Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Kaye and her husband Ross have lived in Fairfax County for over 35 years. Kaye has her B.A. degree in English from the Miami University of Ohio and has done graduate work in public policy at the University of Iowa and George Mason University.
Kaye has represented District 38 since 2010. Though Kaye has achieved prominence in Education, her “activist” roots run broad and deep. Kaye has served on numerous boards and committees in her 30 years in Fairfax County.
Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City during the LWV-Fairfax Redistricting Forum on Nov. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.
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Kaye and her husband Ross have lived in Fairfax County for over 35 years. Kaye has her B.A. degree in English from the Miami University of Ohio and has done graduate work in public policy at the University of Iowa and George Mason University. She gravitated to the educational arena when seeking pre-K options when her three children were young. Kaye was a frequent and vocal critic of many Fairfax County School Board and school administration policies. She won a special election for the Mason District seat on the School Board in June of 1999. After that first special election, Kaye won three regular elections by some of the largest margins for Democrats in the Mason District and across the County. Kaye routinely turned out crowds to observe and testify at School Board meetings and work sessions. Though Kaye has achieved prominence in Education, her activist roots run broad and deep.
Kaye served as a counselor for troubled youth at “Runaway House” in our 38th District. She also worked with the Grey Panthers in Woonsocket Rhode Island, under the auspices of the activist Catholic Diocese there. As well, Kaye was the Program Manager for a Community Agency on Aging and the Executive Director for Saunders B. Moon Senior Citizens Center in the Gum Springs neighborhood of Fairfax. As Program Analyst for the Fairfax County Department of Community Action, Kaye did program assessment and grant writing for such programs as Head Start and the Medical Care for Children Program (nationally recognized by the Kennedy School at Harvard for public sector innovation). Kaye has been an active leader in a diverse range of community organizations including: the Annandale Chamber of Commerce; the Virginia League of Conservation Voters; and, the NAACP. She has been a sustaining member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee since 2001. She has served on numerous Fairfax boards and committees including the Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board, the Board (member and President) of the Montessori School of Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County Partnership for Youth, the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted; the J.E.B. Stuart Educational Foundation (founding President; renamed Justice High School Fund); the Fairfax County Boys and Girls club; and, the Hampton Court Homeowner’s Association.
Kaye gravitated to the educational arena when seeking pre-K options when her children were young. She soon emerged as a leader of the Montessori School of Northern Virginia (MSNV), one of the oldest in the region. She transitioned into PTA leadership positions following her children’s transition to the public schools.
Kaye won a special election for the Mason District seat on the Fairfax County School Board in June of 1999, following the resignation for health reasons of former member Fred Ward. Fred supported Kaye in that election, even though Kaye was a frequent and vocal critic of many School Board and school administration policies. Fred knew Kaye as a PTA activist at Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Glasgow Middle School and J.E.B. Stuart High School, a mother of three and a passionate and effective community builder. Kaye routinely turned out crowds to observe and testify at School Board meetings and work sessions.
Following that first special election, Kaye won three regular elections by some of the largest margins for Democrats in Mason District and across the County.
Though Kaye has achieved prominence in Education, her “activist” roots run broad and deep:
She served as a counselor for troubled youth at “Runaway House” in the District. Kaye worked with the Grey Panthers in Woonsocket Rhode Island, under the auspices of the activist Catholic Diocese there.
As Program Manager for a Community Agency on Aging and Executive Director for Saunders B. Moon Senior Citizens Center in the Gum Springs neighborhood of Fairfax County, Kaye developed expertise in a wide range of programs affecting the elderly. She established a free transportation program for the elderly and handicapped in the Mount Vernon District of the County that was a predecessor to the County’s FastTran program.
As Program Analyst for the Fairfax County Department of Community Action, Kaye did program assessment and grant writing for such programs as Head Start and the Medical Care for Children Program (nationally recognized by the Kennedy School at Harvard for public sector innovation);
Kaye has served on numerous boards and committees in her 30 years in Fairfax County including the Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board, the Board (member and President) of the Montessori School of Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County Partnership for Youth, the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted; the J.E.B. Stuart Educational Foundation (founding President); the Fairfax County Boys and Girls club; and the Hampton Court Homeowner’s Association.
