George Barker

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Summary

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 39 since 2008

Affiliation: Democrat

Overview:

With a background in healthcare management and policy, Senator Barker has worked tirelessly to address the rising costs of quality healthcare for Virginia families.

Since being elected in 2007, he has established a reputation as bipartisan leader who knows how to get things done. The Washington Post described him as, “one of the more effective, pragmatic lawmakers in Richmond.” From fixing transportation and improving our education system, to creating an environment that is good for businesses and job growth, Senator Barker is committed to working together to find common sense solutions that will benefit Virginians in his district and across the Commonwealth.

About

George Barker

Source: Campaign page

Senator George L. Barker represents Virginia’s 39thDistrict, which includes parts of Alexandria City, southern Fairfax County, and northern Prince William county.

Since moving to Virginia 40 years ago, Senator Barker has been involved with a wide variety of local issues and has been an active member of a number of civic and community organizations. As the chair of Fairfax County’s Transportation Advisory Commission and vice-chair of the Tysons Task Force, Senator Barker worked to improve transportation conditions and helped to re-design Tysons Corner. He has also chaired several other state, county, and local organizations related to health care, education, and transportation.

With a background in healthcare management and policy, Senator Barker has worked tirelessly to address the rising costs of quality healthcare for Virginia families.

Since being elected in 2007, he has established a reputation as bipartisan leader who knows how to get things done. The Washington Post described him as, “one of the more effective, pragmatic lawmakers in Richmond.”

From fixing transportation and improving our education system, to creating an environment that is good for businesses and job growth, Senator Barker is committed to working together to find common sense solutions that will benefit Virginians in his district and across the Commonwealth.

Senator Barker and his wife Jane are parents of a son and daughter, both of whom are married, and have two grandchildren.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Executive Director
    Greater Prince William County Health Center
    2019 to present

Education

  • M.S. degree in Health Policy and Management
    Harvard University
    2019 to present
  • A.B. degree in Economics and Public Health
    Harvard University
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistant: David Wesolowski

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E619
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7539
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 10527
Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 303-1426

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Barker attended Harvard University, where he received an A.B. degree in Economics and Public Health and an M.S. degree in Health Policy and Management. He began a career in health systems planning with the Health Care Agency of Northern Virginia in the mid-1970s.

In 1990 Barker became the chair of the newly formed Northern Virginia Perinatal Council. The following year, he became president of his homeowner’s association. In 2001, he was appointed chair of the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission.

As vice-chair of the Tysons Task Force, Senator Barker worked to improve transportation conditions and helped to re-design Tysons Corner. He has also chaired several other state, county, and regional organizations related to health care, human resources, and transportation.

Over the years, Barker has hosted two shows on Fairfax Public Access Television, Focus on Franconia and Spotlight on Springfield.

Outside of his legislative duties, Barker serves as the current Executive Director of the Greater Prince William County Health Center.

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator for VA Senate District 39

George L. Barker (D)40,25965.90%
S. W. “Dutch” Hillenburg (R)20,75733.97%
Write-In (Write-in)790.13%
TOTAL61,095

2015 State Senator

George Barker (D)20,08353.9%
Joseph Robert Murray (R)17,10145.9%
Write In (Write-in)850.2%
TOTAL37,269

2011 State Senator for VA Senate District 39

George Barker (D)21,20153.1%
M. Miller Baker (R)18,68746.8%
Write In (Write-in)530.1%
TOTAL39,941

2007 State Senator for VA Senate District 39

George Barker (D)19,89250.9%
J. K. Jay O’Brien, Jr (R)19,13149.0%
Write In (Write-in)410.1%
TOTAL39,064

Finances

BARKER, GEORGE LINCOLN has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,793,635.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Finance
General Laws and Technology

Subcommittees

Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for

Appointments

Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Data Sharing and Analytics Advisory Committee
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Health Workforce Development Authority, Virginia
Interstate Compact for Juveniles, VA Council
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) Associated with Streptococccal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS), Advisory Council on
Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission
Service System Structure and Financing
Small Business Commission
Substance Abuse Services Council
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Virginia Housing Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Common Sense Solutions

Senator Barker has led on many common sense issues in Virginia, including allowing Virginians to keep their health insurance plans, prohibiting censorship of the sermons of National Guard chaplains, allowing police to stop people who are texting while driving, giving Virginians a tax refund check rather than a debit card, ensuring those in a mental health crises get emergency care, making sure college students contemplating suicide are contacted and have the support of family and friends, ensuring students who are sexually assaulted get the support they need and help to decide whether to pursue prosecution, providing protection from financial exploitation to elderly persons, holding the line taxes, and putting more money in our Rainy Day Fund. 

