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.

Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Monty Mason

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Mamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

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Jenn McClellan

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2006 – 2017

During Jenn McClellan’s tenure in the General Assembly, Jennifer has served as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Transition Committee, Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level.  She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committees, and the Richmond City Democratic Committee.

Ghazala Hashmi

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service.

Joe Morrissey

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2015

I’ve been working and fighting for a better Richmond since 1989, when I was elected as your Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a delegate, I fought for Democratic Party principles, like bringing Obamacare to Virginia, improving Richmond City Schools, and helping people get their right to vote back.

John Edwards

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

 

Creigh Deeds

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

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

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.

 

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.

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

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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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Louise Lucas 2Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

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Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

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Louise Lucas

Source: Wikipedia

The Honorable L. Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas began her federal career in 1967 as an Apprentice Shipfitter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and became the first Woman Shipfitter in July 1971. Senator Lucas began her public sector career path as Interim Executive Director of the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project (STOP) in 1985 and was appointed Executive Director in 1986 where she served until 1992.

Graduating with honors, Senator Lucas received her Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in Vocational-Industrial Education from Norfolk State University in 1971 and her Master of Arts Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Human Resources Planning and Administration also from Norfolk State University in 1982.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Senator L. Louise Lucas was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November 1991 and continues to serve the citizens of the 18th Senatorial District.

Senator Lucas is the mother of two daughters, Lisa L. Lucas-Burke and Theresa Lynn Lucas-Lamb who partner with her in various business entities and one son, the late Jeffery Lee Lucas, Sr. She has five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
    Lucas Lodge
    2019 to present

Education

  • MA
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

    Urban Affairs, with a concentration in Human Resources Planning and Administration, magna cum laude

  • B.S., Vocational-Industrial Education
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 22, 19444. Baptist; member: Deaconess, New Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Vernon Tillage, Denis Young

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E508
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7518
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 700
Portsmouth, VA 23705-0700
Phone: (757) 397-8209
Fax: (757) 966-9671

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

L. Louise Lucas (D)43,02192.49%
Write-In (Write-in)3,4947.51%
TOTAL46,515

2015 State DelegateArray

Louise Lucas (D)20,32195.6%
Write In (Write-in)9424.4%
TOTAL21,263

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Block Grants
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
Health Care, Joint Commission on

Voting Record

DANCE, ROSALYN has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $939,451.

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Monty MasonMonty Mason

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

About

Monty Mason 1

Source: Campaign page

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

During his tenure in the legislature Monty has worked to improve the child welfare system, protect seniors, serve our veterans, create opportunities for small businesses and improve education for Virginia’s children. He has worked to better the Foster Care system in Virginia by carrying legislation to implement the Families First Prevention Services Act, bringing federal dollars to the Commonwealth for prevention services. No stranger to community service before he took office, Monty has been volunteering and supporting the community for nearly two decades. He is a strong supporter of the College of William and Mary and was honored with the Alumni Service Award in 2018.  He was formerly Chairman of the William and Mary Athletic Educational Foundation and Williamsburg Economic Development Authority.

Monty also serves on the Virginia Living Museum Board of Directors, the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, the Statewide Advisory Board for the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Board, the Executive Board of Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, and the Advisory Board of Literacy for Life. His legislative appointments include serving on the Rehabilitation and Social Services committee, Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources committee, and the General Laws and Technology committee. Additionally, he serves as Virginia’s legislative representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and was recently appointed to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, the State Executive Council to the Office of Children’s Services, and the State Water Commission. He sponsors an annual College Creek cleanup to remove debris and trash from a portion of the creek every April.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Monty is a 1989 graduate of William and Mary where he earned a BA in government. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Pamela, who works at the College of William and Mary.  They have two daughters, Taylor Anne and Hawley.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior director
    Visa

    specializing on fraud prevention and risk management.

Education

  • BA
    College of William and Mary
    1989

Personal

Born in Farmville on September 8, 1967
Married Pamela Henney Mason

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Thomas Cross

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E515
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7501

District Office
P.O. Box 232
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 229-9310

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Mason ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2013 elections. He defeated incumbent Republican Michael B. Watson.[2] Mason took office as the Virginia State Senator for District 1 in 2016. For the 2018 legislative session, Senator Mason sat on three committees: General Laws & Technology; Rehabilitation & Social Services; and, Agriculture, Conservation, & Natural Resources.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Monty Mason (D)36,86989.83%
Write In (Write-in)4,17410.17%
TOTAL41,043

2016 State SenatorArray

Monty Mason (D)49,25158.1%
Thomas Richard Holston (R)31,74037.4%
John Bernard Bloom ()3,5344.2%
Write In (Write-in)2860.3%
TOTAL84,811

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MASON, T MONTY has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,969,771.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Children’s Services Act
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Jobs

Monty has been working to bring good, high paying jobs to our community.  Working with the V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) he is making sure that we can attract and retain highly skilled and qualified workers and keep them on the Virginia peninsula. His work in the General Assembly has earned him the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Mason plan:

  • Invest in small businesses so they can create jobs and help our area thrive and grow.
  • Provide funding to grow the tourism industry by supporting small businesses that promote tourism.
  • Continue to work with and support the Economic Development Authorities, local Chambers of Commerce, and local governments promoting economic expansion opportunities in the regio

Education

Education is the lifeblood that drives our economy.  Monty has championed Standards of Learning reforms, which will improve the quality of all the schools in our community, and help our kids, no matter where they live or their economic background.

Monty will continue to fight to expand Pre-K so that all children are prepared when they enter the school system and given the same opportunity to succeed.  He led the fight to eliminate the bureaucratic grading scale that unfairly targeted many Peninsula schools.  Monty understands the importance of history to our region, and worked to place a representative of Colonial Williamsburg on the Standards of Learning Commission.

Infrastructure

Transportation

A thriving transportation system is critical to a well-balanced economy.  Monty has been instrumental in bringing the topic of transit to the forefront on the Peninsula.  He has coordinated with other public officials to hold community meetings on transit and is working to expand public transit in the region.  He has worked closely with Hampton Roads Transit and WATA to push for more attention to this issue. He is currently working with area officials to provide transit to Lackey Free Clinic, which treats more than a thousand low-income patients each year but is located three miles from the nearest bus stop.

Mason has fought to increase funding for our roads to reduce traffic congestion and commute times. Monty is focused on keeping the momentum to get the third leg of the I-64 expansion funded and built.  Monty will continue to work to improve our roads and reduce commute times.

Social Security

We must always support seniors who have paved the way for the successes we have today.  Monty is committed to making sure more seniors can get in-home services and to keep property taxes low so more seniors can stay in their homes.  Monty has fought for harsh penalties for those who take advantage of our senior citizens by committing computer and telephone fraud.  He has also promoted legislation giving the state the authority to shut down any senior facility that is not properly licensed.  Monty has been a champion of seniors and fighting to do what is right.

Veterans

Our Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom deserve to be treated with dignity, honor, and respect when they come home.  Monty has helped to expand employment opportunities for veterans by working with V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) to help employers find veterans for job openings.  He is working across the aisle to expand the number of V3 certified companies on the VA peninsula to keep our veterans in the area and expand our workforce!

Monty helped lead the way to pass a bill to ensure that children of active duty service members receive the best education possible.  He has also fought to allow National Guard and active duty servicemen and women based in Virginia to receive in-state tuition.

Monty worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs and Community College System to pass legislation to allow veterans to count their military training towards classes that they take.  This will standardize the audit acceptance process and allow veterans to get the most out of their GI Bill benefits.

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Mamie LockeMamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

About

Mamie Locke 1

Education

  • Ph.D., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984
  • M.A., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1978
  • B.A., Tougaloo College, History/Political Science, 1976
  • Certificate, Management Development Program, Harvard University, 1996
  • American University in Cairo, Middle Eastern Studies, 1986
  • Certificate in Archives Administration, Emory University, 1979
  • Civic Leadership Institute, Class of 2003

Employment

  • Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Professional Memberships

  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member
  • Former member of Editorial Board for the National Political Science Review
  • American Political Science Association, former Council member;
  • 1993 Program Committee; Editorial Board PS: Politics and Political Science; Organized Section of Women and Politics Research, Secretary and Board member 1994-1999
  • Southern Political Science Association, former member of Committee on the Status of Women
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad (Egypt), 1986
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1987, 1988
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990
  • Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1992
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1994
  • Pathfinder Award for Continued Support through Civic Excellence and Social Activism, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1996
  • Plaque for Meritorius Community Service and Excellence in Academic Leadership, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1998
  • Outstanding President Award, Mid-Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998
  • Peninsula Women’s Forum, Outstanding Woman in Government, 1999
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, 2000
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Award, Old Dominion University, 2001
  • Lawrence Bethel Woman of Courage Award, 100 Black Men of America, 2001
  • Marguerite Adams Award for Political Action, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2001
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year, CHUMS, Inc., 2002
  • “Mayor of the Year,” Old Northampton Community Organization, 2002
  • Humanitarian Award, National Conference for Community and Justice, 2002
  • Citizen of the Year, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2003
  • Trailblazer Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 2003
  • Distinguished Woman Award, Newport News/Hampton Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated, 2006
  • Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2006
  • Spirit and Leadership Award, Alternatives, Inc., 2007
  • Senator of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies in Virginia, 2008
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals, 2010
  • Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government, Southern Political Science Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Education Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Court Clerks’ Association, 2011
  • Trailblazer Award, Virginia Leadership Institute, 2011