Kaye and Ross served two years as VISTA volunteers (predecessor to AmeriCorps), working on housing and anti-poverty issues;
As a volunteer, while she had young children at home, Kaye developed and led a “Great Books” program for seniors working through Fairfax County Adult and Community Education and secured funding for Fairfax County Association for the Gifted Literary Magazine
- Project Manager
2019 to present
Miami University, OH
2019 to 1969
- The Montessori School of Northern Virginia, Woman of the Year (2019)
- Fairfax County Police, Certificate of Appreciation (2019)
- J.E.B. Stuart Educational Foundation, Kaye Kory Scholarship (2019)
- Virginia League of Conservation Voters, 100% Legislative Hero Award (2019)
- Virginia Education Association, Rookie Award, Solid as a Rock Award (2019)
- Interfaith Council on Public Policy, Legislator of the Year (2019)
- Sierra Club, Leadership Award (2019)
- Drive Smart Virginia (2019)
- Association for College Admission Counseling, Leadership Award (2019)
Birth Year: 1947
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Spouse: Ross C. Kory, Jr.
Children: Matthew, Alexander, and Caroline
Membership & Affiliation: NAACP League of Women Voters
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Sleepy Hollow Elementary School PTA
Glasgow Middle School PTA
J.E.B. Stuart High School PTA (president, treasurer)
The Montessori School of Northern Virginia (president)
J.E.B. Stuart Educational Foundation (founding president)
Fairfax County Boys & Girls Club (board member)
Annandale Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
Legislative Assistant: Holly Hazard
Administrative Assistant During Session: Jeanne Oostdyk
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For two years, Kory was a VISTA volunteer working on housing and anti-poverty issues. As a program adviser to a Community Agency on Aging and Executive Director at the Saunders B. Moon Senior Citizens Center in the Gum Springs neighborhood of Fairfax County, Kory established a free transportation for the elderly.
Kory became involved with the parent-teacher associations at her children’s schools, and was elected president and treasurer of the J.E.B. Stuart High School PTA.
2019 State DelegateArray
|Kaye Kory (D)||13,934||93.26%|
|Write in (Write-in)||1,007||6.74%|
2017 State DelegateArray
|Kaye Kory (D)||16,023||73.5%|
|Paul Byrne Haring (R)||5,723||26.3%|
|Write In (Write-in)||51||0.2%|
2015 State DelegateArray
|Kaye Kory (D)||7,819||73.8%|
|James Lewis Leslie (G)||2,655||25.1%|
|Write In (Write-in)||115||1.1%|
2013 State DelegateArray
|Kaye Kory (D)||12,534||74.7%|
|James Lewis Leslie (G)||4,087||24.3%|
|Write In (Write-in)||166||4%|
2011 State DelegateArray
|Kaye Kory (D)||8,106||76.4%|
|James Lewis Leslie (G)||2,402||22.6%|
|Write In (Write-in)||97||0.9%|
2009 State DelegateArray
|Kaye Kory (D)||9,621||59.5%|
|Danny R. Smith (R)||6,505||40.2%|
|Write In (Write-in)||42||0.3%|
KORY, L KAYE has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$396,913.
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Fighting for women’s rights is at the forefront of my career.
As a legislator and a community activist, I have worked to establish women’s reproductive rights and reproductive justice, as well as to bring a high profile to these issues. Whether a patron of a reproductive rights bill, an anti-discrimination bill or a menstrual equity bill and an advocate for passage, and working to ensure implementation, I actively seek broader social justice goals in our education system and in our criminal justice system. I have organized community action in Iowa, Rhode Island and Virginia to support these goals. I became an elected School Board Member and Delegate to pursue equity and create leadership opportunities for women and girls, and strengthen our pro-choice support.
Through founding and chairing the Women’s Reproductive Health Care Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly, I have built a strong base to support reproductive justice and push for change. I have attended and spoken at rallies and marches at the Capitol and traveled with the ERA bus. My successful bill, HB83 (2018), requiring prisons and jails to provide menstrual supplies at no charge and upon request — instead of an allotted amount — for incarcerated women was the first in the nation. I have gone into jails and prisons to learn firsthand the specifics of health care offered to women. I have also organized a public panel of formerly incarcerated women to publicize the travesties and inequities in our criminal justice system and hope to schedule more in the future.
Establishing civil equality and the right to choose reproductive health care should not be the century-long fight that it has become. Unfortunately, equality looks like a threat to the privileged. This has been borne out again and again. Not one more generation of women should have to fight this fight. Our Constitution must establish legal equality for women. Until that time, I will fight against gender inequity everywhere I find it.
