Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. You can read my weekly Session Newsletters on this website and track legislation on Virginia’s Legislative Information System website. The General Assembly website has a wealth of information about our state legislature.
It continues to be my high honor to serve you in the Senate of Virginia. Should you have concerns, questions or views you wish to share, please contact me at (434) 296-5491 or email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall. I am proud of the many things we have been able to accomplish, working together, to protect the most vulnerable, Virginia’s children, to conserve Virginia’s open space, to rebuild Virginia’s economy, and recently to reform our system of mental health care. I will be humbled to ask the voters in the 25th Senatorial District for their votes on November 3rd so that I may continue my work.
One of my primary goals is to ensure the integrity of the electoral process. The past 12 years I have been working to reform the redistricting process, to follow the lead of other states and ensure that voters pick their legislators rather than the elected picking their electorate. I remain dedicated to the idea that we can organically change the way government works by fixing the way district lines are drawn.
Virginia’s economy is changing in fundamental ways. Sequestration at the federal level has laid bare our dependence on federal spending and increased our necessity to rebuild, diversify and expand our economy. More than ever, we must invest in infrastructure. We have to build our intellectual infrastructure and continue to prioritize K-12 and higher education so that we develop a workforce to meet the needs of 21st Century businesses and give our citizens the opportunity to live the American dream. In the same vein, we have to continue to improve our transportation network so that people and goods can move from place to place and from farm to market. We have one of the largest state maintained systems of highways in the country. The system must work well throughout Virginia, and we need to continue to explore the expansion of passenger rail.
Finally, I am dedicated to building a system of public mental healthcare that meets the needs of all Virginians. This is an issue that drives me. I am proud of the work that we have accomplished thus far. The changes we have made will result in real change for families who are struggling. However we have only touched the tip of the iceberg. We have so much work to do, and I am committed to achieving meaningful reform. The system has failed too many people.
I look forward to a discussion of the issues and how we move Virginia forward.
2015 Virginia General Assembly Session News
April 15 was more than Tax Day this year. Indeed, the legislature came back into session on Tax Day to consider the Governor’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 General Assembly Session. Typically Senators and Delegates return … Continue reading
The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is history. While we passed over 1500 bills and resolutions, the Session will be remembered for a handful of things including reforming the transportation funding formula, adopting a new ethics bill that changes … Continue reading
With a week to go until the scheduled February 28 adjournment, the Virginia General Assembly is moving steadily along. From what I hear, few areas of controversy remain in the budget deliberations. I still think it is possible, though not … Continue reading
The 2015 Session of the General Assembly is hurtling toward adjournment. The word around here is that we may complete our work earlier than the scheduled February 28 adjournment. Election year jitters, and a clear partisan majority in both houses, … Continue reading
The midpoint of the 2015 General Assembly Session has passed. We are nearing crossover, the point when the Senate and House of Delegates must complete work on bills generated by its members. While the budget remains the focus, a number … Continue reading
The 46 day session is moving rapidly. Subcommittees and committees are meeting around the clock, which leaves little time for reflection. This week I will address a couple of the issues I am working on. First, Senate Bill 1252 requires … Continue reading
The 2015 Session of the Virginia General Assembly is underway. This is a short session, scheduled to adjourn on February 28, 2015, so the work will be fast and furious. We will deal with some hefty matters this session, but … Continue reading