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"Ms. Wexton offers the most promising alternative. In addition to her stint as a prosecutor, she has worked on commitment hearings involving people who may pose risks to themselves and others, where she gained firsthand experience of the state’s mental health system. She supports common-sense background checks for gun buyers. She has taken to heart the desire of Northern Virginia voters that lawmakers break legislative logjams through compromise. That sounds like no big deal, but it has become a valuable commodity in Richmond."
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Washington, DC - Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality Virginia PAC, announced their endorsement of Jennifer Wexton for state Senate District 33 in the special election to be held on January 21. The District 33 seat will be vacated by Attorney General-elect Mark Herring on January 11.
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Leesburg, VA - The Leesburg Town Council this week weighed in on the General Assembly’s budget battle, adopting a resolution calling for the General Assembly to approve an expansion of Medicaid.
The vote was 5-2, with Councilmen Tom Dunn and Kevin Wright opposed.
State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) asked the council to take a position supporting efforts by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Senate to implement a form of Medicaid expansion as part of the state budget.
Perhaps no issue deserves our respect and attention more than the one on whether to expand Medicaid in the commonwealth. There are strong ideas on both sides of an issue that impacts virtually everyone in Virginia.
Two of Loudoun County’s state representatives couldn’t sit further from one another politically but both state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) and Del. Dave LaRock (R-33) found some common ground as they reflected on their first General Assembly session.
Wexton and LaRock, two of 17 freshmen state lawmakers this year, said seeing the lawmaking process up close—as a total of 2,888 bills moved through subcommittees, committees and then, for many, to the House and Senate floors for votes—was the highlight of the 60-day session.
Last week, after a lengthy debate, the Virginia Senate passed a budget for the Commonwealth of Virginia. My colleagues and I voted to increase funding for our public schools, improve our mental health system, create jobs, and give low-income Virginians access to quality health care coverage through “Marketplace Virginia.” Unfortunately, my colleagues in the House of Delegates rejected Marketplace Virginia on the same day. After working through this issue during my first weeks in the Senate, I believe this health care compromise is a smart move and important step forward for Virginia.
Democrat Jennifer Wexton bested two veteran Loudoun County politicians Tuesday night to earn a seat in the Senate of Virginia and almost assuredly give Virginia Democrats majority power in Richmond for the first time since 2009.
Ms. Wexton's victory over Republican John Whitbeck and former Republican state Del. Joe May, running his Senate race as an independent, caps a momentous two months for Democrats in Virginia, whom last November swept the top three offices in the commonwealth – the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general posts – for the first time in two decades.