Jennifer KiggansJen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator of District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 2

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Current Position: State Senator of District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 2

OnAir Post: Jen Kiggans

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About

Jen Kiggans

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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, Wikipedia

Politics

Recent Elections

2019

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

Finances

KIGGANS, JEN A has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,494,557.

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Voting Record

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Issues

Source: Campaign page

“The liberal, one-party rule in Washington is destroying what makes
America the greatest nation on earth. Our values, our economy,
and our families are all under attack by big government. I have the
courage to fight back — and I will make sure Virginians get the results they deserve.”

Democracy & Governance

SECURING OUR ELECTIONS
One of the first nursing rules is when the patient tells you they are in pain, you have to believe them. Clearly, our nation is hurting — Americans on both sides of the aisle have openly challenged the security and integrity of our elections, and they have completely lost faith in their elected officials to fix it.

In the State Senate, Jen has prioritized election reforms to ensure every legal vote counts and every voter has complete faith in the outcomes of our elections. She has patroned bills to ensure the accuracy of our voter rolls by comparing the Office of Vital Records lists with the Department of Elections lists with more frequency. Visiting her local Voter Registrar and keeping in close contact with their office through the election cycle is a priority for Jen. She will continue to lead the fight for election reforms in Congress by fighting to stop voting irregularities, maintain a photo ID requirement, prevent ballot harvesting, and ensure all state election officials — not just in battleground states — can keep our process secure and transparent.

Economy & Jobs

GROWING JOBS & THE ECONOMY
As our nation and our economy continues to recover from COVID-19, Jen will focus on pro-growth policies that empower small businesses to do what they do best — create jobs, expand, and bolster our economy. She will stand up to Democrats who want to continue disincentivizing Americans to return to work and help industries critical to Virginia’s economic success hire new workers. She will fight to keep the regulatory burden low and the government out of the day-to-day operations of our businesses.

Jen also knows how important it is to keep taxes low for businesses and working families, which is why she will fight to make permanent critical tax provisions in the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Provisions such as keeping the corporate tax rate low to encourage investments in the U.S., increasing the Child Tax Credit, and lowering individual income tax rates.

Jen believes in fiscal responsibility. She was taught by her parents to pay her bills on time and to not spend more than she had in the bank. She knows that her children and her grandchildren will be responsible for the reckless spending of the current administration. She is opposed to the seemingly endless spending of trillions of dollars by the Democrats without consideration of the national debt or the taxpayers who foot the bill.

CUTTING INFLATION & THE COST OF LIVING
Joe Biden’s big-government agenda, trillion dollar spending policies, and ongoing refusal to prioritize our economic recovery has caused inflation and the cost of living to skyrocket. In January 2022, inflation soared past 7%…the highest since 1982!

For Virginians, this means paying more for gas, groceries, meals, cars, houses, building materials, and everything in between. Inflation is also wiping out wage increases for Americans (including our active duty military) who are still struggling to make ends meet from the COVID pandemic. Business owners are unable to pay higher wages, American workers are unable to save for their future, all while our economy spirals into collapse.

In Congress, Jen will do what Joe Biden and House Democrats have failed to do — prioritize cutting inflation and lowering the cost of living for the American people. That means reducing federal spending — not adding trillions of dollars in spending on socialist spending bills — cutting taxes, reducing regulations on small businesses, and stopping the Democrats’ radical spending priorities at all costs.

Environment & Energy

Health & Education

REFORMING HEALTHCARE
As a Primary Care Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, healthcare affordability and accessibility is one of the top priorities for Jen. She believes all people should have the opportunity to receive quality primary care to maintain overall good physical and mental health. Patients who are engaged in their primary healthcare live well, suffer less chronic conditions, and save healthcare costs overall. Jen believes people with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us should be afforded quality healthcare and their caregivers supported. She believes that competition between insurance companies and cost transparency are two of the best ways to keep overall healthcare costs down.

With her experience in long term care, home healthcare, nursing home care, and hospice care, Jen understands the need for comprehensive care for our older adult population. After watching the devastation that occurred in our nation’s nursing homes, Jen has been advocating for improved staffing at our facilities in addition to preventing the isolation that patients and caregivers experienced during COVID. She patroned multiple bills that ensured patients would not be isolated from loved ones nor spiritual advisors during future pandemics. A top priority in her healthcare advocacy work is mental health and accessibility. In her first legislative session, Jen introduced bills to screen for depression in emergency rooms as well as provide a continuum of care for individuals who have had an inpatient psychiatric stay. While there is still work to be done, Jen will continue to lead the fight for mental health care. Jen has been an advocate for school nurses and continues to work to have a school nurse in every school in Virginia. She knows school nurses are an invaluable way to provide health education and health screenings to children who might not otherwise have access to care. Perhaps most important is Jen’s legislative work for healthcare providers. She is a staunch advocate for workforce shortages in nursing and other allied health professions. As a healthcare provider, she consistently uses her background to provide insight and awareness of the needs of healthcare providers as an essential part of providing comprehensive and quality care for people of all ages.

