Ashburn, VA - "State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, who represents parts of Loudoun...has been appointed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse.
The governor’s goal for the task force is to recommend steps that can be taken quickly to turn back a recent tide of prescription opiate and heroin abuse and trafficking in the state. Deaths resulting from heroin overdoses doubled during the past two years, according to information provided by Wexton’s office, and prescription drug overdoses have doubled since 2000."
Arlington, VA - State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) joined Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in Arlington Wednesday for the signing of bills aimed at curbing the growing problem of notaries who practice law without a license.
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Sterling, VA - Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33) recently toured Sugarland Elementary in Sterling to learn about their summer lunch program, which helps children in Loudoun County who might go hungry get a nutritious meal during the summer months. She toured the facility with Eileen Rafferty-Fore, a volunteer who helps administer Sugarland Elementary's program, and Principal Angela Robinson, who was principal at Sugarland for eight years.
Leesburg, VA - State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) and Al Christian of Premium Distributors presented $20,000 worth of photo ID reference books to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office this week.
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Ashburn, VA: State representatives on both sides of the health care debate came face-to-face with Loudoun County residents Monday night at the Ashburn Library to discuss the inclusion of Medicaid expansion as part of the state’s budget.
A town hall meeting hosted by national conservative political group Americans for Prosperity, which opposes Medicaid expansion as proposed by the governor, was met with a strong counter message from a group that gathered for a rally just minutes before.
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.
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