Civic/Social Activities

  • Member, State Senate, Virginia General Assembly, 2004-Present
  • Member, Hampton City Council, 1996-2004; Mayor, 2000-2004; Vice Mayor 1998-2000
  • Commissioner, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 1996-2004
  • Commissioner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 2000-2004
  • Member, Peninsula Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Member, Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Board of Directors, National League of Cities, 2003
  • Second Vice President, Women in Municipal Government (National League of Cities), 2003
  • Regional Director, Region 3, National Caucus of Local Elected Officials (National League of Cities), 1999-2002
  • National League of Cities, 2001 Program Committee
  • Municipalities in Transition Panel: Families and Communities, National League of Cities, 2002
  • Transitions (Family Violence Services), Past Board Member
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, Board Member
  • Towne Bank, Board Member
  • Links, Incorporated, Hampton Chapter
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Hampton Chapter, Life Member
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church (past member of Finance Council)

Senate Appointments

  • General Laws, General Laws and Technology
  • Local Government
  • Education and Health
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Commission
  • Virginia Housing Commission, Vice Chair
  • Joint Commission on Technology and Science

Additional Affiliations

  • Chair, Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Reproductive Rights Caucus
  • Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Progressive Caucus

Publications

  • “Women of the Senate,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2008
  • “State of the Black Union 2007,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 2007

Additional Information

Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender. She has also served as a speaker for various community organizations. Most recently she was a panel member for the session “Women Doing Politics” at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, speaker for Tougaloo College’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King program at St. James United Methodist Church, Black History Month speaker for program sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, speaker for the annual Black Heritage Foundation program sponsored jointly by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah, and keynote speaker for the national meeting of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

Dr. Locke has a number of publications on race and gender. These articles have appeared as book chapters and in such publications as Women and Politics, Africana Women’s Studies Series, Phoebe, Network, and The Journal of Mississippi History. She is the co-editor of two books, African American Politics: The Struggle for Liberation and Urban Politics: A Planning Perspective. Dr. Locke was recognized for her dual service as a university administrator and elected official by Black Issues in Higher Education.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Dean, School Of Liberal Arts
    Hampton University

Education

  • M.A., Ph.D
    Atlanta University
  • BA
    Tougaloo College
  • Certificate in Management Development
    Harvard University
  • Certificate in Archives Administration
    Emory University/Georgia Department of Archives and History

Personal

Born in Brandon, Mississippi on March 19, 1954

Membership & Affiliation

Roman Catholic Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Theressa Parker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E510
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7502 F
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 9048
Hampton, VA 23670
Phone: (757) 825-5880
Fax: (757) 825-7327

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Locke was first elected to Hampton City Council in 1996. The council chose her as Vice Mayor in 1998 and Mayor in 2000.

In 2003, she won a three-way Democratic primary for the 2nd Senate district nomination with 48.11% of the vote.She then won the general election over Republican P. K. Bomersheim and independent J. B. Hobson with 64.75%.

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.

In 2011, she defeated Republican Tom E. Harmon IV with 65.39% of the vote.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Mamie E. Locke (D)36,55192.79%
Write-In (Write-in)2,8397.21%
TOTAL39,390

2015 State SenatorArray

Mamie Locke (D)17,45994.1%
Write In (Write-in)1,0875.9%
TOTAL18,546

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

LOCKE, MAMIE has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $701,235.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Appointments

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Virginia Council on
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
History of Lynching Work Group
Joint Rules
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Revisions to SOQ & SOL
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
Virginia Housing Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Lionell Spruill 1Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

About

Lionell Spruill

Source: Campaign page

The Honorable Lionell Spruill, Sr., is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society Legislator of the Year (2018)
  • A Dog’s Best Friend Award (2018)

Personal

Born in on December 28, 1946
One daughter – Nadia and three sons – Lionell, Jr., Clayton, and Tony, and grandfather to six grandchildren.

Membership & Affiliation

Source

Founder of Chesapeake’s first Block Security Program
Life Member of NAACP, Norfolk NAACP, The Chesapeake Men for Progress, Fourth Congressional District            Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia
Served for seven years as a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia
Past Master of Providence Lodge #189
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Lambda Boule.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Susan Rowland, Holly Anderson

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E524
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7505

District Office
P. O. Box 5403
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Phone: (757) 424-2178
Fax: (757) 321-6646

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Lionell Spruill Sr. (D)31,57679.25%
Jeff B. Staples ()7,81219.61%
Write-In (Write-in)4571.15%
TOTAL39,845

2016 State SenatorArray

Lionell Spruill (D)66,98996.2%
Write In (Write-in)2,6273.8%
TOTAL69,616

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

SPRUILL SR, LIONELL has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,223,243.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Coordinate with economic development to bring new businesses and technology to the District.

Improve State Funding

Collaborate with state workforce development to bring funds to the district

Education

Greater Funding

Work to bring education funding to create a world class education system.

Promote Vocational Education

Promote vocational education for those who want to learn a trade or skill

Infrastructure

Improve Reliable Transportation

Support and work for a reliable transportation system including roads, highways, light rail, and public transit.

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Lynwood Lewis 1Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Lynwood Lewis

Source: Campaign page

Lynwood Lewis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore in the Town of Parksley. His family farmed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for over three generations. He currently resides in Accomac where he is raising his 13 year-old son, John Zadoc.

Lewis graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1984 with a BA in History and Political Science and went on to receive his JD from the University of Richmond. Lewis continues the general practice of law in Accomac, Virginia as a partner in the firm of Custis, Dix, Lewis & Custis, L.L.P.

First elected to the House of Delegates in 2003, Lewis served, while in House, on the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council and the Speaker of the House appointed him to the Health Insurance Reform Commission.

In January of 2014, he was elected to the Virginia Senate from the 6th District. Senator Lewis sits on the Committees of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Local Government and Education and Health. He serves as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation in the General Assembly. Lewis has also been appointed to both the State Water Commission and the Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council.

Lewis was named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He has been named a Legislative Hero or Leader by the League of Conservation Voters five times – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2018 – and in 2012 and 2013 he was awarded the Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. As a Senator, Lewis was named the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Just recently, he received the Humane Society’s 2018 Humane Legislator Award, Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s 2018 Coastal Defender of the Year Award, the Sierra Club’s Legislative Leader Award and the HosPAC Healthcare Hero Award.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Richmond School of Law
  • BA
    Hampden-Sydney College

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Born in Parksley, Virginia on November 26, 1961

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jessie Williams, Michele Haynie

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E609
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7506

District Office
P. O. Box 760
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: (757) 787-1094
Fax: (757) 787-2749

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. (D)25,77259.66%
Elizabeth A. Lankford (R)17,35740.18%
Write-In (Write-in)690.16%
TOTAL43,198

2019 State SenatorArray

Lynwood Lewis (D)16,73859.5%
Richard Hooper Ottinger (R)11,38640.4%
Write In (Write-in)290.1%
TOTAL28,153

Finances

LEWIS JR, LYNWOOD has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,681,078

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
Local Government

Appointments

Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

  • Supports and co-sponsored Equal Rights Amendment
  • Supports and co-sponsored legislation that would expand Virginia’s anti-discrimination in housing and employment laws to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • Fighting to end school-to-prison pipeline
  • Supports and has co-sponsored decriminalization of marijuana
  • Supports and co-sponsored legislation to end the harmful practice of suspending driver’s licenses for nonpayment of court fees
  • Supports body cameras for law enforcement officers
  • Supports targeted investments and prison reform that will substantially decrease recidivism rates
  • Supported raising the felony threshold to $500 in 2018 and continues to support increasing threshold to $1000
  • Supports reform of cash bail system in Virginia
  • Supports banning the box to prevent discrimination in employment

Democracy

Voting Rights

  • Supports and has sponsored legislation to repeal unnecessary and harmful Voter ID laws
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to enact no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Supports restoration of voting rights to felons who have served their time
  • Consistently sponsored and supported legislation to end partisan and political gerrymandering. Firmly believes that voters should pick their legislators, not the other way around.
  • Opposes legislation that would allow any entity that takes taxpayer dollars to discriminate based on sexual orientation

Economy

  • Played and continues to play critical role in rural broadband deployment and expansion, fighting for prioritized funding and budget language changes to make grant funds more accessible
  • Introduced and passed legislation to establish working waterfront economic development areas, allowing localities to incentivize investment and procure special zoning to cultivate much-needed working waterfronts, particularly in rural coastal areas
  • Created and secured the initial seed funding for the Virginia Waterway Maintenance Fund, a fund that specifically addresses dire funding needs in rural coastal Virginia and waterways neglected by the US Coast Guard that have subsequently had their navigable markers removed. This legislation was a huge victory for rural coastal Virginia.
  • Fought for inclusion of Northampton, Accomack and Mathews Counties in 2018 legislation that incentivizes investments by businesses that will create guaranteed high-paying jobs and will remain in those localities for a significant amount of time. After the inclusion of the rural counties in the 6th District, subsequently co-sponsored this critical rural development legislation.
  • Long advocated for funding and policy that invests in and prioritizes the industries critical to the 6th District—industries like aquaculture, commercial fisheries, ecotourism, aerospace, trade, and forestry, as well as best management practices for farms and major investments in both the Port of Virginia and Wallops Flight Facility.
  • Supported and fought for investments in the Eastern Shore Public Library, Eastern Shore Community College and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital—all critical pieces of attracting and retaining businesses and workers
  • Consistently fought for major structured investments in transportation infrastructure, roads and public transit, as well as working to address resiliency needs as it pertains to the regular flooding of roads in the 6th Senate District.
  • Expanding both the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, projects that are long-overdue
  • Recognized as an advocate specifically for small and locally-owned businesses in Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore
  • Sponsored incentives for resiliency in building and business practices for commercial properties

