VA Senate 6 – 2019

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“It sounds like a bit of a long shot, but it’s the one place Republicans have said they think they might have an opportunity to pick up a district.”

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.”

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Monty Mason

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

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

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

Mamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Lionell Spruill

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

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

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

Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Elizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

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.

 

Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Missy Cotter Smasal

Current Position: Navy office and small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Rebecca Raveson

Current Position: Former loan officer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Roz Dance

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Rosalyn Dance became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

VA Senate 6 – 2019VA Senate 6 – 2019

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“It sounds like a bit of a long shot, but it’s the one place Republicans have said they think they might have an opportunity to pick up a district.”

Summary

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“It sounds like a bit of a long shot, but it’s the one place Republicans have said they think they might have an opportunity to pick up a district.”

VA Senate District 6

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VA Senate District #6

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 6

For more information, see Lynwood Lewis’s post.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Elizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company for
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 6

For more information, see Elizabeth Lankford’s post.

Growing up on the Eastern Shore Elizabeth Lankford learned about hard work and character. As a young girl, she was involved in her family’s agricultural business, seeing how the government can be both necessary and intrusive.

Now Elizabeth has decided to take the bold step into a run for State Senate because things haven’t gotten better while she was away. Opioids have spiraled out of control. Job growth hasn’t picked up despite the economy improving. Flooding isn’t just the same problem it was a decade ago but has gotten worse.  What we have right now isn’t working. It’s time for someone to step up and not just do the bare minimum needed to get re-elected. Things have to change.

Issues

Civil Rights

Lynwood Lewis

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

Criminal Justice Reform

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

Elizabeth Lankford

As a small businesswoman, Elizabeth knows that Right to Work enables an employee’s right to unionize while respecting those who wish to abstain.  Policies such as Right to Work have helped make Virginia a top ranked state for business. To bring prosperity to the 6th district, we must support our businesses and employees.

Economy

Lynwood Lewis

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

Labor

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

Elizabeth Lankford

One of the main drivers of Elizabeth’s decision to run for State Senate was the lack of success seen with job creation in this district.  Better jobs mean a better economy. We need to attract young workers to come to, and stay in, the 6th district. This is not a Republican issue or Democratic issue.  This is about bringing prosperity to the area. She will seek out problem solvers in Richmond, regardless of what party they are in. 

Education

Lynwood Lewis

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

Elizabeth Lankford

K-12 Education
This is our future.  We must keep a focus on innovation in our schools and making the area appealing for the best teachers to want to work here.  Elizabeth will be an advocate for Virginia’s school voucher program in Richmond. 

Secondary Education
Costs are skyrocketing for secondary education.  Whether a student’s pathways lead to a four-year institution or a career tech program, we must invest in our future workforce. We are lucky to have many secondary education programs across the district and must support them and their students.

Environment

Lynwood Lewis

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

Elizabeth Lankford

We must improve our flood prevention measures.   We must improve our economy to be able to fund even more advanced measures.   If you believe in climate change or not, we can all agree that what puts us in the strongest position to make necessary changes, or respond to a natural disaster, is a strong economy.  That is what drives plans, innovations and improvements.

Health Care

Lynwood Lewis

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

Elizabeth Lankford

People need easier access to lifesaving cures and the government should not be in the way of innovations.  Costs are too high and access is limited in the rural areas of our district.  We need more options for coverage and care. This includes access to mental health care and addiction care. Opioids have taken too many lives in our community and we must reach across the aisle to create a common sense solution. We need someone to go fight for change. 

Democracy

Lynwood Lewis

Voting Rights

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

Housing

Lynwood Lewis

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

More Issues

Lynwood Lewis

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

District Map (PDF)

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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Thomas Norment 1

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

About

Thomas Norment

Source: Campaign page

Tommy Norment first came to Virginia’s 3rd Senatorial District as a child when his father worked at Cheatham Annex.

A graduate of James Blair High School in Williamsburg, Tommy attended college at Virginia Military Institute before returning to Williamsburg to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 1987, Tommy was elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1991 before being elected to the Senate of Virginia.

