Delegate Rip Sullivan:

A Champion for Virginia Families

A Life of Service to Fairfax County

Rip and his wife, Beth, have called McLean home for almost 50 years. Before being elected to the House of Delegates in 2014, Rip served Fairfax and the broader northern Virginia region on numerous boards and commissions, providing him with extensive experience in a number of key policy areas that have directly translated to his work for our community in the General Assembly. As a Delegate, Rip has fought to defend reproductive freedom, encourage the growth of Virginia’s clean energy and energy efficiency sectors, promote access to the ballot box, protect and advance LGBTQ rights, address the gun violence epidemic, and expand healthcare access.


Rip has fought hard to make Virginia a stronger, cleaner, safer, and equitable Commonwealth for all Virginians. We have made a lot of progress, but there is more work to be done. Rip will continue to champion policies to grow our economy, protect our environment, make our streets safer, and help working families get ahead.

Protecting reproductive freedom

In the wake of the Supreme Court Dobbs decision, overturning Roe v. Wade, Virginia is on the frontlines of the fight to protect reproductive freedom. Rip has been a champion for protecting access to reproductive healthcare and will continue to fight to ensure abortion rights are part of the Virginia Constitution.

Ending the scourge of gun violence

As a parent with children (and now grandchildren) who attended our public schools and a son who attended Virginia Tech, this is an issue particularly important to Rip. Since he got to Richmond, Rip has worked to pass meaningful gun safety reforms. He introduced and passed Virginia’s “Red Flag Law,” which gives law enforcement the tools they need to remove firearms from someone deemed by a judge to be a serious risk to himself or others. Hundreds of Substantial Risk Orders have been issued across the Commonwealth since the law went into effect in July of 2020. It is working, and lives are being saved. Rip continues to fight for legislation and other policies to eliminate gun violence.

Creating a more sustainable Virginia

Rip was proud to patron and lead the fight to pass the historic Virginia Clean Economy Act, which launched Virginia from the back of the pack to the front of the pack and made Virginia the first southern state to chart a course to reduce carbon emissions to zero. Rip has been a leader as Virginia has made dramatic strides in wind, solar, and energy efficiency, transforming Virginia from a laggard to a leader in the effort to address climate change. Rip was also at the epicenter of the successful effort to move Virginia toward electrification of our transportation system, and to get more electric vehicles on Virginia’s roads.

Updates From Rip

Legislative Update

That’s a wrap. Almost. The General Assembly finished its business and adjourned Saturday evening. We finished on a high note: the House and Senate came together and passed a historic budget that reflects our Democratic...

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Legislative Update

We have one week to go, but the pace isn’t slowing down. We have a lot to accomplish this week, including–hopefully–coming to an agreement with the Senate on the budget. I am pleased to report that 22...

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Our District

In 2021, new districts were drawn across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Delegate Sullivan previously represented the 48th District and now will represent the new 6th District, which includes approximately 63,000 Fairfax families.

District map from the Virginia Public Access Project (