General Assembly Update: Week 8

Governor Youngkin’s effort to rid our K-12 classrooms of what he calls “divisive concepts” has been one of the most controversial topics of this session. When he says, “don’t focus on race” he means “don’t even talk about race.” When he says out of one side of his mouth that our teachers are heroes, and professionals who deserve a […]

2022 Session: Week Eight

Who’s the Snowflake Now? Governor Youngkin’s effort to rid our K-12 classrooms of what he calls “divisive concepts” has been one of the most controversial topics of this session. When he says, “don’t focus on race” he means “don’t even talk about race.” When he says out of one side of his mouth that our teachers are heroes, and […]

2022 Session: Week Seven

Ukraine We don’t do foreign policy in the General Assembly. That is not our job. Our responsibility is the Commonwealth of Virginia. But the bubble we sometimes find ourselves in here in Richmond surely cannot –and should not– blind us to what is happening elsewhere. As my mother would say: “We are all citizens of […]

2022 Session: Week Six

A Rocky StartIt is no secret that Governor Youngkin’s administration is off to a rocky start. According to a poll from the Wason Center for Civic Leadership at Christopher Newport University (CNU), Virginia voters disagree with Governor Youngkin on several significant issues and are more negative than positive about his performance as our new Governor. […]

2022 Session: Week Five

We’re at the Midpoint It was a frustrating week. While we knew it was coming, it was nevertheless frustrating when the Republican controlled House began this week by passing a slew of bills trying to reverse the great progress we have made as a Commonwealth over the last two years. During a lengthy floor session […]

2022 Session: Week Four

We careen toward Crossover…  An update on a few of my bills:  On Wednesday my HB 351 passed in the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACRN) subcommittee. This is the bill that will accelerate the growth of electric vehicle charging stations across Virginia. Members from both sides of the aisle recognize that the future of transportation […]

2022 Session: Week Three

No more ramping up–we are at full throttle! My team and I are working hard. The week started with a press conference held by the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses in which I proudly stood with my Democratic colleagues–and concerned parents from across the Commonwealth–in opposition to Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order purporting to prohibit local […]

2022 Session: Week Two

​The second week of session was as busy as the first. And it will only accelerate.  ​This week started with the inauguration of Governor Youngkin. I enjoyed running into U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and my colleagues Senators Jennifer McClellan and Jennifer Boysko We gathered in good faith Saturday, with a nod to tradition and to […]

2022 Session: Week One

The first week of a General Assembly session is always busy. This one was no different.  The first order of business in the House of Delegates was to swear in our new members. It was particularly gratifying to see my six new Democratic colleagues take their oaths of office. We are a mighty 48.  I […]