As your Delegate in the state legislature, I face the challenge of acting on your behalf on a great many items from taxes to health care to school funding to crime to the environment. As your representative, I believe I have an obligation to make my views available and to provide you with information about the complex debates on major challenges we face.
This section has information about my views; actions on major issues; and excerpts from letters, questionnaires, and other public statements. If you’d like to see how I voted on a particular issue or all the bills I’ve introduced, click here to use the General Assembly’s searchable databases. Use this link to see my bills that were signed into law.
I value your opinions and constantly learn from your experiences to help me serve more effectively. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns. It is a challenge to balance the best interests of all of the citizens of the 39th District and to be sure that these decisions will stand the test of time.
I hope I can continue to earn your trust.
The 39th District is a wonderfully diverse and active community. Read more about what I am doing to protect our quality of life and make sure this continues to be a vibrant community.
We need smaller class sizes, especially through the 3rd grade. Read more about what I’ve done to reduce class sizes, to increase state spending, and the challenges I believe education must face.
I love the outdoors – backpacking, wilderness camping, rafting. Virginia’s natural treasures must be protected. Read more about my commitment to reduce pollution, conserve, and put us in the forefront of green energy development.
College must be available to all with ability, not just ability to pay. Read more about the importance of keeping higher education accessible, of assuring its continued quality, and expanding professional skills training as key to job growth.
As a non-lawyer on the Criminal Substrate, I’ve been a voice for both those victimized by crime and those victimized by the criminal justice system. As Secretary of Public Safety, I know the challenges faced by law enforcement and corrections.
Many residents of the 39th District are well-beyond 39! Read more about the support that is available to help seniors continue to live independently and the laws that allow us all to stay in control of our lives.
While we were better-off than most states, 30% of Virginia’s economy is tied to federal spending. Federal actions and debates have a serious impact.
Read more about economic development, fiscal management, taxes, and budget priorities.
The Human Family
I’ve seen the frustration of people fighting to get a loved one services, courage in the face of health challenges, compassion in helping those who no longer can care for themselves, and the dignity of those subjected to discrimination.
Read more about meeting the challenges of helping all live up to their full potential in the Commonwealth.
I didn’t intend to make fighting for adequate transportation funds my life’s work (!) but somehow being a numbers person from Northern Virginia – and being tenacious – has repeatedly made me the right person at the right time.
Read more about the battle to improve our quality of life by reducing congestion and greenhouse emissions.