Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

Amanda Pohl

Current Position: Nonprofit professional and Adjunct professor of social work
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

"We are all impacted by current policies that limit our personal and professional lives and impede our great state’s ability to thrive.

Basics like affordable health care, quality education, better infrastructure, and equality are foundational rights that should be available to all, not just a few."
Amanda Chase 1Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

About

Amanda Chase

 

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

A trusted advocate and outspoken voice for Virginia families, Amanda was first elected in 2015 to represent the 11th Senatorial District. The district includes all of Amelia County, the City of Colonial Heights and most of Chesterfield County, where she has lived since 1979.

Amanda serves as a member of 4 committees: Health and Education, Transportation, Local Governments, Privileges and Elections. and 2 subcommittees: Certificate of Public need and Higher Education. A champion for creating greater transparency and accessibility, she has been affectionately called “Senator Transparency”.  Amanda was only a freshman member when she co-founded Virginia’s Transparency Caucus. Thanks to her instrumental work, for the first time in Virginia’s history any citizen has the ability to view committee work online from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.

Amanda has also led in the fight against Medicaid Expansion, educating her constituents and colleagues on why this is a fiscally reckless and unsustainable Trojan Horse for the state of Virginia.  That said, she has also proven she can work across the aisle on issues that matter to Virginians like water quality, coal ash clean-up, campaign finance reform, property rights and reducing the red tape in government. Amanda played a key role in passing historic legislation on the handling of coal ash in the state of Virginia, ensuring coal ash which contains various carcinogenic chemicals are excavated and deposited into protective lined coal ash depositories.  Amanda passed a record 11 pieces of legislation last year signed into law by a Democrat governor. Amanda notably sponsored and helped pass Senate Bill 20, which will take effect July 1, 2019 and create a pilot program to reduce regulatory requirements and red tape.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people. Her comments led to the suspension of the infamous Matoaca Megasite located in the Bermuda district for its lack of transparency and support from 40,000 residents that lived nearby.

In her commitment to remain accessible to her constituents, Amanda not only has office hours out of session. For the last 3 years she has faithfully hosted her hour-long weekly radio townhall where constituents tune in each week and ask any her question.

She has received several awards during her first 2 years in office including the 2017 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate For Virginia Business, the 2017 James River Association Hero Award and the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia.

Amanda grew up in Bon Air, Virginia, where she attended Chesterfield County public schools.  She graduated from Monacan High School in 1988. In 1992, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

In addition to being a small business owner, Amanda has served as management in both the private and public sectors in the banking, credit and finance industry.

Amanda and her husband, Michael Chase, have 4 children and make their home in Chesterfield County.

 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner
    2019 to present

    Financial Services

  • Political Campaign Grassroots Management Business
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.S., Business
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    1992 to present

    double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

Awards

  • 2017 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate For Virginia Business (2017)
  • 2017 James River Association Hero Award (2017)
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. (2016)

Personal

Born in Sheffield, Alabama on December 1, 1969. Married Michael Glen Chase.

Contact

District Office: Lauren Fulcher

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E523
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7511

District Office
P. O. Box 5811
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 698-7511

Web

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

Politics

Source: Campaign

co-founded Virginia’s Transparency Caucus …”Thanks to her instrumental work, for the first time in Virginia’s history any citizen has the ability to view committee work online from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.”

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Amanda Freeman Chase (R)44,24554.51%
Amanda L. Pohl (D)36,73445.26%
Write-In (Write-in)1890.23%
TOTAL81,168

2015 State SenatorArray

Amanda Chase (R)27,21863.6%
Ernest Wayne Powell (D)215,48536.2%
Write In (Write-in)1110.3%
TOTAL242,814

Finances

CHASE, AMANDA F has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $255,840.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Appointments

Block Grants
Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Task Force to Commemorate the
Civic Education, Commission on
Civic Education Subcommittee #1
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on I
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fighting for Limited Government

Amanda is champion of small government and allowing you to keep more of your own money. She consistently opposed all tax and fee increases, has voted against government takeover of healthcare and every year since she took office, she has introduced term limit legislation to stop career politicians. Amanda is also a staunch defender of religious freedom who supports legislation that would put our national motto “In God We Trust” in public schools. She will continue to be a tireless advocate for limited, transparent and fiscally responsible government.

Economy

Supporting Virginia Businesses

Small businesses of various industries are a driving force behind Virginia’s economy.  Amanda has led in the fight to lower taxes and ensure that the commonwealth of Virginia remains attractive to start and grow businesses. She is the Chief Patron of SB20, a pilot program to reduce government regulation which was signed into law by the Governor.  Amanda has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as a Distinguished Advocate for Virginia business for her continued commitment to opposing tax and fee increases and cutting the red tape in government in order to help businesses grow.