I am fighting for our fair share of state funds for education and transportation; I am also protecting teachers’ salaries and retirement plans. I refuse to support cuts in programs for children with special needs and in core community services.
increase in public education funds and a 5% raise for teachers and instructors during the 2019 reconvened legislative session. Moreover, these significant achievements for public education were agreed to in a Republican-controlled General Assembly. Imagine what we could do with a Democratic majority in 2020 and beyond!
Educators endorse my re-election!
I am excited and honored that our teachers have endorsed my re-election in recognition of my push for state investment in pre-K-12 education. The FEA and VEA join me in striving to offer our children the excellent education they deserve.
Equitable education access for students of diverse backgrounds.
One important issue facing our public schools that is not discussed often enough is Virginia’s outdated funding formula identifying ratios for full-time instructional positions to students with limited English proficiency — also called ESL (English as Second Language) students and ELLs (English Language Learners). Our ESL students deserve the same quality education as their peers. That’s why we need to update the current ratio so our ESL students are able to spend more time with specialized instructors to have greater opportunities to catch up. I patroned HB362 and HB694 in previous legislative sessions at the General Assembly. I unfortunately received no support from the GOP-controlled House of Delegates and both bills were tabled on party-line votes in Subcommittee. I look forward to having a Democratic majority in 2020 so we can finally address this issue.
Virginia’s public schools: the foundation of our Commonwealth’s future.
Anyone who knows me knows my longstanding career spanning over 20 years supporting Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). I have stood with partner organizations like the Fairfax Education Association (FEA) and Virginia Education Association (VEA) to help lead the charge in our push for investment in pre-K-12 education. Investing in public education in our Commonwealth shows our students that we are working hard to support their learning and growth, as they are the foundation all of our futures. That’s why I am pleased to announce that after working hard and advocating for public education in Richmond at the General Assembly, we were able to pass a $378 million
I am fighting for our right to clean air and water. I will always vote to prevent pollution and bring green energy business to Virginia. This includes utilizing my membership of the Special Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Commerce and Labor, where all energy-related legislation in the House must go before we determine whether a bill can advance to full Committee. I have also been appointed the Virginia State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators since 2017.
Electric power restructuring, modernization, and consumer rate reform.
Over-charging directly resulted from a rate freeze enacted in 2015 to provide funding for the mandatory greenhouse gas reduction proposed for Virginia as part of the federal Clean Power Act. Due to steps Virginia had already taken to reduce emissions, the percentage reduction requirements we faced was going to be more costly to achieve than our neighboring states who had yet to put in place some of the lower cost measures that we had. However, with the election of President Trump, the proposed regulations were reversed and we no longer faced a mandate. The accumulated money, therefore, became an over-charge on consumer electric rates since the stated need for it did not materialize. Under the legislation passed in the General Assembly in 2018, there was a $200 million rebate through a reduction in consumer bills in spring 2018 and another $150 million rebate in summer 2018 after a full determination was made of the effect of the December federal tax reduction act.
Although the Clean Power Act was reversed, it spoke to the serious crisis of climate change accelerated by over-dependence on fossil fuels. With or without federal mandates, I have a long-standing commitment to developing green energy and reducing consumption. I do not believe that Dominion has done enough. As such, I fully supported provisions in the legislation to:
- Bring on-line 5,000 megawatts of wind and solar, which is 10 times the current commitment and is enough to serve 1.25 million homes;
- Spend $1 billion for energy efficiency in the next decade, which includes $13 million per year from the company-funded Energy Share Weatherization program that is not in the rate base and is focused on low income households; and
- Carry out State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved grid transformation to promote non-peak energy use and provide for net metering to allow relatively small-scale solar generation to be sold back and used throughout the grid.
I not only advocated provisions directing the SCC to consider funding robust investments in green energy, I also supported provisions for modernizing the grid to promote conservation, guard against cyber-security breaches, and improve dependability —- particularly by undergrounding wires in neighborhoods with a high rate of power outages. As we saw in the March 2018 Nor’easter, strategic undergrounding in the most vulnerable areas needs to be systematically carried out. Not only is it important to have the ability to centrally pinpoint outages, but sophisticated equipment is affected by peak power demand brown-outs and the grid needs to be able to respond.
These considerations depend on robust professional financial review by the SCC in assuring that rates properly cover:
- the service currently provided;
- expenditures to maintain, improve, and maximize service; and
- investments to achieve the most cost-effective, reliable service into the future.
Success in the 2018 General Assembly Legislative Session.
- The General Assembly ended rate freezes as of January 1, 2018.
- The General Assembly returned to regular rate reviews every 3 years.
- The SCC can order refunds and rate cuts after just one — not two — consecutive periods of over-earnings and can do so in between aforementioned triennial reviews.
