of the vote; Republican Danny Vargas—who ran unopposed in his primary—received 42 percent; and Independent Paul Brubaker received 5 percent.According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Vargas outspent Boysko, $654,725 to $476,322. Brubaker spent $9,100.

    State Senate

    Following Jennifer Wexton’s election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 elections, Boysko announced her candidacy for the special election to succeed her in the Virginia Senate.[8] She won the Democratic Party’s nomination on November 17, and will face Republican Joe T. May in the election on January 8, 2019.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Jennifer B. Boysko (D)34,51764.89%
    Suzanne D. Fox (R)18,61535.00%
    Write-In (Write-in)570.11%
    TOTAL53,189

    2017 State SenatorArray

    Jennifer Boysko (D)14,76669.8%
    Joe T. May (R)6,37630.1%
    Write In (Write-in)26.1%
    TOTAL21,168

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jennifer Boysko (D)16,86568.5%
    Linda Colleen Schulz (R)7,70731.3%
    Write In (Write-in)400.2%
    TOTAL24,612

    2015 State DelegateArray

    Jennifer Boysko (D)8,28354.5%
    Raul Vargas (R)6,39042.0%
    Paul Richard Brubaker ()5263.5%
    Write In (Write-in)110.1%
    TOTAL15,210

    2013 State DelegateArray

    Thomas Davis Rust (R)10,38950.0%
    Jennifer Boysko (D)10,33549.7%
    Write In (Write-in)600.3%
    TOTAL20,784

    Finances

    BOYSKO, JENNIFER BARTON has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,506,135.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    General Laws and Technology
    Rehabilitation and Social Services
    Transportation

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    After years working with our neighbors who are facing all of these challenges, I understand the difficulties we confront on a daily basis. That’s why I have committed my life to serving our community. I will continue to advocate on our behalf. Education, health care and human services are all connected in so many ways. I will continue to work to make strides in these areas, but also to make sure they are operated in a fiscally responsible manner. I will strive to streamline these services in order to create the most efficient and effective solution. I will also continue to work toward creating long-term transportation and infrastructure solutions, two vital components to the quality of life and economic health of our region. Government should work for us, not for a political party, not for a personal agenda.

    Civil Rights

    Equality

    • Social justice is a way of life. My father is a retired Episcopal priest and my mother worked as a nurse and I grew up in the Deep South. My parents raised me with a strong sense of social justice. I worked my whole life as a grassroots activist to stand up for those who face discrimination. From the time I was in the 6th grade, working to make our crossing guard patrol coed at my school to the past ten years helping create the group HEART (Herndon Embraces All with Respect and Tolerance), I’ve consistently been a voice for fairness and inclusion. My husband and I placed a priority on raising our girls to be open-minded and to stand up for others as well.
    • In every race I have run in the past, I have been endorsed by Equality VA, and other pro equality groups.
    • In every race in the past I have been endorsed by New Virginia Majority.
    • I have dedicated my adult life to standing up for others because I believe that diversity and inclusivity are hallmarks of a healthy community. A diverse community has the capacity to make us all richer as we learn from one another.
    • I embrace and welcome all people in my community – racial, socioeconomic, LGBTQIA+, cultural, and faith differences are part of who we are. Every person should have the fundamental right to make decisions for themselves about their most personal and private family issues. I am proud of the legislation that I’ve carried and look forward to the very near future when the General Assembly in Virginia passes legislation that protects diversity and outlaws discrimination and hateful actions.
    • I will fight and vote for Virginia to ratify the ERA!
    • My equal pay legislation protects an expanded class of Virginians: “Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or age.”

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON EQUALITY FOR ALL

    • HB 2, copatron, ERA – ratification of the federal constitutional amendment/2019 Major Priority with bipartisan support
    • HB 497, chief patron, allow change of sex on birth certificate without requiring a medical procedure
    • HB 75, copatron, Repeals the unconstitutional statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages and civil unions or other arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage.
    • HB 266, copatron, Adds gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to categories considered hate crimes when targeted; also copatroned HB 718
    • HB 1267, copatron, State health plans to include gender transition care
    • 2017 Session, HJ 538, copatron, constitutional amendment to repeal 2006 amendment, now unconstitutional, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman

    Woman’s Rights

    • I support Roe vs. Wade and the right to a safe, legal abortion and access to contraception. I believe this should be a settled issue. Contraception should be available to all who need it. I also spoke out on the floor in favor of funding for the LARC program which passed last May.
    • Serve on the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council which is providing leadership nationwide to protect and advance reproductive rights, health and justice.
    • I have and will continue to sponsor of the Whole Woman’s Health Act to remove abortion from Virginia’s criminal code and to remove medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion.
    • I have worked closely at the grassroots level with NARAL and Planned Parenthood since I was a college student at Hollins University in the mid 1980’s and this collaboration continues in the General Assembly.
    • Menstrual Equity – women need menstrual supplies to leave home during menstruation, a natural process over which we have no control. My bill to eliminate the sales tax is The Dignity Act. There is not justification for taxing something that only women need. We now have several menstrual equity bills.
      • HB 24 , chief patron, exemption from sales tax for menstrual supplies
      • HB 25, chief patron, adds menstrual supplies to 3 day tax free weekend (good fit with school supplies and clothing, and with emergency storm supplies)
      • HB 83, copatron, passed, free menstrual supplies in jails and prisons
      • HB 1384 menstrual supplies free in schools

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS 

    • HB 24, chief patron, exemption from sales tax for menstrual supplies
    • HB 25, chief patron, adds menstrual supplies to 3 day tax free weekend (good fit with school supplies and clothing, and with emergency storm supplies)
    • HB 83, copatron, passed, free menstrual supplies in jails and prisons
    • HB 1384 menstrual supplies free in schools

    Democracy

    Voting and Redistricting

    • Favor redistricting by  an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission. Serving on the House Privileges and Elections Committee, I’ve had a front row seat as the Republicans refused to put an end to gerrymandering.
    • Support  legislation that makes it easier to vote in Virginia, including
      • Cosponsored no excuse absentee/early voting
      • Sponsored legislation to allow registrars to call or email when voter registration applications are rejected for minor errors. GMU students requested the legislation because many students do not have street addresses and do not regularly check their campus mailboxes.
      • Will support same day voter registration/would have voted for 2018 bills but they were killed in committee.
      • Cosponsored legislation to remove the disqualification of felons for voting
    • Support campaign finance reform
      • Cosponsored legislation to online media ads to disclose who place and/or promoted the ad.
      • Cosponsored bill to prohibit the personal use of campaign funds, which despite bipartisan support, failed in Senate
      • Limit PAC spending and donations

     

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON VOTING & ELECTIONS

    • HB 272, chief patron, allow registrar to call or email when registration denied for minor, nonsubstantive error; GMU students requested the legislation because many students do not have street addresses and do not regularly check their campus mailboxes
    • HB 76, copatron, Subjects any political campaign advertisements that is placed or promoted for a fee on an online platform to the same disclosure requirements to which print media, television, and radio advertisements are subject
    • HB 122, copatron, Prohibit Personal Use of Campaign funds, bipartisan, failed in Senate
    • HB 1072, copatron, Absentee Voting, no excuse
    • 2017 Session, HJ 540, copatron, remove the disqualification of felons for voting
    • 2017 Session, HJ 749, copatron, constitutional amendment for an independent redistricting commission