Tommy maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Professor
    College of William and Mary

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • BA
    Virginia Military Institute

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1946

Membership & Affiliation

Episcopal; member: Bruton Parish Church

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Zachary Lemaster, Eric Philipkosky, Alex Rendon, Daniel J. Spiker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E603
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7503
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 6205
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 259-7810
Fax: (757) 259-7812

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Initially a Democrat, Norment won election to the James City County Board of Supervisors as a Republican and served from 1987-1991. He was elected to the state Senate in 1991, defeating Democrat Bill Fears with 54% of the vote. Norment was unopposed for re-election in 1995, re-elected with 63% of the vote in 1999, re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2003, re-elected unopposed in 2007 and 2011, and re-elected with 70% of the vote in 2015.  Norment has led the Virginia Senate Republican caucus since 2008.

 

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R)50,44861.69%
Herbert C. “Herb” Jones, Jr. (D)31,05637.98%
Write-In (Write-in)2720.33%
TOTAL81,776

2015 State DelegateArray

Thomas Norment (R)0
Hugo Eduardo Reyes (D)0
Write In (Write-in)0
TOTAL0

Finances

NORMENT JR, THOMAS K has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,015,647.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Finance (Co-Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Ethics Advisory Council, Virginia Conflict of Interest and
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

  • Chief Patron
  • Chief Co-Patron
  • Co-Patron

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

News Posts

Norment News

Videos

Other Videos

Cable Reports Update
Thomas Norment
Published on February 29, 2012
By: Thomas Norment

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Monty MasonMonty Mason

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Monty Mason 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior director
    Visa

    specializing on fraud prevention and risk management.

Education

  • BA
    College of William and Mary
    1989

Personal

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

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Thomas Cross

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2016 State SenatorArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Jobs

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

The Mason plan:

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

Education

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

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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

Social Security

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

Veterans

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

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

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

News

News Posts

Twitter

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Monty Made It Happen
Monty Mason
Published on October 7, 2015
By: Monty Mason

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Mamie LockeMamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Mamie Locke 1

Education

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

Employment

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

Professional Memberships

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

Awards and Honors

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

Civic/Social Activities

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

Senate Appointments

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

Additional Affiliations

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

Publications

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

Additional Information

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Dean, School Of Liberal Arts
    Hampton University

Education

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

Personal

Born in Brandon, Mississippi on March 19, 1954

Membership & Affiliation

Roman Catholic Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Theressa Parker

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.

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

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State SenatorArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

Twitter

Videos

Other Videos

Mamie E. Locke
Dominion Energy
Published on February 6, 2016
By: Dominion Energy

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Herb Jones Jr.Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Summary

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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About

Herb Jones Jr. 2

Source: Campaign page

Herb began his career in government service as a second lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Over the next 10 years, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Meade, Maryland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Fort Lee, Virginia.

Herb left active duty to start a career in finance and investments with Edward Jones, Signet Financial Services, Bank of America, and Colonial Downs. Herb ran to be the County Treasurer for New Kent in 1999 and served three terms. At the same time, he remained in the US Army Reserves. He was called up twice after 9/11 and served here in Virginia and two tours in Iraq.

In 2011, Herb decided not run for a fourth term and took a position with the federal government as a operations officer in Afghanistan 2012. He served in this capacity until November 2014. As a result of Herb’s extensive military knowledge and experience, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appointed Herb to his Military Advisory Council.

Herb and his brother, Michael, started Pyramid Technologies, LLC, a cloud-computing, project management, and logistics firm. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Pyramid. Herb and his wife, Yvonne, reside in the Providence Forge area of New Kent County. Yvonne is a retired educator who served as the principal at New Kent High School for 14 years. They have two sons, and one grandson.

Experience

Work Experience

Awards

  • Champion, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (2019)

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 432, Providence Forge, VA 23140
Phone: 804-993-4648

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Campaign Site

Issues

Economy

Economic Policy

Technology has changed the 21st economy and workforce. These changes affect every aspect of day-to-day living. It affects our schools, the way we communicate, the way we conduct business. The effect is global. Currently, US business has a deficit in homegrown talent to full positions in our workforce. we can plan accordingly and ensure that our workforce training meets the needs of the changing economy.

