Susan wants to create better opportunities for families in Virginia’s 21st House District. For nearly three decades Susan has worked to make her community better and she wants to create opportunities for working folks struggling to make ends meet. She is running for the Virginia General Assembly because she believes that the 21st House District needs a fighter who can take her constituents’ voices to Richmond.
Because of her decades of experience being a military leader, mentoring younger service people, and service to her community, Susan is uniquely qualified to take Ron Villanueva to task for serving the Tea Party agenda in the General Assembly. Susan believes that our elected representatives should be partners, rather than obstacles, to the success of our communities. Susan wants to represent the working men and women who too often feel neglected by a political system in which big corporations and partisan agendas hold undue influence.
Susan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, later moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania and graduated from Roxborough High School. In 1985, Susan married Bruce Hippen while both were stationed at Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico. In 1989, while stationed at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Bruce passed away leaving Susan a widow.
Susan completed her Associate of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Cum Laude. She has since completed her Associate of Applied Science Paralegal Studies-Litigation, Summa Cum Laude. She is currently working on her Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology-Web Development at Tidewater Community College.
Susan retired from active duty in the United States Navy in 2004 at the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) after 25 years of leadership experience working to protect and serve our country. Highlights of her career include serving as the Command Master Chief of CNATTU, Naval Air Station Oceana and the Division Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Avionics and Armament Intermediate Maintenance Department (IM3) onboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71).