Labor

  • Supports increased minimum wage, with preference given to the Congressman Bobby Scott model: an increase to $15/hour over four years with an appropriate carve-out for small businesses—the same that has been done in many other states.
  • Supports collective bargaining rights of workers
  • Supports investments in workforce training programs, especially for transitioning veterans
  • Supports transparency in pay for workers receiving debit cards rather than paper checks
  • Supports regulation of payday lenders
  • Opposes changing the current 1:1 ratio of journeyman to apprentices
  • Supports investments and incentives to attract medical and educational professionals to areas of high-need and with high-turnover (ie, student loan forgiveness)

Education

  • Supports fully funding public education—including a complete study of our Standards of Quality, which are woefully out of date. He sponsored legislation to do this in 2019, and it was killed in Committee by Republicans.
  • Supports pay raises for teachers and funding for them at a state level. This should not only be to obtain parity for teachers throughout Virginia, but we should be striving to lead nationally in teacher salaries.
  • Supports increases to at-risk funding for schools and funding through the lottery, as well as through General Fund. At-risk funding should be prioritized over additional lottery funding, as we should be prioritizing funding for schools who have the most need. This includes most of the school districts in the 6th Senate District.
  • Supports continuing to decrease the number of standardized tests required of students. Teachers should be able to teach to the student’s needs, not to a test.
  • Supports decreasing the counselor:student ratio and advocated heavily for legislation to do this as well as full funding for it. This is a mental health issue and a school safety issue as well as sound school policy.
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Too many of our young people, especially young men and women of color, end up in our court system instead of receiving an education—and it is unacceptable.
  • Supports increased funding for Pre-K and advocates heavily for equity in access to early childhood education. Access to early education is critical to outcomes.
  • Supports investments in career and technical education and has supported legislation that increases access to these programs.
  • Fighting for state investments in local school infrastructure, despite precedent being that local school districts be responsible for these costs. Co-sponsored legislation to this effect.
  • Supports policy to make our schools safer and sponsored legislation to require local school boards to enter memorandums of understanding with local law enforcement as put forth by new state guidelines. MOUs should be public.
  • Opposes using public funds for private schools (charter schools).
  • Recognizes the burden of student loans is one of the most pressing fiscal problems of our time and supports addressing this at a state level
  • Supports and fought for a tuition freeze for colleges and universities to keep tuition costs from escalating any more
  • Supports seeking ways and reforms to make our world-class system of higher education more accessible across socioeconomic backgrounds

 

Environment

  • Chair of Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation
  • Environmental Policy Liaison for the Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Responsible for much of the successful policy that has passed in recent years regarding the environment as it pertains to Coastal Virginia, including:
    • 2016 SB282 : Established Shoreline Resiliency Fund
    • 2016 SB283: Fitting crab pots with turtle excluder device
    • 2016 SB307: Allows for authorization of emergency beach restoration in case of weather event that was state or national emergency
    • 2017 SB1518: Expands recycling programs to include beneficial use
    • 2018 SB265: Created cabinet-level position (Special Assistant to the Governor on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation), resulting in the hiring of Rear Admiral Ann Phillips and a fully-developed Coastal Plan
    • 2018 SJ21: Constitutional amendment to allow localities the ability to provide tax abatements to property owners who take flooding remediation efforts on existing properties. Passed on 2018 ballot and enabling legislation that set parameters passed in 2019.
    • 2019 SB1559: Expands C-PACE loan program to include shoreline resiliency improvements
    • 2019 SB1599: Protects vulnerable Eastern Shore aquifer and our groundwater supply through incentivized approach
    • Opposes opening our waters to off-shore drilling AND seismic testing
    • Supports carbon capping and has sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for several years, but Republican majority has stymied this
    • Supports moving away from plastic use, and has sponsored legislation to allow localities to ban or tax plastic bags
    • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to increase both commercial and residential access to solar energy
    • Secured investments (Agricultural Best Management Practices) that helped farmers curb runoff pollution
    • Supports recycling of coal ash to protect public health and our drinking water
    • Supports increased funding for coastal resiliency, solutions to sea level rise, energy efficiency programs and green jobs
    • Secured investments to study and restore oyster populations, resulting in a healthier Chesapeake Bay and, in some tributaries, full restoration or near-full restoration of the native oyster

Health Care

  • Fought for and successfully passed Medicaid Expansion, ensuring long-awaited healthcare access for an estimated 400,000 Virginians and saving rural hospitals across the state
  • Supports greater access to and broader investments in mental health care and awareness in the Commonwealth
  • Passed comprehensive legislation to address the opioid crisis; established regional overdose task force that is now established on the Eastern Shore
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to create and expand access to medicinal cannabis and supports a fully implemented medicinal marijuana program for the Commonwealth.
  • Supports seeking ways to address the damage done by current Administration at federal level to health care affordability and accessibility
  • Fought to make Eastern Shore Rural Health a designated care center for veterans,and will continue to fight for that designation and for the care that our veterans deserve
  • Opposes piecemeal changes to Certificate of Public Need that could lead to less oversight in medical care and hospital closure
  • Supports and helped pass legislation to end surprise billing by insurance companies

Housing

  • Supports continued increased investments in Housing Trust Fund in order to address a growing affordable housing crisis
  • Helped pass and will continue to support legislative reforms that address the exorbitant eviction rate in Virginia, particularly in Richmond and Hampton Roads
  • Supports and is focusing on addressing major infrastructure needs that inhibit new building or create barriers to existing improvements, like outdated sewer systems and aging water infrastructure.
  • Supports investments in programming to educate Virginians as it pertains to housing accessibility and affordability
  • Supports investments in energy efficiency and home rehabilitation efforts, both of which are sorely needed in rural Virginia and amongst a growing senior population
  • Supports incentives that encourage developers to both (a) resilient and (b) rent to residents from mixed incomes
  • Supports utilizing nearby intellectual capital (like ESCC, ODU, NASA, TCC) to extract innovative ideas for building and resiliency

More Issues

  • Supports a woman’s right to access reproductive care and believes that all decisions regarding her care should be between a woman and her doctor
  • Supports universal background checks on all guns purchased in the Commonwealth
  • Supports red flag laws
  • Opposes arming teachers
  • Supports legislation to address food insecurities and food deserts
  • Supports “hands free” legislation—Virginia has the highest rate of distracted driving in the country
  • Supports in-state tuition for DACA recipients
  • Supports Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Recognizes critical problems within our current foster care system and supports reforms
  • Supports new regulations and laws to address proliferation of elderly financial abuse; sponsored legislation to create elder abuse registry that was cost prohibitive and working in the interim to ensure the legislation that will be newly introduced (if elected) in 2020 can be implemented as intended

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Jenn McClellan 1Jenn McClellan

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2006 – 2017

During Jenn McClellan’s tenure in the General Assembly, Jennifer has served as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Transition Committee, Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level.  She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committees, and the Richmond City Democratic Committee.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2006 – 2017

During Jenn McClellan’s tenure in the General Assembly, Jennifer has served as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Transition Committee, Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level.  She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committees, and the Richmond City Democratic Committee.

About

Jenn McClellan 2

Source: Campaign page

Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Senate of Virginia in January 2017.  She serves on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources, Local Government, and Transportation Committees.  Jennifer chairs the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and serves on the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Task Force on the Preservation of the History of Former Enslaved African Americans.  She co-chairs the Capital Region Caucus, serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and is a member of the Rural Caucus and Women’s Health Care Caucus.  Jennifer also serves on the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council.  In 2017, she was selected to be a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Jennifer was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for 11 years, serving on the House Education, Commerce and Labor, and Courts of Justice Committees, the Virginia Crime Commission (Executive Committee) and the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.

During her tenure in the General Assembly, Jennifer has served as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Transition Committee, Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission.

Respected on both sides of the aisle and the recipient of numerous awards, Jennifer has earned a reputation as an effective, constituent services oriented legislator who can find common ground with Republicans while standing up for progressive values.  She has been a leader on improving education, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, combatting domestic and sexual violence, diversifying Virginia’s economy, civil rights, and ethics reform.  As the only House member to be pregnant while in office, she has been a fierce protector of women’s reproductive rights, children, and families.

Jennifer’s legislative accomplishments include establishing anti-bullying and lactation policies in public schools; reporting school discipline outcomes by race, gender, ethnicity, and disability; clarifying responsibilities of school resource officers; strengthening the Family Life Education curriculum to address sexual harassment, sexual assault, child abuse and child sexual exploitation; increasing penalties for stalking; strengthening law enforcement tools to combat crimes against children; reforming Virginia’s child marriage laws; authorizing new business models such as benefit corporations and contract brewing; establishing protections against predatory lending; and eliminating mandated waiting periods for sterilization.

Jennifer is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon Communications.  She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Board of Governors, the Virginia State Bar, the Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, and the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Bar Association.  She previously served on the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, Young Lawyers Conference (Past President), and Corporate Counsel Section (past Chair), and as Vice Chair of the VBA Pro Bono Task Force.

Jennifer’s community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organizations. She serves as a member of the Boards of the YWCA of Richmond, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, , the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, the Moton Museum, and Virginia Premier Health Plans.  She is also a member of the Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee.

Jennifer is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Junior League of Richmond, the Fan District Association, the Fan Women’s Club, the League of Women Voters, the Richmond NAACP, and the Richmond Crusade for Voters.  She is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership’s 2001 Political Leaders Program and 2005 Candidate Training Program, and member of the 2004 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level.  She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committees, and the Richmond City Democratic Committee.

