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VaNews for 2019 House of Delegates - District 86 - Regular General


Virginia lawmaker says Virginia Beach school board member threatened him. She calls the claim “ridiculous.”

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A delegate from Northern Virginia says he felt threatened by a Virginia Beach school board member and has asked law enforcement to investigate. Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, said he felt physically threatened after reporters approached him with a screenshot of a Facebook post by Victoria Manning, who’s served on the Virginia Beach School Board since 2016. 13News Now first reported on the Facebook post and investigation.

VaNews November 15, 2019


‘Willing to take the political risk’: Del. Ibraheem Samirah explains his brash brand of activist politics

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, was so new to the General Assembly when he stood to protest President Donald Trump during a speech at Jamestown last month, it’s not clear that reporters covering the event initially recognized him as a state lawmaker. Since then, Samirah, who won his seat in a February special election and served just six days of this year’s legislative session, has emerged as one of the body’s more outspoken members, penning an op-ed critiquing the so-called Virginia Way, debating the Roanoke Times editorial page about civility and, most recently, challenging U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Virginia Beach, in a Twitter thread that accused her of using “Republican talking points against fellow Democrats” and urged her to support an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

VaNews August 29, 2019


Samirah: Virginia can’t negotiate with racists

By IBRAHEEM SAMIRAH, published in Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Two years ago this week, three Americans died at a white supremacist demonstration here in Virginia. In his response to the tragedy, President Donald Trump famously blamed “both sides” for the violence, equating anti-racist protesters with neo-nazis. Now, two years later, the Roanoke Times has borrowed that same rhetoric to push back against my call for direct action in the face of racist dehumanization (“Samirah is wrong. Civility does matter,” Aug. 9 editorial).

Samirah represents parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties in the House of Delegates. He is a Democrat.

VaNews August 15, 2019


Samirah is wrong. Civility does matter.

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The state legislator who disrupted President Trump’s recent speech at Jamestown has a new target: “The Virginia Way.” Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax County, has an essay in The Atlantic in which he defends his actions: “Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox said that my disruption was ‘inconsistent with common decency.’ “What Cox and others really meant was that my behavior was inconsistent with the Virginia Way.

VaNews August 9, 2019


Delegate defends his Jamestown actions

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, is just getting started. Since his eye-catching protest during President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday in Jamestown, Samirah has moved on to rail against something even more sacrosanct in Richmond: the Virginia Way.

VaNews August 5, 2019


Muslim Virginia Lawmaker Heckles Trump During Jamestown Speech

By SARAH RANKIN AND DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press

A heckler who interrupted a speech by President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s commemoration of 400 years of American democracy is a new Muslim lawmaker from Virginia angered by the president’s race-related rhetoric. Del. Ibraheem Samirah, a 27-year-old Democrat, held up three laminated protest signs at Trump’s appearance in Jamestown

VaNews July 31, 2019


Northern Virginia state delegate interrupts President Trump’s speech in Jamestown

By NATHANIEL CLINE, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-86th) interrupted President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday in Jamestown. Trump was speaking at the 400th Anniversary of the America's First Representative Legislative Assembly, but the president was stopped by Samirah a few minutes into his speech. “I disrupted the President's speech in Jamestown because nobody's racism and bigotry should be excused for the sake of being polite,” Samirah said in a prepared statement.

VaNews July 31, 2019


Muslim state delegate asked how he plans to 'implement Sharia Law in Virginia' during town hall

By LORENZO HALL, WUSA-TV

Virginia Delegate Ibraheem Samirah said he was excited about his first town hall over the weekend. "It was my first town hall ever," he said. However, that excitement quickly turned to concern during the question and answer session.

VaNews May 14, 2019


Va. House Democrats caucus meeting yields no change at the top

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Minority Leader David Toscano of Charlottesville will remain the top Democrat in the Virginia House of Delegates for now after his caucus opted against a new leadership election. The Democratic caucus held a closed-door meeting in Richmond on Thursday amid speculation that Del. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, was gathering support to try to replace Toscano as the Democratic leader.

VaNews August 17, 2018