Representing Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax

The Virginia General Assembly's 2020 legislative session is over. We adjourned sine die yesterday on Thursday, March 12.

We will meet again on April 22 for a one-day session to vote on the Governor's amendments and vetoes.

I've been compiling a list of legislative accomplishments to send you, which I still hope and expect to send out over the weekend, but events related to COVID-19 have kept me focused on that crisis.

While you are reading this email, I'm on the road, wending my way back to Richmond for the final day of Session. I got up at 5:30 am this morning so I can make it to the Capitol in time for 9 am Caucus and our 10 am session. If all goes well, I'll be back in Alexandria and finally be able to stay home for awhile for some badly-needed rest and relaxation. It feels good to sleep in my own bed again and not to have to worry that I'll oversleep an alarm and possibly lose three of my bills.

We are almost done! I'm back in Alexandria for some short rest and relaxation and then we return to Richmond tomorrow to finish the budget and appoint some judges. I expect we will adjourn tomorrow sine die.

So very soon, you will get my newsletter featuring the great many successes of our progressive caucus and details on the fate of all my bills. It may take more than one newsletter to tell you everything. Here's a quick preview!

But before diving into my summary of the past week in Richmond, I want to be sure you know where to find important and accurate information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As many of you know, two days ago, I endorsed former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who -- I'm sorry to say  -- just announced he quit the race. Oops. My timing may not have been the greatest...

Because I had to vote absentee (since I'll be in Richmond on Tuesday), I cast my vote for him on Saturday. Now I've lost my vote. Ack!

I'm not happy about it. But hopefully, I'll never lose my vote again. I'm looking forward to the Virginia bill I copatroned becoming law which will allow all of us to vote absentee on the Sunday and Monday before Election Day and even on Election Day, so long as the ballot is postmarked by Election Day. If this legislation had been the law right now, I wouldn't have lost my vote this Tuesday. I suspect it will be the law for every future election, including this November. 

This Tuesday, March 3, is the Democratic Presidential Primary in Virginia. Virginians will help decide who will take on Donald Trump this November.

Polls are open on Election Day from 6 am to 7 pm. You will vote at your regular polling location. More details on where and when to vote below.

We are fortunate to have several truly outstanding public servants and candidates running to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. I will work my heart out to elect whomever ends up being the nominee.

Politics, whether we like it or not, is often personal.

This past week, I experienced both the best and worst of personal politics.

Many of you know that my family's story, my sister's story, is one the main reasons I ran for office.

It's why I fight for vulnerable people.
It's why I'm so attuned to issues of domestic and sexual violence.
It's why injustice rankles me so much.
It's why I believe that passive acceptance of injustice is dangerous.
It's why I fight so hard, despite personal and political risks, to stand up for people being abused or mistreated.
It's why I don't back down when threatened.

Thursday, February 20, would have been the 57th birthday of my sister Janet, who was murdered by her husband in 1996.

This newsletter, like most of mine during the legislative session, will take some time to read. But it is a labor of love, and I do hope you'll take some time to look at the topics that interest you and particularly check out the myriad news articles about my work in the left-hand column. Believe it or not, the 27 articles chosen there are just a representative sample of the more than 100 articles nationwide that featured my work for you this week, not to mention the hundreds of articles that featured the work of the new Democratic majority in the Virginia Legislature. (My work was even featured briefly on at least a couple of the national late-night comedy shows.

Three days ago, in a special mid-week Crossover newsletter, I shared with you all the wonderful successes we have had with my bills so far this session. This newsletter, as promised, I will share with you my greatest disappointments.