First-term Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy is being challenged in Virginia’s 2nd District by a political newcomer.
However, Heather Mitchell, 49, is just a step away from a political office, serving as the senior aide to Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart.
Del. Jennifer D. Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) is launching a political action committee to help other Democrats get elected around Virginia, becoming the second woman in the legislature to do so as a possible step toward running for statewide office.
Both were mothers who faced financial pressures after giving birth, and now they want to prevent other Virginians from going through the same hardship.
Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax) and Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) have teamed up on a bill that would give many workers in Virginia up to 12 weeks of paid family leave a year to care for a new child, attend to a medical condition or care for an ill family member. If the bill becomes reality, it would be one of the country’s most generous state-run programs.
As a public defender in Northern Virginia, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Woodbridge, represents two or three people every week charged with buying alcohol after a judge has declared them a habitual drunkard.
“I’ve had many clients who have never seen the court order since they’re homeless,” she said.
Organizers pushing for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment are shifting from a statewide bus tour to building buzz and gathering more patrons for legislation coming in the next General Assembly session.
As votes were still being counted on election night in 2017, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said the blue wave would finally sweep Medicaid expansion through the General Assembly.
When that prediction came true Wednesday night, members of the big Democratic freshman class of 2018 were some of the last people left on the floor of the House of Delegates, savoring the moment and sharing the news on their phones.
A proposal to expand Medicaid with work requirements for able-bodied recipients is the “conservative Christian” thing to do. That’s what Republican Del. Bob Thomas said he’s heard from some constituents after explaining to them the House’s plan to extend government-backed health insurance to about 300,000 low-income Virginians.
The Virginia General Assembly wrapped up last weekend with legislators passing 919 bills.
Many are narrow carve-outs affecting a small group of people, like staggering the election of City Council members in the small southwestern town of Buchanan. Others deal with rather trivial things that don’t seem like they need a law – such as the one allowing your kids to bring sunscreen to school without a doctor's note.
Judging strictly by legislation passed, the record number of women in this year’s Virginia House of Delegates had only modest impact.
Most of the new delegates are Democrats, and most of their bills died in Republican-controlled committees - which is typical for freshmen, male or female.
But House members said the presence of a historic number of women in the chamber created a fundamental shift in matters large and small, from the tone of debate to the way the House operates.
Proposed legislation that could add millions of dollars for road improvements in the Fredericksburg region is moving forward.
Del. Bob Thomas, R–28th District, is the chief co-sponsor of a bill aimed at increasing revenue for localities—including Fredericksburg and Stafford and Spotsylvania counties—that impose a 2.1 percent regional wholesale gas tax.