Thursday, November 5, 2015

Virginia’s 18 Newly Elected Delegates and Senators Will be Sworn in at the Start of the 2016 General Assembly Session in Richmond – Are You Represented By Any of Them? If You Are You Should Introduce Yourself!

2016 Freshman Delegates to Virginia House

Election Day has come and gone. 

122 legislators sought re-election Tuesday. They all won, November 4, 2015

Republicans hold off Democratic effort to retake state Senate, November 4, 2015

Virginia has 18 new Legislators out of the 140 House and Senate seats.

They are: 

1. Delegate-Elect L. Mark Dudenhefer -R for the 2nd District:
  • Prince William County (Part)
  • Stafford County (Part)
2. Delegate-Elect Christopher Collins -R for the 29th District:
  • County of Frederick (Part)
  • County of Warren (Part)
  • City of Winchester
3. Delegate-Elect Nicholas Freitas -R for the 30th District:
  • County of Culpeper (Part)
  • County of Madison
  • County of Orange
4. Delegate-Elect Paul Krizek -D for the 44th District:
  • County of Fairfax (Part)
5. Delegate-Elect Mark Levine -D for the 45th District:
  • County of Arlington (Part)
  • County of Fairfax (Part)
  • City of Alexandria (Part)
6. Delegate-Elect Lashrecse Aird -D for the 63rd District:
  • County of Chesterfield (Part)
  • County of Dinwiddie (Part)
  • County of Prince George (Part)
  • City of Hopewell (Part)
  • City of Petersburg
7. Delegate-Elect Steve Heretick -D for the 79th District:
  • City of Norfolk (Part)
  • City of Portsmouth (Part)
8. Delegate-Elect Jason Miyares -R for the 82nd District:
  • City of Virginia Beach (Part)
9. Delegate-Elect Jennifer Boysko -D for the 86th District:
  • Fairfax County (Part)
  • Loudoun County (Part)
10. Delegate-Elect John Bell -D for the 87th District:
  • Loudoun County (Part)
  • Prince William County (Part)
11. Delegate-Elect Marcia “Cia” Price -D for the 95th District:
  • City of Hampton (Part)
  • City of Newport News (Part)
12. Senator-Elect Bill DeSteph -R for the 8th District:
  • City of Virginia Beach (Part)
13. Senator-Elect Glen Sturtevant -R for the 10th District:
  • Chesterfield County (Part)
  • Powhatan County
  • Richmond City (Part)
14. Senator-Elect Amanda Chase -R for the 11th District:
  • Amelia County
  • Chesterfield County (Part)
  • City of Colonial Heights
15. Senator-Elect Siobhan Dunnavant -R for the 12th District:
  • Hanover County (Part)
  • Henrico County (Part)
16. Senator-Elect David Suetterlein -R for the 19th District:
  • Bedford County (Part)
  • Carroll County (Part)
  • Floyd County
  • Franklin County (Part)
  • Montgomery County (Part)
  • Roanoke County (Part)
  • City of Salem  
  • Wythe County (Part)
17. Senator-Elect Jeremy McPike -R for the 29th District:
  • City of Manassas  
  • Manassas Park City
  • Prince William County (Part)
18. Senator-Elect Scott Surovell -D for the 36th District:
  • Fairfax County (Part)
  • Prince William County (Part)
  • Stafford County (Part) 

Now, they will not be sworn into office until 2016 just in time for the start of the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session on Wednesday January 13, 2016. 

But before then if you live in one of these districts you can and you should reach out to then as a constituent (and a voter), introduce yourself, tell them why you care about reform of Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry and why they should.  

As Freshman Legislators they will most likely carry only a handful of bills (legislation) and they will most likely avoid any controversial positions/issues as they are just getting their feet wet. BUT they will each be assigned to 2-3 Committees where all of their colleague’s bills will be heard and where public comment is made “for” and “against” each proposal, this is where they can ask questions and make personal statements about legislation AND where a bill either “dies” or moves forward for the full chamber to vote. 

Your email or phone call is your chance to educate them to the realities of what our Registry has become, how broad our laws have become and how the burden of proof has been lowered year after year while the penalties have been raised. 

Let them know you will be monitoring the 2016 session, what bills they sponsor, how they vote in Committee and on the Chamber floor. Ask them not to vote on emotion, fear and hate but on 20 years of facts, research and empirical data. 

In the next month or so their websites (links above) will add sign-up boxes for newsletters and they will post where their district office locations are with district phone numbers as well as town-hall meetings and fundraising events.

Sign-up for these notifications! Attend their events!  

Get off that sofa, get out from behind that computer and get involved in the process that will determine your future as an RSO in Virginia! 

This January will be my 8th General Assembly and my voice, my name, my face can NOT be the ONLY one the 140 Virginia Legislators see and hear.

Mary Davye Devoy