Adam Ebbin

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Current Position: State Senator of District 30 since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

As a leader in the General Assembly, Adam Ebbin has fought to advance progressive priorities, including incentives for cleaner energy, funding for mass transit improvements, ending discrimination in state employment, and electoral reform.

Adam has distinguished himself as a voice for the easily exploited.

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Adam Ebbin

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Virginia Senator Adam P. Ebbin took office in January 2012 after serving for eight years in the House of Delegates.

Adam represents the 30th Senate District, consisting of approximately 200,000 residents who reside in portions of Arlington, Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon and Lee Magisterial Districts. The district borders the Potomac River and includes Reagan National Airport, Old Town Alexandria and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate.

As a leader in the General Assembly, Adam has fought to advance progressive priorities, including incentives for cleaner energy, funding for mass transit improvements, ending discrimination in state employment, and electoral reform.

Adam has distinguished himself as a voice for the easily exploited. He has won approval of legislation to enable lower interest rates on deferred property taxes for seniors (HB 2635, 2005); to create a solar resource fund to increase production of clean energy (HB 2919, 2011); to create a Public Defender office in Arlington County (HB 1500, 2004); to provide support to victims of human trafficking (SB 259, 2012 and HB 2190, 2011); and to provide prenatal care for immigrant mothers (SB 568, 2012). He also led a bipartisan effort that provided access to life insurance benefits to domestic partners (HB 865, 2008 and HB 352, 2010) and has served as Chair of the Virginia Commission on the Prevention of Human Trafficking.

In the General Assembly, Adam serves on three Senate Committees: General Laws and Technology; Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; and Privileges & Elections. He is a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the School Readiness Committee, the Virginia Geographic Information Network Advisory Board, the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, the Joint Subcommittee on Block Grants and the Task force to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. He is also a founding member of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention.

His leadership skills were previously recognized by Governor Mark Warner, who in 2002 appointed Adam to serve as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry.
A native of Commack, New York, Adam has resided in Alexandria since 1989 and is a 1985 graduate of American University in Washington, DC. He was a Fellow with the Flemming Foundation for Legislative Leadership in 2006 and at the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership in 2000. In 2012, Adam was also a Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.


Work Experience

  • Chief Deputy Commissioner
    Department of Labor and Industry
    2002 to 2006


  • BA
    American University
    2019 to present


Legislative Assistants: Christopher Leyen, Henry Watkins



Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E520
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7530
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 26415
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone: (571) 384-8957


Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook


Source: Wikipedia

House of Delegates
He first sought the 49th district seat in 2003, narrowly winning a five-person Democratic primary and facing no Republican opponent in the general election. He took office in January 2004 and was re-elected unopposed in 2005. Ebbin faced only an Independent Green opponent in 2007, winning easily, and ran unopposed in 2009. The district includes a large part of South Arlington, the Del Ray and Arlandria portions of the City of Alexandria and parts of Bailey’s Crossroads in Fairfax County.

State Senate
Ebbin decided to give up his seat in the House of Delegates to run for the Virginia State Senate in 2011, following Patsy Ticer’s announcement that she would not seek re-election. He ran in the 30th district, comprising parts of Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County; the district leans heavily Democratic.

He faced a heated Democratic primary election held on August 23, 2011, with two opponents: Rob Krupicka, a member of the Alexandria city council, and Libby Garvey, a member of the Arlington school board. Krupicka, who led in fundraising, was widely considered the favorite but Ebbin prevailed narrowly in what local newspapers called an “upset” and a “shocker”. Ebbin took 39% of the vote to Krupicka’s 36% and Garvey’s 25% – a margin of 335 votes. The 30th district race was the second most expensive primary in the state, with the three Democratic candidates raising a combined $746,000. In the general election, Ebbin faced Republican candidate Tim McGhee and prevailed easily. He took office as a Virginia state senator on January 11, 2012.

Recent Elections


Adam P. Ebbin (D)42,85091.67%
Write-In (Write-in)3,8958.33%


Adam Ebbin (D)27,27476.7%
James Ronald Fisher (R)7,43120.9%
Write In (Write-in)8422.4%


Adam Ebbin (D)20,96864.7%
Timothy Thomas Christensen McGhee (R)11,34935.0%
Write In (Write-in)1020.3%

Source: Department of Elections


EBBIN, ADAM P has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,527,704.

Source: Follow the Money



Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
General Laws and Technology
Privileges and Elections


Block Grants
Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Task Force to Commemorate the
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
School Readiness Committee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System


His 2020 priorities include passing new gun control legislation, decriminalizing marijuana use, raising the minimum wage and barring anti-LGBT discrimination.

Civil Rights

Gay Marriage

“Virginia is waking up from history. At long last, gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry. This victory was a long time in coming, and it might have been longer still if countless Virginians had not chosen to fight for equality and justice. I am proud of the work that they have done — and continue to do every day. We have made immense progress, but we have to keep going. In many parts of the country, marriage equality is still out of reach. Here in our Commonwealth, we still need to enact workplace and other non-discrimination protections. I look forward to continuing to fight for those laws.” — Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


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