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Biographical Profile for Vivian E. Watts
Currently Elected House Of Delegates 39th District, Virginia
Age: 73
Party: Democratic Party of Virginia
Phone: (703) 978-2989
Address: 8717 Mary Lee Lane
Annandale, VA 22003
 
Vivian E. Watts's positions and views on the issues:
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General: (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
As a resident of the 39th District for over 30 years, I've worked with many dedicated citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, in Fairfax County, and in Virginia. Each year, I take on the challenge of bringing these issues and your concerns to the General Assembly. I am proud to have raised my family and lived in the 39th District for over 30 years. I've worked hard in my local PTA and neighborhood, in community service clubs and civic organizations, and on many citizen studies and task forces to make Fairfax County a great place to live. As your Delegate, and as a former Secretary for Transportation and Public Safety I have worked hard to improve the quality of life in Fairfax County and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Born 1940; married since 1960; children born in 1962 and 1965; 4 grandsons; Virginia resident since 1963.
Education: (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
B.A. cum laude, University of Michigan, 1962; English major with minors in Mathematics and Psychology

National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian, Trenton ( Michigan) High School
Profession: (profession and work experience outside politics)
RESEARCHER FOR ARTHUR YOUNG AND COMPANY (1984-85)

Researched issues with potential impact on state/local government financial management, i.e. Garcia, insurance liability, customs clearance, court records computerization, client tracking, etc.

CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT (1979-80)

Responsibility for Procurement Conference, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, electric power generation.

STATE LEGISLATIVE AIDE (1979-81)

Tracked state budget and pension reform and developed over 25 statistically accurate redistricting plans.

Military: (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, discharge date and type)
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Civic: (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
FAIRFAX COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (1977-79)

As Director or Research and Legislation provided research and strategy support for taxation, economic development, and transportation.

CHAIRMAN, FAIRFAX COUNTY FISCAL COMMISSION (1978-79)

Directed comprehensive review of tax structure, intergovernmental revenues, budget and appraisal procedures, including compilation and editing of 125-page report.

CHAIRMAN, EFFICIENT USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES (1978)

Developed evaluation framework for school closings and produced 40-page report.

FAIRFAX AREA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

President (1975-77) of 600 member organization.

As Fiscal Chair authored "Alternatives to the Real Estate Tax" and " Fairfax County's Tax Base".

Arts Council of Fairfax County, Advisory Panel (2001- )
Advisory Council, Salvation Army Northern Virginia Adult Rehabilitation Center (1993- )
Advisory Committee to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (1994-98) and Children's Justice Act Programs
Board, Annandale Rotary (1994-96)
Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History (1992-96)
Chair, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee (1992-94)
Board of Directors, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia (1991-97)
Citizen Advisory Committee, Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council (1990-94)
Public Member, National Council of Engineering Specialty Boards (1991-94)
Task Force on Growth and Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (1990-93)
Member, Washington Board of Trade Transportation Committee (1990-93)
Virginia Vice-Chairman, DO IT Coalition (1990-92)
National Academy of Public Administration Advisory Panel on Department of Transportation National Transportation Policy (1990-91)
Executive Boards, Fairfax-Falls Church and National Capitol United Way (1978-92)
National Board, Women Executives in State Government (1986-87)
Board and Founding member (1977) of Fairfax County Committee of 100
Board, Girl Scout Council of the Nati [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
Political: (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
MEMBER VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES (1996 -

Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice; Finance; and Science & Technology. Prior Assignments: Health, Welfare & Institutions 1996-04; Chesapeake and Its Tributaries 1996-02; Labor 1996-00

Current Legislative Appointments include: Board of Veteran Services, Governor's Biotechnology Advisory Board, Subcommittee Studying Virginia's Land Conservation Tax Credit. Prior Appointments include: Criminal Justice Services Board; Chair, Victim Witness Advisory Committee; Commission on Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority; Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits; Child Support Review Panel.

FAIRFAX CASA (COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES) (1993-2000)

Executive Director of non-profit serving over 650 children in abuse and neglect cases annually.

U.S. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (1990-94)

Author of two books on Criminal Justice through U.S. Department of Justice grant.

CONSULTANT, TRANSPORTATION AND FINANCE (1990-93)

Clients included National Institute of Corrections, National League of Cities, Arthur Anderson Consulting, Ernst & Young, and National Association of Public Administration.

VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY (1986-90)

State Agencies under Secretariat:

Transportation, Corrections, State Police, Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Correctional Education, Military Affairs, Emergency Services, Criminal Justice Services, Parole Board, Aviation, Fire Programs, Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commonwealth's Attorneys Services, (Virginia Port Authority prior to 7/88).

Exercised budgetary and legislative oversight for

29,395 employees, $2.77 billion in annual operating funds, and $100 million annually in building construction, and addition to highway and transit construction.

Major Secretarial initiatives

Gained legislative approval of 1/2 billion dollar annual state transportation revenue increase;
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Religion: (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Unitarian
Accomplishments: (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
NUMEROUS HONORS, including

Northern Virginia Technology Council "Champion of Technology" (1999)
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court "Kassabian Award" (2004)
Sheriff Association's "Outstanding Legislator" (2003)
Human Services Coalition "Outstanding Elected Official" (2002)
Northern Virginia Technology Council "Champion of Technology (1999)
Virginia Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime Outstanding Service Award (1999, 1997)
First "Honorary Member of the Fairfax County Police Child Services Unit" (1999)
Lossie J. Tucker Meritorious Service Award (1994)
Tysons Rotary Citizen of the Year (1987)
Annandale Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (1986)
Founding member of Fairfax County Committee of 100
Washington Post "Citizen of the Year" (1977)
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