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Nov29

Citing Hillary Clinton’s call to action following the 2016 Presidential Election, Virginia State delegate Jennifer McClellan (D – RICHMOND) announced her run for the Virginia State Senate. 

McClellan, who was first voted into office in 2005, plans to seek the 9th District State Senate seat occupied by Sen. Donald McEachin. McEachin was elected to the U.S. House of Representative on Election Day.

 
Nov27

Delegate Jennifer McClellan (House 71) today announced her candidacy for the special election in December to fill Donald McEachin’s State Senate seat (Senate 9).

While McClellan’s House 21st represents about half of our coverage area (the eastern half is Delores McQuinn in House 70), the Senate 9 position would not be our representative (see map below) despite covering a large part of Richmond – we are in State Senate District 16, represented by Rosalyn Dance (map below).

Nov27

State Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) announced her plans Monday to run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Donald McEachin, who won a U.S. House seat last week. 

McClellan says she was "devastated" by last week's presidential election results and has "heeded Hillary Clinton’s call to continue fighting for what’s right knowing that there is still much work to be done. "

Nov27

Del. Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond, announced Monday that she is running for the state Senate seat of Congressman-elect A. Donald McEachin.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has not yet set a date for the special election to fill the seat, representing parts of the city of Richmond and Henrico and Hanover counties, and all of Charles City County.

 
 

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We're nearly one-third of the way through the 2017 Session.  This week is the last week Senate and House committees will act on bills before crossover, so we are in for long days.  
 
On Monday, the Senate considered SB 1055 increasing the penalties for failure to leave the place of any riot or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse. I highlighted my opposition to this bill  in last week's newsletteron the radio, in my most recent Richmond Free Press update, and spoke against the bill on the Senate floor.  I'm pleased to report the bill was defeated  14-26.  You can watch my floor remarks opposing the bill  here.
 
 

 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 

 

Last week was the first full week of the 2017 Session, and we began to address the thousands of bills filed. Committee assignments were also announced, and I was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources; Local Government; and Transportation Committees.