Because I grew up in our neighborhood, currently live in our neighborhood, and even work in our neighborhood, I have a good idea what we need and want from our government. Over that past 16 years of service as your Delegate, I have worked hard for you and gained seniority in the House which has enabled me to deliver results for our neighborhood and NOVA. These bipartisan results have built roads, kept class sizes small , made space available for our children to go to Virginia Universities, cleaned out our neighborhood of gangs, and eliminated outrageous taxes. I am not going to insult your intelligence by implying I did all these alone. No success is ever achieved alone. These were all accomplished with the help of my constituents and fellow
I lived in West Springfield from 1970 to 2003, and now live in South County right on Ox Rd. Rita and I were married on April 21, 2000 (aren't you proud that I remembered the day?). And we adopted Ben on September 1, 2005! We had one day notice and got our little Atlantic City, New Jersey boy the day after he was born.
After law school, I moved back to West Springfield, where I started my law practice.
Assistant Fairfax City Attorney (former prosecutor)
West Springfield Rotary
West Springfield Civic Association (former president)
Crime Commission (vice chairman)
South Springfield Alliance
South County Federation
In 1993, I ran for the House of Delegates and won. I have held this position for 18 years, and am truly honored to represent the area in which I grew up and currently live and work. All of this hard work has allowed me the honor of serving as Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee (the Judiciary Committee).
I graduated UVA in 1984 with a degree in Economics. Then I attended law school at the University of Richmond in 1988.
I know what you and your family want, because it is what I desire for my own family:
Building roads and rail for a faster commute so that we have more time with our families,
Keeping our schools the same quality I had when I went to Fairfax Public Schools with quality buildings and small class sizes,
Getting our children into Virginia Colleges and Universities,
Making our neighborhoods safe so our children can safely play in the neighborhood,
Preserving open space and keeping our air and water clean so we are not run over by development and there are wonderful places for kids to play outdoors; and
Limiting Taxes so that while we can build roads and schools, we can also still afford to live in Fairfax County.
Source: www.davealbo.com/ (10/21/2009)
Over that past 16 years of service as your Delegate, I have worked hard for you and gained seniority in the House which has enabled me to deliver results for our neighborhood and NOVA. These bipartisan results have built roads, kept class sizes small , made space available for our children to go to Virginia Universities, cleaned out our neighborhood of gangs, and eliminated outrageous taxes. I am not going to insult your intelligence by implying I did all these alone. No success is ever achieved alone. These were all accomplished with the help of my constituents and fellow legislators.
I continue to ask for your vote because we are not done yet - there is more work to do, and with your help, we can continue to improve transportation, provide new and renovated school building with small class sizes, preserve open space and provide for clean water and air, and continue to fight against outrageous taxes.
Since Dave Albo took office in 1993, state funding for K-12 (Kindergarden through 12th grade) education has increased over 100%! Because of this funding, according to the National Education Association Annual Report, Virginia has the 3rd lowest student teacher ratio in the U.S. But we all know that throwing money at a problem does not guarantee success. That is why Dave was a Co-sponsor to Virginia's higher standards of learning. While they were initially controversial, these higher standards have been immensely successful. Since the first year of SOL testing in 1998, Virginia students have improved at an incredible pace, with proficiency increases in 20 of the 22 measured academic areas.
Dave Albo's plan to increase hundreds of in-state slots
Since Dave Albo took office in 1993, state funding for K-12 (Kindergarden through 12th grade) education has increased over 100%! Because of this funding, according to the National Education Association Annual Report, Virginia has the 3rd lowest student teacher ratio in the U.S.
Dave Albo's plan to increase hundreds of in-state slots at UVA, W&M, JMU and VA Tech without increasing taxes or in-state tuition!
For all Virginia public colleges and universities which do not presently have at least 75% of its undergraduate students from Virginia, those schools shall:
1.Immediately increase their out of state tuition to the level of private schools and use all the money generated by this increase to create more in-state student slots.
2.In the future, all new increases in state funding shall be used first to increase the number of in-state slots for our Virginia High School Seniors.