Jennifer was born in Petersburg, Virginia.  She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and law degree from the University of Virginia.  She is married to David Mills, and has two children, Jackson and Samantha.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    2019 to present

Education

  • JD
    University of Virginia
    2019 to present
  • BA
    University of Richmond
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Abigail Philips, Ngiste Abebe

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E512
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7509

District Office
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7509

Web

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

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Jennifer L. McClellan (D)49,45180.06%
Mark E. Lewis Jr. (L)11,70718.95%
Write-In (Write-in)6130.99%
TOTAL61,771

2017 State SenatorArray

Jenn McClellan (D)7,84991.3%
Corey Maurice Fauconier (L)6928.1%
Write in (Write-in)550.6%
TOTAL8,596

Finances

MCCLELLAN, JENNIFER LEIGH has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,244,374.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Local Government
Transportation

Appointments

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #2 Fundraising
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
History of Lynching Work Group
King in Virginia Subcommittee
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commissio
School Facility Modernization
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Civil Liberties

The rights of many Virginians are under attack by those in the General Assembly who disapprove of who they are or the decisions they make, purportedly for religious reasons. Yet, the very doctrine they profess to protect demands compassion for all people, leaving judgment or condemnation to a higher power than government. Jennifer is committed to ensuring that Virginia lives up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence that all men and women are created equal.

As a Virginia Legislator, a person of deep faith, a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and member of a community, Jennifer strives to both advocate and provide legislation that ensures the safety, resources, and equal access to civil liberties for all men, women, and children regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious background, and socioeconomic status.

Women’s Rights

Jennifer vehemently believes that the government has no place in the profoundly personal decision of whether to use contraception or have an abortion. She is committed to protecting access to contraception and a woman’s right to choose. She also believes in equal pay for equal work and has worked to increase opportunities for women and minority owned businesses. Jennifer has demonstrated leadership in efforts in the General Assembly to protect women’s rights by

  • Opposing “personhood” legislation which would not only make most forms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, and abortions illegal in Virginia, but impact every aspect of pregnancy from conception to delivery,
  • Opposing legislation mandating that prior to having an abortion, a women must have an ultrasound—a medically unnecessary and costly procedure,
  • Opposing legislation denying Medicaid funding for abortions when a physician certifies that the fetus would be born with a “gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency,”
  • Sponsoring legislation eliminating the requirement for a 30-day waiting period prior to a sterilization operation for persons who have not had or adopted a child, and
  • Sponsoring legislation that increases opportunities for women and minority owned businesses to participate in the procurement process.

LGBTQ Rights

Jennifer is committed to ensuring that all Virginians, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, are afforded the same rights and civil liberties.  Jennifer is proud to work with Equality Virginia to fight discrimination in any form, and she is pleased to have received a 100% rating on Equality Virginia Advocates’ legislative scorecard. Jennifer has worked to promote equality by

  • Co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation,
  • Introducing legislation to define “bullying” and require school boards to develop anti-bullying policies and procedures to create a bully-free environment,
  • Opposing legislation that would allow discrimination in public university student organizations,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that would have overturned Virginia’s ban on gay marriage, and
  • Fighting for the election by the General Assembly of the first openly-gay member of the Virginia judiciary.

Democracy

Voting Rights

Voting is the fundamental act in our democracy. Yet for our country’s history there have been forces working to make it more difficult to vote and denying the franchise to too many people. Like many Virginians, Jennifer’s family history is full of stories of fighting to overcome barriers to voting. She believes that given Virginia’s ugly past disenfranchising voters, denying even one eligible voter the fundamental right to vote is one too many. We must make voting meaningful, straight-forward, and a right that all citizens in Virginia can exercise.

Jennifer has fought to ensure that every voter in Virginia will have fair and equal ballot access by

  • Opposing bills, such as those requiring government-issued photo IDs as means of identification to vote, that impose unnecessary barriers to voting,
  • Supporting legislation to make voting more accessible, including bills allowing early voting, extending voting hours to keep the polls open until 8:00pm, permitting “no-excuse” in person absentee voting, and allowing parents or legal guardians of children four or younger who care for the child at home to vote absentee,
  • Supporting automatic restoration of rights to non-violent offenders who have completed their sentencing requirements, and
  • Supporting bills that end gerrymandering on racial, political, and partisan measures.

Economy

In Virginia’s ever changing economy, too many working Virginians continue to struggle to make a living. Jennifer has worked to ensure economic opportunity for all working Virginians and help Virginia’s economy adapt to changes in the marketplace to create jobs in new and growing industries.

Protecting and Growing Virginia Jobs

For several years, Virginia’s ranking by Forbes Magazine as the best state for business kept Virginia from hurting too much as the national economy declined. However, Virginia’s economic prosperity depends on its ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace and foster new and growing industries.  Jennifer has worked to protect and grow Virginia jobs and foster new industries in Virginia by

  • Sponsoring legislation making Virginia the third state to authorize benefit corporations, a new corporate structure that meets the needs of the growing number of entrepreneurs and investors who seek to use business as a tool to solve social and environmental problems;
  • Sponsoring legislation to jumpstart the “crowdfunding” industry in Virginia by expressly authorizing investments made through an online general solicitation, online broker, or a funding portal eligible for state tax credits, so long as the investment otherwise meets all requirements for earning the particular tax credit;
  • Supporting legislation to encourage economic development in the Commonwealth.

Reducing Tax Burdens

Virginia’s tax system was created for an 18th century agrarian economy. Most localities do not have any other means of revenue than property taxes, leaving much of the tax burden on homeowners. Too often, working Virginians are left to bear too much of the tax burden as well. Jennifer has worked for fair tax policies that do not overburden working Virginians by:

  • Sponsoring legislation to reduce real estate tax burdens on senior and disabled homeowners by increasing eligibility for tax exemptions;
  • Co-sponsoring legislation taking over 140,000 low-income Virginians off the tax rolls by increasing the filing thresholds for the state income tax for individuals and married couples and increasing the personal exemption; and
  • Supporting a homestead exemption constitutional amendment permitting localities to exempt up to 20 percent of the value of owner-occupied homes from taxation.

Expanding Unemployment Assistance

To help those who lost their jobs in the Great Recession, Jennifer fought to expand Virginia’s unemployment compensation program to spouses of active duty military personnel who leave their job to accompany their spouse to a new assignment. Jennifer also led the fight on the House floor to accept $125 million in federal stimulus money to expand unemployment compensation to part-time workers who are actively looking for part time work and certain individuals in approved job re-training programs. Jennifer successfully sponsored legislation to end the Social Security offset of unemployment benefits for out-of-work seniors 62 and older.

Protecting Homeowners from Foreclosure

As Virginia’s foreclosure rates increased during the Great Recession, hard-working Virginians were forced out of their homes. Many of these foreclosures, particularly in minority communities, resulted from subprime mortgages. Jennifer has worked to protect homeowners from foreclosure by

  • Sponsoring legislation to restore trust in lending by adding a layer of necessary accountability to the mortgage lending process by requiring mortgage brokers to use reasonable skill, care, and diligence in exercising a newly created duty to make reasonable efforts to secure a mortgage loan that is in the best interests of the applicant, considering the applicant’s circumstances and loan characteristics.
  • Supporting legislation requiring high-risk mortgage lenders or servicers to provide advanced notice before accelerating a loan balance to and provide borrowers time to avoid foreclosure.

Increasing Wages and Curbing Predatory Lending

While the cost of living has increased 27 percent over the past 10 years, many wages have not kept pace. As a result, too many working Virginians are living below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Jennifer has supported efforts to increase wages by co-sponsoring legislation increasing the minimum wage and supporting efforts to increase state employee, teacher, and higher education faculty salaries. Jennifer has also worked to ensure working Virginians can keep their wages without falling victim to predatory lending practices by seeking meaningful reform of the payday lending industry.

Education

The Constitution of Virginia guarantees a high quality, free public school system for all children in the Commonwealth. However, Virginia has not always lived up to that promise. As the daughter of a third generation educator, Jennifer understands that a quality education is not just a lofty goal, but the key to success and financial independence. For that reason, Jennifer is committed to ensuring that Virginia provides its children with a high quality, free public education, and that Virginia builds a world-class system from pre-k to higher education. To that end, she has supported policies to fully fund and strengthen our public school systems and fought efforts to divert state funding away from it.

Pre-K Education:

Expanding Early Education Opportunities

Studies show that ninety percent of a child’s brain development occurs before the age of five. Early education programs can have a dramatic effect on all children’s success in school and can reduce expensive remedial education and social costs later in life. Jennifer has worked to improve Virginia’s early education initiatives by:

  • Sponsoring legislation to permit localities to expand eligibility for kindergarten;
  • Supporting expansion of early reading intervention programs to ensure that all eligible first- and second-graders get the extra reading help they need; and
  • Supporting increased availability of pre-K programs to more children.

K-12 Education:

Guaranteeing Competitive Teacher Salaries

Virginia’s teachers are paid below the national average, despite the fact that the per capita personal income of Virginians exceeds the national average. Teacher salaries should be competitive to attract and retain the best and the brightest people to teach our children. As a member of the House Education Committee, Jennifer has supported initiatives to raise teacher salaries to at least the national average. She has also fought for budget amendments to fund a pay raises for Virginia’s school teachers and fought efforts by House Republicans to alter education funding formulas that could hurt our teachers.

Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities

There is a growing shortage of students and employees with the skills and training needed to perform many of the technical and mechanical jobs in the market today. Jennifer has supported efforts to promote and expand career and technical education opportunities in Virginia schools by supporting legislation creating standard and advanced technical education diplomas.

Ensuring Bully-Free Environments

Bullying is visible in all social, economic, and cultural groups, and has proven to be extremely detrimental to a child’s academic engagement, as well as his/her overall self-esteem and confidence. In 2013 Jennifer introduced legislation that was passed by the General Assembly that defines the term bullying, and requires school boards to develop anti-bullying policies and procedures in the student code of conduct. Additionally, the law requires Virginia’s Board of Education to create policies and procedures to education board employee about the need to create a bully-free school environment.