PROTECTING MEDICARE & SOCIAL SECURITY
As a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Jen has been a champion for the greatest generation and worked tirelessly to deliver the best quality of care possible for our seniors. Jen will remain a fierce advocate for seniors in Congress by fighting to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security from being dismantled by Democrats.

Jen will also bolster Medicare advantage, expand access to telehealth services, help provide more affordable drug plan options for seniors, and aim to lower the costs of Part B premiums. Coastal Virginians Medicare recipients can rest assured, Jen will be their biggest champion in Washington.

IMPROVING EDUCATION & OUR SCHOOLS
Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, deserves a high-quality education. In Congress, Jen will prioritize putting students at the focus of our education system and equip our teachers with the tools and resources they need in the classroom to improve outcomes for our children and the next generation. In addition, she will aim to keep big government out of the way of education and empower local teachers and parents to determine the best and most effective way to teach our children. Jen stands against policies that divide our children and will stand up to Democrats who want to keep our students out of the classroom or force our children to learn Critical Race Theory that segregates students into groups based on race and skin color, making unity impossible. She has been a staunch advocate for school choice and prioritizes teaching our children “how to think” and not “what to think” in addition to focusing on basic education components of reading, writing, math, and life skills.

Human Rights

PROTECTING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
Jen will focus on supporting and improving foster care, adoption, and family support services. For women, Jen has supported expanding access to birth control and contraception. Furthermore Jen will ensure that mothers have access to the highest quality of care and the resources they need to choose life. Jen has been a champion for the unborn and a lifelong defender of our pro-life values as a mother, nurse practitioner, and State Senator. In the Legislature, Jen has stood up against Democrats’ attempts to expand abortion access which force taxpayers to foot the bill for late term elective abortions in the Commonwealth.

DEFENDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT
Jen is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment who will never compromise our right to bear arms. Despite Democrat attempts in the State Senate to curtail our Second Amendment rights, Jen never backed down and voted 100% of the time to protect Virgian’s right to bear arms.

In Congress, Jen will continue to stand up for our Second Amendment rights and support policies that make it easier – not harder – for law-abiding Virginians to protect themselves and their families.

Public Safety

STOPPING THE CRISIS AT OUR BORDER
Joe Biden and his Administration’s reckless open-border rhetoric and policies have led to a dire public health, security, and humanitarian crisis at the U.S. – Mexico border. Given the Biden Administration and the Democrats’ failure to address the situation, Jen will prioritize border security and ensure that federal immigration officials have the funding, training, and resources they need to stop the influx of drugs, crime, and violence into our country.

To effectively combat illegal immigration, Jen will support policies that uphold federal immigration law, defund sanctuary cities, and hold politicians accountable if they refuse to comply with federal immigration officials.

LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY
Jen knows our courageous first responders are heroes and deserve our respect. They put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families and our communities safe. In the State Senate, Jen has fought tirelessly for our police, firefighters, EMS, and correctional officers to ensure they are fully funded, well-trained, and equipped with the best possible technology and resources necessary to stop crime, provide care, and keep Virginia Beach safe.

Jen has seen first-hand the agenda that is being pushed on the other side of the aisle and it will result in an already demoralized workforce being depleted further. Jen has spoken out against ending qualified immunity, taking tactical resources away from police, and limiting their ability to productively do their job. Additionally, Jen will fight for victims’ rights and will continue to advocate for victims and their families.

In Congress, Jen’s support for law enforcement and our first responders will remain strong. She will always fight back against Democrats’ efforts to defund or abolish our police departments and will never support any legislation that weakens law enforcement in Virginia or makes it harder for our police officers to do their job. Jen will maintain an open line of communication with our first responders across Coastal Virginia as well as our community leaders to facilitate conversations on how best to work together to protect our citizens and promote safety among our communities.

PRIORITIZING NATIONAL SECURITY
Jen served for ten years in the U.S. Navy, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf as an H-46 and H-3 helicopter pilot. Her father served as a Green Beret in the Army during the Vietnam War, and she has a son at the US Naval Academy. She knows the importance of a well-funded military and strong national defense and will work tirelessly in Congress to ensure our active duty military men and women have the full support of the federal government.