Education

Educating our Next Generation

Virginia’s students deserve proper funding and adequate resources to ensure they have the strongest foundation for success. Amanda is also a firm believer in school choice—your quality of education shouldn’t be determined by your zip code. She supports allowing parents to seek options that they believe provide the best opportunity for their child. Amanda has also voted to reduce the number of SOL testing required for students because she recognizes that standardized testing isn’t the only indicator of student’s success. As a mom, Amanda will always view school safety as critical and support keeping kids safe by having armed police officers at each school.

Health Care

Protecting our Health Care

Affordable healthcare will continue to remain a top priority for Virginia families, and it’s a top priority for Amanda too. Amanda introduced a healthcare cost transparency bill that would require healthcare providers to give patients an estimated cost of services prior to services being provided. She has also sponsored legislation that would allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and supported several healthcare bills that would have provided business owners with group insurance as well as temporary insurance for individuals in between jobs.

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Amanda PohlAmanda Pohl

Current Position: Nonprofit professional and Adjunct professor of social work
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

"We are all impacted by current policies that limit our personal and professional lives and impede our great state’s ability to thrive.

Basics like affordable health care, quality education, better infrastructure, and equality are foundational rights that should be available to all, not just a few."

Summary

Current Position: Nonprofit professional and Adjunct professor of social work
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

“We are all impacted by current policies that limit our personal and professional lives and impede our great state’s ability to thrive.

Basics like affordable health care, quality education, better infrastructure, and equality are foundational rights that should be available to all, not just a few.”

About

Amanda Pohl 1

Source: Campaign page

“We can’t wait any longer for more affordable healthcare, fully-funded public schools, equality, or to address our infrastructure. I’m ready to address the real crises that we are facing and my work as a hospital chaplain, as a policy-focused social worker, as a problem-solver, and as a mom have equipped me for this service.”

Amanda Pohl is a candidate for Senate in the 11th district of Virginia. She is a wife, mom, nonprofit professional, church deacon, adjunct professor of Social Work, and current National President of her multicultural sorority.

Amanda has lived in Chesterfield and Amelia counties most of her life. She was born to teen parents and spent her early years in subsidized housing, eventually becoming the first in her family to graduate from a 4-year college, earning her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!).  

Amanda and her husband, Tim, have lived in Chesterfield since they were married more than 15 years ago. They have lived in the same home for 13 years where they have enjoyed raising their two daughters. Amanda previously served as a PRN chaplain for Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Medical Center for 10 years and was also chaplain through clinical pastoral education at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She completed seminary at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and holds a Master’s in Patient Counseling and a Master’s of Social Work with a focus on Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Amanda was also a policy fellow for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Civil Rights

No Virginian should be limited by their identity, skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, background, abilities, age, religion, country of origin, or socioeconomic class. Each of us deserves equal rights, dignity, and fairness. Diversity makes our Commonwealth stronger and should be celebrated and honored. We need a system that is set up to empower us, not limit us based on who we are. I will work to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and pass laws that protect LGBTQ+ individuals from employment and housing discrimination.

Voter access

Voting is an essential right and I will work hard to ensure every citizen can exercise that right in Virginia. Everyone deserves the opportunity to choose their elected representatives. We should be reducing barriers to the polls every chance we get. I support “no fault” absentee voting that extends to Election Day and “same day” voter registration.

Economy

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. We need to ensure that the working class and middle class are getting the boost we need. I will work to bring more jobs to Virginia and protect our natural resources by increasing our wind and solar energy production and usage. This includes increasing our minimum wage, ensuring there are affordable options for those who want to go to college, and providing quality career training options for those who want to enter their career right out of high school or change careers.

Education

As a mom of school-aged kids, I know the importance of a high-quality education. Our teachers are valuable resources and need to spend their time crafting lessons and learning innovative approaches to teaching instead of worrying how to fund supplies for their students. Virginia has some of the best schools in the United States and I will work to build on that success to ensure that every district, school, teacher, and classroom has the needed resources to provide the best education for our students.

Health Care

Virginia recently expanded Medicaid, which will ensure that many more Virginians have access to healthcare than in previous years. I will continue to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and ensure that we all have access to healthcare when we need it most and that we are all able to see a doctor for preventive care to avoid bigger costs and health issues down the road.

Support for women and healthy families

Women’s healthcare issues are between a woman and her healthcare provider. I know firsthand how harmful Virginia’s restrictive abortion laws can be for women who need surgical intervention in miscarriages. We don’t need government involved in personal medical and healthcare decisions. I will work to ensure paid family leave to support families who need to care for new children or family members who become sick.

Infrastructure

Our counties are growing, but our infrastructure has not kept up. We need to build a 21st century energy production systems that reduce carbon emissions. We need to fix our roads. We need to expand Broadband access for everyone in our district. We need to ensure that we are using the best technology to enhance our infrastructure for our future.

Safety

I currently work for a statewide coalition to end sexual and domestic violence. Through this work I have learned that we will not end violence unless we focus on prevention, not just intervention. The technology and resources exist to end sexual domestic violence and I will work to ensure Virginia leads the way.

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