Improving the Funding Formula for School Localities

In order for the Commonwealth to provide a “system of free public elementary and secondary schools for all children of school age throughout the Commonwealth,” the General Assembly in the 1970s instituted the Standards of Quality (SOQ). Based on this program, a funding formula was developed called the local composite index (LCI) of ability to pay for education. The Department of Education updates the LCI every two years. In 2010/2011, when the LIC was updated, 70% of school divisions in Virginia, including the City of Richmond and Henrico County, experienced dramatic losses in state funding. Since then, Jennifer has consistently fought for a review of this funding formula. Not updating the formula causes great potential to significantly impact local education funding, most notably classrooms, academic and athletic programs, and the future of Virginia’s children.

 

Higher Education:

Maintaining Affordability

Our economy is evolving to a point where a high school diploma is often not sufficient to land a job with a decent wage. Yet many high school graduates cannot afford to go to college or technical school. Jennifer has worked to ensure that all Virginia high school graduates can afford college by:

  • Supporting legislation establishing the Community College Transfer Grant Program to help community college students transition to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Supporting establishment of a tuition moderation incentive fund to keep tuition and fee increases for in-state undergraduate students capped at six percent.
  • Supporting increased funding of financial aid for undergraduates at public and private institutions.
  • Fighting measures that could price certain students out of college by increasing tuition on students who take more than four years to obtain a degree.
  • Fighting measures to limit out-of-states students that would lead to tuition increases for in-state students.

Environment

Energy and the Environment

Jennifer is committed to protecting Virginia’s environment. She has focused on efforts to conserve Virginia’s natural resources, promote renewable energy and green jobs, and protect our environment.

For her efforts, Jennifer consistently has been named a Legislative Hero by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.  These efforts include:

  • Sponsoring legislation increasing the renewable portfolio standard goal to 15% by 2025;
  • Sponsoring legislation to increase transparency for the renewable portfolio program by requiring electric utilities to identify the states where the renewable energy was generated, the decades in which the renewable energy generating units were placed in service, and the fuel types used;
  • Opposing efforts to lift Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining;
  • Supporting funding for combined sewer overflow projects in the cities of Lynchburg and Richmond to keep sewer waste out of the James River; and
  • Supporting funding for water quality improvement, cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s park system, and conservation of Virginia land.

Health Care

All Virginians deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare. However, too many are paying more for it, and far too many working Virginians do not have access. Jennifer is committed to common sense solutions to these problems, such as focusing on prenatal care, long-term care for our seniors and making the health care system more affordable and easier for citizens to navigate and understand. Jennifer also understands the importance of expanding insurance coverage, as too many families are only one illness or injury away from economic devastation. Jennifer has also fought measures that jeopardize the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship or impose mandates that conflict with or broadly accepted, evidence-based standards of care.

Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care Coverage

The rising cost of health care and health insurance has become a major burden for working families, seniors, and businesses across the Commonwealth. Jennifer has worked to ease this burden by:

  • Supporting the Medicaid expansion and fighting efforts to cut Virginia’s already lean Medicaid program;
  • Sponsoring legislation to establish a state health benefits exchange;
  • Sponsoring legislation to protect health care coverage for laid-off workers who return to work;
  • Sponsoring legislation to improve Virginia’s COBRA laws for small businesses;
  • Sponsoring legislation to implement certain provisions of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009;
  • Sponsoring legislation to relieve some of the stress on health care safety net providers in Virginia, including community health centers and free clinics by facilitating support for private nonprofit foundations that fund basic insurance coverage for indigents.
  • Co-sponsoring legislation allowing small businesses to pool together so that they may offer health care services to their employees.

Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Decisions regarding medical care are best left to the doctor and the patient. This is particularly true with decisions regarding reproductive health care, which often involve difficult decisions. Jennifer has been an outspoken leader in the fight against legislation that inserts government into these complex decisions, such as the mandate that a woman have an ultrasound prior to an abortion, personhood legislation, and legislation to prohibit state funding for abortions in the case of gross fetal abnormality. Jennifer also sponsored legislation to eliminate the 30-day waiting period for sterilization of individuals who have never had or adopted a child.

Affordable Prescription Drugs

Advances in medical research have lead to longer healthier lives in America, mainly through medications. Yet the costs of prescription drugs are skyrocketing, forcing many Virginians to choose between their medication and food. In the House, Jennifer has supported efforts to help Virginians afford prescription drugs by:

  • Co-sponsoring legislation to allow Virginia to join other states in the I-SaveRX initiative, which allows residents to safely take advantage of lower prescription drug prices offered in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom; and
  • Supporting legislation allowing local governments to participate in a new prescription drug discount program offered by the National Association of Counties that can save people hundreds of dollars a year on their prescriptions.

Helping Family Caregivers Provide Long Term Care

As the Virginia population ages, long-term care is becoming more of a challenge for Virginia families. Jennifer has supported efforts to develop and fund a more integrated system of acute and long-term care for the elderly. Jennifer is also committed to sustaining and strengthening family care-giving as a complementary component of the service delivery system, and will work to increase grants available to caregivers of mentally or physically impaired relatives. Jennifer has also worked to help protect long term care policy holders from inadvertent termination of their policy by sponsoring legislation requiring at least 60 days notice of a lapse or termination of the policy for nonpayment of premium and offering protections to policy holders who may show early signs of dementia and may not understand the ramifications of a notice of lapse or termination.

Immigration

As our world becomes smaller through our participation in the global economy, Virginia must find a way to balance proposals on immigration in a way that balances the need to enforce our laws with a few important realities.  One in ten Virginians was born outside the United States. More than 700 internationally-owned businesses from 45 countries operate in Virginia, employing over 160,000 people. In the past 10 years, international companies have announced more than 34,000 new jobs and $5.6 billion in investment in the Commonwealth. Virginia is in fierce competition for those jobs, and cannot afford to give the world the impression that Virginians are not willing to engage with people from other countries in global commerce. We also must not hinder law-abiding businesses in their ability to grow and create jobs. To this end, Jennifer has tried to achieve this balance by

  • Co-sponsoring legislation to provide in-state college tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants who live in Virginia and have paid taxes in the state for three years,
  • Opposing legislation requiring local school boards to collect data on the number of students enrolled in English as a Second Language courses and report this data to the Board of Education, as well as provide the number of students unable to provide a birth record upon admission to public school,
  • Opposing legislation requiring the boards of public colleges and universities, including community colleges, to adopt written policies and procedures prohibiting the enrollment of individuals determined to be undocumented residents in the U.S.,
  • Opposing legislation that is shifting the issue of immigration from a federal to a state level as Virginia does not have the resources to deal with this issue,
  • Supporting funding for ESL and bilingual education programs and opposed legislation that aims to limit these programs,
  • Supporting funding for improvements in language access in medical facilities and government programs, and
  • Supporting funding to expand opportunities to provide civic education classes to immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship.

Safety

One of the fundamental roles of government is to keep its citizens safe.  In addition to combating crime, we must prepare for and respond to new threats.  As a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, Jennifer has been on the front lines of a number of initiatives addressing public safety.

Curbing Gun Violence

Virginia’s gun rate death is higher than the national average. Virginia also has become one of the leading suppliers of guns used in crimes: In 2009, 2,557 crime guns used in the various states and Washington, DC were traced back to Virginia, and 80% of crime guns recovered in Virginia were originally purchased within Virginia. In the House, Jennifer has supported measures to curb gun violence such as

  • Introducing legislation to close the gun show loophole by requiring criminal background checks at gunshows,
  • Supporting legislation to require criminal background checks for all gun purchases;
  • Supporting legislation prohibiting individuals who have had their parental rights terminated as a result of abuse from purchasing or possessing handguns, and
  • Opposing legislation that repealed the one-gun-per month limitation on gun purchases.

Combating Domestic & Sexual Violence

It is estimated that one in every seven families has a domestic violence incident, and one in 14 has a physical abuse incident. Women are more often murdered by someone they know and love than a stranger. Many women need help breaking the cycle of violence, and children need even more help to escape abusers. Jennifer has focused on these issues as a member of Governor Tim Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Violence and Governor Bob McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board.  In the House, Jennifer has worked to combat domestic and sexual violence by

  • Sponsoring legislation increasing penalties for certain stalking or domestic violence offenses,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation eliminating requirements for victims of sexual violence to pay for the recovery of physical evidence or submit to a polygraph before commencing prosecution,
  • Sponsoring legislation that extends protective orders to pets of victims of domestic violence
  • Sponsoring legislation allowing circuit court’s that have issued permanent protective orders to modify, dissolve, or extend them and requiring the court to enter and transfer identifying information to the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) system,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation incorporating instruction on dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships into school curriculum guidelines for family life education, and
  • Supporting omnibus legislation amending the Sex offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry provisions to protect our children from convicted sex offenders.

Fighting Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. It is the second largest criminal enterprises in the world; only drug trafficking is larger. Within the United States, 100,000 children are trafficked each year. Richmond is an attractive place for traffickers to do business since interstates 64, 95 and 295 all intersect here. Jennifer’s efforts to combat human trafficking include

  • Sponsoring legislation to provide safe harbor laws for minors being charged with prostitution who in actuality are victims of the force, coercion and fraud of human trafficking,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that requires that any employer who operates a truck stop and fails to post a notice, in the same location where other employee notices required by state or federal law are posted, of the existence of a human trafficking hotline is subject to a civil penalty of $100,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that required the Department of Social service to develop a plan for the provision of services to victims of human trafficking, and
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to designate January 11th as Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Virginia.