I believe in organized labor. Unions have historically been the bedrock of the American middle-class. Unions are responsible for the establishment of minimum-wage laws, overtime rules, worker’s compensation, severance pay, and many other benefits all Americans enjoy today. Given the changing workforce needs, unions and the training opportunities they provide, i.e., apprenticeship programs, are vital in preparing the next generation of skilled workers and for the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States.

The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet, but not everyone is benefiting from this. People are working longer and harder, and still falling behind. I believe that the minimum wage should be a living wage. I believe that the minimum living wage should be $15/hour. But just setting a minimum wage is not enough. We have to create an economy and jobs that people earn much more than the “minimum living” wage.

Tax Reform

The Commonwealth of Virginia state income tax structure is inherently unfair and needs to be overhauled. A person who earns $17,000/year the income tax rate is 5.75% If a person earns 10 million dollars a year, the income tax rate is 5.75%. This is simply wrong. I think that the state income structure should be reformed so that the first $60,000 of earned income is exempt from the state income tax. We should reform the tax code to create a more modern rate that lifts the burden off of hard-working Virginians. This reform helps, working families, retirees, students, and veterans…

Education

I believe our schools and education systems of today are the economies of tomorrow. I believe learning is a lifelong process that starts at birth and doesn’t stop when we graduate from high school or college. Over the past 20 years, we have seen radical changes in technology. We must bring the new technologies into our schools and education systems up to 21st century standards. We are still using 20th century metrics to measure the success of our students, teachers and schools. This is shortsighted and will result in the US continuing to fall behind other developed countries. Today, a strong grade-point-average is not enough; our students must be creative problem solvers, and able to work collaboratively. We must provide our teachers and staff with the tools and techniques to prepare our students to prosper in a vibrant, dynamic, evolving economy. To do this, we must 1) provide quality pre-kindergarten for all families; 2) equip teachers, staff with the training and tools that facilitate collaborative, dynamic learning; 3) attract and retain the best and the brightest talent available by treating and compensating teachers as the professionals they are; 4) create learning environments that are safe, nurturing and up to 21st century standards; 5) create greater opportunities for skilled training and apprenticeships so student are prepared to begin a career that may or may not include college.

Environment

We must leave a habitable environment for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and generations to come. We will consume most if not all mineable fossil fuels by the end of this century. Mankind’s activities are creating C02 that is heating up the planet at an unsustainable rate. We must get this under control. Many scientists say that we are falling behind. It is imperative that we invest in research the will provide renewable and alternative sources of energy.

Health Care

No one should have to declare bankruptcy as a result of medical expenses. Virginia finally expanded Medicaid and 400,000 more Virginians now have access to health care that they did not have before. In addition to my support of Medicaid Expansion, I also support CHIP and the important services they provide to Virginians. I will work to protect Medicaid Expansion, to fully fund the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), and to provide access to healthcare for the 300,000 Virginians who will still not have access after Medicaid Expansion is fully implemented. I will work with our leaders in Washington to provide universal healthcare public options like Medicare for All. I will work to improve our healthcare systems through efficiencies and automation. More of our resources need to be allocated to addressing mental health needs and opioid addiction. We must stop putting people in prison for addiction disorders. I also support protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare, to include Planned Parenthood and other providers that ensure essential healthcare to women and men.

Safety

Gun Violence & Gun Safety

Too many people die from gun violence, suicide and gun-related accidents. This must be addressed by our leaders in Richmond and Washington. I am a retired military officer. During my career, I trained with and operated firearms routinely. When I was deployed to Iraq, I carried a weapon every day. I believe in the importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, protecting everyone’s right to bear arms. I also believe in responsible gun ownership. My wife and I own fire arms. Gun safety is not a political issue; it is a commonsense issue. I was in Afghanistan when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut occurred. My wife is a retired high school principal; I remember calling her to check on her in the wake of Sandy Hook. As I was talking to her, it occurred to me that I was safer in a combat zone in Afghanistan than she was in the United States as the principal of a high school. There’s something very wrong with that. The time to act is now, before any more children are victims of gun violence.

