This week, I’ll provide updates on the legislation I am carrying this session, share reflections from meetings with constituents this week, and remind you of the many ways you can get involved and stay informed during the General Assembly session. Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and staying informed about the current happenings around Virginia Senate District 10.
As the third week of session comes to an end, many of my bills have continued to move through the committee process, with one already crossing over to the House of Delegates for consideration.
In between committee meetings and floor sessions, I had the opportunity to connect with constituents from SD-10 and advocates from across the Commonwealth—both in-person and virtually. Hearing about the issues that matter most to members of our community—funding for education, affordable and accessible healthcare, preserving and protecting our environment—is essential to my work. I am grateful to have been able to meet with many of you recently, and I look forward to connecting with many more constituents during these upcoming weeks.
Elijah Lee—an activist, ordained minister, and advocate for children in foster care—stopped by my office to talk about how young people can get more involved in the political process.
A group of Radford University students came to the Pocahontas Building to speak with legislators about issues that matter to them, including investments in education and job opportunities.
Members of Care in Action US, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and SEIU Virginia 512 gathered at the Capitol for the Rally for Workers’ Rights.
Senator McClellan, Delegate Van Valkenburg, and I joined members of the Virginia Education Association to discuss legislative priorities focused on our public schools. Senator McClellan and I joined others in Red for Ed Day to express support for our outstanding educators.
Staying in Touch During Session
As a reminder, my staff members 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:
The General Assembly session is an exciting time for constituents and electeds alike. We look forward to staying connected with you—via phone, through email, or by meeting in person—over the coming weeks.