Keeping Virginia’s Citizens and Resources Safe

September 11th opened our eyes to the fact that we face threats not only abroad, but here at home. When the National Guard is deployed abroad, it falls even more to our first responders and local law enforcement to keep us safe from not only the traditional threats of crime, fire, and health emergencies, but bombs, biological, and chemical weapons. Jennifer supports efforts to ensure that our first responders have the tools they need to keep Virginians safe. She has also sponsored legislation to help state, local, and private entities prepare for and respond to disasters, such as measures to

  • Provide “good Samaritan-type” civil immunity for private and charitable organizations providing resources and assistance, without compensation, during a governor- declared emergency or formal emergency management training exercise, and at the request of the State Department of Emergency Management or a local emergency management employee,
  • Permit local governments to give personal property to another governmental entity in or outside of Virginia where the recipient has suffered a natural or manmade disaster, and
  • Classify policemen, firefighters, sheriffs and their deputies, and other local government employees as state employees for purposes of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act while rendering aid outside of Virginia as a result of a state-approved request under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Housing

Homeownership is part of the American Dream, yet many Virginia families struggle to find—or keep—affordable housing. While we are emerging from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Virginia homeowners have lost billions of dollars of equity in their homes.  Rental costs are rising faster than incomes.  Foreclosures have devastated families and communities.  Homelessness is on the rise for the first time in a decade.  Many of Richmond’s teachers, nurses, police officers, and firefighters cannot afford to live in the communities they serve. Richmond also has become an economically segregated city, yet neighborhoods with low, moderate and high income housing integrated together lead to the strongest communities.

Jennifer understands that stable housing is a significant step to self-sufficiency, and is committed to maintaining affordable housing for all income levels.

For her efforts in the Housing arena, Jennifer was selected by the Virginia Housing Coalition as recipient of the 2009 Housing Leadership Award.

Establishing and Guaranteeing Funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund

Jennifer co-sponsored legislation to create the Virginia Housing Trust Fund with a dedicated source of revenue to help address affordable housing needs and reduce homelessness. This fund makes housing more affordable and reduces homelessness by

  • Providing flexible financing for low-interest loans for down payment and closing cost assistance for homebuyers, loans to reduce the cost of homeownership and rental housing, and new construction, rehabilitation, repair, or acquisition of housing that includes affordable rental housing; and
  • Issuing grants for targeted efforts to reduce homelessness including temporary rental assistance, housing stabilization services for homeless individuals and families, mortgage foreclosure counseling in targeted localities, and pre-development assistance for permanent supportive housing and other long-term housing options for the homeless.

Protecting Homeowners from Foreclosure

In recent years, Virginia’s foreclosure rates have increased, forcing more hard-working Virginians out of their homes. Many of these foreclosures, particularly in minority communities, have resulted from subprime mortgages. Jennifer has worked to protect homeowners from foreclosure by

  • Sponsoring the “Trust in Lending” Act to restore a layer of necessary accountability to the mortgage lending process by requiring mortgage brokers to use reasonable skill, care, and diligence in exercising a newly created duty to make reasonable efforts to secure a mortgage loan that is in the best interests of the applicant, considering the applicant’s circumstances and loan characteristics; and
  • Supporting legislation requiring high-risk mortgage lenders or servicers to provide advanced notice before accelerating a loan balance to and provide borrowers time to avoid foreclosure.

Maintaining Affordable Rental Housing

Before the Great Recession, Virginia was one of the least affordable states in the nation for renters. Now, as the economic and housing crisis forced more families to turn to renting, rental prices are rising faster than incomes, affordable rental units are more and more concentrated in high-poverty areas, and discrimination against those using rental assistance has kept them from making the best housing choices for their families.

As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked to address these problems by

  • Sponsoring legislation to prohibit discriminatory application of land use ordinances and guidelines that disproportionately affect affordable housing
  • Sponsoring legislation to expand private-market housing options for Housing Choice Voucher holders in areas of economic growth and opportunity by providing a tax credit for property owners.
  • Sponsoring legislation encouraging developers to build affordable housing units by permitting localities to include in their affordable dwelling unit ordinances that the prices for resales and rerentals be controlled by the authority or locality for a period “not less than 15 years nor more than 50,” as opposed to the current period of 50 years.
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to help preserve affordable rent for the elderly and disabled when apartments are turned into condominiums;
  • Co-sponsoring legislation creating a three-year, $2.5-million pilot project to provide temporary rental assistance for working families, covering the difference between one third of family income and fair market rent during a limited period of time while the family transitions from homelessness to financial independence;
  • Supporting legislation to increase grants to local employees such as teachers, police and firefighters, commonwealth attorneys, and sheriffs to purchase homes in the locality.

Reducing Tax Burdens on Homeowners

Virginia’s tax system was created for an 18th century agrarian economy. Most localities can only depend on property taxes to raise revenue. Consequently, homeowners bear too much of the tax burden, forcing many out of their homes as tax rates climb. As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked for policies that reduce tax burdens on homeowners by

  • Sponsoring legislation to reduce tax burdens on senior and disabled homeowners by increasing eligibility for tax exemptions; and
  • Supporting a homestead exemption constitutional amendment permitting localities to exempt up to 20 percent of the value of owner-occupied homes from taxation.

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Ghazala HashmiGhazala Hashmi

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service.

About

Ghazala Hashmi 1

Source: Campaign page

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College. Ghazala immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years ago. As an immigrant living in a small town in the South, she saw first-hand how community building and fostering important dialogue can bridge the cultural and socioeconomic divisions that we face. She later earned her PhD in English from Emory University, and she and her husband moved to the Richmond area in 1991. Their daughters were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service. If elected, Ghazala Hashmi would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Virginia State Senate.

Ghazala’s Path to Victory

The district has been trending increasingly more Democratic over the last several elections. The current GOP incumbent pulled out a slight victory in 2015, but the district voted for Clinton and Northam by more than 10 points. Senate District 10 is ready for a progressive leader in the State Senate who truly understands the district — its priorities, its diversity, and its potential — and is ready to fight for residents every day in Richmond. By sharing her plans on important issues like improving public education, implementing commonsense gun safety reforms, and protecting the natural beauty of our Commonwealth, Ghazala will build a meaningful connection with voters that will propel her to victory. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Ghazala F. Hashmi (D)44,28654.00%
Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr. (R)37,63645.89%
Write-in (Write-in)84.10%
TOTAL82,006

Issues

Civil Rights

Paid family leave

Every day, Virginians across the state are forced to decide between helping family in times of need or going to work. This is an unfair choice. That’s why we need to establish a paid family and medical leave program in Virginia, which will allow working people to continue to earn a portion of their pay when they need to temporarily take time away from work to care for themselves or a loved one. This will ensure that people across the Commonwealth can care for their family while maintaining their economic security.

Education

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is the foundation upon which Virginia students can build a lifetime of skills for social and academic success. Quality and accessible early childhood education is a fiscally-sound investment for our communities, helping young children develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and motor skills necessary for effective learning.

Quality public education

Providing quality public education for all Virginia families is our shared social
responsibility. Regardless of socio-economic status, children have a right to public educational institutions that are supportive and that nurture intellectual curiosity and creativity. Virginia has every capacity to be a national leader in providing access to high quality public education.

Accessible and affordable higher education

Accessible and affordable higher education is essential if we want to grow Virginia’s
economy and ensure that our residents are prepared to lead and to participate in a rapidly-changing world. The next generation of public leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, and creative thinkers need access to quality community colleges, colleges, and research universities.

Environment

The health of Virginia’s environment is the foundational rock for all of our communities. Ensuring protections for clean air, water, and soil are not options; they are safeguards of our most valuable legacies for our children and grandchildren. Environmental protections and regulations protect our communities and place people over profit.

Health Care

Women’s reproductive rights

Reproductive health care is a right, not a privilege. I am committed to protecting all women’s right to make their own family planning decisions. I will also fight to ensure that women have access to affordable reproductive health services.

Comprehensive

Virginia’s recent Medicaid expansion provided healthcare insurance for 400,000 previously-uninsured Virginians. Preventative care, comprehensive coverage for pre-existing conditions, mental health and substance abuse treatment plans, and coverage for young adults through their parents’ insurance ensures that our state values the health and safety of all of its residents.

Accessible

Too many of our residents have limited access to quality healthcare services. Comprehensive health insurance provides entry into healthcare services, but it is not enough. Virginians also need accessible healthcare services and facilities, and they need healthcare providers with whom they can develop trusting relationships. Development and expansion of effective medical services such as telemedicine technologies, mobile clinics, and effective cooperation across organizations will help our residents access healthcare and improve lives.

Infrastructure

Broadband access

Virginia’s rural communities still have limited and spotty access to digital resources. This digital divide creates and perpetuates real barriers to educational, social, and technological resources. Expanding the infrastructure for high speed internet access is essential for our economy and for our residents’ full participation in emerging opportunities.

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Joe Morrissey 1Joe Morrissey

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2015

I’ve been working and fighting for a better Richmond since 1989, when I was elected as your Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a delegate, I fought for Democratic Party principles, like bringing Obamacare to Virginia, improving Richmond City Schools, and helping people get their right to vote back.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2015

I’ve been working and fighting for a better Richmond since 1989, when I was elected as your Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a delegate, I fought for Democratic Party principles, like bringing Obamacare to Virginia, improving Richmond City Schools, and helping people get their right to vote back.

About

Joe Morrissey

Source: Campaign page

I’ve been working and fighting for a better Richmond since 1989, when I was elected as your Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a delegate, I fought for Democratic Party principles, like bringing Obamacare to Virginia, improving Richmond City Schools, and helping people get their right to vote back.

Richmond faces many problems: dysfunction in city government, inequality in our neighborhoods, and too many failing schools. As your mayor, I’ll work to bring people together across this region for the benefit of our city. I’ll lead the fight against blight, build new affordable housing, and increase the minimum wage – I promise!

