VA Senate 7 – 2019

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another pick-up opportunity Democrats say is made better by a recent retirement, in this case longtime GOP Sen. Frank Wagner. Democrats nominated Turpin, a high school teacher who won election to the House as part of the 2017 blue wave. She’ll face Kiggans, a former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner. Northam won this seat with 54 percent of the vote, but in the words of one Republican operative, it’s “swingy” – Trump narrowly edged out Clinton here in 2016 and Obama won in 2012.”

Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

Frank Wagner

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

VA Senate 7 – 2019VA Senate 7 – 2019

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another pick-up opportunity Democrats say is made better by a recent retirement, in this case longtime GOP Sen. Frank Wagner. Democrats nominated Turpin, a high school teacher who won election to the House as part of the 2017 blue wave. She’ll face Kiggans, a former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner. Northam won this seat with 54 percent of the vote, but in the words of one Republican operative, it’s “swingy” – Trump narrowly edged out Clinton here in 2016 and Obama won in 2012.”

Summary

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another pick-up opportunity Democrats say is made better by a recent retirement, in this case longtime GOP Sen. Frank Wagner. Democrats nominated Turpin, a high school teacher who won election to the House as part of the 2017 blue wave. She’ll face Kiggans, a former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner. Northam won this seat with 54 percent of the vote, but in the words of one Republican operative, it’s “swingy” – Trump narrowly edged out Clinton here in 2016 and Obama won in 2012.”

VA Senate District 7

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VA Senate District #7

Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 85 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 7

For more information, see Cheryl Turpin’s post.

Cheryl Turpin 1Delegate Cheryl Turpin grew up in an active military family. After serving in the Army for 23 years, Cheryl’s father retired from service and her family resided in Fairfax County, Virginia. For the past 18 years, Cheryl’s family has called the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach home. Her two adult daughters – Ellison and Patricia – attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools and are graduates of Kempsville High School.

Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. Cheryl has invested herself and her appreciation of education into the lives of local students for the past 24 years while serving as a High School Science teacher. For the past 8 years, she has taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

Giving Back to Students and the Community

In 2016, Cheryl was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Frank W. Cox High School. Cheryl has served her community for many years offering her leadership in a diverse range of organizations. Cheryl has served as a Board Member for the Make a Difference Foundation, as Activities Coordinator for several school PTA’s, a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, a coach for the Neighborhood Soccer League, and a member of the Sierra Club.

Cheryl has spent much of her career working with at-risk students. She is a partner in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) community. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college. Cheryl is a long-time member of both the Virginia Education Association and the National Education Association.

Jen Kiggans

Current Position: Navy veteran and nurse practioner
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 7

For more information, see Jen Kiggans’s post.

Jen KiggansJen Kiggans, former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner is running as a political outsider for Virginia’s 7th Senate district seat. The seat is currently held by retiring Senator Frank Wagner and includes parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Jen’s support has been overwhelming in the few short months since she began this journey and she looks forward to continuing to share her positive message with the voters of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American Nurses Association, and the American Legion. She is a recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.As an everyday citizen who is frustrated with the present political climate, Jen is running for the State Senate because she knows Virginia can do better than the current status quo. If elected, Jen will be a strong voice for Virginia’s veterans and the hardworking taxpayers of the 7th district. She will be a leader on the issues of job creation, keeping healthcare costs down, and limiting government spending. Jen believes politics is about public service rather than serving one’s self, and would be honored to have your support this November.

Issues

Civil Rights

Cheryl Turpin

  • Protect and provide healthcare to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
  • Demand a minimum wage that allows people to provide for their families.
  • Work in a bipartisan way to overhaul our criminal justice and mental health care systems to keep the Commonwealth safe and secure.

Jen Kiggans

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.

 

Economy

Cheryl Turpin

  • Increase infrastructure spending to improve our roads and traffic conditions to attract families and businesses to Virginia Beach.
  • Create small business loans to encourage young entrepreneurs to start new businesses.
  • Expand broadband access so that every student, business, and entrepreneur has the tools they need to stay competitive.

Jen Kiggans

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

Education

Cheryl Turpin

  • Reduce the time dedicated to mandated testing and add it back into instructional time.
  • Provide full day public kindergarten for every child.
  • Give teachers the resources needed to increase the use of technology in the classroom.

