Abigail Spanberger, Jennifer Lewis, Jennifer Wexton, Leslie Cockburn, Elaine Lurla, Vangle Williams

Women in Congress from Virginia

It’s hard to believe – not to mention embarrassing! – but in Virginia’s entire history, we’ve only had four women in Congress – three Republicans (Thelma Drake from January 2005 to January 2009, Jo Ann Davis from January 2001 to October 2007, Barbara Comstock from January 2015 to present) and only one Democrat (Leslie Byrne from January 1993-January 1995)!

That’s right: in the entire history of our Commonwealth, we’ve only had one Democratic woman representing Virginia in Congress, and only for one term! That needs to change starting in November 2018.

Fortunately, Virginia Democrats have nominated women for Congress this year in six – count’em! – districts: VA-01 (Vangie Williams; see press release below about her endorsement by the National Women’s Political Caucus, and also her note that to date, not a single woman of color has ever been elected to Congress from Virginia); VA-02 (Elaine Luria); VA-05 (Leslie Cockburn); VA-06 (Jennifer Lewis); VA-07 (Abigail Spanberger); and VA-10 (Jennifer Wexton).

What this means is we have a chance to dramatically, massively change the ratio of men to women in Virginia’s Congressional delegation, while also putting a stop to our pathetic history in this regards.