    Economy

    • The 33rd DIstrict  is moving from government contractor centered economy to a new Virginia economy. For many years, the economic health of this region has been driven largely by the Federal government and government contractors. Since the Sequestration and Federal government shutdown and continued threats of shutdown, numerous local businesses and residents have been disproportionately and adversely affected. In response, we have worked hard to diversify the region’s economic base and have seen these efforts succeed. I am proud of my work bringing people together to grow their businesses. We are fortunate to live and work amongst many highly educated, creative, and dedicated entrepreneurs.
    • Support economic development targeting scientific research, health care, renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency companies and work to recruit them to this region.
    • Encourage new startup businesses to locate in the Dulles Corridor. Small businesses are the principal source of new jobs in Northern Virginia in the coming decades and are vital to our economy.
    • Work closely with our excellent colleges and universities make sure that our graduates are ready to take the high quality jobs available and are prepared for employment.
    • Our community college system provides an affordable, high quality education and opportunities to transfer and graduate from four year schools.
    • I will continue to work with the business community on policies designed to attract and retain a talented workforce in Northern Virginia.
    • As we strengthen and diversify our economy in Northern Virginia,  I have not forgotten the many people in our community who work hard for low pay, often working two and even three jobs.
    • All jobs must be paid fairly.
      • Chief patron, Equal Pay Act – updates the 1974 equal pay act which isn’t working – the wage gap for women, minorities and other protected classes is evidence of the need for specific direction to employers; also copatroned other legislators bills that included a piece of the comprehensive bill.
      • Chief patron, comprehensive equal pay act for state employee.
      • Chief patron, strengthening of the laws protecting employees from classification as independent contractors and associated loss of wages and benefits and workplace protections
      • Chief copatron of bill eliminating racist Jim Crow law and tipped employee exemptions
      • Copatron of minimum wage bill, $15 by 2022 plus annual Consumer Price Index increase thereafter
      • Copatron, require payment of prevailing wage for public works contracts
      • Copatron of minimum wage bill, $10 by 2019 with biennial CPI increases
    • Our education and workforce development programs meet the needs of all Virginians.
    • I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with my union brothers and sisters fighting for worker protections  and supporting labor unions.
      • The fight for fair wages (Fight for $15) and working conditions will continue to be a major priority.
      • From attending union meetings, meeting with workers, press conferences and rallies with union members and leaders to sponsoring legislation to increase the minimum wage, get rid of racist Jim Crow exceptions to the minimum wage, and updating the 1974 Equal Pay Act law to get rid of the gender wage gap, I have a history of fighting for equal opportunity and fair treatment for all workers.
    • Broadband internet must be available for all Virginians, including those in rural areas of Virginia. I’ve met with  businesses in Fairfax County and Loudoun County that will benefit when healthcare and education and telework are available to all Virginians via the internet. These are equity issues. I recently spoke at the NCSL’s 2018 Broadband & Cable Policy Summit about our efforts to streamline permitting for broadband in Virginia. Local governments will now consider broadband infrastructure in comprehensive planning and work continues on a Dig Once program thanks to my 2018 legislation.

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON JOBS & ECONOMY

    • HB 640, Chief patron, passed, Broadband infrastructure to be included in local government comprehensive plans
    • HB 1089, Chief patron, Equal Pay Act – updates the 1974 equal pay act which isn’t working – the wage gap for women, minorities and other protected classes is evidence of the need for specific direction to employers; also copatroned other legislators bills that included a piece of the comprehensive bill.
    • HB 1090, Chief patron, comprehensive equal pay act for state employees
    • HB 1106, Chief patron, strengthening of the laws protecting employees from classification as independent contractors and associated loss of wages and benefits and workplace protections
    • HJ 77, Chief patron, study for Dig Once Policy – to streamline broadband deployment
    • HB 1259, chief copatron of bill eliminating racist Jim Crow law and tipped employee exemptions
    • HB 518, copatron of minimum wage bill, $15 by 2022 plus annual Consumer Price Index increase thereafter
    • HB 667, copatron, require payment of prevailing wage for public works contracts
    • HB 715, copatron of minimum wage bill, $10 by 2019 with biennial CPI increases
    • HB 999, copatron, Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance; Broadband Advisory Council; expiration. Extends the expiration of the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance and the Broadband Advisory Council from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019.
    • HB 1376 Breaks for breastfeeding moms (Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt employees)

    Education

    Grassroots Education Activist

    Environment

    • I am proud of my 100% voting record with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. I am fortunate to have the support of many experts in energy and environmental science, law and policy during the legislative session and throughout the year. I am a part of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators and have a strong commitment to improving our environment as we face climate change.
    • Clean water and clean air should not be partisan issues. We need to work across the aisle to ensure that we are protecting nature’s most valuable resources. I am committed to cleaning up our rivers, lakes, and streams, continuing with, and improving our clean water  and our air. No one should worry whether their drinking water is safe. No one should struggle with asthma made worse by air pollution. As we work on transportation and energy issues, clean water and clean air must be a priority.
    • Virginia must  transition rapidly to renewable sources of energy, including wind and solar power.
      • Investing in new forms of energy throughout our state will not only be better for the environment, but also will create more jobs and help boost the economy.
      • As we increase our reliance on solar and wind energy, we must also work to improve energy storage and energy efficiency.
      • I will continue to work with the experts who are running renewable energy companies, energy storage businesses, and energy efficiency businesses, the experts who work in our universities and at nonprofits to ensure that Virginia is identifying and overcoming challenges in the transition to full reliance on renewable energy.
      • I will continue to sponsor and support bills supporting this transition and to bring these businesses to Virginia.
    • Further, I will work to bring the benefits of renewable energy, energy storage, and energy efficiency to all Virginians, including those with limited financial resources.  The modernization of our electric grid is a massive endeavor and we must work together to address the reality of climate change and the impact of fossil fuels on human health and our environment.
    • I did significant work on  environmental issues in my community work for Dranesville Supervisor John Foust. I was part of an inter-jurisdictional transportation team where we identified small, reasonable future road connections in the Dulles region rather than advocating for large new highways working with VDOT, WMATA, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Town of Herndon staff. I helped craft the language for the Comprehensive Plans for the Dranesville District (APR) Area Plan Review process, with a strong emphasis on environmental standards and considerations, assuring that language was included that stipulated the need for LEED certified buildings and to make assurances for adequate storm water management in any new land use.
    • Animal welfare legislation fits well with my social justice philosophy – animals need us to speak up for them for they are at our mercy.
      • Chief Patron, bill passed, requires alternative to animal testing where available, does not apply to medical research or FDA regulated products other than cosmetics
      • Chief Patron, allow localities to limit sales/transfer of cats and dogs in pet stores to rescues
      • Copatron, limits on outdoor tethering of animals, provision of shelter

    On the ACP and MPV I have really struggled with them but after all of the study that I’ve done and the benefit of hearing from so many people, I’m very concerned about them, and I’m very concerned for the environmental degradation for our land. I’m very concerned about that slope that the pipelines are going in in the mountainous regions. I’m concerned for the personal property of folks like Red Terry, and I am concerned about the long-term reliability of natural gas, when we need to be focusing on renewables. I did a whole big meeting where I got everybody together to talk about how we can get to the next level so that we can to get to a zero carbon renewable energy economy and that’s really where I’d like to be focusing our energy.

    On a personal level, I am a vegetarian and drive a hybrid car because we all know that air quality is impacted by  the methane created by farm animals and vehicle emissions are the top contributors of greenhouse gas.

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON ENVIRONMENT

    • HB 182, copatroned, would have required removal and closure of coal ash ponds; supported an alternate version that requires further legislation in the 2019 session.
    • HB 922, copatron, passed, Authorizes any locality or public institution of higher education, or the Department of Conservation and Recreation, to locate and operate a retail fee-based electric vehicle charging station on property such entity owns or leases.

    Health Care

    Heathcare and Human Services

    • Last session we passed Medicaid expansion, arguably one of the most important  pieces of legislation I will ever have the honor of helping to pass.  With that we are opening up the opportunity for up to 400,000 more Virginians to receive health care in Virginia.
    • We must support increased funding for human services. When we take care of our most vulnerable residents it shows we have a commitment to our entire community. We can do better.
      • Provide early intervention therapeutic services for infants and toddlers, the Commonwealth of Virginia has long contracted with the Community Services Boards statewide.
      • Provide services for the growing numbers of adults aging out of the school system with intellectual and developmental disabilities
      • Fund additional medicaid waivers.
        • While we increased medicaid waiver slots last year, we still have a significant waiting list for families. I work with parents in our community who are facing these issues and who are desperately seeking these services for their children, but are unable to, due to lack of funding.
        • The Medicaid waiver should provide critical home and community based services for qualified individuals.
        • Virginia ranks seventh in per capita income and yet is 47th in Medicaid spending for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. States nationwide set their own income and asset eligibility criteria within federal guidelines.