That means securing critical funding for military bases and installations, never voting for defense cuts, and always advocating for military families. Additionally, Jen will focus on policies that ensure American military forces are equipped with the technology and training needed to combat the growing and complex national security challenges around the world. She will hold the Biden Administration and Democrats in Washington accountable for their failures to confront terrorist threats from ISIS, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda and from nuclear threats like North Korea, Iran, China, and Russia that consistently threaten our homeland, our allies, and the American people.

DELIVERING FOR VETERANS
As a 10-year Navy veteran and wife to a retired F-18 Navy pilot, Jen knows how important it is for our veterans to get the care and benefits they earned. She also knows the unique challenges veterans face as it relates to employment and education, which is why she has fought for critical investments into resources that will better the lives of all our heroes. As a State Senator, Jen has been a staunch advocate for military spouses and is the proud patron of a bill signed into law which creates a “Military Spouse Liaison” position within the Virginia Department of Veteran Services. She has been a strong voice for finding innovative ways to encourage veterans to stay in Virginia after their time in service has ended, including reducing taxes on military retirement pay, offering workforce opportunities that translate from military service, and easing the certification process for veterans and their spouses to allow them to enter the local workforce easier.

In Congress, Jen will continue fighting our veterans. She will support policies that allow for more job and career training opportunities for veterans and implement long-overdue reforms to our broken VA so our veterans and their families can get the care they need, when they need it.

HOLDING CHINA ACCOUNTABLE
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Xi Jinping are committing mass genocide, silencing freedom, stealing American jobs and intellectual property, and lying about the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Jen knows we cannot trust China or any politician that puts the interests of the CCP ahead of the American people.

In Congress, Jen will fight for policies that hold the CCP accountable for the COVID-19 outbreak, including implementing new economic sanctions against the CCP, the WHO, or any international organization that has aided in the COVID-19 coverup. Additionally, Jen will prioritize protecting American jobs and intellectual property from being stolen by the CCP to ensure China never dictates America’s future and we remain a leader on the world stage. She believes America must be much less dependent on China for manufacturing of our goods, medications, and technology.

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Jennifer Ann Kiggans (née Moore)[1] (born June 18, 1971) is an American politician and nurse practitioner serving in the Virginia Senate. A Republican, she was first elected in 2019 and represents parts of the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Kiggans is a former United States Navy helicopter pilot. She defeated incumbent Elaine Luria to become the representative-elect for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district in the 2022 election.[2]

Early life and career

Kiggans was born in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from high school in Orlando, Florida.[3] As a high school student, she worked in Walt Disney World.[4] In 1993 and 1994, she taught English in Japan through the JET Programme.[5] She also lived in Japan as a Navy spouse for five years.[4]

Kiggans was a United States Navy pilot for ten years, flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters.[6]

After serving in the military, Kiggans attended nursing school at Old Dominion University and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is an adult geriatric nurse practitioner at Eastern Virginia Medical School and in private practice.[7]

Political career

In 2019, Kiggans ran for the Virginia Senate for the 7th district, which was being vacated by Republican incumbent Frank Wagner. In the Republican Party primary, Kiggans defeated Virginia Beach School Board member Carolyn Weems, 52% to 48%.[8]

In the general election, Kiggans faced Democratic state Delegate Cheryl Turpin. The race was viewed as competitive, as the district had very narrowly favored Democrats in recent statewide elections.[9][10] Kiggans and Turpin each spent over $500,000 on television advertisements.[11] Kiggans won, 50.4% to 49.5%.[12]

2022 U.S. House election

Kiggans was the Republican nominee for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district in the 2022 election.[13] She defeated Democratic incumbent Elaine Luria in the November 2022 general election.

Kiggans supports banning abortions after fifteen weeks of pregnancy, except for in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.[14] In June 2022, she expressed support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overruled Roe v. Wade.[15]

Kiggans has consistently refused to state whether she believes that Joe Biden was legitimately elected president[16][17] and has called for a $70 million re-audit of Virginia’s 2020 presidential election results; a previous audit of those results found no evidence of fraud.[18] She has said that she does not believe the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago was justified.[17]

Personal life

Kiggans is a lifelong Catholic. She is married to Steve Kiggans, a retired Navy F-18 pilot. They have four children.[4]