Jen Kiggans

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

Environment

Cheryl Turpin

  • Guarantee that every child lives in a world with clean water and clean air.
  • Create a plan to protect property owners against rising sea levels due to global climate change.
  • Encourage the use of reusable and recyclable goods, which will reduce the amount of land needed to create new landfills.

Jen Kiggans

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

Infrastructure

Cheryl Turpin

Bring smart planning to local transportation so we can grow our economy and reduce traffic congestion at the same time.

Jen Kiggans

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

Safety

Jen Kiggans

  • en is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
  • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
  • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

Veterans

Jen Kiggans

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

Health Care

Jen Kiggans

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.
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Jennifer KiggansJen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

About

Jen Kiggans

Source: Campaign page

Jen Kiggans, former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner is running as a political outsider for Virginia’s 7th Senate district seat. The seat is currently held by retiring Senator Frank Wagner and includes parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Jen’s support has been overwhelming in the few short months since she began this journey and she looks forward to continuing to share her positive message with the voters of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American Nurses Association, and the American Legion. She is a recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.As an everyday citizen who is frustrated with the present political climate, Jen is running for the State Senate because she knows Virginia can do better than the current status quo. If elected, Jen will be a strong voice for Virginia’s veterans and the hardworking taxpayers of the 7th district. She will be a leader on the issues of job creation, keeping healthcare costs down, and limiting government spending. Jen believes politics is about public service rather than serving one’s self, and would be honored to have your support this November.

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

  • Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership (None)

Contact

Legislative Aide: Joe Link

Offices

Jen for Virginia
4734 PRINCESS ANNE ROAD
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 990-3080

Richmond office
Phone: (804) 698-7507

Web

Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Jen A. Kiggans (R)29,58950.36%
Cheryl B. Turpin (D)29,07449.48%
Write-in (Write-in)91.15%
TOTAL58,754

Issues

Source: Campaign page

HEALTHCARE

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.

ECONOMY

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

VETERANS

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

PUBLIC SAFETY

    • Jen is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
    • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
    • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

EDUCATION

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

TRAFFIC

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

FAMILIES

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.
     

Civil Rights

Families

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.

Economy

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

Education

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

Environment

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

Health Care

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.

Infrastructure

Traffic

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

Safety

  • Jen is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
  • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
  • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

Veterans

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

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Frank Wagner 1Frank Wagner

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

About

Frank Wagner 2

Source: Campaign page

Frank Wagner is a senior member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the Seventh Senate District, which includes the western half of Virginia Beach and northeastern Norfolk. Prior to serving in the Senate, Frank served in the House of Delegates.

Frank Wagner is a job creator and entrepreneur. He is the former President of Davis Boat Works, Inc., a premier small boat repair firm in Newport News that Frank founded.  The company’s principal customer is the US Defense Department. Frank knows firsthand how important military spending is to our local economy and how important it is that Virginia is economically competitive in our global economy.
Frank Wagner is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering. In the United States Navy, Frank served as a diving and salvage officer and an engineering duty officer. Frank is a tireless champion for military service members, veterans and their families.

Frank Wagner is a Republican because he believes that Republican ideals and conservative principles are the best approach for creating a government and economy that creates good-paying jobs, keeps our families, communities and Nation safe and protects our God-given freedoms.

Frank Wagner has many important legislative accomplishments. In response to the Obama Administration’s EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, during the 2015 Legislative Session Frank introduced – and the Governor signed into law – legislation to freeze the base rates on our electric bills through 2020. Because of Frank’s legislation, our electricity rates are about the same as 2008 and are 19% below the national average. This same legislation also requires Dominion to build a 400 megawatt solar power facility in Virginia – a real win for the environment and Virginia’s solar power industry. In 2006, Frank’s legislation required Virginia to adopt Virginia Energy Plan – a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including clean coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear, alternative fuels coupled with conservation and energy efficiency measures. The ultimate goal of the plan is to achieve energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. A recognized subject matter expert, Frank has testified before Congress on energy matters and has spoken at a variety of national and international energy conferences.