     

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON HEALTHCARE

    • HB 1231, Chief patron, Whole Woman’s Health Act, remove abortion from the criminal code and remove medically unnecessary regulations
    • HB 1088, Chief patron, passed, requires de-escalation training in emergency rooms to aid people experiencing a mental health crisis
    • HB 842 chief copatron, passed, allows distribution of the less expensive naloxone packaged with needles by trained REVIVE leaders
    • HB 1267, copatron, State health plans to include gender transition care
    • HB 1369 health insurance, mandated coverage for autism spectrum disorder
    • HB 5002 Budget bill, including Medicaid expansion and the LARC pilot program

    Immigration

    • Long time grassroots activist for immigrants.
      • English as a second language volunteer
      • Health clinic volunteer
      • Have connected many immigrants to legal services, health care, and our federal elected officials.
      • I’ve spoken up over the past decade to show my support, even when it was not politically advantageous. I have been a consistent and long-time advocate on immigration issues because to me it has always been a question of doing the right thing. It’s not just a political position.
    • Sponsored legislation to ensure that DREAMERs, young people who have lived here for years and were brought here as children, should be eligible for in-state tuition at Virginia’s colleges and universities.
    • Sponsored legislation to allow all people in Virginia to carry a driver’s license or privilege card regardless of their immigration status.
      • We need safe, insured drivers on our roads.
      • Immigration status should not make it more difficult to work, go to school or care for family members

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON IMMIGRATION 

    • HB 343, patron, in-state tuition for students who grow up in Virginia and intend to apply for citizenship when eligible
    • HB 719, copatron, Adds immigration status to the categories considered hate crimes when targeted
    • HB 1318, chief patron, drivers privilege cards for all

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    • Experienced with transportation planning
      • Before serving in the House of Delegates, I spent five years at the table with elected officials, community representatives and senior staff from the region, identifying and planning the best land use and transportation solutions surrounding our Herndon and Innovation Center Metro stations.
      • Innovation Station Task Force – this year, I served on Supervisor Foust’s planning efforts once again to reassess the comprehensive plan around the Innovation Station.
      • Creating new Transit Oriented Development regions, with multi-modal access will help get cars off the road and allow residents to live, work and play closer to home. In my capacity as aide to Supervisor Foust I worked to ensure that surrounding business leaders and residents have also been a part of the conversation.
    • Metro funding is critical to the strength of our transportation sector and I am proud to support funding for it in the General Assembly.
    • I was in strong support as we passed a bill to put a “floor” on the gas tax so that when gas prices drop the Commonwealth does not lose a substantial revenue source.
    • I copatroned legislation to return HOV hours on I-66  to pretolling times and was quick to speak out on behalf of my constituents who are unable to join carpools and cannot afford the I-66 tolls. I will continue to work with VDOT and my colleagues to make sure that there are affordable and efficient transportation options for everyone in our community.

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON TRANSPORTATION

    • HB 1417, copatron, return HOV hours to pre-tolling time
    • HB 1539, Metro Funding, significant legislation

    Safety

    Gun Violence Prevention

    I share the concerns of the many constituents who write to me afraid for their families and angry that gun violence continues to take so many lives. We cannot let gun violence, active shooter drills in schools, and vigils for lost lives be our normal.

    • Polling shows that more than 90% of Virginians support universal background checks, including the majority of gun owners.
    • Passionate, educated, experienced advocates have been working to pass gun violence prevention legislation for years. In Richmond, the Educational Fund & Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Everytown Against Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Giffords have worked tirelessly. The March for Our Lives Students have told their stories and those of allies so well that we all know that we need change now.
    • I am a member of the Joint Caucus to Prevent Gun Violence and have been active with the House Safe Virginia Initiative, listening to residents of our communities around the Commonwealth to hear their priorities.

    So why haven’t we solved this problem? In the 2018 legislative session, I introduced legislation to incentivize background checks.  My bill, HB 273 allowed for liability to be imposed on a firearms seller or transfer  if it was used to commit a crime and no background check was completed. I was also the co-patron of many other bills regarding gun safety.

    • HB 41 would have prohibited bump stocks
    • HB 43 would have required gun owners to report to police if their gun had been lost or stolen
    • HB 68 would have allowed localities to adopt ordinances to prohibit guns in libraries
    • HB 717 would have closed the “gun show loophole” and required background checks at gun shows
    • HB 720 would have prohibited anyone who was convicted of a hate crime from obtaining a firearm in the five years after their conviction. We have research to show that this legislation would save lives.

    All of these bills and many others were killed on a 4-2 party-line vote despite passionate testimony from those affected by gun violence, including a survivor of  the Las Vegas shooting. Four delegates decided the fate of these bills. So how can we make sure that these bills pass and we save lives in Virginia? The political party with the majority of legislators in the House and the Senate is the party that determines committee leadership and membership and determines whether bills are heard and voted on. Change is coming. Universal background checks and gun violence risk orders will be two of the first bills passed.

    LEGISLATIVE RECORD ON GUN SENSE

    • HB 273, Chief patron, establishes civil liability for injury, death, and property damage inflicted by a gun sold or transferred without a background check.
    • HB 41, copatron, Ban Bumpstocks
    • HB 43, copatron, report lost or stolen firearms
    • HB 68, copatron, would allow localities to ban guns in libraries
    • HB 261, copatron, would allow localities to ban guns in government buildings
    • HB 281, copatron, minors are allowed to possess guns in their homes, this bill would have required parent grandparent, or guardian permission.
    • HB 720, copatron, simple assault hate crime conviction added to prohibition on gun purchase and transport for five years
    • HB 721, copatron, universal background checks
    • HB 1373, copatron, universal background checks

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    Suzanne FoxSuzanne Fox

    Current Position: Entrepreneur, Loudon County
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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    Summary

    Current Position: Entrepreneur, Loudon County
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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    About

    Source: Campaign page

    For over 20 years, Suzanne and her husband, Bill, have been proud to call Northern Virginia home. They both attended Brigham Young University, where Suzanne earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, graduating magna cum laude in 1995. Shortly before graduating, she and Bill got married.

    Since then, they’ve both been blessed to raise their three daughters, Stephanie, Sydney and Savannah in Leesburg, and last year were overjoyed to welcome their first granddaughter, Adaline, into the world.

    Suzanne is a seasoned entrepreneur, who’s started and led several small businesses, including Legacy Weddings, a wedding and event planning company she currently owns and operates in Loudoun County. Her experience planning the most important days in the lives of hundreds of Northern Virginia couples has honed Suzanne’s skills listening to and understanding the needs of others, serving them with keen attention to detail as well as cost – ask anyone, and they’ll tell you, Suzanne’s no stranger to solving unexpected problems with perseverance, leadership, and accountability.

    Serving the community has always been a part of Suzanne’s lifelong passion. In 2014, she won election to the Leesburg Town Council, and over the past five years, she and her colleagues have worked in bipartisan fashion to lower taxes, reduce unnecessary and burdensome regulations, and secure funding for key transportation projects that have since allowed our local business community and hundreds of Northern Virginia families to thrive.

    Suzanne has always tried to live her life according to the “Virginia Way.” No matter whether it’s in her role as a businesswoman, a public servant, or as a mother and a grandmother, the values of honesty, decency, and civility live close to her heart. If elected this November, Suzanne will be eager to bring her experience and approach of principled problem-solving to the Virginia State Senate, and help bring the Virginia Way back to Richmond.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    Education

    Contact

    Email:

    Web

    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

    Issues

    Governance

    Transparency

    While Virginia has made considerable progress on reforms that make our government more transparent, continued progress is required in areas such as public access to information. For example, Virginia has a very weak Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law with too many exemptions that allow government officials to conduct business behind closed doors. It is imperative that we maximize transparency at both the state and local level to increase the public’s trust and ensure that government is more open, accountable, and efficient.

    Economy

    Fiscal Responsibility

    Virginians have high expectations when it comes to the quality and quantity of services that the Commonwealth provides. However, many Virginians are also struggling to keep up with the taxes and fees assessed by the Commonwealth to fund our government. It is vital that those we entrust with stewardship over our tax dollars are both constrained by an understanding of the proper role of government and remain vigilant in ensuring that services are delivered with the utmost efficiency. I will work to reduce taxes, just as I have on the Leesburg Town Council, and allow working Virginians to keep more of their hard-earned money.

    Education

    While education spending continues to climb year after year, educational outcomes have remained static, and in some ways have even deteriorated. Although Virginia has the best teachers in the country and our schools score above average in many metrics, we continue to struggle with a significant achievement gap, systemic shortcomings in college and career preparedness, and a lack of educational choices. I would take nothing off the table, including efforts to expand Education Savings Accounts and tax credits, better support for home schooling, and encouraging the development of more charter schools. Rather than continuing to enforce rigid accountability models that overemphasize standardized tests and dictate one-size-fits-all solutions, we need to find ways to increase flexibility and incentivize school districts to create more specialized programming that reflects the diversity of the student body.

