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Jennifer McClellan at the General Assembly
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Jennifer McClellan accepting the VEA Legislative Champion Award

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Sep17

His democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine, was not in attendance Sunday and sent State Senator Jennifer McClellan in his stead.

“When my five-year-old son was sitting in the back of the car listening to [President Trump] on the radio, he was asking ‘why he’s so mean, why is so angry? Why is he calling that person names?’”

McClellan said in response to the same question about a lack of civility in politics. “And trying to explain to your son, after the election, why certain children are crying because other children said they were going to get deported because of their last name, if you think our children aren’t listening, they are.”

Aug30

In 2010, when I became the first member of the Virginia House of Delegates to be pregnant while in office, I faced an unanticipated question: Are you retiring?

Although Delegate Chris Peace and his wife were expecting a child at the same time, no one asked him about his retirement plans. Chris and I laughed about the difference in reactions we faced. But it was a stark reminder that inequities persist in this country based on gender. 

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Week three of the 2018 General Assembly Session has ended, and February is right around the corner.

Teachers are the single most important factor in the quality of a child’s education. Unfortunately, Virginia is facing a severe and growing shortage of qualified teachers.  In some high-poverty divisions, the shortage is reaching crisis levels. The number of unfilled teacher positions across Virginia has increased by 40 percent over the past 10 years. In 2016, two months into the school year more than 1,000 fully funded positions remained vacant.

Last week was the first full week of the 2018 General Assembly Session, and things are moving quickly. This week, I provide an update on my legislation and the budget amendments I have sponsored.