Janet Howell

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Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Senator Howell is one of Virginia’s most influential senators.  She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. She also serves on the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, Privileges and Elections and Rules committees, and is a Senate budget conferee.

Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

About

Janet Howell

Source: Campaign page

Janet Howell has been a Virginia State Senator since 1992. A community leader prior to running for office, Janet was a PTA president, community association president, and Chair of the State Board of Social Services.

Senator Howell is one of Virginia’s most influential senators.  She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. She also serves on the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, Privileges and Elections and Rules committees, and is a Senate budget conferee.

Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. She headed the overhaul of Virginia’s family violence laws.  She led efforts to protect children from sexual predators. Virginia has genetic information privacy legislation due to her efforts.  She spearheaded the mental health law reform in the Senate following the Virginia Tech tragedy. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

Her work has been widely praised and honored.  The American Academy of Pediatrics named her their National Child Advocate of the Year.  The Virginia Sheriffs have repeatedly called her Senator of the Year.  Numerous human services organizations, including the Virginia Interfaith Center, have also given her awards.

Senator Howell earned her BA at Oberlin College (Government) and her MA at the University of Pennsylvania (International Relations).

Always approachable, Janet loves representing the people of the 32nd District which encompasses parts of Arlington and Fairfax County. She loves listening to their views, and solving their problems with state government.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Legislative assistant
    Virginia State Senate
    1989 to 1991
  • Teacher
    Philadelphia school district
    2019 to 1969

Education

  • MA (International Relations)
    University of Pennsylvania
    2019 to present
  • BA (Government)
    Oberlin College
    2019 to present

Awards

  • Citizen of the Year, The Reston Times (2019)
  • Woman of the Year, Network of Entrepreneurial Women (2019)
  • Restonian of the Year, Reston Community Association (2019)
  • Friend of Trees Award, Fairfax County Tree Commission (2019)
  • Public Citizen of the Year, Virginia Chapter National Association of Social Workers (2019)
  • Friend of Police, Fairfax County Coalition of Police (2019)
  • Friend of Business, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (2019)
  • Outstanding Service Award, VALOR and the Northern Virginia Victim/Witness Coalition (2019)
  • The Women’s Center (2019)
  • Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault (2019)
  • American Diabetes Association (2019)
  • Virginia Association of Social Work Practitioners (2019)
  • Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (2019)
  • Virginia Dietetic Association (2019)
  • Virginia Coalition for the Homeless (2019)
  • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (2019)
  • Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (2019)
  • Virginians Against Domestic Violence (2019)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Karol Straub, Edyta Weisner

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E509
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7532
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
.O. Box 2608
Reston, VA 20195-0608
Phone: (703) 709-8283

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Source: Campaign

Legislative Awards

National Child Advocate of the Year, American Academy of Pediatrics

Legislator of the Year, Victims and Witnesses of Crime (four times)

Senator of the Year, VA Sheriff’s Association (four times)

Legislator of the Year, Virginia Chiefs of Police Association

Legislator of the Year, Human Services Coalition

Legislator of the Year, Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

Legislator of the Year, Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children

Legislator of the Year, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Senator of the Year, Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC)

Senator of the Year, Virginia State Fraternal Order of Police

Champion of Health Issues, American Cancer Association

Northern Virginia Community College Foundation

Legislative Hero, Coalition for Smoke-Free Kids

Technology Awards

TechTen, Northern Virginia Technology Council (three times)

TechTenure Lifetime Achievement Award, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Janet D. Howell (D)48,58173.51%
Arthur G. Purves (R)17,37626.29%
Write-In (Write-in)1270.19%
TOTAL66,084

2015 State SenatorArray

Janet Howell (D)31,15694.0%
Write In (Write-in)1,9746%
TOTAL33,130

2011 State SenatorArray

Janet Howell (D)26,02660.3%
Patrick Nicholas Forrest (R)17,12239.6%
Write In (Write-in)480.1%
TOTAL43,196

2007 State SenatorArray

Janet Howell (D)28,08997.2%
Write In (Write-in)8182.8%
TOTAL28,907

2003 State SenatorArray

Janet Howell (D)21,25256.7%
D. M. Hunt (R)16,21443.3%
Write In (Write-in)13
TOTAL37,479

Finances

HOWELL, JANET D has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$2,233,581.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance
Privileges and Elections
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
Criminal Justice Diversion
Elementary and Secondary Education Funding, Joint Subcommittee
Ethics Advisory Council, Virginia Conflict of Interest and
Ethics Laws of the Commonwealth, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Reapportionment Joint Committee
State Training Centers, The Special Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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