Legislative Update

The week before crossover is always a bit frantic. And this one surely was. This was the last week bills could be heard in committees to make it to the floor. I spent many hours this week negotiating with and cajoling stakeholders and advocates, as we careen toward crossover. High School Advocates I like all […]

Legislative Update

The House and Senate have to finish all their work on bills in their respective chambers by February 6. That day is known as “crossover.” It is coming quickly, so I am hard at work trying to get my bills out of committee and to the floor. As I write this, HB124 and HB123 have passed the House, both […]

Roanoke Times Op-Ed: Who’s the snowflake now?

We celebrated Black History Month in the Virginia General Assembly as we always do, with a series of speeches on the floor. Both sides of the aisle participated.I spoke as the month wound down about a number of “firsts.” Black men and women who were the first to accomplish a feat of one sort or […]

Washington Post Op-Ed: We Don’t Want Any Missed Flags in Virginia

I have run out of adjectives to describe mass shootings in our country and their maddening regularity: heartbreaking, terrifying, tragic. We have all used those words so many times that they almost lose their meaning. But there are two adjectives we don’t use often enough. Predictable — we know another one will happen soon. Too […]

Sun Gazette: Del. Sullivan losing Arlington but will remain its’ legislative friend

Del. Rip Sullivan speaks at an earlier McLean Chamber of Commerce forum, with Del. Kathleen Murphy behind him. Due to redistricting, Sullivan and Murphy are now living in the same House of Delegates district. (File photo by Brian Trompeter) ​He’s been redistricted out of Arlington, but Del. Rip Sullivan said he will always consider the […]