    Health Care

    Despite recent efforts at the federal and state level to improve access to healthcare, Virginians are now faced with fewer coverage options and healthcare that is less affordable than ever. We need to reduce burdensome regulations on the healthcare sector and continue to encourage alternative healthcare provider models such as direct primary care and cash-only hospitals. Our primary focus should always be to make healthcare more affordable, so that we can reduce the number of people who must rely on government assistance in order to have access to quality care.

    Infrastructure

    The quality and duration of our commutes and other routine travel impact the lives of Northern Virginians on a daily basis, perhaps more than any other issue. Yet many of our elected representatives seem unwilling or unable to address this fundamental problem. It’s essential, as Northern Virginia continues to grow, that we facilitate and fund a range of transportation options. The Silver Line will never be the silver bullet fixing all our transportation issues. We need to advocate continuously for a fair allocation of transportation dollars from the state, and use our available funds in ways that maximize our ability to accommodate the transportation demands of our robust economy. Northern Virginia cannot be expected to fund the rest of the state’s needs while our own transportation infrastructure remains inadequate and underfunded.

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    Chap PetersenChap Petersen

    Current Position: State Senator since 2008
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2008
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    About

    Chap Petersen 3

    Source: Campaign page

    John Chapman “Chap” Petersen represents central and western Fairfax in the Virginia State Senate. He grew up and lives in Fairfax City. His family has a long history in Fairfax.

    Chap is a graduate of Fairfax High School (1986), Williams College (1990) and the University of Virginia Law School (1994).

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

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

    In 2007, the voters of the 34th Senate District elected Chap as their State Senator. As a Democratic challenger, he defeated the incumbent Jeannemarie Devolites Davis in one of the most expensive legislative races in Virginia history. In doing so, he walked the entire district and wore out several pairs of shoes.

    With his historic win, Chap earned the distinction of defeating an incumbent for a seat in both the Virginia House (2001) and Virginia Senate (2007). He is the only member of the legislature to hold that distinction.

    In 2011, after redistricting, voters of the “new” 34th Senate District re-elected Chap with 60% of the vote.  He was re-elected again in 2015. The district stretches from Annandale to Centreville and includes the Town of Vienna and City of Fairfax.

    Chap is a student of Virginia history, authoring his college thesis on economics and politics in antebellum Virginia. He enjoys traveling the Commonwealth with his family.

    Chap’s other love is competitive sports and the outdoors. He is a long-time member of the Northern Virginia Rugby Football Club “Old Boys.”  He has completed the Marine Corps Marathon three times and the Richmond Marathon twice. 

    Experience

    Work Experience

    Education

    • BA Economics
      William College
      1990 to present
    • Juris Doctor
      UVA School of Law
      1994 to present

    Awards

    • President’s Award, Fairfax County Bar Association (2017)
    • Leader in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2011)
    • Man of the Year, Korean Association of Washington, D.C. (2008)

    Personal

    Chap is married to Sharon Kim Petersen, who was born in Daegu, South Korea and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Chap and Sharon have four children.

    The Petersens live in Fairfax City and attend Truro Church, where Chap was baptized in 1968 and where he is active in youth education and the choir.

    Membership & Affiliation

    • Truro Church

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Kathy Neilson

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E517
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7534
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    P.O. Box 1066
    Fairfax, VA 22038
    Phone: (703) 349-3361
    Fax: (800) 635-9417

    Web

    Government Page, Government Page, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    Petersen served on the Fairfax city council 1998–2001. He was elected to two terms in the House of Delegates, both times (2001 and 2003) defeating his predecessor, Republican Jack Rust.

    In 2005, Petersen ran for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He was defeated in the Democratic primary, finishing third with 22% of the vote in a four-way race, behind State Senator Leslie L. Byrne and State Delegate Viola Baskerville, but ahead of State Senator Phil Puckett.

    In 2006, Petersen was a senior advisor to Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb, who defeated incumbent Republican Senator George Allen.

    2007 State Senate election

    Petersen announced his candidacy for the 34th district seat in the State Senate, Wednesday, January 3, 2007. He defeated incumbent Republican Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis, wife of Congressman Thomas M. Davis, in the November 2007 election, taking 55% of the vote. The district had been the most Democratic state senate district held by a Republican

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    J. C. “Chap” Petersen (D)44,05891.21%
    Write-In (Write-in)4,2488.79%
    TOTAL48,306

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Chap Petersen (D)27,69093.6%
    Write in (Write-in)1,8816.4%
    TOTAL29,571

    2011 State SenatorArray

    Chap Petersen (D)23,66259.7%
    Gerarda Marie Culipher (R)15,93340.2%
    Write in (Write-in)25.1%
    TOTAL39,620

    2007 State SenatorArray

    Chap Petersen (D)25,51355.3%
    Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R)20,49044.4%
    Write in (Write-in)102.2%
    TOTAL46,105

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
    Courts of Justice
    Education and Health

    Subcommittees

    Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
    Civic Education, Commission on

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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    Scott Surovell 1Scott Surovell

    Current Position: State Senator since 2016
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2016
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    About

    Scott Surovell

    Source: Campaign page

    Scott Surovell is a 12th-generation Virginian and life-long resident of the Mount Vernon Community. He lives two doors down from his parents’ homes in Tauxemont with his wife Erinn Madden and their four children, Eva, Leia, Mara, and Colin. All four children attend Fairfax County Public Schools and are alumni of Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool as is Scott. Scott’s grandparents, Sam and Flossie Surovell, were among the first twenty families who founded the Tauxemont Community and Cooperative Preschool in the early 1940s. Scott’s maternal grandparents, William and Mildred Booth, were natives of Franklin County, Virginia. Scott and Erinn have been married since 1999.

    Education
    Scott attended Hollin Hall Elementary School, Waynewood Elementary School, Stephen Foster Intermediate School, and graduated from West Potomac High School in 1989 in the first class to attend all four years at West Potomac. He graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in 1993 where he received a B.A. with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in American Studies. At JMU, Scott served as the Student Body Vice-President and in the Student Senate. In 1996, Scott received his law degree from University of Virginia School of Law and was Executive Editor of The Virginia Journal of Environmental Law.

    Professional
    Scott is a co-founding partner and owner of Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, an 18-attorney law firm in Fairfax dedicated to helping Northern Virginia’s people and small businesses solve their legal problems. His areas of practice include family law, personal injury, criminal defense, small business litigation and consumer matters. Scott achieved the highest possible peer rating of “AV” from Martindale Hubble at age 31, has been recognized as a “Superlawyer” by Virginia Superlawyer Magazine, in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of family law and personal injury, and in Washingtonian magazine as one of the top personal injury attorneys in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

    Scott has also been recognized as a leader in the legal community in numerous capacities. He was recognized as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly in 2016. From 2005-2010, he was selected to serve on the Fifth District Attorney Discipline Committee which adjudicates ethical complaints against Virginia attorneys. In 1998-1999, Scott was an ex parte member of the Fairfax Bar Association Board of Directors. Scott has served as the Chairman of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Family Law Section, has lectured continuing legal education classes on numerous topics, and been published in numerous legal journals on various topics.

    Other Work Experience
    One of Scott’s first job was as a waiter at the Beacon Mall Bob’s Big Boy and the Belle Haven Country Club Tennis Pro Shop. During college, Scott worked in the JMU Dining Hall doing everything from making fast food, working a short order grill to working the dish line.

    Scott interned in the Office of Records and Registration for the Clerk of the House of Representatives, as Congressman Jim Moran’s first constituent service intern in 1991, also in Congressman Ron Wyden’s Washington, D.C. Office, and with the Natural Resources Defense Council tracking the appropriations process.

    In 1993, Scott was appointed to a Governors’ Fellowship with Gov. L. Douglas Wilder focusing on the operation of state government where Scott developed and interest in state policy.

    Community
    Scott served as Director, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Tauxemont Community Association for seven years. Scott has been a member of the Lee-Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce since 2006. He also served as a Board Member of the Lee-Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership from 2007-2008.

    Scott has coached girls’ soccer for Lee-Mount Vernon Soccer League since 2007. Scott served as a member of the Fairfax County Public Schools Community Leadership Council from 2008-2009, and the Community Advisory Council starting in 2009.