References

  1. ^ “About”. Jen Kiggans for Congress.
  2. ^ “Republican Jen Kiggans flips Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat”. WRIC-TV. November 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Vozzella, Laura (December 27, 2019). “Virginia Senate gains two political outsiders and friends”. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Hall, Matt (November 3, 2019). “Interview: Veteran Jen Kiggans Runs for 7th State Senate District”. Bearing Drift. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  5. ^ “Jennifer Kiggans’ Biography”. Vote Smart. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Lynn (April 1, 2019). “Veteran Navy Pilot Jen Kiggans Enters Race for 7th Senate District”. Bearing Drift. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Albiges, Marie (June 3, 2020). “School board member, Navy pilot face off in Virginia Beach Senate GOP primary”. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  8. ^ “2019 Senate of Virginia Republican Primary – District 7”. Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Oliver, Ned (September 4, 2019). “Cheat sheet: The House and Senate races most likely to decide control of Virginia’s statehouse”. Virginia Mercury. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  10. ^ “Open Seat Profile – SD7”. Virginia Public Access Project. October 17, 2019. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  11. ^ O’Keefe, Jimmy (October 24, 2019). “Va. Senate Candidates Ramp Up Attack Ads Ahead Of Election Day”. WHSV-TV. Capital News Service. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  12. ^ “2019 November General – Member Senate of Virginia (007)”. Virginia State Board of Elections. November 10, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  13. ^ Flynn, Meagan (April 12, 2021). “GOP state senator seeks to challenge Luria for Virginia congressional seat”. Washington Post.
  14. ^ “Hampton Roads could help decide control of the House of Representatives”. VPM.org. Retrieved October 31, 2022.
  15. ^ “Luria, Kiggans react to Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade”. 13newsnow. June 24, 2022. Retrieved August 7, 2022.
  16. ^ “Elaine Luria prepares to lead Jan. 6 hearing, connect Trump to violence”. Washington Post. July 21, 2022. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  17. ^ a b “Ad attacks leave Kiggans trying to reclaim image: ‘I’m not an extremist’. Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  18. ^ “Trump’s influence casts shadow in the Virginia 2nd District race”. Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved October 31, 2022.

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Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator of District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 2

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Current Position: State Senator of District 24 since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

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Creigh Deeds

Current Position: State Senator of District 25 since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Creigh Deeds was first elected Senator for the 25th District in 2001. The 25th District includes the cities of Buena Vista of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County.Albemarle County (Part), Alleghany County (All), Bath County (All), Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Lexington , and Covington and the counties of Covington, Nelso, Highland, Rockbridge.

Senator Deeds is Chair of the Privileges and Elections Committee and is a member of the Finance and Appropriations, Commerce and Labor, Judiciary, and Rules committees.  Senator Deeds was member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1991 to 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

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Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator of District 26 since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

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John Bell

Current Position: State Senator of District 13 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: 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

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Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator of District 27 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

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Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator of District 28 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

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Jeremy McPike

Current Position: State Senator of District 29 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.”

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Adam Ebbin

Current Position: State Senator of District 30 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.

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Barbara Favola

Current Position: State Senator of District 31 since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

Barbara Favola was first elected Senator for the 31st District in 2012. The 31st District includes parts of Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudoun counties.

Senator Favola is Chair of the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee and is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Local Government, Transportation, and Rules committees. Senator Favola has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights throughout her public life.

The interview below was conducted by Nanayaa Obeng in May, 2021. The original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

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Janet Howell

Current Position: State Senator of District 32 since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Janet Howell was first elected Senator for the 32nd District in 2008. The 32nd District includes parts of Fairfax and Arlington counties.

Senator Howell is Chair of the Finance and Appropriations Committee  and is a member of the Education and Health, Local Government, Privileges and Elections  and Rules committees. Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

 

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Jennifer Boysko

Current Position: State Senator of District 35 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.

 

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Chap Petersen

Current Position: State Senator of District 34 since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

Chap Petersen was first elected Senator for the 34th District in 2008. The 34th District includes the city of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County.

Senator Petersen is Chair of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee  and is a member of the Education and Health, Finance and Appropriations, Judiciary, and Rules committees. Senator Petersen was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2006.

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Scott Surovell

Current Position: State Senator of District 36 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.

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Dave Marsden

Current Position: State Senator of District 37 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Dave Marsden was first elected Senator for the 37th District in 2010. The 37th District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Senator Marsden is Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and is a member of the Conservation and Natural Resources, Commerce and Labor, Finance and Appropriations, and Rules committees. Senator Marsden was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006 to 2010.

The video interview  below 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.

 

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Benton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator of District 38 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

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George Barker

Current Position: State Senator of District 39 since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

George Barker was first elected Delegate for the 39th District in 2008. The 39th District includes parts of Alexandria City, southern Fairfax County, and northern Prince William county.

Senator Barker serves as Chair of the General Laws and Technology Committee and is a member of the Education and Health and Finance committees. Senator Barker has been involved with a wide variety of local issues and has been an active member of a number of civic and community organizations.

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Todd Pillion

Current Position: State Senator of District 40 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 2014 – 2019

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.

Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

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