This week, I will share the legislation I’ve introduced this session, talk about how to stay in-touch with my office and my office’s updated COVID policies, and discuss the upcoming gubernatorial transition. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and staying informed about the current happenings around Virginia Senate District 10.
Overview of Legislation
For months, my office has been hard at work connecting with constituents, meeting with advocates, holding discussions with other elected officials, and examining legislation from other states to determine what bills I would be carrying this session. After many conversations, we’ve focused on some key areas of efforts, and these bills are now available for review:
Staying in Touch During Session
With the start of the 2022 General Assembly Session, my staff will continue to hold meetings with constituents via Zoom or by phone. You can now sign up for a meeting with either of my staff members with our easy scheduling app:
As a response to the recent surge of COVID-19 due to the Omicron variant, we have made sure to protect staff and the public by accommodating Zoom and phone meetings. Limited in-person meetings will be offered, but must be scheduled by emailing our district email (firstname.lastname@example.org). All in-person meetings will require attendants to wear masks and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The General Assembly session is easily accessible online using the Legislative Information System (LIS) website. Here are some helpful links:
Inauguration This Saturday
This Saturday marks the inauguration of the 74th Governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin. He, along with Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears and Attorney General-Elect Jason Miyares, will receive their Oath of Office. The Virginia Department of General Services announced that the Capitol Square will be closed this week to prepare for the inauguration. Individuals with tickets can enter Capitol Square starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. As a Commonwealth, we now make a transition as the new Governor and his Cabinet (once they are fully appointed) begin to chart their policy priorities. Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting these transition points to help keep you informed.
Thank you, Governor Northam
I thank Governor Ralph Northam for his four years of service as the 73rd Governor of Virginia and congratulate him on the many accomplishments of his administration. Through a tumultuous term, arguably during one of the most difficult and unprecedented times in Virginia history, he led with grace, conviction, and a true desire to listen to all Virginians.
This is an important time to look back and acknowledge what has been accomplished in the past four years. Under Governor Northam, the Commonwealth expanded Medicaid to nearly half a million low income Virginians, became the first state in the South to abolish the death penalty, expanded environmental protections and renewable energy investments, made early childhood education for all 3- and 4-year olds a central priority, and ensured significant gains in criminal justice reform and civil rights.
Beyond these accomplishments, Governor Northam has shown strong leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis that has posed unprecedented economic, social, and public health problems to the Commonwealth for nearly two years. As the only governor in the nation who is also a doctor, Governor Northam understood what type of response we needed to this unprecedented crisis. By assembling a team of scientific experts to lead our pandemic response, we have become a national leader in vaccination efforts and have also saved countless lives.
I thank Governor Northam for his many years of public service, and I wish him and First Lady Pamela Northam the best as they return now to private life, and he resumes his medical practice and continues to save lives.