    Scott has been a member of the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee since 2001, serving both as Co-Chair from 2004-2005 and as District Chair from 2006-2008. He stepped down after being elected Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee in early 2008 where he led the Party’s efforts during the 2008 Obama-McCain election until June, 2009 when he resigned to run for delegate.

    Interests
    Scott participated in the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association leagues in baseball, basketball and football, played soccer in the Lee-Mount Vernon Soccer Association and played men’s tennis against numerous clubs throughout Mount Vernon. Scott played varsity golf at West Potomac High School and still plays when he can. He also captained a men’s softball team from 1996 until 2001 and misses the baseball field.

    Scott cycled 4,200 miles across the United States. He has hiked all 46 of the 46 “High Peaks” in the Adirondack Mountains in New York and has summitted over 100 mountains.

    Scott played the French horn in the West Potomac High School band where he won several awards and honors, and in the nationally-recognized JMU Marching Band. He still plays piano and guitar, and can still make noises on his french horn that amuses preschoolers.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Co-founding partner and owner
      Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC
      2019 to present

    Volunteer Experience

    • Director, Secretary, and Treasurer
      Tauxemont Community Association
      2019 to present
    • Coach
      Lee-Mount Vernon Soccer League
      2007 to present

    Education

    • B.A. with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in American Studies
      James Madison University
      2019 to 1993
    • JD
      University of Virginia School of Law
      2019 to present

    Awards

    • “Superlawyer” by Virginia Superlawyer Magazine (2019)

    Personal

    Membership & Affiliation

    • Lee-Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Philip Scranage
    Legislative Assistant : Ben Cermak
    Legislative Assistant : Celia Lane

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E617
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7536

    District Office
    P. O. Box 289
    Mount Vernon, VA 22121
    Phone: (571) 249-4484
    Fax: (571) 542-3741

    Web

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

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    In 2003, Surovell was elected Chairman of the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. In 2008, he was elected Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee where he organized and led local grassroots campaign activities for the Obama-Biden, Warner, Moran, Connolly and Federal campaigns.

    In 2009, Surovell resigned as Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee in order to run for the House of Delegates.

    Surovell has served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee (2010-2015), the Science & Technology Committee (2010-2015), and the Militia, Police & Public Safety Committee (2012-2015). In 2014, the Speaker appointed Delegate Surovell to the Virginia Broadband Commission. In 2014, Surovell was elected Caucus Chairman by the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

    For several years Surovell has written a blog, entitled The Dixie Pig, named after a now-defunct restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in his district that was his grandmother’s favorite.

    In January 2015 Surovell announced a run for the Virginia Senate, District 36, hoping to fill the seat of retiring Senator Toddy Puller. He won election to the State Senate by a margin of 60.52% to 39.28%.

    Surovell was appointed to the General Laws and Technology Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee and Local Government Committee. In 2016, Surovell was also appointed to the Virginia High Speed Rail Commission.

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

    Starting in 2016, Surovell has pushed and passed various legislative initiatives to clean up coal ash ponds in Virginia one of which is in Dumfries, Virginia.

    In 2018, Surovell carried legislation that authorized $3.4 million of payments from the Commonwealth of Virginia to pay for the wrongful incarceration of The Norfolk Four if the monies were matched by the City of Norfolk. That same year he also carried legislation he had introduced nine times which raised Virginia’s threshold between misdemeanors and felonies to $500 .

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Scott A. Surovell (D)37,51891.72%
    Write-In (Write-in)3,3858.28%
    TOTAL40,903

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Scott A. Surovell (D)18,32060.5%
    Gerald Moodrow Foreman, II (R)11,89039.3%
    Write In (Write-in)620.2%
    TOTAL30,272

    2013 State DelegateArray

    Scott A. Surovell (D)13,43871.0%
    Joseph Anastacio Glean ()5,32128.1%
    Write In (Write-in)1770.9%
    TOTAL18,936

    2011 State DelegateArray

    Scott A. Surovell (D)8,73859.4%
    John David Barsa (R)5,74239.0%
    Joseph Anastacio Glean ()2231.5%
    Write In (Write-in)100.1%
    TOTAL14,713

    2007 State DelegateArray

    Scott A. Surovell (D)9,96153.4%
    James Jay E. McConville (R)8,38744.9%
    Glenda Gail Parker ()3061.6%
    Write In (Write-in)120.1%
    TOTAL18,666

    Finances

    Surovell, Scott A has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,095, 103.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    General Laws and Technology
    Local Government
    Rehabilitation and Social Services

    Appointments

    High Speed Rail Compact Commission, Virginia-North Carolina
    School Facility Modernization

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Governance

    PROTECT TAXPAYER DOLLARS WITH TRANSPARENCY AND INNOVATION

    The government is the steward of taxpayers’ money. Justice Louis Brandeis once said that a streetlight was the most effective policeman and sunlight was the best disinfectant.  Transparency is critical to achieving the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

    Unfortunately, the Freedom of Information Act is very limited.  Consequences for violations are minimal.  Virginia has no laws prohibiting the destruction of documents and significant parts of the government such as the State Corporation Commission are completely exempt.

    We also must ensure that we are collecting all taxpayer dollars.  Tax fraud costs Virginia billions of dollars per year.  The Virginia Department of Taxation collects $20 for every $1 it spends.  Common sense suggests that if any part of our government was fully funded, it would be our tax collection system so we can ensure that all Virginians and paying their fair share of taxes.

    Also, over a decade ago, Virginia adopted a mechanism to allow private actions to recover contracting fraud, but tax fraud was specifically excepted.  President George W. Bush enacted reforms that allowed people who blew the whistle on tax fraud to receive rewards from successful tax collections. However, the state has no such program so that there is no incentive to blow the whistle on taxpayers who fail to pay state or local taxes such as sales taxes, gas taxes, or personal property taxes.

    Virginia’s procurement system is also very deficient.  The individuals running procurement often have close relationships with bidders, steer work to friendly companies which limits opportunities for other businesses, reduces bids and increases costs.  Virginia’s procurement system needs better transparency, accountability, and significant reform.

    All too often, government at every level does not innovate or manage its programs in a cost-conscious way that minimizes taxpayer burdens.  There are several things we could do to reduce costs to taxpayers.  For example:

    • Require all court filing be done electronically. One-third of all courthouse space is used to store paper.  Electronic court filing has been used in the federal system for over 10 years and would alleviate the need to expand courthouses across the Commonwealth for decades and improve efficiency.
    • Support Seniors At Home – Most seniors would like to age in place and live independently in their homes with dignity. Studies have repeatedly shown that there are cost savings to taxpayers approaching 40 percent when people are cared for in their homes instead of moving to a residential facility like a nursing home. Nursing homes can cost up to $70,000 per year. Private insurance and Medicare provide minimal coverage of long-term care and people all too often must “spend down” and deplete their savings to get help paying for nursing home care. Medicaid, a state-federal insurance program, pays for 43 percent of all nursing home care in the U.S. Virginia should also license home healthcare workers.
    • Rethinking Highway Medians – The Virginia Department of Transportation must explore planting our medians with native species that require less maintenance. In 1976, Virginia implemented its Wildflower Program at the behest of Lady Byrd Johnson partly as an effort to reduce mowing expenses. Maryland is looking at planting more wildflowers, trees and meadows in an effort to reduce mowing expenses. Colorado, Delaware, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Washington are also exploring this as well. There is no reason Virginia cannot lead.

    In addition to promote transparency and accountability, the Commonwealth should:

    • Ensure a robust Freedom of Information Act with minimal exceptions
    • Apply the Freedom of Information Act to all levels of government including the State Corporation Commission and Court system
    • Create a whistleblower program for individuals who commit state tax fraud
    • Reform procurement to increase predictability, transparency, and limit governments’ discretion to steer projects to favored bidders based on highly subjective criteria.

    Civil Rights

    HUMAN RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

    All Virginians deserve the right to live their lives in peace without government prying into their personal lives or personal decisions.  Likewise, Virginians deserve to be respected and treated fairly by others in going about their daily life.

    Our Commonwealth has a troubling history of restricting the rights, privileges, incomes, housing, and reproductive choices of many people.  The legacy of Jim Crow lives on in the Constitution of Virginia and in our Code.

    The decision to have a child can be life altering for a woman.  The ability to freely access contraception is critical for Virginia’s women and thus their families to fully achieve their potential.