Cannabis & Hemp Policy

The war on drugs has been – and continues to be – an abject failure. At the center of this inept effort has been the ill-conceived and poorly implemented prohibitions and regulations on cannabis and industrial hemp. Over the past 50 years, billions of dollars in precious resources have been used to prosecute and imprison millions of people and across the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will work to create and implement commonsense regulations that will regulate the adult use of cannabis, and the cultivation and harvest of industrial hemp. Removing these barriers will create jobs, spur the economy, and save millions of dollars in prioritizing law enforcement resources. In states with full regulated adult use, the use of opioids is markedly lower.

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Former New Kent treasurer Herb Jones announces run for 3rd state senate district
Virginia Gazette – August 14, 2018

Former New Kent County treasurer and Providence Forge resident Herb Jones is a candidate for the 3rd Senatorial District of Virginia.

Jones has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat against Republican majority leader Sen. Thomas “Tommmy” K. Norment, R-James City, according to Jones.

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Lionell Spruill 1Lionell Spruill

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Lionell Spruill

Source: Campaign page

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

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

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

Source

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Susan Rowland, Holly Anderson

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2016 State SenatorArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

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

Improve State Funding

Collaborate with state workforce development to bring funds to the district

Education

Greater Funding

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

Promote Vocational Education

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

Infrastructure

Improve Reliable Transportation

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

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Jeff Staples 2Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Jeff Staples 3

Source: Campaign page

Jeff Staples is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia. A native Virginian, he has always loved the Commonwealth, it’s cities, it’s rural areas and it’s people. 

He is an automotive repair professional in Chesapeake and is also in leadership roles of several state and local environmental and social justice organizations.

 For his volunteer work he has won several awards. He has been involved with fighting the Atlantic Coast and Southside Connector Pipelines since they were in the planning stages. 
Staples has seen the lack of interest the present leaders have for the 5th District and he want’s to help bring the area good, tech and clean energy jobs that will last well into the future. 
The choice is clear, the politics of the past, or let’s prepare for a brighter future. Please vote for Jeff Staples, Independent Candidate on November 5, 2019.
 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Automotive Repair Professional

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Jeff Staples for Virginia Senate
1453 Boxwood Dr.
Chesapeake, Va.
23323
Phone: 757-647-0410

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

I have pledged to not take any corporate money. I will I work  to see that the Virginia Legislature bans corporate contributions for all elected state officials as well.

Civil Rights

Gender Rights

I support reproductive health freedom rights. I support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. I will also support the increased protection for those who have suffered from or are threatened by domestic violence.

Legalization of Marijuana

Acknowledging the many medical benefits and the over criminalization of marijuana and how it is costing taxpayers billions per year to fund the war against it, I am in support of legalizing marijuana. I will fight to enforce our Constitution to prevent any infringements. 

Criminal Justice

I support fiscal accountability by supporting alternative sentences and rehabilitative programs and services for nonviolent offenders.

Education

Should be our #1 priority! I support statewide raises of no less than 5% for teachers and support staff. Fully funding two years of Community College education and programs that train for careers, should be furnished to all residents students at no tuition cost to boost economy and boost employment opportunities which in turn has the potential to reduce crime and recidivism.. This program will rapidly pay for itself by having a trained workforce ready to tackle the industries and technologies of tomorrow thus  earnestly boosting the Virginia economy.

Environment

Clean Energy

I will fully support the proposed Virginia Green New Deal. I am against the further exploitation of fossil fuel resources or infrastructure in the Commonwealth. I will also support workers training programs for new energies and technologies that will lead to good paying employment opportunities.
No to offshore oil and/or gas drilling, fracking and pipelines.
Yes to wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and other forms of clean energy.

Health Care

I will continue to work for the expansion of Medicaid access.  I will work to lower cost for prescription drugs and push for better access for Virginians to mental health care.

Infrastructure

Transportation

I plan to work for big increases in public transportation funding and availability.

Safety

Gun Rights

I do believe that the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land. I also am an avid deer and turkey hunter.  I do believe that we should have universal background checks for gun purchases/ownership transfers, except among family members. I also would vote to see bump stocks and noise suppressors banned from being legal in the Commonwealth.