As your mayor, I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to make City Hall start working for you. I’ll be your mayor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Experience

Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Lions Club, Richmond, Virginia
    Member, Saint Paul’s Catholic Church

    Education

    Contact

    Email:

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Joseph D. Morrissey (D)29,40163.96%
    Waylin K. Ross ()15,72234.20%
    Write-in (Write-in)8481.84%
    TOTAL45,971

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Rosalyn Dance (D)17,33174%
    Joseph Morrissey ()6,09026%
    TOTAL23,421

    2015 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey ()2,84042.4%
    Kevin Sullivan (D)2,24233.4%
    Matthew Walton (R)1,62224.2%
    TOTAL6,704

    2013 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)21,440100%
    TOTAL21,440

    2011 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)11,71773.2%
    Dwayne Whitehead ()4,29942.8%
    TOTAL16,016

    2009 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)14,60576.3%
    Michael Gage (R)4,53723.7%
    TOTAL19,142

    2007 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)7,862100%
    TOTAL7,862

    Source: Department of Elections

    Finances

    MORRISSEY, JOSEPH D (JOE) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $749,319.

    Source: Follow the Money

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    John Edwards 1John Edwards

    Current Position: State Senator since 1996
    Affiliation: Democrat

    John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

    Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

     

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 1996
    Affiliation: Democrat

    John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

    Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

     

    About

    John Edwards

    Source: Campaign page

    A HISTORY OF SERVICE TO VIRGINIA AND AMERICA
    John S. Edwards, born October 6, 1943, in Roanoke, Virginia, is the son of the late Judge Richard T. Edwards and Augusta Saul Edwards Farrier. He is married to Cathye Dabney Edwards and they have three children, Jack, Dabney and Catherine, and seven grandchildren. They are members of Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke.

    EDUCATION
    Edwards attended Roanoke City public schools graduating in 1962 from Patrick Henry High School, where he was the first president of the student government. He was a record setting pole vaulter and state high-school champion and voted by his classmates as “most likely to succeed”. In 1992 he was inducted in the high school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
    Edwards graduated from Princeton University in 1966 cum laude. He majored in history doing independent work on Woodrow Wilson, the Cold War, and Soviet-American relations. He wrote his Senior Thesis on “The Making of the Marshall Plan”.

    Edwards lettered on the varsity track team as a pole vaulter. He was class representative to the Faculty-Student Committee on Student Life his sophomore and junior years and chaired his senior Class Memorial Fund committee. He was a member of the Chapel Deacons, Orange Key Society, Student Christian Association and the Tiger Inn club.

    Upon graduation, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City for a year on a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship.

    He graduated in 1970 from the University of Virginia Law School where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He was elected to the University Judiciary Committee and inducted into The Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. He was a summer associate for White & Case in New York. He was writing instructor assistant to Professor Antonin Scalia, later Supreme Court Justice. Edwards has also been an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at UVA Law School.

    MILITARY SERVICE
    Edwards served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain from 1971 through 1973. He served as a JAG Officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, and Futema, Okinawa, and with the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C

    LEGAL CAREER
    Edwards practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., in 1970 and 1974-76. He also did volunteer work for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He was chief trial attorney in the first successful Civil Rights class action law suit for federal employees, representing several thousand minority employees at NASA.

    Edwards returned to Roanoke in 1976, practicing law with Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore until appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia in 1980 by President Carter. Afterwards, he joined the law firm of Martin, Hopkins, Lemon & Carter, later Martin, Hopkins, Lemon & Edwards. He is currently practicing in the Edwards Law Firm.

    He has been active in bar related activities, including serving on the Board of the Roanoke Bar Association, Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee/Section, and on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

    He was named a “Leader in the Law” in 2012 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for sponsoring legislation authorizing the Virginia Supreme Court to adopt Rules of Evidence.

    UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
    In 1980 President Jimmy Carter appointed him United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. During his term, his office achieved several milestones. Among other things, he prosecuted the largest bank robbery in Virginia history, had the best record in the country at the time in enforcing criminal provisions of the Mine Safety and Health Act, prosecuted public corruption in the Mine Safety and Health Administration, prosecuted the first Criminal Civil Rights case in Virginia, prosecuted organized crime, and increased debt collections substantially from prior years. The Roanoke Times & World News reported that he had one of the “perhaps most successful tenures of any federal prosecutor in recent years”.

    He is the author of “Professional Responsibilities of the Federal Prosecutor”, 17 University of Richmond Law Review 511 (1983).

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      University of Virginia Law School
      1970

    • Union Theological Seminary
      1966 to 1967
    • A.B.
      Princeton University
      1966

    Personal

    Born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 6, 1943
    Married Catherine Dabney Edwards

    Membership & Affiliation

    Lutheran Church (ELCA)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistants: Luke W. Priddy, Leo Priddy

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E506
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7521
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    P.O. Box 1179
    Roanoke, VA 24006-1179
    Phone: (540) 985-8690
    Fax: (540) 345-9950

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    In November 1993, Edwards was appointed to fill a vacancy on Roanoke City Council. In the May 1994 general election, he was elected to a four-year term and Vice-Mayor of the City of Roanoke. Edwards was named Roanoker magazine’s Roanoker of the Year in 1995.

    In November 1995, Edwards unseated a Republican incumbent to win a seat in the Senate of Virginia, representing the 21st District. Edwards was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 to the Virginia Senate. He currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair)

    Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

    Legislation that Edwards has successfully sponsored include:

    • establishing the Roanoke Higher Education Center, which he Chairs;
    • requiring Character Education to be taught in the public schools;
    • requiring coverage for pre-existing health conditions for persons changing individual health-insurance carriers;
    • establishing the Health Practitioners’ Intervention Program;
    • establishing the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and
    • adopting the Virginia Rules of Evidence for use in the state’s courts.

    Awards and accolades that Edwards has received for his legislative service include:

    • Public Service Award from Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging (VANHA) (1997);
    • Roanoke Mental Health Professional Community award (1997);
    • “Legislator of the Year” from the Virginia Legal Service program (1998);
    • Roanoke Fire Fighters Association award (1998);
    • Public Service Award from Alliance for the Mentally Ill of the Roanoke Valley (1999);
    • “Legislator of the Year” award from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (1999);
    • “Profile in Courage Award” from the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Western Virginia Chapter (1999);
    • “Child Advocate of the Year” award from the Virginia PTA/PTSA (2002);
    • “Legislative Hero” from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (2003 and 2011);
    • “Friend of the Family” award from the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Services (2003);
    • “Public Servant Award” by Equality Virginia (2005);
    • Legislator of the Year from Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) (2005);
    • Virginia First Cities Excellence Award for sponsoring Constitutional Amendment (2006);
    • “Child Advocate Award” from Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (2007);
    • Public Service Award from Southwest Virginia Psychiatric Society (2008);
    • Public Service Award from Virginia Conference, American Association of University Professors (2009);
    • Public Service Award from the Madison Society of Virginia Western Community College (2009);
    • The Stamp Award for Exemplary Support of Military Families from The Virginia Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America (2009);
    • Co-Legislator of the Year from the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (2011);
    • Legislative Champion Award from the Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Coalition (2011);
    • Legislator of the Year Award from the Professional Firefighters Association (2012);
    • Legislative Service Award from Planned Parenthood of Virginia (2012);[2]
    • named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Law Weekly (2012);[3] and
    • Legislator of the Year Award from the Sierra Club of Virginia (2013).[4]

    Edwards ran for Attorney General of Virginia in 2001. He finished second to Donald McEachin in a four-way Democratic primary.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    John S. Edwards (D)26,87765.48%
    Steven L. Nelson ()13,88233.82%
    Write-In (Write-in)2870.70%
    TOTAL41,046

    2015 State SenatorArray

    John Edwards (D)20,88150.9%
    Nancy Vivian Dye (R)17,43842.5%
    Donald Stevens Caldwell ()2,6266.442%
    Write In (Write-in)420.1%
    TOTAL40,987

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    EDWARDS, JOHN S has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,763,507.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Courts of Justice
    Privileges and Elections
    Transportation

    Appointments

    Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
    Code Commission
    Gubernatorial Appointments – Joint Subcommittee on
    Health Care, Joint Commission on
    Interstate 81 Commission
    Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
    Roanoke Higher Education Authority
    Southern States Energy Board
    War Memorial Board, Virginia
    Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Democracy

    INCREASING ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX

    Edwards will keep working to ensure all Virginians age 65 and older can vote absentee without having to provide a reason or excuse. Edwards believes voting should be made more convenient, and not more burdensome.

    Education

    ROANOKE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

    Senator Edwards was the chief patron of SB 1180 in 1997, which established the Roanoke Higher Education Center; he currently chairs the Center’s Board of Trustees.

    Since opening in 2000, the Roanoke Higher Education Center has enhanced opportunities for college, graduate and workforce training programs for our region and has boosted higher paying jobs for graduates.

    According to a recent study, the Center has a $32 million annual economic impact on our region.

    • Those completing bachelor’s degrees at the Center saw an average increase in income of $17,477 per year.
    • Those completing masters and doctorate degrees saw income increases of $10,145 and $16,166, per year, respectively.
    • Among those completing teacher licensure programs, salaries have increased by an average of $14,000 per year.

    Thus, incomes have increased an estimated $35 million per year for those completing degrees at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

    In 2008 the Claude Moore Education Complex was established from rehabilitating and preserving the historic Henry Street shops – the cultural and economic center of African Americans in Roanoke for many years. The facility houses the Culinary Arts Institute, offering Associate Degrees to prepare students to be Executive Chefs and to operate restaurants and catering services.

    Now Edwards is working to double the size of the popular program, which will create even more jobs.