    A woman has a constitutional right to make reproductive choices without government interference and a woman’s right to end a pregnancy should be a decision between a woman, her doctor, and her conscience.  Abortion should also be safe, legal and rare.  While some have heartfelt beliefs that unborn fetuses also have rights, that is not the law of the United States, and would inject other people’s moral judgments upon others or tell doctors how to practice medicine.

    Likewise, the government has no role in telling people who they should love and who they can marry.  While this is now the law of the land in the United States, Virginia still has outdated laws on its books.  Moreover, private discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual persons (LGBT) in employment, housing or daily living is still not prohibited in the Commonwealth.

    Virginia also stands in a position to be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and truly complete the Bill of Rights.  The right to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex was added to the Constitution of Virginia in 1971 and adding it to the U.S. Constitution is necessary to give men and women adequate ability to challenge discriminatory government actions.

    Finally, once a Virginian has served their jail sentence, they deserve to have their civil rights restored.  Virginia’s constitutional prohibition on felon voting and the cumbersome restoration process was adopted as part of Virginia’s 1903 Jim Crow Constitution which virtually eliminated voting by all African Americans.  We must free ourselves from our racist legacy and remove the stain of Jim Crow from our Constitution.

    To achieve complete human rights in Virginia we must:

    • Protect access to contraception
    • Protect a woman’s reproductive freedom
    • Ensure nondiscrimination in housing, employment, and private transactions for Lesbian, Gay, Bixsexual and Transexual Virginians
    • Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
    • Remove the felon voter restrictions from the Constitution of Virginia and adopt measures to allow automatic restoration of rights upon completion of one’s sentence.

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

    For the past four decades, the focus of criminal justice has been on criminalizing more behavior, increasing punishments, reducing the discretion of judges and juries, eliminating procedural safeguards to eliminate trials, and a focus on offenses and individuals that pose less of a risk to the personal safety of others such as drug offenses.  That system has been a failure and resulted in the United States incarcerating more citizens than any country other than China and destroyed millions of families.

    We can be both tough on crime and smart at the same time.

    We must start with fair laws.  While Virginia’s misdemeanor-felony threshold was raised to $500 in 2017, it still remains the lowest in the entire United States of America.  Felony theft should involve serious property crimes and not the theft of mobile phones or fancy vacuum cleaners.

    Virginia needs to begin the process of moving towards the decriminalization of marijuana and a system which takes distribution from the shadows and into an environment where the Commonwealth can tax it, earn revenue, and turn marijuana from a cost to taxpayers to a positive.

    Virginia once led the world by requiring juries to render judgments on citizens instead of agents of the government such as judges.  Virginia’s Declaration of Rights which was the foundation for the U.S. Bill of Rights and inspired constitutions around the world refers to the right to trial by jury as being “sacred.”  The discretion of our judges and juries to determine built and innocence and render fair sentences has been taken away by legislators looking to substitute their judgment for that of the community after taking into account the circumstances of a crime, the history and circumstances of the accused, and the affects on the victim.  This runs counter to Virginia traditions.  Mandatory minimum sentences destroy the flexibility of our justice system to render justice for the accused, the victim, and all citizens of the Commonwealth.

    Our Juvenile Justice system likewise requires reform.  Virginians should be outraged that the Commonwealth leads the country in the School to Prison Pipeline.  School Resource Offices (SRO) should be involved in detecting and investigating actual crimes – not enforcing school discipline.

    Our forensic laboratories are currently overwhelmed with drug investigations and narcotics, opiate, and other analyses are backlogged by months due to lack of funding.  Virginia’s Director of the Department of Forensic Science has testified before the United States Congress that there has been a lack of resources (money, staff, training, and equipment) necessary to promote and maintain strong forensic science laboratory systems. . . . As a State Crime Lab Director, I know that this has in fact been the situation for many of us for some time.”

    The lack of funding has also resulted in significant turnover in law enforcement personnel.  Virginia’s State Troopers are some of the lowest paid in the nation.  Many complete their three year minimum after being trained by taxpayers and move on to other states or federal law enforcement jobs so they can support their families.

    Many Virginia prosecutors’ offices have no or limited paralegal support limiting their ability to comply with required discovery obligations or court filing obligations.

    Also, to maintain trust in law enforcement, we need to invest in technology.  In-car video and body cameras are essential in protecting our law enforcement and our public from the occasional bad apple on the force.

    Finally, Virginia’s cash bail system has resulted many people being incarcerated for being poor instead of protecting the public.  Most studies show that reminders and keeping accused persons informed of the court dates reduces failures to appear in court more than cash bonds.  Cash bonds have a place, but they should be reserved for violent criminals, not the poor or homeless with a record of missing court dates.

    To reform our criminal justice system, we must:

    • Raise the misdemeanor-felony threshold to $2,500
    • Allow the expungement of old charges upon a showing of rehabilitation
    • Allow for the restoration of all civil rights, including hundreds of miscellaneous civil restrictions upon a showing of rehabilitation and the consent of a judge
    • Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and restore judges and jury’s ability to render fair sentences
    • Allow judges to dismiss charges in appropriate cases
    • Provide full and complete discovery to accused persons
    • Pay our court personnel living wages.
    • Invest in funding sufficient prosecutor and prosecutor support positions to allow Commonwealth’s Attorneys to invest time is fairly rendering justice
    • Install body cameras on all police officers
    • Adequately fund first-class forensic laboratory services
    • Reform cash bail, invest in supervised release, and use bail for violent criminals
    • Prohibit School Resource Officers from involvement in school discipline

    REFORM CIVIL JUSTICE AND END PREDATORY LENDING

    The Virginia Declaration of Rights was written by George Mason who lived in Mason Neck on the Fairfax and Prince William County border.  George Mason was a Virginia Delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but refused to sign the U.S. Constitution because it did not contain a bill of rights similar to what he had written and Virginia had enacted in 1776.  Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Virginia provides “[t]hat in controversies respecting property, and in suits between man and man, trial by jury is preferable to any other, and ought to be held sacred.”

    Civil jury trials rarely occur in Virginia for a variety of reasons.  First, boilerplate arbitration clauses contained in “Terms and Conditions” robotically agreed to by consumers or long fine print provisions on written contracts frequently waive jury trial rights.

    Next, Virginia has continued to adhere to ancient concepts rejected in 48 other states such as contributory negligence and assumption of risk which say that if someone is 1% to blame for their injuries, they can recover nothing instead of reducing their recovery by the amount they are to blame.

    Also, Virginia also adheres to an auto insurance policy minimum of $25,000 for liability and $50,000 for property damage that was adopted in the 1970’s.  While today’s cars have become safer, they have also become much more expensive and people survive crashes more often.  Virginia’s old policy limits severely limit innocent Virginia’s ability to be compensated for their injuries or even replace their car when they are hurt through no fault of their own.

    Virginia’s punitive damage cap of $350,000 is pocket change to most corporations and not a deterrent.  Virginia is also the only state in the country that does not allow class action law suits.

    It is then no surprise, that Virginia has also become a fertile playground for predatory lenders.  The U.S. 1 Corridor is littered with lenders who make loans at 267% interest rates – blessed by the Code of Virginia.  Internet lenders pick up the slack and charge interest rates north of 400% using Indian Tribes who are rented out for their ability to claim tribal sovereignty and use contractual provisions requiring the application of tribal law and tribal arbitration.

    Other lenders have used loopholes in Virginia laws like restructuring payday loans and open end credit arrangements which do not have interest rate caps.

    These types of laws were common nationwide in the 1920’s but are not appropriate in today’s world.

    To reform our civil justice system, we should:

    • Restrict the use of mandatory arbitration
    • Raise Virginia’s punitive damage cap to $10 million
    • Adopt comparative negligence
    • Raise Virginia auto insurance minimums
    • Apply consumer protections to open end credit arrangements
    • Prohibit all loans over 36%
    • Allow class action lawsuits

    PRESERVING VIRGINIA’S RIGHT TO HUNT AND FISH

    Millions of Virginians enjoy the challenge of hunting, target shooting, and fishing. As a child, I spent much of my summers on Smith Mountain Lake and Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks of New York fishing for Perch, Blue Gill, Crappie, Carp, Catfish (see picture at left) and if I was lucky, Striped Bass or up north for Perch, Bass, and, if I was lucky, Pike, Pickerel, and Trout.

    My mother’s family comes from a long rural tradition from Franklin County in Southwest Virginia. In many families hunting and gun ownership is a family tradition and very much a way of life. The Right to Hunt is enshrined Article XI, Sect. 4 of the Constitution of Virginia.