3.Create incentives to get students through four year college programs in four years! Every student on the Animal House, "Seven years of college
But we all know that throwing money at a problem does not guarantee success. That is why Dave was a Co-sponsor to Virginia's higher standards of learning. While they were initially controversial, these higher standards have been immensely successful. Since the first year of SOL testing in 1998, Virginia students have improved at an incredible pace, with proficiency increases in 20 of the 22 measured academic areas.
Delegate Albo has been on a 16 year mission to crack down on Drunk Driving. His Anti-DUI package makes Virginia's drunk driving laws the toughest in the nation. For his work, Dave Albo was awarded MADD's 2005 Legislator of the Year Award.
Among Dave Albo's accomplishments in fighting drunk driving include:
Harsh mandatory jail time for drunk drivers with high blood alcohol content
Numerous legal changes to close loopholes in the DUI laws
Dramatic increase in jail time for repeat drunk drivers
Seizure of chronic drunk drivers? cars
Mandated alcohol treatment
Lengthy suspension of driver's license and permanent suspension for third offenders
Dave Albo's Efforts to Protect our Environment has Increased Land Preservation by 583%
When I first moved into West Springfield in 1970, I was in third grade and Springfield was the edge of Northern Virginia. We used to play in the woods and in Accontink Creek, which is now Daventry and Greenspring Village. We used to visit the Dairy farm, which is now the regional library at Huntsman and Keene Mill. It disappears quickly, and that is why I have dedicated myself to preserving what we have.
By taking the concepts generated in the Land Conservation Easement method, Dave and the General Assembly increased its effectiveness by combining it with tax credits in 1999. However, only the very rich were able to take advantage of this because only the very rich had enough income to make the tax credit meaningful. In 2002, Del Bill Howell, now Speaker of the the House, initiated a bill that would allow average citizens to preserve land and then sell the tax credits. (e.g. Land owner preserves $100,000 of development value on his land, but only has $20,000 due in state taxes. Thus, he could only get a tax credit for $20,000, thus leaving $80,000 "on the
1. Re-write of Virginia's Land Conservation Laws.
In 2000 and 2001, Dave Albo re-wrote the Land Conservation Laws in order to make them more effective in preserving land. In 1995, only 6,000 acres were being preserved annually. Dave's bills set up a system for the State to purchase open space and to preserve farm land from development. It also allowed private entities to preserve land and ensured that they could never develop the land once preserved.
2. A new way to conserve land.
When a system is not working, Dave Albo often "thinks outside the box" on ways to achieve results. Under Virginia's current land preservation system, in order to save it, the
Below, you will find a few of the bills I was instrumental in helping pass.
Animal Fighting. Dog fighting and cockfighting are unfortunately prevalent underground activities in Virginia. The new bill raises the punishment for animal fighting from the present Class 3 Misdemeanor (no jail) to a Class 1 Misdemeanor (up to a year in jail). Then, if the fight involves something more than a straight fight, (e.g. use of razors on chicken claws, injecting hormones into dogs to make them more vicious, or gambling), it increases the punishment to a Class 6 Felony (one to five years in prison).
"Puppy Mills". I was shocked to learn that people can raise dogs in what is essentially a breeding factory, without any oversight. HB 538 drastically changes
Dave Albo is Virginia's leader in our fight against criminal street gangs. Delegate Albo has made Virginia's Anti-Gang laws the toughest in the US. He has sponsored 12 Anti-Gang Bills since taking office, stipulating harsh prison sentences for gang crimes, punishing the recruitment of juveniles into gangs, establishing enhanced punishments on gang activities in our schools, and deporting gang members who are illegal aliens after they serve their sentences for the crimes they commit.
Juvenile delinquents; gangs: SB 885 (Albo Co-Patron). Allows the court to require a juvenile found delinquent based on certain crimes to participate in a gang-activity prevention program funded under the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act and requires
As Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee and Vice-Chair of the Virginia State Crime Commission, I helped initiate a comprehensive study to make Virginia's laws against child molesters and sexual predators the toughest in the US.
First, let me give you some information on what our Special Sub-Committee learned. On average, an individual eventually found guilty of child molestation has previously committed twenty-one other sex crimes against children. This is because child molestation is vastly under reported. As you would expect, these unfortunate child victims do not necessarily know that these acts against them are wrong. In addition, their minds have been brain washed by the predators "not to tell." A second unbelievable and disgusting
Delegate Dave Albo's Bills fighting Computer Crime and ID Theft
HB 2593 (2001) Establishes new penalties for using or publishing information about someone to intimidate or harass them.
