2014 Legislative Session Begins
Happy New Year!
I hope your holidays were safe and enjoyable, and you made some great memories with your loved ones.
My family took some time off to visit family and friends on the warm West Coast, only to return to a snowy, icy and frozen Northern Virginia!
For members of the Virginia General Assembly, December is actually a very busy time because the legislature begins on the second Wednesday of each January. This means today is the first day of the 2014 session!
At noon today, I will be sworn in for the third time in the House of Delegates. I still recall January of 2010 when I first came to Richmond to start my freshman term.
Although it's been four years, I still get the same chills whenever I walk into the beautiful and grand Capitol building which was designed by Thomas Jefferson and where so many important moments occurred throughout the past four centuries.
And four years later, I still feel so very privileged to serve in this body, holding the high honor of representing my fellow Virginians and neighbors in our state government.
I am deeply grateful to everyone who supported my last campaign which allowed me to return to this job that I love. I am looking forward to the next 60 days as we part-time citizen-legislators try to manage our state's business to the best of our abilities.
And I am also looking forward to working with our new Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring who will be sworn in this coming Saturday, as well as with 15 or so new members of the House who won elections in the past few weeks.
Later this week, I will send you an update on all of the bills I will introduce in this session as well as my take on some of the hot topics that will be debated this year.
Once the legislative session gets going, I will report back to you regularly on the progress. My goal is to send you an email newsletter about once a week while we're in session.
In the meantime, should you have any questions or have constituent matters to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. My office number in Richmond for the next two months is (804) 698-1035 and our Vienna-Tysons District Office number remains (703) 350-3911.
Finally, please SAVE THE DATES for my first public town hall meetings of 2014: Saturday, January 18, and Saturday, February 1. Details on these two meetings will be sent out soon.
I look forward to remaining in touch with you.