    Virginia’s natural assets also provide tourist dollars with national bass fishing competitions occurring on our lakes and rivers and our ban on Sunday hunting limits Virginia’s ability to leverage our resources.

    We must respect the values, activities, and way of life of all of Virginia’s residents. Keeping our rivers, streams, and lakes clean allows Virginians to enjoy the same activities that I did as a child. Preserving open space is critical to ensuring opportunities to hunt. However, as with all things, there is a time and place for everything, and while the vast majority of gun owners use them responsibly, there are a small number of people who do not. I believe in the right to bear arms to hunt and protect one’s family, but I do not believe that felons, terrorists, or troubled teenagers have a right bear arms that threaten our children.

    The 36th Senate District is home to the Potomac River – the top bass and snakehead fishery in the United States.

    Preserving the quality of our streams, rivers and lakes and open space are critical state government functions that preserve our quality of life, promote tourism, and our environment for generations to come.

    I will continue to:

    • Work to end the ban on Sunday hunting in Virginia.
    • Fight to encourage the preservation of open space for hunting.
    • Fight to keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean ensuring Virginians right to fish.
    • Continuing Virginia’s membership in the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.
    • Properly fund programs to track and control invasive species such as the Northern Snakehead.

    Education

    SUPPORT STRONG SCHOOLS

    Northern Virginia’s public schools are one of its most valuable assets for attracting jobs and creating future talent.  In fact, many families move to live along the Potomac River because of our quality schools. Eastern Northern Virginia’s property values are significantly stabilized by having some of the best schools in the County. However, our schools are stressed by the recession’s impact on government.

    High Quality & Accessible Preschool

    In the early 1940’s, my grandparents helped create one of Fairfax County’s oldest operating preschools – the Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool on Fort Hunt Road. Three generations of my family have thrived at this community institution.

    Science tells us that 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs before age five. We must expand voluntary pre-kindergarten programs for more four-year-olds. Children who get a strong start in life are more likely to have a productive, responsible life. All of Virginia’s children deserve the same opportunities that I was able to enjoy.  If families cannot afford private preschool, our local governments should provide it for them.

    Better Teacher Salaries & Less Trailers

    Virginia has the tenth highest per capita wealth in the United States, but its teacher salaries now rank in the bottom quartile of salaries across the United States.  That is unacceptable.

    Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford County Public Schools are losing the competition for teaching talent to Arlington, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties Schools.

    Moreover, the resurgence of families in older neighborhoods and population growth along the I-95 Corridor has created a plague of trailers in schools along U.S. 1.  Children should attend school in a brick and mortar building and not a mobile trailer.

    Stop Micromanaging Teachers

    Teachers are licensed professionals and should be treated as such just as doctors, lawyers, and other licensed professions.  The Standards of Learning have straight jacketed teachers and curriculum that fail to allow each student to learn in their own way and to their maximum potential.  The Commonwealth should reduce SOL tests to the federally required minimum.

    Fair State Funding

    State school funding formulas favor rural localities whose elected officials currently control the House of Delegates. The existing formulas give too much weight to income and property values and do not adequately take into consideration the increased cost of running schools due to populations with English language challenges or disabilities.  While local funding has lagged the most, state funding lags and has still not recovered completely from the 2009 Recession.  Secondary education needs more dollars.

    Digital Divide

    Finally, Northern Virginia’s localities and others around the Commonwealth continue to design an education that largely prioritizes the students who need the least help – especially when it comes to Digital Learning.  Northern Virginia’s localities lag other – even less wealthy – jurisdictions around the Commonwealth in deploying digital devices to all students and still charge tuition for online classes notwithstanding state prohibitions.

    Secondary education must be free for everyone.  Our school systems must provide digital learning opportunities to all students at no cost and regardless of their circumstances.

    Senator Surovell will work for:

    • More state and federal funds to provide opportunities for every child to reach his or her full potential.
    • Teacher salaries to the top quartile in the Country
    • Expanded access to early childhood education – preschool and high-quality childcare
    • Smaller class sizes
    • Free digital devices for all students
    • Rules to require no child should have to pay for online public learning
    • Reducing Standards of Learning tests to the federally-required minimum

    Environment

    PROTECT VIRGINIA’S ENVIRONMENT

    Virginia is blessed with natural resources, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. We are fortunate the 36th District to live near the “nation’s river” and have:

    • Three State Parks: Mason Neck, Leesylvania & Widewater
    • Two National Parks: the George Washington Memorial Parkway (including Fort Hunt Park) and Prince William Forest Park
    • Three National Wildlife Refuges: Mason Neck, Occoquan, & Featherstone
    • Bureau of Land Management Units: Mason Neck
    • One Regional Park: Pohick Bay Regional Park
    • Dozens of Local Parks Including: Huntley Meadows, Veteran’s Park, and Patawomek Park.

    We must invest in these assets to ensure they are first class assets for the public’s enjoyment.

    Our community also depends on clean air and water and our country has some of the strongest public health measures in the world.

    Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide from vehicles and carbon-fired power plants, threaten not only our Commonwealth, but the entire planet. While the solutions are multiple and require action across the globe, Virginia has a role.

    American’s cheapest energy resource is energy efficiency and Virginia ranks in the bottom tiers of states.  We could meet 20 percent of our energy needs through measures like tougher building codes, weather stripping and more conserving commercial lighting and heating.

    Virginia has been growing solar at a rapid pace since 2015, but most of it is owned by incumbent electrical monopolies.  Our neighboring jurisdictions have grown solar by using consumer, business and independent owned facilities while other jurisdictions require a home energy audit before the transfer of dwellings so that energy upgrades can be negotiated by the buyer and seller during the sale process if they choose to consider it. Virginians deserve the same benefits.

    Virginia’s environment faces several challenges today:

    • Northern Virginia does not meet federal air quality standards. The parent of every asthmatic child understands how serious this is on “bad air” days.
    • At least 80 percent of Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford County’s streams are in fair to poor condition.
    • The Potomac River got a grade of D for its health.
    • Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties’ tree cover has plummeted from 75 percent in the 1970s to 40 percent today.
    • Greenhouse gas emissions from our vehicles, buildings, electricity use and manufacturing facilities are leading to sea level rise, more respiratory and vector-borne diseases and more extreme weather events.
    • Eastern Prince William County is home to one of the largest coal ash repositories in the Commonwealth – holding over 4 million cubic yards – that is leaking toxic heavy metals into our waters.
    • Commuters in the I-95 Corridor are too automobile dependent, remain stuck in traffic and do not have sufficient transit options for commuting

    In order to remedy these problems

    • Focus development around public transit stations and on walkable communities.
    • Require local governments to adopt meaningful tree ordinances.
    • Mandate energy and water-conserving and low-impact development techniques.
    • Continue incentives for consumers to purchase energy efficient appliances.
    • Provide state tax credits for installation of solar panels, geothermal heat pump systems, wind, and other energy saving home improvements.
    • Encourage informational home energy audits (similar to a home inspection) upon the transfer of a dwellings between parties;
    • Expand the use of public transit and alternate modes of transportation.
    • Create incentives to transition to a clean energy economy and use more of Virginia’s resources such as offshore wind and solar.
    • Explore more natural landscaping and native plants along Virginia’s roads to reduce taxpayers’ mowing and maintenance expenses.
    • Clean up coal ash by using recycling techniques or at worst, clean closure to eliminate the possibility of pollution
    • Create incentives for Virginians to purchase electric vehicles (EV) and incentivize the development of EV charging infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth

    Health Care

    PROVIDE QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

    In a country as rich in resources as ours, every American should have health insurance and access to regular health care. Health insurance should truly insure. We should have policies that support the basic principle of insurance, to spread risk across a large, diverse group in a way that provides security to people and keeps rates affordable.

    I am the owner of a small business. We have over 40 employees and we provide health insurance for our employees because we believe it is our responsibilities as an employer to provide good benefits to our workers. We pay over $200,000 in insurance costs for our employees and routinely see double digit premium increases each year.

    Health care costs are squeezing small businesses and pushing many to drop insurance for their employees, leaving workers to pay for health insurance with after-tax dollars or forego insurance. Having more uninsured and under-insured people means that the rest of us lucky enough to have insurance have to pay more to provide services to others through, for example, more emergency room visits.