HB 566 (2004) Provides new provisions to Virginia's Computer Trespass laws. While under existing law, it was illegal to go onto someone's computer without their permission and harm that computer, a loophole existed that allowed a cyber criminal to go onto someone's computer and use it, not to harm that user, but to harm another computer. Dave's bill punishes this illegal behavior also!
HB 2214 and HB 2215 (2005) Modernizes the Virginia Computer Crimes Act by updating definitions and penalties to keep pace with new technology, as well as increasing penalties on offenders.
"Flexible Benefits Health Insurance " HB 2024 (2009)
oReduces the number of uninsured Virginians by allowing small businesses the flexibility to offer affordable health insurance plans through greater choice of level of coverage.
oSince 1999, health insurance costs have risen 129% and 84% since 2001 forcing small business owners to cut health plans while preventing others from offering any in the first place.
"Small Business Insurance Pools" HB 761 (2006)
oAllowed small businesses to pool together in cooperatives to offer coverage of health care services.
oProviding small businesses with purchasing clout, bargaining power and wider coverage selection assist the entrepreneurs who employ nearly 65% of workers in Virginia.
Past legislative accomplishments include making health care more affordable for small businesses, encouraging Virginians to purchase private long-term care insurance, enhancing personal responsibility, expanding utilization of technology to increase safety, funding mental health services, empowering individuals to manage their health care, and reforming Medicaid to better meet patient needs while containing the expenditure growth. For children of families that truly can not afford to provide health care for their children, Virginia provides health insurance. See the Helping the Less Fortunate page.
From the list of bills below, you will see one thing missing: Any effort to force people into a government run healthcare system. Virginia's response
Delegate Dave Albo wrote the bipartisan compromise legislation that bans smoking in restaurants, while still enabling it in cigar bars and still allowing private clubs to decide for themselves.
*Comprehensive Mental Health Reform -- HB 499, HB 559, HB 560 & HB 815 (2008)
oProvided sweeping reforms to Virginia's mandatory outpatient treatment laws by closing the gaps in the mental health system exposed in the Virginia Tech tragedy.
oRevising Virginia's commitment standard, requiring attendance at commitment hearings and closing firearm loopholes helped bolster Virginia's mental health system.
*Support for Mental Health - HB 1650 (2007), HB 1600 & HB 2674 (2009)
oFunded over 800 additional community mental retardation waiver slots while establishing a goal of eliminating the urgent care waiting list, increases in inpatient psychiatric hospital services and health care coverage of low-income expectant mothers.
oSupport for Virginia's 40 Community Service Boards and 16 state facilities as well as pre-natal care for low-income mothers continue to be funding priorities for House Republicans.
*Long-Term Health Care - HB 786 & HB 759 (2006)
oEncouraged the purchase of private long-term care health insurance through tax credits and public-private long-term care partnership programs.
oBecause the future demand for long-term care services is expected to rise, Virginians need to plan ahead to ensure that the widest array and highest quality of services will be available.
*Flexible Benefits Health Insurance -- HB 2024 (2009)
*Small Business Insurance Pools - HB 761 (2006)
I have never served in the military, but I know first hand the sacrifices made by our Veterans and their families. My Dad served in the US Air Force for 20 years. I can remember him being in Vietnam and living with my Mother and brother on base while he was gone. This gives me all the respect in the world for both my Father and Mother, who in their own ways, served our Country.
Helping Veterans is not only the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do. The military presence in our area and in Virginia is vital to our economy. Virginia is home to 740,000 military men and women. With 10% of our Virginia population is currently serving in the military or a veteran, we need to help them thrive.
*HB 1822 (2007) This bill provides In-State
Dave Albo Works for Our Veterans
*HB 1822 (2007) This bill provides In-State Tuition for Active Duty Service Members. (Dave voted yes!)
*HB 2179 (2007) & HB 1272 (2006) These bills provide aid to families under the War Orphan Act. This act grants survivors or dependents of soldiers killed in action, free access to any public institution in the state of Virginia. (Dave voted yes!)
*HB 5002 (2006) This bill supports struggling