Frank Wagner is a key leader in the development of the Commonwealth’s transportation policy. In 2013, Frank was a driving force behind passage of the Commonwealth’s landmark transportation bill, HB 2313. As the Senate’s lead conferee , Frank’s tireless efforts to find compromise and work collaboratively with his colleagues in the House of Delegates made it possible for the first major transportation plan to pass the legislature in almost 30 years.

In 2014, Frank Wagner introduced and won passage of legislation to create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Composed of the chief elected officers of the governing bodies of the 14 localities in Hampton Roads, two senators, three delegates, and four nonvoting ex officio members the new law moves the responsibility for approval of projects and the priority of such projects pursuant to the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund from the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Frank is Vice Chairman of the HRTAC and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Frank Wagner is involved in numerous charitable causes and enjoys being a part of our community. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and scuba diving. He has 4 adult daughters and 2 grandchildren. Frank was raised in Arlington, Virginia, and he moved to Virginia Beach in 1982 while serving in the Navy. Frank and his wife Lucille live in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach and they attend Haygood United Methodist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Vicki Wilson

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E504
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7507
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 68008
Virginia Beach, VA 23471
Phone: (757) 228-3333
Fax: (757) 244-7866

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2015 State SenatorArray

Frank Wagner (R)18,26653.9%
Gary Thomas McCollum (D)15,43445.5%
Write In (Write-in)2080.6%
TOTAL33,908

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Frank Wagner 2About

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Frank Wagner is a senior member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the Seventh Senate District, which includes the western half of Virginia Beach and northeastern Norfolk. Prior to serving in the Senate, Frank served in the House of Delegates.

Frank Wagner is a job creator and entrepreneur. He is the former President of Davis Boat Works, Inc., a premier small boat repair firm in Newport News that Frank founded.  The company’s principal customer is the US Defense Department. Frank knows firsthand how important military spending is to our local economy and how important it is that Virginia is economically competitive in our global economy.
Frank Wagner is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering. In the United States Navy, Frank served as a diving and salvage officer and an engineering duty officer. Frank is a tireless champion for military service members, veterans and their families.

Frank Wagner is a Republican because he believes that Republican ideals and conservative principles are the best approach for creating a government and economy that creates good-paying jobs, keeps our families, communities and Nation safe and protects our God-given freedoms.

Frank Wagner has many important legislative accomplishments. In response to the Obama Administration’s EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, during the 2015 Legislative Session Frank introduced – and the Governor signed into law – legislation to freeze the base rates on our electric bills through 2020. Because of Frank’s legislation, our electricity rates are about the same as 2008 and are 19% below the national average. This same legislation also requires Dominion to build a 400 megawatt solar power facility in Virginia – a real win for the environment and Virginia’s solar power industry. In 2006, Frank’s legislation required Virginia to adopt Virginia Energy Plan – a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including clean coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear, alternative fuels coupled with conservation and energy efficiency measures. The ultimate goal of the plan is to achieve energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. A recognized subject matter expert, Frank has testified before Congress on energy matters and has spoken at a variety of national and international energy conferences.

Frank Wagner is a key leader in the development of the Commonwealth’s transportation policy. In 2013, Frank was a driving force behind passage of the Commonwealth’s landmark transportation bill, HB 2313. As the Senate’s lead conferee , Frank’s tireless efforts to find compromise and work collaboratively with his colleagues in the House of Delegates made it possible for the first major transportation plan to pass the legislature in almost 30 years.

In 2014, Frank Wagner introduced and won passage of legislation to create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Composed of the chief elected officers of the governing bodies of the 14 localities in Hampton Roads, two senators, three delegates, and four nonvoting ex officio members the new law moves the responsibility for approval of projects and the priority of such projects pursuant to the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund from the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Frank is Vice Chairman of the HRTAC and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Frank Wagner is involved in numerous charitable causes and enjoys being a part of our community. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and scuba diving. He has 4 adult daughters and 2 grandchildren. Frank was raised in Arlington, Virginia, and he moved to Virginia Beach in 1982 while serving in the Navy. Frank and his wife Lucille live in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach and they attend Haygood United Methodist Church.

Political Career

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In August 2016, Wagner announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2017. He lost the primary election on June 13, 2017, placing in third and last behind Corey Stewart and Ed Gillespie. He ran on the slogan “One veteran, one businessman, one Virginian, one choice.”