    Virginia’s health insurance costs continue to explode even after medical malpractice liability reforms which have been negotiated and agreed to by lawyer and doctor organizations.  Virginia has one of the most restrictive damage caps and pre-filing expert certification rules in the country to prevent unnecessary litigation.  Malpractice reform is not a healthcare issue in Virginia.

    We also must ensure that Virginia’s Bureau of Insurance is properly vetting insurance rate increases.  Health insurance companies are permitted to keep reserves, but those reserves must be reasonable.

    Medicaid is our federal-state health insurance program for low-income persons and we fortunately expanded it to 400,000 Virginians on January 1, 2019.  Most of Virginia’s Medicaid recipients are children, the elderly, blind or disabled persons, and now lower income working Virginians.  Despite being a relatively wealthy state, Virginia has one of the most restrictive Medicaid programs in the United States ranking 48th of 51.

    However, Medicaid must also pay medical providers reasonable rates.  Virginia has also repeatedly cut Medicaid reimbursements to the point where most doctors will not accept Medicaid and hospitals are forced to push unfunded costs back on to private insurance patients.  Virginia must do better.

    I will push for fair insurance practices:

    • Insurers should not be allowed to “cherry pick” their subscribers.
    • Insurers should not dictate medical decisions.
    • Properly fund Medicaid commensurate with our ability to pay
    • A serious illness can bankrupt a family. We should make sure that any lifetime insurance limits reflect today’s realities and prices.

    Infrastructure

    FIX I-95 AND INVEST IN TRANSIT

    Time spent stuck in traffic is time that could be spent more productively, being with family, coaching kids’ sports or working. When I grew up in Mount Vernon, congestion in Northern Virginia was virtually non-existent. You could get from A to B without encountering gridlock. In July, 2009, the Washington Post reported that Northern Virginia has the second-worst congestion in the United States and it is getting worse. Studies say that congestion costs the average Virginia driver $1,000 per year in lost productivity due to lost fuel, accidents, vehicle maintenance, and most importantly – lost time.

    U.S. 1 from Woodlawn to Beacon Mall is congested every weekend and backed up north and south of Fort Belvoir every weekday.  Doing something about U.S. 1 is my number one priority and I have dedicated an entirely separate page to that here:

    My Vision for Route 1

    The Federal and State Government have spent over $10 billion on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Mixing Bowl and I-495 and traffic conditions are virtually the same as before improvements were made.  Investments in I-95 have shifted bottlenecks south while generating more exurban development.  The I-95 Occoquan Bottleneck still remains the worst chokepoint in Northern Virginia.

    More than 2 million new people are coming to the D.C. Metropolitan Area in the next 20 years and we cannot continue to invest in transportation the same way.  It is time to focus investments on rail and transit.

    Additionally, correcting these issues will require money.  While in 2013, the General Assembly raised taxes for transportation for the first time since 1987, the new funds were only about a quarter of the documented infrastructure need which is why our Governors have continued to rely upon private toll road operators to fund major projects.

    We also must innovate on tolling so that Virginia residents who made the initial investment in these roads receive some credit in tolling agreements relative to out-of-state users.

    Moreover, gasoline taxes were originally designed as use taxes, taxes to measure one’s use of the highway — the more you drive, the more you pay. But with increased automobile efficiency and electric cars, new ways to pay for roads are needed.

    Finally, traffic considerations are not adequately considered when local officials make land use decisions. This means that local governments can authorize more shopping centers, office buildings and other development without considering whether the transportation networks are adequate for these new developments. Zoning for jobs and retail without housing effectively pushes congestion further and further down the interstates, creating more sprawl and adding to demands for schools, sewers, drinking water and other public services, and creating more vehicle trips through our area instead of within it. All of these problems must be addressed before progress in Northern Virginia is strangled.

    We must —

    • Renegotiate the Commonwealth’s contract with Transurban so we can fix the I-95 Occoquan Bottleneck at reasonable cost
    • Complete U.S. 1 bus rapid transit from the Huntington Metro to Prince William County
    • Begin the process of extending the Yellow Line to Hybla Valley and the Blue Line to Prince William County
    • Fund two new rails over the Potomac River at the Long Bridge to make high speed rail in the DC-Richmond-Norfolk-Raliegh-Atlanta Corridor truly possible
    • Implement a toll discount program for heavy Virginia toll users
    • Complete widening U.S. 1 to six lanes its entire length
    • Provide dedicated funding to mass transit
    • Provide dedicated funding to bicycle and pedestrian improvements
    • Focus development around nodes of transit

    Safety

    FIREARM VIOLENCE PREVENTION

    Virginia has a long tradition of firearm ownership and hunting dating back to the founding of the Virginia Colony.  Virginia also became the source for most firearms recovered in criminal activity in New York City.  Because of this, Virginia led the way in developing instant background checks and instituting Virginia’s One-Gun-A-Month rule that was signed by Governor Wilder in the early 1990’s, but was repealed in 2011 by Governor McDonnell.

    While the United States Supreme Court recently abandoned 200 years of predecent and held that Virginians have a Constitutional Right to gun ownership, it left open the question of how to balance the rights of owners and public safety.

    The United States continues to have a higher firearm death rate than any other country in the world.  Firearms kill more Virginians than automobile accidents and are the leading cause of death for children.  Mass gun murders now occur with regularity in America with one of the worst occurring at our own Virginia Tech. While mental health and the federal and state government’s failure to fully fund a robust mental health treatment system plays a role in these crimes, so do the easy availability of military grade weapons online, at gun shows, or in private sales.

    Over 90% of Virginians support background checks for firearms transfers.  While transfers between family members, pursuant to bequests, or the use of a weapon by someone in an emergency are acceptable, no person should have access to a firearm if there are a risk to the public.

    While every Virginians has a right to hunt and protect themselves, their family and their home, the right to individual protection does not require military style weapons, bump stocks, undetectable 3D printed plastic guns, or large ammunition magazines.

    Therefore, we must:

    • Ban bump stocks
    • Require background checks for all firearms transfers with reasonable exceptions such as family transfers, bequests, or gun shows.
    • Prohibit the sale and ownership of assault weapons
    • Prohibit the sale or possession of ammunition magazines that will hold more than 20 rounds
    • Reinstate Virginia’s “One-Gun-A-Month” Rule
    • Prohibit concealed carry in restaurants, while consuming or under the influence of alcohol or drugs

    Social Security

    SUPPORT VIRGINIA’S SENIORS

    Everyone deserves a safe, secure retirement and the chance to age in their home if that is their choice. Many people who moved to the 36th District years ago still live in the community. My grandparents moved to Mount Vernon in 1941 and both had the good fortune to live in their home until they passed away because of the support provided by our family. However, with many families dispersed today, not everyone enjoys the same support.

    In response to this need, community organizations such as Mount Vernon At Home have sprung up. These organizations minimize taxpayer burdens and provide flexible community-based support for our elderly. Virginia should help facilitate the start up of these organizations through targeted grants.

    Additionally, skyrocketing property values and real estate taxes have caused some seniors on fixed income to be taxed out of their homes. While there are some tax abatement plans available, our local governments should be given more taxing authority so that revenue can be derived from other sources besides real estate.

    Seniors are also subject to predatory practices from contractors and trusted ones.  Law enforcement needs robust tools to address criminal behavior and victims need effective remedies to seek justice in court.

    Finally, home health care workers also provide care functions to our elderly in their homes. Many are compensated by Medicaid at extremely low reimbursement rates and work as independent contractors with no benefits. Also, unlike other professions such as plumbers, HVAC technicians, or barbers, home health care workers are completely unregulated. This means there are no minimum standards in their profession. We should raise the quality of home health care by providing increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates, creating minimum standards for licensing, and creating a benefits pools so that home health care workers can obtain medical, dental, and workers compensation insurance at reasonable rates. All of these measures would improve the quality of workers and the care given to our elderly in their homes.

    We must –

    • Support services by providing block grants that help seniors live independently with dignity.
    • Continue real estate tax exemptions and discounts for seniors.
    • Broaden local taxing authority so localities can derive revenue from sources other than real estate
    • Support caregivers, adult day care and respite care.
    • Ensure financial abuse of vulnerable seniors may be remedied by a full suite of remedies in civil court
    • Expand seniors’ housing options in the community.
    • Work to establish licensing, standards, and benefit pools for home health care workers who are currently completely unregulated, underpaid, and poorly monitored.

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