Our Democrats

Senator Mark Warner

Mark R. Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008. As a member of the Senate’s Banking Committee, he has been a key leader in bipartisan efforts to effectively update oversight of Wall Street and end taxpayer bailouts of failing financial firms.

He is also viewed as a tireless champion of small businesses on Main Street, working effectively with the White House on creative solutions to try to increase the flow of credit to small businesses that continue to struggle in this tough economy.

As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, he was selected to lead a bipartisan task force that is looking for ways to increase accountability and improve government performance to reduce federal budget deficits.

From 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner served as Governor of Virginia during its worst economic recession in 20 years. He worked in a bipartisan way to make Virginia state government more modern, effective and affordable, and his efforts ultimately turned record deficits into a budget surplus. When Governor Warner left office in 2006, Virginia was nationally recognized as the country’s “best-managed state” and the “best state for business.”

To visit Senator Warner's official website, go to www.warner.senate.gov

 

Senator Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine has served people throughout his adult life as a missionary, fair housing attorney, teacher, and elected official. He ran for the United States Senate because America needs optimistic doers who know how to find common ground.

Tim grew up in Kansas City and graduated from the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School. Tim began his public service career when he took a year off from law school to work with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. After finishing law school, Tim practiced law for 18 years, specializing in representing people who had been denied housing due to their race or disability. He also began teaching at the University of Richmond, an association that continues to this day.

Tim entered political life in 1994, running for the Richmond City Council to help bridge divisions in city leadership. He served until 2001 as a Councilman and Mayor. In 2001, Tim was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and worked for four years with then-Governor Mark Warner.

In 2005, Tim was elected Virginia’s 70th Governor. In the midst of America's deepest recession in 70 years, Tim led the state to national recognition. Virginia was honored as the "Best Managed State in America" (Governing Magazine), the "Best State for Business" (Forbes.com, four years in a row) and the best state to raise a child (Education Week). Virginia maintained its AAA bond rating for fiscal management— one of only 7 states to receive the top rating from all 3 major ratings agencies – and had one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates and highest median incomes.

During his tenure as Governor, Tim showed true fiscal stewardship in response to the national economic downturn, cutting the Virginia state budget by more than $5 billion, including a reduction in his own salary. But Tim also expanded early childhood and technical education, passed the largest bond package for higher education construction in Virginia history, reformed the state's mental health and foster care programs, reduced the infant mortality rate, protected open space, banned smoking in bars and restaurants, and secured major rail and public transit improvements throughout the state. Tim also brokered the deal to eliminate Virginia's estate tax and cut income taxes for tens of thousands of low-income residents.

Tim was the Chairman of the Southern Governors' Association in 2008-09 and served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 through 2011.

Tim has been married for 28 years to Anne Holton. Anne – the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton – served as a legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge before becoming First Lady of Virginia. The Kaines have three children – Nat, Woody and Annella – all of whom attended Richmond Public Schools. The family is active in their church and spends all the time they can camping, hiking, canoeing and biking in Virginia's outdoors.

To visit Senator Kaine's official website, go to www.kaine.senate.gov

 


Congressman Bobby Scott

3rd District of Virginia

Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott is currently serving his eleventh term in Congress. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Scott served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and in the Senate of Virginia from 1983 to 1993.

During his 15-year tenure in the Virginia General Assembly, Rep. Scott successfully sponsored laws that are critical to Virginians in healthcare, education, employment, economic development, crime prevention, social services and consumer protection.  His legislative successes included laws that improved healthcare benefits for women, infants and children, increased the Virginia minimum wage and created the Governor’s Employment and Training Council.  He also sponsored the Neighborhood Assistance Act, which provides tax credits to businesses for donations made to approved social service and crime prevention programs.

In November 1992, Rep. Scott was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Through this election, Rep. Scott made history by becoming the first African American elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Virginia since Reconstruction and only the second African American elected to Congress in Virginia’s history.  Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry also gives Rep. Scott the distinction of being the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting member of Congress.

Rep. Scott currently serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations and a member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.  Rep. Scott also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

In his almost 20 years in Congress, Rep. Scott has become known as a champion of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, fighting to protect the rights and civil liberties of all Americans.  For example, in 1997, he protected the right of all children with disabilities to obtain a free and appropriate education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by leading a successful effort to defeat amendments aimed at curtailing that right for some children.  Another example is a bill Rep. Scott sponsored, the Death in Custody Reporting Act, which requires states and localities to report information regarding the death of any person in the custody of law enforcement officials.  It was signed into law by President Clinton on October 17, 2000.  In 2010, Rep. Scott successfully led efforts in the House to pass the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity from a ratio of 100:1 to 18:1.  Rep. Scott is also a leading critic against warrantless wiretapping and the leading opponent of efforts to permit employment discrimination in federally funded programs.

As a former member of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Scott has developed a reputation as a deficit hawk.  He was an ardent opponent of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that were skewed towards the wealthiest Americans and created huge deficits.  He also opposed the 2008 taxpayer bailout of Wall Street and the 2010 extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.  He is dedicated to restoring fiscal sanity to the federal budget process in order to balance the federal budget.  In the 111th Congress, he advocated for the return of Statutory Pay-As-You-Go budget rules, which helped bring the federal budget from deficit to surplus in the 1990s.