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Lynwood Lewis 1Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Lynwood Lewis

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

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

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Born in Parksley, Virginia on November 26, 1961

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jessie Williams, Michele Haynie

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2019 State SenatorArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
Local Government

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

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

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

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

Democracy

Voting Rights

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

Economy

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

Labor

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

Education

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

 

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Housing

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

More Issues

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

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Senator Lynwood Lewis: I Support the Pipelines
JohnFredericksShow
Published on February 18, 2015
By: JohnFredericksShow

The John Fredericks Show is Common Sense for the Commonwealth and a Voice for Virginia. The morning show is focused on issues that impact the daily lives of Virginians. Listen to the show live weekdays from 6-10am at http://johnfredericksshow.com

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Elizabeth LankfordElizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Growing up on the Eastern Shore Elizabeth Lankford learned about hard work and character. As a young girl, she was involved in her family’s agricultural business, seeing how the government can be both necessary and intrusive.

Now Elizabeth has decided to take the bold step into a run for State Senate because things haven’t gotten better while she was away. Opioids have spiraled out of control. Job growth hasn’t picked up despite the economy improving. Flooding isn’t just the same problem it was a decade ago but has gotten worse.  What we have right now isn’t working. It’s time for someone to step up and not just do the bare minimum needed to get re-elected. Things have to change.

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Civil Rights

Right to Work

As a small businesswoman, Elizabeth knows that Right to Work enables an employee’s right to unionize while respecting those who wish to abstain.  Policies such as Right to Work have helped make Virginia a top ranked state for business. To bring prosperity to the 6th district, we must support our businesses and employees.

 
 

Economy

Job Creation

One of the main drivers of Elizabeth’s decision to run for State Senate was the lack of success seen with job creation in this district.  Better jobs mean a better economy. We need to attract young workers to come to, and stay in, the 6th district. This is not a Republican issue or Democratic issue.  This is about bringing prosperity to the area. She will seek out problem solvers in Richmond, regardless of what party they are in. 

Education

K-12 Education

This is our future.  We must keep a focus on innovation in our schools and making the area appealing for the best teachers to want to work here.  Elizabeth will be an advocate for Virginia’s school voucher program in Richmond. 

Secondary Education

Costs are skyrocketing for secondary education.  Whether a student’s pathways lead to a four-year institution or a career tech program, we must invest in our future workforce. We are lucky to have many secondary education programs across the district and must support them and their students. 

 

Environment

Natural Disaster Protection

We must improve our flood prevention measures.   We must improve our economy to be able to fund even more advanced measures.   If you believe in climate change or not, we can all agree that what puts us in the strongest position to make necessary changes, or respond to a natural disaster, is a strong economy.  That is what drives plans, innovations and improvements.  

Health Care

People need easier access to lifesaving cures and the government should not be in the way of innovations.  Costs are too high and access is limited in the rural areas of our district.  We need more options for coverage and care. This includes access to mental health care and addiction care. Opioids have taken too many lives in our community and we must reach across the aisle to create a common sense solution. We need someone to go fight for change.   

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Republican Elizabeth Lankford Enters Va. 6th Senate District Race
WBOC – July 11, 2019

Elizabeth Lankford on Thursday announced that she is running for election in Virginia’s 6th Senate District. Lankford is a Republican challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Lynwood Lewis.

Lankford, an Eastern Shore native, graduated from James Madison University and lived in Washington, D.C, before returning to the Eastern Shore.

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Cheryl Turpin 2Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Cheryl Turpin 1

Source: Campaign page

Delegate 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.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Teacher

Education

  • M.ED
    University of Virginia
    2002
  • BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    1987

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Fort Bragg, NC
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Children: Patricia and Ellison

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Dominic Melito
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mari Wadsworth

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1085

District Office
P.O. Box 66557
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
Office:
Phone: (757) 965-9763

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

Cheryl Turpin (D)11,84350.7%
Norman Dewey Holcomb, III (R)11,45449.1%
Write In (Write-in)490.2%
TOTAL23,346

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

TURPIN, CHERYL B has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $610,661.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Education

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Human Rights

  • 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.

