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The Future is female… and the future is now with Senator Jennifer McClellan. A native of Virginia, the state known as the place for lovers is no foreign place to McClellan. McClellan was born in Petersburg, raised in Ettrick and showed an interest in politics from a young age.  At the age of 13 she began volunteering and interning in the land of politics and now gets to spend a career doing, where she represents the 9th district in Greater Richmond.


State government could not ask most job seekers criminal history questions on employment applications under a bill passed last week by the Virginia Senate.

The Senate approved the “ban the box” bill Friday on a 23-16 vote. All of the Democrats in the Senate voted for SB 252; they were joined by four Republicans.

Democratic Sens. Rosalyn Dance of Petersburg, Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, and Jennifer McClellan of Richmond sponsored the bill.


A lot has changed in the 45 years since the United Stated Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that access to abortion is a constitutional right. Coupled with the 1969 Griswold v. Connecticut decision granting the right to use birth control, an American woman, in theory, has gained full control over her own body, her own future, her dignity, and in too many cases — her life.

Since then, women have shattered so many glass ceilings and stormed into universities, boardrooms, legislative assemblies, courts, the military, space ... the list goes on. We have insisted on our right to participate fully in society and brought our own chairs to the table when needed. Reproductive freedom has allowed us to navigate the modern world in a whole new way.

At its 128th Annual Meeting on January 20th, the Virginia Bar Association elected Sen. McClellan to a three-year term as the Legislative representative of the Board of Governors.  

Learn more about the VBA here

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We have reached the halfway point of the 2018 General Assembly Session, known as “Crossover.”  Tuesday was the last day for the House and Senate to complete work on their own bills. On Wednesday, they began hearing bills that passed the other body.  We have just over three weeks left to address nearly 2,000 pending bills. 

This week I’d like to highlight SB 181 (Stanley), which I co-sponsored, to repeal Virginia’s law mandating automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and court costs, which passed the Senate last week 33-6. 

Today is "Crossover," the midway point of the Session where the House and Senate must complete work on their bills.  You can follow my bills and their progress through the General Assembly on the LIS website, and you can read a summary of all of my 2018 legislation and view committee hearings for each on my website

I am eager to hear from you on issues you care about. To share your views on legislation, contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or You can also stop by my office in the Pocahontas Building at 900 East Main Street. My offices are located in E512.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry.  Yet many communities in the commonwealth do not have enough places to purchase healthy, affordable food as a wide variety of factors have led supermarkets to disinvest from lower-income areas across the commonwealth, creating a public health crisis.