    Environment

    FIGHTING THE PIPELINE

    Edwards has voiced opposition to plans to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline through our mountains and neighborhoods on both environmental and safety grounds

    CONSERVATION, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

    SB 1023 expanded the scope of permitted retail competition for electric generation service. In particular, the bill allows individual retail customers that are eligible customer-generators to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy exclusively for their own consumption from a renewable energy seller. This bill helps customer-generators and renewable energy sellers in the electricity markets to work outside of the current “exclusive service territories” of the electric utility.

    Lowering barriers to entry into the renewable energy market and increasing the opportunities for competition in that market will benefit consumers and new generators.

    The Sierra Club (Virginia Chapter) named Edwards “Legislator of the Year” in July 2013, recognizing his outstanding public service. In 2011 the non-partisan Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VLCV) designated Senator Edwards a “Legislative Hero,” because of his dedication to conservation priorities. Senator Edwards has been ranked in the top quartile of Virginia Legislators by the VLCV for the past five years.

    Health Care

    MEDICAID HEALTH CARE EXPANSION

    Accepting the Medicaid dollars we have already sent to Washington will grow our economy, create 30,000 new jobs, and provide up to 400,000 Virginians the health care they need.

    Infrastructure

    IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION

    nfrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and vital to ensuring we all get home safely each day. We need to continue to invest in improvements to provide the safest roads in the nation.

    PASSENGER RAIL IS COMING TO ROANOKE IN 2017

    Senator Edwards’ budget amendment in 2011 established the “Connector Bus” from Roanoke to Lynchburg’s Amtrak station. The popularity of the convenient, low cost bus has enabled its ridership to grow beyond expectations and, in turn, showed there is a market for passenger rail service in our region. In fact, Amtrak has announced it is coming to Roanoke in 2017 and, a few years thereafter, to the New River Valley. The 2013 transportation legislation includes funding to expand passenger rail.

    Amtrak will open up the Northeast Corridor to our region and give people an alternative to the congestion and hazards of the interstate. Riders will have comfortable “same seat” rail service to places like Washington DC, New York City and Boston. The benefits to our region will increase immeasurably with Amtrak.

    In November 2014, Governor McAuliffe with Senator Edwards announced plans for the new Amtrak station in downtown Roanoke.

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    Creigh Deeds 1Creigh Deeds

    Current Position: State Senator since 2001
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

    Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

    Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2001
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

    Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

    Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

    About

    Creigh Deeds

    Source: Campaign page

    Senator Creigh Deeds represents the 25th Senate District, which includes the counties of Albemarle (part), Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Nelson, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Charlottesville, and Lexington. He serves on three Senate standing committees:

    • Courts of Justice
    • Privileges and Elections
    • Transportation

    Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

    Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Sen. Deeds with the Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award for his efforts to reform mental health, and the American Psychological Association Practice Organization named him the 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award. His advocacy work has also been acknowledged by NAMI – Virginia and the Psychiatric Society of Virginia. For his work on behalf of crime victims, he was awarded the Warren Stambaugh Award from Virginians United Against Crime. He also has received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia Delegate of the Year, and the Virginia Association for Parks Legislator of the Year. His legislative work and accomplishments have also been recognized by the Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Virginia Education Association, BikeWalk Virginia, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

    Senator Deeds attended Virginia’s public schools and graduated from Bath County High School in 1976. After completing undergraduate work at Concord College, he received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984.  Senator Deeds is a lawyer in private practice and lives in Bath County with his wife, Siobhan. He has four children.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • B.A.
      Concord College
      1980
    • Juris Doctor
      Wake Forest University School of Law
      1984

    Personal

    Born in Richmond, Virginia on January 4, 1958
    Married Siobhan Deeds

    Membership & Affiliation

    • Millboro Presbyterian Church

    Contact

    Legislative Staff: Tracy Eppard

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E503
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7525
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    P.O. Box 5462
    Charlottesville, VA 22905-5462
    Phone: (434) 296-5491
    Fax: (434) 296-5949

    Web

    Government Page, Government Page, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    House of Delegates

    Deeds won election to the Virginia House of Delegates 1991 by defeating incumbent Emmett Hanger in a 57%–41% victory. This started a nine-year career in the Virginia House of Delegates.

    In the House of Delegates, Deeds introduced several legislative proposals, including introducing Megan’s Law to the Virginia General Assembly, which was passed in 1998. Other legislation promoted by Deeds include environmental protection and anti-drug laws. In 1994 Deeds supported and was a major co-sponsor of George Allen’s initiative to abolish parole for those convicted of a felony.

    State Senate

    Deeds won a special state senate election in 2001 to succeed Emily Couric, who had died of pancreatic cancer. During Deeds’ Senate tenure, legislation that Deeds proposed includes:

    • SB150 – Requires that direct recording electronic devices be equipped to produce a contemporaneous paper record of each vote that can be verified by the voter and used in recounts. (2006)
    • SB891 – Requires the board of visitors of each public two-year and four-year institution of higher education to provide reduced in-state tuition rates for the children of faculty and staff members employed by the institution, effective for the 2008–2009 academic year. (2007) Not enacted, rolled into SB982 and left in the Senate Finance Committee.[17][18]
    • SB34 – Increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from age 70 to age 75. (2008)
    • SB669 – Permits ABC agents to check the national criminal database when conducting background checks on prospective licensees. (2008)

    Deeds was also a proponent of a Senate resolution to close Virginia’s gun show loophole, and made public appearances to generate support for the measure.

    Attorney General campaign

    In 2005, Deeds and John Edwards—a Virginia state senator from Roanoke—each announced that they planned to run for Attorney General of Virginia in the Democratic primary. Edwards later decided not to run, leaving Deeds as the sole candidate for the Democratic nomination for the office.

    In the general election campaign, running against Republican nominee Bob McDonnell, Deeds ran on his record as a moderate Democrat who supported gun rights, strong punishment for criminals, and the death penalty. Deeds’ stance on gun control included supporting a ban on semi-automatic firearms, but that did not prevent him from earning the endorsement of the NRA, which cited his patronage of a state constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right to hunt. McDonnell outspent Deeds by almost three million dollars (McDonnell spent $5,962,067 to Deeds’ $3,103,585); $2,084,089 of McDonnell’s campaign contributions were funneled through the Republican State Leadership Committee, exploiting a loophole in state law that was closed by the General Assembly shortly after the election.

    The initial result of the vote was 49.96%–49.95%, with Deeds behind by fewer than 350 votes. Due to the closeness of the race’s outcome, Deeds asked for a recount. Judge Theodore Markow of Richmond set the recount for December 20, 2005, a date so close to the inauguration that invitations to the event were mailed without a name for the attorney general to be inaugurated. The recount reaffirmed the earlier outcome, and McDonnell became attorney general.

    Gubernatorial campaign

    Deeds announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for governor on December 13, 2007. At the end of a close three-way race against former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and former State Delegate Brian Moran, Deeds won by a large margin, taking about 50 percent of the vote in the June 9, 2009, Democratic Primary. He again faced McDonnell, the Republican nominee, in the November 2009 general election. McDonnell was selected at his party’s nominating convention. Deeds lost the gubernatorial race by a wide margin to McDonnell, 41.25% to 58.61%.

     

    Recent Elections

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Creigh Deeds (D)34,41997.2%
    Write In (Write-in)9842.8%
    TOTAL35,403

    2019 State SenatorArray

    R. Creigh Deeds (D)44,77867.50%
    Elliott M. Harding ()21,31932.14%
    Write-In (Write-in)2420.36%
    TOTAL66,339

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    DEEDS, R CREIGH has run in 9 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $21,631,108.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Courts of Justice
    Privileges and Elections
    Transportation

    Appointments

    Criminal Justice Diversion
    Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
    Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
    Service System Structure and Financing
    Small Business Commission
    Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Economy

    Economic Opportunity for All Virginians

    Creigh Deeds understands that we must invest in our education system for our communities to succeed and prosper. He supports technical education and workforce training, knowing both are essential to maintain and enhance employment opportunities across Virginia. Creigh knows that investing in our infrastructure is vital to growing our economy.

    Education

    Public Schools and Higher Education

    During Creigh Deeds’ years in the General Assembly he has been a leader for our children, our public schools, and our colleges and universities. He supports smaller class sizes, early childhood education, classroom technology, vocational training, and increased teacher salaries.

    Creigh understands that we must work to ensure no school, no teacher, and no student is left behind as they strive to meet Virginia’s high academic standards.

    Creigh recognizes that our system of higher education needs additional funding for increased student enrollment, competitive faculty salaries, and state of the art facilities.

    Environment

    Conservation and Environmental Protection

    Creigh Deeds led the fight to conserve open spaces and our rural landscapes, while promoting efforts to plan for growth and protect our clean air, clean water, and natural environment. The Nature Conservancy and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia awarded him special recognition for his legislation to reinvigorate the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. With us, he will remain vigilant in keeping a safe and beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family.

    Health Care

    Affordable Access to Quality Health Care

    Creigh Deeds was the chief sponsor of legislation to help elderly and disabled Virginians afford the rising costs of prescription drugs. He supports efforts to hold HMOs accountable when their actions hurt you or your family’s health. Creigh has voted to expand health insurance for low-income children and to require coverage for basic and preventive care. He will continue the fight to curb managed care abuses and to increase access to health care services in underserved areas.

    Safety

    Public Safety

    As a former prosecutor and member of the House Courts of Justice Committee, Creigh Deeds has fought to keep our families safe. He was the chief patron of Virginia’s “Megan’s Law” to protect children from sexual predators and also introduced legislation establishing the Amber Alert Program in Virginia. Creigh is a forceful advocate for our hard-working police officers, sheriff’s and deputies, firefighters and emergency response personnel. Virginians United Against Crime presented him with the “Warren Stambaugh Award” for his legislative work.

    Creigh is committed to cracking down on home methamphetamine labs that endanger our communities, keeping our communities safe from gang violence, and strengthening our laws to keep children safe.

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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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    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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