Rep. Scott was an early and consistent opponent of the War in Iraq, having voted against the initial resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq.  At the same time, Rep. Scott is a strong supporter of our nation's military readiness as well as our troops and their safety.  He is a leading advocate for improving and increasing funding for veterans' benefits and health care, especially mental health care, and was the lead sponsor in the House of Senator Jim Webb’s Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that was signed into law on June 30, 2008.  For the 111th Congress, Rep. Scott received an “A” from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for his service and commitment to veterans.

From the beginning of his tenure in Congress, Rep. Scott has led efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform and crime prevention legislation and is doing so now by sponsoring the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to state and local governments for evidenced-based strategies and programs to prevent juvenile crime.  He is also leading efforts to enact legislation designed to reduce high school dropout rates and increase access to a college education for all students with the Every Student Counts Act.  And, as a part of developing universal health care for all, Rep. Scott sponsored the All Healthy Children Act to ensure that the 9 million uninsured children in the United States have access to quality health care.

In 2010, Rep. Scott was recognized by The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, as one of the 25 hardest working Members of Congress. The Hill later recognized Rep. Scott in 2012 as one of Capitol Hill's 50 most beautiful people.

Rep. Scott was born on April 30, 1947 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newport News, Virginia.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School.  After graduating from law school, he returned to Newport News and practiced law from 1973 to 1991.  He received an honorable discharge for his service in the Massachusetts National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.

Rep. Scott is a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Newport News and is a member of many professional, community and civic boards and organizations.

To visit Congressman Scott's official website, go to www.bobbyscott.house.gov


Congressman Jim Moran

8th District of Virginia

Jim Moran represents Northern Virginia's 8th District – including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church City, and portions of Fairfax County -- in the United States House of Representatives. As a member on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he now serves as Ranking Member of the Interior Subcommittee, and as a senior member on the Defense Subcommittee, overseeing the budgets for the EPA, Park Service, Interior Department, Smithsonian and Department of Defense. He also chairs the Animal Protection Caucus, co-chairs the Congressional Prevention Caucus, leads the Task Force on Sovereign Wealth Funds and was an original co-founder of the New Democratic Coalition.

With more than thirty years experience as a public servant and community activist, Jim Moran has never stopped working for Northern Virginia. His political career began in 1979 when he was elected to the Alexandria City Council. Jim became the Vice-Mayor three years later and served in that capacity until 1985, when he was elected Mayor. His first run for Congress was successful, joining the House of Representatives in 1990.

Jim Moran is a graduate of Holy Cross, where he majored in economics. He went on to earn his masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970. Before running for public office he worked at the Department of Health, Education and the Workforce (HEW) and also served as a committee staffer for the Senate Appropriations Committee. A south Arlington resident, Jim has four children and four grandchildren.

Congressman Moran's Leadership representing Virginia's 8th District in the US Congress

Committees/Leadership Positions:

Senior Member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee

Ranking Member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee - Oversees the EPA, Department of the Interior, Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, plus the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Holocaust Museum, among other agencies and institutions.

Senior Member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee - As a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, oversees all aspects of the Defense budget.

Member of the Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee - Oversees military construction on base facilities and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Steering and Policy Committee Member - Responsible for deciding which committees Democratic Caucus Members Chair and serve on in the House of Representatives and assists in formulating House Democrats policy initiatives.

Co-Chair, Animal Protection Caucus - Bipartisan organization committed to raising awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress.

In the last several years, the caucus was instrumental in the passing tougher animal fighting legislation, and tightening animal welfare regulations in the 2008 Farm Bill. Priorities for the 112th Congress include legislation banning the slaughter of horses, stronger regulations on Internet sales of puppies, and legislation requiring accurate labels on all fur products to prevent the illegal sale of cat and dog fur from China.

Co-Chair, Congressional Prevention Caucus - Bipartisan, bi-cameral caucus formed in 1998 to raise the level of knowledge in the Congress about disease prevention and health promotion and identify strategies that can lead to a healthier nation.

Co-Chair, Congressional Lupus Caucus - Bipartisan caucus formed to raise awareness of this lesser known but highly disruptive illness. Works with the Lupus Foundation to better understand, diagnose and treat this chronic disease.

Congressman Moran’s recent legislative successes include:

Leads Democrats on the the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the EPA, Interior Dept, Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, plus the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, Holocaust Museum and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other agencies.

During consideration of the Interior and Environment bill, led successful Democratic efforts to strike 27 harsh, anti-environment riders from the bill, including allowing uranium mining at the Grand Canyon and eviscerating the Endangered Species Act. Defeat of the bill was viewed as a big victory for cleaner air and water given the current Tea Party extremism driving this Congress to dismantle landmark environmental laws.

Secured $180 million in funding for widening Route 1 from four to six lanes through Ft. Belvoir to connect the public with the new state-of-the-art Army hospital and to reduce traffic caused by BRAC relocations.

