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Special Election in Senate District 33

Jennifer Boysko| SD 33| Website

The special election will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Special Election in House District 24

Christian Worth | HD 24 | Website

The special election will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

New Members of Congress headed to DC for Orientation

Newly-elected lawmakers arrived in DC for a multi-day orientation to learn the ropes. Congresswomen-Elect Jennifer Wexton, Abigail Spanberger, and Elaine Luria are going to shake things up in Congress!

New Members of Congress Orientation
Congresswomen-Elect Elaine Luria, Jennifer Wexton, Abigail Spanberger

The Latest News

Amazon is coming to Virginia!

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Amazon, Inc. will invest approximately $2.5 billion to establish a major new headquarters in Virginia that will create more than 25,000 high-paying jobs over 12 years…
Virginia successfully secured the project through an unprecedented state, local, and regional partnership after a 14-month competitive site selection process during which Amazon received 238 proposals from communities across North America. The economic benefits of the Amazon project will be shared throughout the Commonwealth and are expected to result in more than $3.2 billion in new state general fund revenues over the 20-year incentive term with Amazon, after accounting for direct company incentives. In addition to the 25,000 direct jobs Amazon will create, the Commonwealth estimates the creation of more than 22,000 permanent, direct, and indirect jobs in Virginia.
“This is a big win for Virginia — I’m proud Amazon recognizes the tremendous assets the Commonwealth has to offer and plans to deepen its roots here,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia put together a proposal for Amazon that we believe represents a new model of economic development for the 21st century, and I’m excited to say that our innovative approach was successful. The majority of Virginia’s partnership proposal consists of investments in our education and transportation infrastructure that will bolster the features that make Virginia so attractive: a strong and talented workforce, a stable and competitive business climate, and a world-class higher education system.”

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Virginia’s Medicaid expansion drawing thousands more enrollees than initially projected (Virginia Mercury)

Less than two weeks after Virginia opened registration for its expanded Medicaid program, officials say they’ve already drawn thousands more applicants than initially anticipated.
The state had expected the new program to enroll 300,000 over the next year and a half. They now expect that number to reach 375,000. The new estimates won’t alter the total expansion population, which the state has said will be about 400,000.

Virginia Could Be The State To Give Women Equal Rights Nationwide (NPR)

Landmark court rulings, laws and constitutional amendments have given women the right to vote, to make decisions about their reproductive health and, to some degree, to receive equal pay for equal work. But women are not guaranteed equal rights under the U.S. Constitution. That’s why, for decades, women’s rights advocates across the country have supported an Equal Rights Amendment.
Nearly 50 years ago, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment, barring sex discrimination. But 38 states had to ratify it before it could take effect. Earlier this year, Illinois became state №37, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers is campaigning to make Virginia the final, historic vote.

Upcoming Events

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11/21: Indian Tax Tribute at the Executive Mansion |10am

11/28: Virginia State Capitol Official Tree Lighting | 5pm

11/28: Executive Mansion Holiday Open House | 5:30–7:30pm