Economy

Economic Opportunities

  • 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.

Education

Strengthen Education

  • 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.

Environment

Safe Environment

  • 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.

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

News

News Posts

What’s new?

Website news

Videos

Speeches

Spring Commencement 2018: TCC Keynote Speaker Cheryl Turpin
Tidewater Community College
Published on May 21, 2018
By: Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College celebrated its graduates at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on May 12, where more than 700 of the college’s 1,300 graduates walked in cap and gown.

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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.

News

In the News

Cheryl Turpin to face Jen Kiggans in Virginia Senate battle; Lynwood Lewis easily wins
By: Marie Albiges
The Virginian Pilot – June 11, 2019

A one-term Virginia Beach delegate and a former Navy pilot-turned-geriatric nurse clinched the nominations for their respective parties in the 7th Senate District and will face each other in the November election.

Democratic Del. Cheryl Turpin defeated two Navy veterans, Kim Howard and Susan Hippen, on Tuesday, receiving 3,267, or 58.79% of the votes, according to state Board of Elections results. Howard and Hippen received 13.68% and 27.53% of the votes, respectively. On the GOP side, Jen Kiggans narrowly defeated Virginia Beach School Board member Carolyn Weems — 51.63% to 48.37%.

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Jen Kiggans For Senate – Ready to Serve
Published on May 2, 2019

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Bill DeSteph 1Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

About

Bill DeSteph

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions. As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Desert Storm veteran, DeSteph proudly served in the United States Navy, both as a chief petty officer, and later, as a naval special-warfare intelligence officer. He later joined the defense technology firm AMTI as a senior vice president and co-owner, where he assisted in the growth and eventual sale of the company. From 2003-2013, he served on the Virginia Beach City Council, where he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative who consistently fought for government transparency and accountability.

Bill DeSteph has given his time and resources to the city of Virginia Beach for years, coaching youth sports as well volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, Hampton Roads Community Care and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He also serves on the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council Board of Directors and is an active member of Law Enforcement United, participating in the annual “Road to Hope” bicycle ride for many years.

Bill believes in smaller, smarter government, and works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Virginia Beach to promote public safety, free-market capitalism, energy independence, and private-sector job creation throughout the Commonwealth and our great nation.

Vocationally, Bill has been engaged in homeland security at the federal, state, and local level, which provides him with a unique understanding of complex policy issues, as well as the support, training, and resources needed to protect our families.

Over 20 years ago, he joined the United States Navy as an enlisted sailor, working his way up to chief petty officer. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, he was commissioned as an intelligence officer and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Officer.

He proudly fought for our country during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort, defending Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War and delivering humanitarian aid prior to his retirement from Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

After his naval career, Bill easily transitioned into the corporate environment, leveraging his operational, technical, and tactical skills into the business world. In 1999 he joined AMTI, headquartered in Virginia Beach, as senior vice president and co-owner, where he helped transform this 20-person defense-technology corporation into a leading national supplier of professional and technical services with over 600 employees, 6 satellite offices, and 23 additional client-site locations.

AMTI was recognized as the ninth fastest growing business in Virginia (2003) and continues to flourish as a direct result of his leadership and guidance.
In late December of 2006, AMTI was sold to SAIC Inc., a 45,000-person, $9 billion company. This was truly an American success story. Today, Bill mentors neighboring companies to help enhance the local economy and provide new job opportunities.

Bill has continually demonstrated his commitment to serving the citizens of Virginia Beach as well as the Commonwealth, by fighting to maintain low taxes, carefully reviewing municipal expenditures as a member of Virginia Beach City Council, and reaching across all lines to help make Virginia Beach and Virginia a more dynamic place for citizens, business owners, and our military community.

Bill DeSteph brought this same common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government.

Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness and improve the general welfare and constantly works to secure a prosperous future for our Commonwealth and our great nation.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Retired Military
    USNR,

Education

  • BS Finance
    University of Maryland

Personal

Born in Hartford, Connecticut on October 28, 1964

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jill H Eyler, Regan Roberts, Samantha Schultz

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E614
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7508

District Office
588 Central Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Phone: (757) 321-8180
Fax: (757) 631-6150

Web

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

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

William R. “Bill” DeSteph (R)28,63752.11%
Missy Cotter Smasal (D)26,24247.75%
Write-In (Write-in)810.15%
TOTAL54,960

2015 State SenatorArray

Bill DeSteph (R)15,90558.7%
Howard David Belote (D)11,07540.9%
Write In (Write-in)1060.4%
TOTAL27,086

Finances

DESTEPH JR, BILL R has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $672,848

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

General Laws and Technology
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Manufacturing Development Commission
School Facility Modernization
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
War Memorial Board, Virginia
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph has consistently brought a common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government. Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness, improve the general welfare, and secure the Commonwealth’s, and our great nation’s, position for the future.

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Missy Cotter SmasalMissy Cotter Smasal

Current Position: Navy office and small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Navy office and small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Missy Cotter Smasal 1

Source: Campaign page

Missy Cotter Smasal’s life has always been guided by her passion for service and leadership. She has served as an officer in the United States Navy, and owned and operated a successful small business. She’s a dedicated parent, coach, and volunteer, and has advocated for safety in Virginia Beach schools. And today, she’s running to be your state senator.  

Missy’s military career began with a Naval ROTC scholarship to Villanova University, where she graduated with honors in 2000. She also served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy and was deployed aboard the USS Trenton (LPD-14) during Operation Enduring Freedom. After completing active duty, she earned a master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and completed the Distance Education Command and Staff Program with the Naval War College. 

When her career and family brought Missy to Virginia Beach, she quickly became a leader in the community. From volunteering and coaching youth programs in basketball and soccer, to serving on the executive board of the PTA, Missy took action and worked hard to help build a community that could serve as a model for Virginia, and for the country. She also owned and operated a Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard franchise that not only became one of the most successful in the area, but also employed hundreds of high school and college students from local schools. 

When her daughter started elementary school in 2017, Missy was inspired to take her passion for leadership a step further. She discovered in the fall that Virginia Beach Elementary Schools did not lock their front doors during the day. When she expressed concern and was met with disinterest and opposition, she took matters in her own hands and collected over 2,500 signatures to present in a petition to the school board. A year later, and schools across the city and now locked, with cameras and buzzers installed to help better protect our kids. 

If elected to the State Senate
Missy Cotter Smasal will work within the community to build a safe, environmentally resilient, and economically strong Virginia Beach. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Issues

Source: Campaign page

A vote for Missy is a vote for…

Governance

Gerrymandering

No more partisan redistricting / the fight against partisan redistricting

Civil Rights

The Equal Rights Amendment, and getting it ratified in Richmond

Economy

A strong VA beach and a strong economy for its future

Environment

Protecting the environment and the shores we all love

Health Care

Access to quality, affordable healthcare for every Virginian

News

In the News

Twitter

Videos

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Missy for Senate: This Door
Team Missy
Published on February 18, 2019
By: Team Missy

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John Cosgrove 1John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

About

John Cosgrove

Source: Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.  In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Born: Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
Spouse: Sue Cosgrove
Residence: City of Chesapeake
Profession: Engineer, Waterways Counsulting
Entered Senate: 2013

Previous Elected Offices:
  • Virginia House of Delegates, 2002-2013
  • Chesapeake City Council, 1998-2001
Senate Committee Assignments:
  • Commerce and Labor Committee
  • Education and Health Committee
  • Local Government Committee
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee
  • Transportation
Civic Activities:
  • Great Bridge Baptist Church
  • Batten College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Board at Old Dominion University
  • Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Board
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #9
  • Chesapeake Rotary Club
  • South Norfolk Ruritan Club

Experience

Work Experience

  • etired Naval Officer

Education

  • BS
    Old Dominion University

Personal

Born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
Married Sue Ann Cosgrove

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Christie New Craig

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E607
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7514
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 15483
Chesapeake, VA 23328
Phone: (757) 547-3422
Fax: 804-698-7651

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

John A. Cosgrove (born June 7, 1954) is an American politician. On August 16, 2013, he was sworn in as a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 14th district, after winning an August 6 special election to replace the retiring Harry Blevins.