- The General Assembly put an end to “double-dipping” that had included the value of investments already paid for in full by ratepayers in calculating a rate of return on those investments that was to be covered in setting future rates.
- The General Assembly required the SCC to report back after each triennial review regarding solar, wind, and grid transformation, as a way to underscore the SCC’s responsibility to hold energy utilities accountable for achieving the goals that have been set and to establish an historic base for the SCC to enforce the provision that requires $50 million dollars a year in base rate reductions if investments in renewable energy and grid transformation are not made.
Fighting to Keep Medicaid Expansion
I will continue to fight against threats to cut funding to Medicaid expansion and work to ensure that all Virginians can receive affordable and quality health care.
An historic moment: Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
I fought alongside my Democratic colleagues for nearly a decade to expand Medicaid in Virginia. When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, they included money for states to expand Medicaid coverage. But General Assembly Republicans refused that money and stranded 400,000 working Virginians without healthcare.
With the help of grassroots advocates, and my colleagues in both the House of Delegates and Senate, we were finally able to pass Medicaid Expansion for those 400,000 uninsured working Virginians.
The passage of Medicaid expansion in the 2018 Legislative Session freed up hundreds of thousands of dollars in our state budget, which allowed us to fund additional critical needs such as education, mental health, and transportation across the Commonwealth. Governor Northam’s Medicaid Expansion bill-signing ceremony on the Capitol steps in Richmond in summer 2018 was an historic moment and I was proud to be a part of it. The passage of Medicaid expansion in Virginia was made possible by the pressure exerted by the unprecedented number of Democratic office holders elected in the 2018 Blue Wave. There is strength in numbers, which enabled us to finally pass Medicaid expansion legislation and offer healthcare to for some 400,000 working, yet uninsured, Virginians.
Budget and Transportation
Too many Republicans and Democrats in Richmond believe that a “one size fits all” model can apply to creating the budget and fixing transportation. These advocates of the Dillon rule could not be farther from the truth. The fact of the matter is a decision made without concern over a specific locality is a decision doomed for failure. As your delegate, I promise to conduct my work on the budget and transportation issue in a way that reflects the needs of the 38th District.Working along side with local officials and community leaders Short-term Fixes and Long-term Solutions for Our Transportation Problems
In the News
Virginia just passed the ERA. Here’s why we still need it.
By: Eileen Filler-Corn, Charniele Herring, Vivian Watts, Jeion Ward, Delores McQuinn, Kaye Kory, Jennifer Carroll Foy and Hala Ayala
The Washington Post – January 27, 2020
The historic 2019 Virginia elections sent the largest number of women to the Virginia House of Delegates in the body’s 401-year history. With a female speaker and majority leader at the helm in 2020 and numerous Democratic women serving as House committee chairs, women have more legislative influence than ever in the commonwealth. As legislators and women, we know that the Equal Rights Amendment is essential.
We ran on passing the Equal Rights Amendment. We delivered on that promise by voting for House Joint Resolution 1 on Jan. 15 and completed the ratification process with the Virginia Senate’s identical joint resolution today.
Promises of a Blue Virginia: ‘A House for all Virginians’
Mount Vernon Gazette – November 26, 2019
Kaye Kory: “The 2019 election results will bring sweeping changes to the General Assembly. 2020 will be the first time in a generation that Democrats have controlled the Governorship and both houses of the General Assembly.
We Democrats have been fighting for a long time to pass gun violence prevention legislation, important changes to the justice system, fund our schools so that every child in k-12 can learn to their potential, as well as grant in-state tuition to all students graduating from our high schools, and pass the ERA. An unprecedented number of women have been elected to our General Assembly–this will bring a new perspective to our work.
Our Caucus is in agreement on these priorities, and of course, each legislator has legislation important to her district. 2020 will be our opportunity to finally create a fair redistricting system in our Commonwealth.”
Is Del. Kaye Kory’s Electric School Bus Proposal A Good Deal for Consumers – Or For Dominion Energy?
By: Blue Virginia
Ben Litchfield – December 6, 2019
By far, after reviewing all the pending bills, Virginia Democrats are putting forward some of the strongest, most progressive legislation that we have seen after decades of backwards Republican rule. And this looks to be an historic legislative session as the General Assembly considers ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, passing common-sense gun safety measures, and ending political gerrymanders in favor of an independent redistricting commission.
Interview w/ Kaye Kory
Arc360 with Kaye Kory
Published on October 22, 2011