Democracy

Bipartisanship

Senator Barker knows that in order to get things done, we need to work together and put party politics aside. Senator Barker works closely with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get more bills passed than almost any other Senator. He partners with Republican leaders in the district to on common sense legislation that will create long-lasting solutions for all Virginians.

Economy

Senator Barker has a background in economics and is determined to strengthen our economy, our businesses, and bring high quality jobs to Northern Virginia. He, along with Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin), received the 2014 Economic Competiveness Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for their effort to develop a “shared work” program that helps both businesses and employees. Senator Barker is currently working on research investment so that our PhDs do not go elsewhere after graduating. He also led a group developing options for increasing medical residencies so our new doctors do not have to go out of state for training, never to return. The State Chamber President said, “With the support of pro-business legislators like Senator Barker, we can continue to improve Virginia’s business climate and maintain Virginia’s ranking as the Best State for Business.”

Education

Senator Barker serves on the Education and Health Committee and sponsors the most education bills in the Senate. He has worked on funding to address class sizes, giving everyone the benefits of full day kindergarten, allowing elementary and middle school students to retake SOL exams they nearly passed, measuring school performance by student growth rather than a snapshot SOL test, getting International. Baccalaureate students the same credit as Advance Placement students, increasing teacher pay that lags far below the national average and making sure Virginia is not ripped off in funding of virtual schooling. Senator Barker will fight to get Northern Virginia schools the funds they are due and never stop working for our children and out future.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Senator Barker has worked for transportation improvements to Northern Virginia’s inadequate transportation system for more than two decades. In 2013, he worked hard in both the Senate and the House to get enough votes for Virginia’s first major transportation initiative in 27 years. This year, Senator Barker opposed legislation that would prevent Northern Virginia from getting our fair share of transportation funds and that would restrict resources for education and other services. With Northern Virginia population growth averaging more than 40,000 people per year, we must work hard to meet transportation needs. Each year, Senator Barker supports policies that ensure Northern Virginia gets its fair share of transportation funding. He regularly works with state and local transportation groups and agencies to find ways to reduce congestion, improve roads, and keep traffic moving.

Veterans

We all owe more than we will ever know to our veterans and service members. Senator Barker has worked on issues large and small to help ensure they receive the respect, care, and support they deserve. These include building a Veterans Care Center in Prince William, helping non-profit groups giving health and mental health services to veterans, granting tax exemptions for survivors of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving those who return from deployments a grace period to get their cars inspected, giving temporary car registrations to those returning from abroad when the military did not have the proper paperwork, and getting veterans, National Guardsmen, and members of the military appropriate in-state tuition.

News

Source: Other

Press Releases

News Posts

SENATOR BARKER OPPOSES I-66 TOLLS Today Senator George L. Barker (SD-39), who represents parts of Prince William, Fairfax, and Alexandria, stated that he is strongly opposed to tolls on Interstate 66. A proposal that has been put forth would impose tolls on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway. The tolls could be as high as $17.

Twitter

Videos

Other Videos

VA State Sen. George Barker Speaks at Mayor O’Neal Event in Woodbridge
Published on July 26, 2014

Virginia State Senator George Barker (D-Fairfax) speaks on health care and Medicaid expansion at an event with Mayor Adam O’Neal of Bellhaven, NC (a Republican who is walking to Washington, DC in support of rural health care and Medicaid expansion) at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center in Woodbridge, Virginia on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Virginia State Senator George Barker on how toll rates are set
Published on December 12, 2017

The Virginia State Senator gives us an early Christmas present and with an explanation on how the toll rates are set on E-ZPass Express Lanes on I-95, 66, 395, and 495.

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