From 2002 to 2013 Cosgrove served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 78th district in the city of Chesapeake. Cosgrove is a member of the Republican Party.

Cosgrove is a Virginia State Leader for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which writes conservative model bills for state legislators to introduce.

Cosgrove is an advocate for gun rights. In 2017, the Virginia Citizens Defense League named him one of the most pro-gun politicians in the state. In 2017, Cosgrove mistakenly left his handgun unattended in an assembly meeting room.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

John A. Cosgrove Jr. (R)36,37060.16%
Rebecca E. Raveson (D)23,94939.61%
Write-In (Write-in)1410.23%
TOTAL60,460

2015 State SenatorArray

John Cosgrove (R)15,37192.4%
Write In (Write-in)1,2667.6%
TOTAL16,637

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

COSGROVE JR, JOHN A has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,165,219.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Education and Health
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

News Posts

Facebook page

Videos

Other Videos

John Cosgrove, Senate of Virginia, 14th district
2019 Commemoration
Published on September 19, 2017
By: 2019 Commemoration

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Rebecca RavesonRebecca Raveson

Current Position: Former loan officer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Current Position: Former loan officer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Rosalyn Dance became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Rosalyn Dance became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

About

Roz Dance

Source: Facebook page

Rosalyn Dance was born the daughter of a preacher and a nurse’s aide in Chesterfield and raised in Petersburg in a family that barely had enough to get by. Rosalyn and her husband of over 50 years had their first child when Rosalyn was still young. While raising their children, Rosalyn became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

Rosalyn is a graduate of John Tyler Community College where she received an Associate’s in Nursing. She then attended Virginia State University and received a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Later, Rosalyn obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1992, Rosalyn was elected as Mayor of the City of Petersburg, Virginia and she retained that office for 12 years. In April 2005, Senator Dance was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Immediately upon taking office, she helped Governor Warner obtain millions of dollars to fund education and public safety.

As a member of the House of Delegates she sat on three distinguished committees within the House of Delegates – Appropriations, General Laws, and Health, Welfare and Institutions. Rosalyn also served on numerous government related boards such as: Chairwoman of the Brown vs. Board of Education Scholarship Committee, member of the Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission, member of the Local Government Policy Transition Committee, member of the Maximum Employment Incentive Project Approval Commission, the Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative Work Group, the Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT) Fund Approval Commission, member of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s Health Care Integration Advisory Subcommittee and served as Vice Chair of Operations and Policy for the House Democratic Caucus.

On November 4, 2014, Senator Dance was elected to the Senate of Virginia in a Special Election to fill the vacant seat of Senator Henry Marsh, III. In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

Her public service and civic commitments include: Co-Chair of the Virginia State University Agriculture Council Advisory Board, past member of United Way Board of Directors for the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas, member of the John Tyler Community College Foundation Board, honorary regional chair of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and member of the Board of Directors of the Southside area Y.M.C.A. She is also a member of Gillfield Baptist Church, and the Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Most importantly, she is the wife of Nathaniel (Nat) Dance Jr., the mother of Tanya DanceKelly (Raphael) and Nathaniel (Nat III) Dance III, grandmother to DeVon, Jarratt, Liam, Jaden and Rico, great grandmother to Briana, Desani and Denajha.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Health Care Administrator And Registered Nurse
    2019 to present

Education

  • M.P.A
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    1994 to present
  • B.S., Nursing
    Virginia State University
    1986 to present
  • A.D., Nursing
    John Tyler Community College
    1975 to present

Personal

Born in Chesterfield, VA on February 10, 1948.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Sven Philipsen, Gwendolyn Carney

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E615
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7516
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 2584
Petersburg, VA 23804
Phone: (804) 862-2922

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2015 State SenatorArray

Roz Dance (D)17,33172.7%
Joseph D. Morrissey ()6,09025.5%
Write In (Write-in)4281.8%
TOTAL23,849

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Finance
Privileges and Elections

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Health Insurance Reform Commission
King in Virginia Subcommittee
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
Online Virginia Network Authority
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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