Jeffrey Bourne

Jeffrey Bourne 1

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 71 since 2017

Former Positions: City of Richmond School Board from 2013 – 2017

Affiliation: Democrat

Overview:

Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

About

Jeffrey Bourne

Source: Government page

Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

But in 2013, Jeff was elected to serve as the 3rd District representative for the Richmond City School Board, which he was selected by his peers to lead as Chairman in 2013 and again in 2016. As Chair of Richmond City’s School Board, Jeff worked to advance education opportunities for Richmond’s kids. He led the effort to expand Pre-K to over 1,000 children, created a comprehensive academic improvement plan and helped create the Richmond Career Education and Employment Academy, which provides functional life skills training for students with disabilities. Jeff knows that no other project we undertake as a city, a region, a state, or a country is more important than creating the public education system that our children deserve.


In 2017, when a special election to succeed State Senator Jennifer McClellan was held, Jeff was elected to the House of Delegates, where he now serves as a member of the Courts of Justice and Education committees and the Courts of Justice Mental Health subcommittee.

In the House of Delegates Jeff’s commitment to education, environmental protection, criminal justice reform, and housing equality have been at the forefront of his work. Jeff is proud to have led the bipartisan passing of bills like HB 1600, which limited long-term school suspensions to 45 days, and HB 1922, which provides stronger safeguards against landlords who mishandle eviction proceedings.

Jeff is proud to have compiled a voting record that has received a perfect rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, the Virginia Education Association, and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Most of all, he is honored to be the recipient of a perfect 0% rating from the Virginia Citizens Defense League and the National Rifle Association


Jeff’s commitment to the community extends beyond the State Capitol. He serves on the Maymont Foundation Board, which helps foster community engagement, citizen leadership, and private philanthropy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Fit4Kids, and holds leadership roles with Next Up.

Prior to public office, Jeff practiced law at Morris & Morris in Richmond, Va., where he handled civil litigation in liability and personal injury law. He earned both his B.A and J.D. at the College of William & Mary. He worships at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Battery Park, and he’s a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

But above all this, Jeff’s most important responsibility is being an active dad to Sydney, a rising 6th grader, and Joseph, a rising 2nd grader in Richmond Public Schools.

Jeff and his wife, Anedra, recently celebrated their 17th anniversary.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    William and Mary School of Law
    2007
  • B.A., Economics
    The College of William and Mary
    2007

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1976
  • Place of Birth: Hartford, CT
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): African American
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Spouse: Anedra Wiseman Bourne
  • Children: Sydney and Joseph

Membership & Affiliation

  • St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
    Board of Directors for ‘Fit 4 Kids’
    First Tee of Greater Richmond
    Next Up
    Family Lifeline

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Miles Gordon
Administrative Assistant During Session: Katy Rugg

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1071

District Office
P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-1071

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate for VA House District 71

Jeffrey Bourne (D)20,31188.20%
Peter J. Wells (L)2,63711.45%
Write In (Write-in)810.35%
TOTAL23,029

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 71

Jeffrey Bourne (D)24,28797.98%
Write In (Write-in)5022.02%
TOTAL24,789

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 71

Jeffrey Bourne (D)3,70889.9%
John Waggoner Barclay (L)2736.6%
Reginald Darnell Ford ()1353.3%
Write In (Write-in)80.2%
TOTAL4,124

Finances

BOURNE, JEFFREY M has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $63,136.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Education
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Education – Subcommittee #2
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Calling Richmond Home

Virginia is a growth state. I see it when I drive the streets of Richmond every day. But that growth can’t come at the expense of making sure we have housing policies that are equitable for all Virginians. Housing is a human right, and no parent should ever have to wonder if the changing face of their community means they won’t be able to put a roof over their child’s head. Our growth should be a rising tide that lifts up all Virginians.

This legislative session I am proud to have introduced HB 1645 and 1647 which seek to end, once and for all, income discrimination in housing and discriminatory zoning practices. This builds on the work my colleagues and I have done in passing two other bills that strengthen the rights of tenants, including HB 1922, which provides stronger safeguards against landlords who mishandle eviction proceedings and passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

I hear from constituents all the time who are concerned about where they will end up in a changing Virginia. Know this: we’re not going anywhere. Bill by bill, and brick by brick, we can continue to build a Richmond that is welcoming to all, and has a place for us all to call our home.

Civil Rights

Making Justice For All

In my time working as Deputy Attorney General, I was guided by one principle: equal justice under the law. Now, as your delegate, I pledge to do everything in my power to bring true equity to our criminal justice system in the state of Virginia.

When I brought this experience to the Richmond School Board I saw how the playground-to-prison pipeline was decimating and demoralizing young people, especially in communities of color. For the school years from 2013-14 to 2017-18, disorderly conduct complaints made against Virginia children increased, and two-thirds of those complaints were against children of color. That’s why I sponsored HB 1685, which will ensure that children on school grounds cannot be charged with disorderly conduct, a policy that disproportionately affects students of color.

But this is just a first step. We must continue to strengthen the ties between members of law enforcement and the communities that they not only serve, but of which they are themselves members. Together, we can ensure that our criminal justice system is treating every Virginian equally and fairly.

Education

Safer, Stronger Classrooms

Our education system must be set up to make sure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. Virginia has one of the best public education systems in the country, and with your help I intend to keep it that way.

One of the most important ways we can do this is by keeping kids in our classrooms. That’s why last session I was proud to work with colleagues from both parties to pass HB 1600 with near unanimous support, which limited long-term suspensions to 45 days. But our work isn’t done yet, just this year I introduced HB 1685, which will ensure that children on school grounds cannot be charged with disorderly conduct. With your help, we can pass this and other legislation that will help cut off the playground-to-prison pipeline for good.

But the work does not end here. If my four years on the Richmond School Board and my two children have taught me anything, it’s that the job of building a better future for our kids is never done. I’ll continue to fight to equip our teachers with the tools and resources they need, and expand critical opportunities, like the Virginia Preschool Initiative, across our community.

Environment

Cleaner, Greener Virginia

Standing up to protect Virginia’s natural environment is about more than keeping our grass green. It’s about strengthening our infrastructure by preventing a record number of days with extreme heat that cause roadways to buckle. It’s about preserving the health of our waterways, and the economic development that relies on them. It’s about making sure that we have a Virginia we are proud to leave to the next generation.

I’m honored to have been recognized by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club with an A+ rating, and by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters as one of thirty-five delegates who stand with them 100% of the time, and that’s a perfect record I have every intention of keeping.

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