Capped parking at the Mark Center in Alexandria, preventing a traffic nightmare stemming from the relocation of 6,400 Washington Headquarters Service employees due to a flawed BRAC decision.

Provided $20 million for short- and mid-term transportation improvements around Mark Center.

Helped lead effort to secure $150 million in federal funding to improve the aging Metro system.

Marshaled $2.5 million for transportation improvements to the Bus Rapid Transit facilities at Potomac Yards and bus facilities on Eisenhower Avenue and along Columbia Pike.

Fought Republican efforts to slash federal employee pay and benefits and to eliminate critical civil service positions across the agencies.

Fought efforts to repeal the ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Led efforts to calling on the FDA to develop a definition for “gluten free” products, due to some unscrupulous companies producing products labeled “gluten free” yet containing gluten that were making people with celiac disease very sick.

Helped fight off Republican efforts to dismantle health care reform which has eliminated pre-existing conditions as a barrier to being able to buy insurance, allows parents to keep their kids on their insurance plans until age 27 and has almost fully closed the so-called prescription drug “donut hole.” Within the next two years, the law will be fully implemented and nearly every American will have access to quality, affordable health care that is run by the private sector, with greater oversight by the federal consumer protection advocates.

FERS sick leave benefits (SIGNED into LAW): Allows Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) employees’ unused, accumulated sick leave to be used in computing their annuities upon retirement. This provision puts FERS employees on par with those in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) (which includes employees who joined the civil service prior to 1984).

CSRS Part-Time Fix (SIGNED into LAW): Allows CSRS workers to phase-down to part-time status at the end of their careers without reducing their final annuities/pensions (currently, part-time service occurring during the final years of CSRS service negatively impacts the high-three annuity calculation, leading to earlier full-time service being calculated as part-time).

FERS Redeposit (SIGNED into LAW): Allows returning FERS employees, who earlier left federal service, to repay a deposit to the civil service trust fund, with interest, in order to be able to combine their past and new federal service for future annuity credit purposes.

Overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”- Congressman Moran was a leader in the effort to eliminate the military’s out-dated and discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

To visit Congressman Moran's official website, go to www.jimmoran.org



Congressman Gerald E. Connolly

11th District of Virginia

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which encompasses Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia.  He was first elected in 2008 and reelected in 2010 and 2012.

Congressman Connolly serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He is the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, which covers many key issues relating to Northern Virginia’s workforce and economy.  In the 112th Congress he was also a member of that panel’s Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and Labor Policy, and the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management.  As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Connolly serves on two Subcommittees: Asia and the Pacific; and the Middle East and North Africa.

Connolly is also a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Innovation Task Force, co-chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.  During his first term in Congress, he was elected President of his freshmen class.

Connolly has earned a reputation in Congress as a results-oriented legislator who does his homework and gets results for his Northern Virginia district.

In his first term, Connolly introduced and passed the bipartisan Telework Enhancement Act which requires the federal government to increase the use of Telework by federal employees to reduce traffic congestion, improve the region’s air quality, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, and ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations.  Connolly has also played a key role in winning federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the federal commitment of $150 million annually for the regional Metro system.

He is also considered an expert on local and state government matters and issues affecting federal employees and federal contractors, two large constituencies in his suburban Washington district.  He has sponsored and supported a number of legislative initiatives on behalf of active-duty service members, military families, and veterans, including measures to protect them from predatory service fees, enhance Veterans Administration services to veterans, provide more funding to treat brain injuries incurred on the battlefield, and assist military families when they must move to a new duty station.

After graduating from Harvard, Connolly spent 10 years on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he handled numerous foreign policy issues including oversight of international economic issues and policies concerning the Middle East and the United Nations.

Congressman Connolly also worked in the non-profit and private sectors for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Cathy and his daughter Caitlin.

To visit Congressman Connolly's official website, go to www.connolly.house.gov

 

Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Officers

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus holds 20 seats in the Virgina State Senate.  Senators in the caucus come from all parts of the state including Southside, Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and Southwest.

Senate Democratic Caucus Officers

Democratic Leader of the Senate: A. Donald McEachin

Caucus Chairman: Richard L Saslaw

Caucus Vice-Chairman:  Linda T. "Toddy" Puller

Treasurer:  Henry L Marsh, III

Secretary: Louise Lucas

Democratic Whip: Janet D. Howell 

Democratic Whip: John S. Edwards 

To visit the VA Senate Democratic Caucus's website, click here. 
 

Virginia House Democratic Caucus Officers

Democratic Leader: David Toscano

Caucus Chair: Mark Sickles

Vice Chair, Operations: Lionel Spruill

Vice Chair, Outreach: Jennifer McClellan

Treasurer: Betsy Carr

Secretary: Jeion Ward

Sergeant at Arms/Parliamentarian: Delores McQuinn

Democratic Whip: Charniele Herring

Deputy Democratic Whip: Eileen Filler-Corn

Policy Chair: Vivian Watts

Campaign Chair: Scott Surovell

Chairman Emeritus: Ken Plum

To visit the VA House Democratic Caucus's website, click here.