January 16, 2022
The 2022 session of the General Assembly has begun! While we no longer hold a Democratic majority, my colleagues and I will continue to work to protect the progress we made over the past few years, especially to protect our critical gun safety measures and protections for voting rights as well as a number of other priorities for Virginia residents.
December 29, 2021
I have included information on upcoming Pre-Session meetings. These Pre-legislative Hearings will provide constituents and organizations the opportunity to voice their concerns or ask questions of the Fairfax County and Loudoun County Delegations. I also have included information on the 2022-2024 Biennial Budget Briefing for the Northern Virginia Region.
November 23, 2021
This was another busy week. I was so proud to be able to present my friend Army Veteran Bob Rosenbaum with a commending resolution for his many years of service to our community. He is a talented musician (known as Mr. Piano Man) and has been a valued member of the McLean community for over 50 years. We have enjoyed his music at so many events over the years, especially at our Veterans Day commemorations. I am grateful to the Rotary for hosting this event.
October 29, 2021
Happy Halloween! It’s going to be a long spooky season if Democrats don’t hold our majority in the House of Delegates. Election Day is Tues, Nov 2nd. Thanks to the Democratic Majority in the General Assembly, Early Voting is open today and Saturday. On Tuesday Nov 2nd - Polls open 6AM-7PM.
October 22, 2021
This week, I am pleased to have presented Commending Resolutions at Langley High School’s new amphitheater to Arlene Randall for her 20 years of service as the principal of Cooper Middle School, to Petra Barrientos for over 2,000 hours of service to our community and to the Girls’ Lacrosse Team for winning the State Championship.
October 8, 2021
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In June, Governor Northam signed my bill, HB1992, into law. This law keeps guns away from repeated domestic abusers. I fought hard to get this landmark bill through the General Assembly. Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination and I am proud of my work to take guns out of the hands of criminals.
October 1, 2021
I was honored to join Senator Amy Klobuchar, Governor Terry McAuffile, Senator Jennifer McClellan, Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and many of my colleagues for a “Women for Terry” event. With a Democratic Majority, the General Assembly was able to pass the ERA and fight to protect reproductive rights. Valuing women means investing in their health and well being.
July 31, 2021
Over the next couple weeks, the General Assembly will be allocating the federal funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. I appreciate hearing from those who sent in their recommendations for how these funds should be spent in the Commonwealth. We will be focused on upgrading our public health infrastructure, investing in small businesses, supporting workers, modernizing our public school facilities, and expanding broadband.
March 4, 2021
We made some outstanding progress this session. We were able to take steps forward that we can all be proud of. We passed legislation to strengthen our economy, enhance protections for workers, passed sensible gun safety legislation, made improvements to our education systems, implemented environmental programs for the future and enhanced voting protections for all Virginians.
February 21, 2021
This was a big week for my bills in the Virginia Senate. This newsletter includes the bills that passed both the House and the Senate and are headed to the Governor’s desk.