State lawmakers reach agreement on amendments to Virginia’s current budget

Virginia has a two-year budget, and so this year lawmakers were expected to approve legislation they like to call a caboose bill — the final car of a train that’s now two months late. The compromise announced Friday includes one-time tax rebates of $200 for individuals and $400 for joint filers. It also raises Virginia’s […]

Campaign Update: July 2023

In February, I announced my re-election in the newly drawn 6th House District. Now we are nearly 100 days from the election, and after six months of campaigning, here is a glimpse of what Team Sullivan has been up to: This election is about more than making sure I return to Richmond so I can […]

The Hill: Democrats, parents’ rights and Election 2024

Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis may have a glass jaw. His presidential campaign apparently is reeling amid worries that Donald Trump and his henchmen could smash DeSantis to smithereens. Whether that’s premature or not, Democrats should not easily dismiss the cultural broadside — he’s the self-styled “anti-woke” governor — DeSantis has launched in Florida. The bigotry, book banning and […]

Session Update: February 27, 2023

And that’s a wrap. Sort of. In what has become a familiar story, the General Assembly did not finish its business within the six weeks it was supposed to. While we adjourned “Sine Die” Saturday evening, we have significant issues still to decide, including–most importantly–the budget. So at some point–hopefully soon–I’ll be headed back to […]

Session Update: February 17, 2023

It’s been quite a week. After crossover, the House hears all of the bills that passed the Senate. Some are similar or even identical to bills that have already passed the House. Others, however, are very different from the House version, or raise new issues. It has been an unusual year post-crossover. Given the partisan […]

Session Update: February 10, 2023

Tuesday was crossover. In the span of 36 hours the House of Delegates passed more than 200 bills. Some were unanimous and uncontentious, showing that we still can find common ground and govern our state on a bipartisan basis. On the other hand, there was a slew of bills that were hotly contested, triggering extended […]

Session Update: February 4, 2023

The week before crossover is always frenetic. And this one certainly was. The week started with a hearing on my HB1582, a bill to compensate Mr. David Kingrea for his wrongful conviction and incarceration for a crime he did not commit. Like the stories of numerous (too numerous) individuals for whom I have done this before, […]

Session Update: January 28, 2023

Another week in the books. As crossover approaches on February 7, my team and I are working hard. This week was dominated by spirited debate on issues ranging from EVs in Virginia to what our children can or cannot read in schools.  On Wednesday, I spoke on the House floor against HB1378, which would repeal the clean […]

Session Update: January 20, 2023

Another week in the books. This week was as busy as the first. On Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the House Democratic Caucus held a press conference unveiling our gun violence prevention agenda. It consists of a series of 17 bills, which provide solutions designed to keep Virginia families safe from gun violence.  You […]