Committees

Commerce and Labor (Chair)
Finance
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Commissions

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Autism Advisory Council
Chesapeake Bay Commission
Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Manufacturing Development Commission
Southern States Energy Board
Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
Water Commission, State
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

Election Results

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Campaign Finance

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Policy Positions

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Education

All of Frank’s children attended Virginia Beach City Schools. Frank Wagner’s youngest daughter has a learning disability and she recently graduated from Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. Frank has always been a champion for our public schools, our teachers and for comprehensive, smartly-designed education reform. During the 2013 state legislative session, the General Assembly dramatically reformed the Standards of Learning test schedule for younger students. At the 2014 Special Session of the General Assembly, we had to cut $2.4 Billion from state spending to balance the budget. Importantly, K-12 education was spared any cuts. During the legislative session in Richmond, Frank enjoys meeting with visiting Virginia Beach and Norfolk students.

Frank has supported increased higher education spending for new college and university buildings, updated science labs and supported increasing the number of higher education students that can be enrolled in Virginia’s colleges and universities.   We have an excellent system of higher education in Virginia and as a member of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee Frank Wagner has made it a priority to support education in the Commonwealth.

Energy

Frank is best known for his visionary Virginia Energy Plan, legislation that passed in the 2006 Virginia General Assembly session. This legislation directs the Commonwealth to create a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including clean coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear, alternative fuels coupled with conservation and energy efficiency measures. The ultimate goal of the plan is to achieve energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. He has spoken at a variety of national and international energy conferences and has testified before Congress on energy matters.

• SB 505 Natural gas; incentives for expanded use as transportation fuel, report.
• SB 512 Solar equipment; certified pollution control equipment and facilities.
• SB 514 Virginia Energy Plan; postpones due date for quadrennial updates.
• SB 519 Natural gas utilities; upstream supply infrastructure projects.

Jobs and State Economy

As an entrepreneur and businessman, Frank is very familiar with the needs of our area. Frank understands first hand how Virginia’s lawmakers directly effect job creation and fights to keep Virginia a pro-business state. As the President of Davis Boat Works, Inc., a premier small boat repair firm in Newport News, VA, Frank works directly with our local military and understands first hand how important the military is to our local economy.

  • SB 516 Private employment; preference for veterans and spouses of certain veterans.
  • SB 515 Domestic international sales corporations (DISC); exempt from income taxation.
  • SB 261 Creation of Manufacturer’s Development Commission.

Transportation

Of all the issues that confront many of us everyday, our frustration with the transportation network here in Hampton Roads is right at the top of the list. Way back in the mid-1990s, Frank led the fight to remove the tolls from what was then called Route 44 and is today called I-264 in Virginia Beach. Since then, Virginia Beach has been toll free.

In 2013, Frank led the effort in the Senate to finally forge a highway funding solution to tackle the real culprits of traffic congestion in Hampton Roads. In 2014, Frank’s legislation created the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). This body is responsible for determining how we will spend the additional transportation dollars generated in Hampton Roads to fix the traffic problems in Hampton Roads. Frank serves as the Commission Vice-Chairman and chairs HRTAC’s Finance Committee. The creation of the HRTAC:
• enables the Hampton Roads community to tackle transportation gridlock and develop a more efficient transportation system;
• provides the people of Hampton Roads the tools and the power to tackle many of these problems without relying on state or federal bureaucracies; and
• empowers all of us to get involved in solving our ongoing transportation challenges because the decision-making powers rest locally.

HRTAC will determine which construction projects to fix first. One of the projects At or near the top of Frank’s list is widening the exit lanes from I-64 West onto I-264 East into Virginia Beach. This improvement will reduce congestion and improve the daily commute for thousands of Virginia Beach residents. The completion of two other local highway projects will also improve our ability to move around our community. Frank worked very hard to secure the state funding for the widening of the Lesner Bridge on Shore Drive and for the intersection improvements at Kempsville Road and Princess Anne Road.

Frank believes that transportation is one of the largest challenges facing Hampton Roads and is passionate about working in our community to find cost-effective and practical solutions.  To learn more about HRTAC or to get involved, please visit their website at HRTAC.

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