District 34 Update 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. 

We had another busy week in District 34.

On Saturday, I joined Second-Gentleman Doug Emhoff, Governor McAuliffe, Congresswoman Wexton, Delegate Subramanyam and Delegate Gooditis at an AAPI Mobilization event in Loudoun County. There are only 25 days left until Election Day on Nov 2nd. Make sure to vote! 

Tuesday, Oct 12th is the last day to register to vote for November. You can check your registration, register to vote or find your polling location at iwillvote.com

On Sunday, McLean Project of the Arts held their annual Artfest in the McLean Central Park. Each year I sponsor a booth featuring the art work of artists with disabilities. Several groups and artists joined the tent this year--  I am grateful to Lee Jaworek, an artist with autism whose painting of the sunshine captured my heart and inspired me to sponsor the booth at ArtFest. Lee is a part of Zenaviv, an organization that highlights the work of artists with Autism. We included art from several other artists from Zenaviv. We also included creations by those working with ServiceSource, an organization that is essential to thousands of Northern Virginians with disabilities, their families and our communities. Another artist, Connor Cummings, displayed his beautiful photographs of scenery and nature. My personal favorite was the photograph of Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia. I am glad I have the opportunity to support these incredibly talented artists each year and provide a space for the community to enjoy their work, support the artists and bring their art into their homes. I would like to thank Lori Carbonneau for her leadership in bringing art to McLean.

Below you will find the latest updates and community events. You can reach with any questions you may have at DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov


Delegate Kathleen Murphy

SMART Employment-Readiness Program

Cornerstones’ Pathways to Sustainable Employment program is designed to fill a gap in workforce development and job training programs for job seekers in the Herndon/Reston area whose education and skill levels put them at a disadvantage in the workplace. 

Learn more: Cornerstones' website.

View the Program Flyer PDF

To apply for the October 12-30 session: 

contact Nobiana Dodi at 703-429-5016

Email: nobiana.dodi@cornerstonesva.org,

Panel Discussion on Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Join me for A Zoom Discussion of “Extreme Risk Protection Order Laws.

RSVP here

October 14, 2021, 7-8:30 pm. 

Fight Hunger in Fairfax Co! Donate to the Bus Food Drive

When: Saturday, October 9 10AM to 3PM 

Where: List of food drop-off locations

For those who are unable to donate in person, monetary donations can be made by visiting Volunteer Fairfax's Stuff the Bus Donation Page.

VDOT Update: I-495 South FULL Closure 

A full closure of I-495 South (Capital Beltway Outer Loop) at I-66 is planned during the overnight hours Friday, October 8, through Sunday, October 10, for continued bridge beam installation at the I-66/I-495 Interchange. 

Traffic will be detoured around the closure via I-66 West and Nutley Street. The 495 Express Lanes South will also be closed, as will the ramp from I-66 West to I-495 South and several 495 Express Lanes ramps. 

I-495/ I-66 Closure Details:

Crews are installing beams for a new flyover ramp from I-495 North to I-66 West as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.

Friday, October 8, through Sunday, October 10

I-495 SOUTH approaching I-66

  • Two lanes will be closed Friday, October 8, 10PM to 6AM
  • Saturday, October 9, 10PM to 7AM; & Sunday, October 10, 9PM to 5:30AM
  • ALL LANES of I-495 South (Outer Loop) will be closed Friday and Saturday nights 12AM to 5AM, and Sunday 11:30PM to 4:30AM.

Ramp Closures from I-66 West to I-495 South

The ramp will be closed Friday and Saturday nights 10PM to 5AM, and Sunday 11:30PM to 4:30AM. 

Note: Traffic will be directed to continue further west to Nutley Street. 

Additional Closures: 

95 Express Lanes South approaching I-66

Ramp from I-66 East to the 495 Express Lanes South

Ramp from the 495 Express Lanes South to I-66 West

Ramp from I-66 West to the 495 Express Lanes South

Note: The Express Lanes and the ramps will be closed 

10PM to 5AM each night.

Overhead variable message boards will direct traffic to alternate routes.


Campaign Updates

It’s Early Vote! Make sure you’re registered to vote and find your polling location at iwillvote.com

Thank you Brady PAC for endorsing my campaign for reelection. I have been a leader on the issue of gun violence prevention in the VA House of Delegates and will continue to prioritize this issue in the upcoming session.

Upcoming Events

Door Knocking w/ Dorothy McAuliffe

When: Sat Oct 9th @ 1PM

Where: 1333 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA


Door Knocking for Democrats

When: Every Sat & Sun

Where: 1333 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA


Weekly Virtual Phonebank for Democrats

When: Every Tues- Thurs

Where: Online


Sterling Fall Fest

When: Sat Oct 9th 11AM-5PM

Where: 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, VA