Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat and activist with nearly 20 years of Federal and Virginia legislative experience on issues critical to the people of Arlington and Fairfax. An Obama Administration political appointee, Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee, and long-time environmental advocate, Alfonso has the passion and the practical experience to make the case for our values and needs in Richmond.
Alfonso and his wife, Sarah Zevin, live in Arlington with their son Aaron Rafael.
Alfonso served as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this position he led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, contracting and innovation. He helped lead the SBA effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act which successfully opened up the credit markets for small businesses and entrepreneurs and created $12 billion in tax relief for small business owners.
Alfonso served as Governor Kaine's Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. He also served as the Governor's representative to the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors Association. Alfonso was the highest ranking Latino in the Kaine Administration. He also served as the Deputy Policy Director on Governor-Elect Kaine's Transition Team.
Alfonso has worked for several years on environmental issues at the Federal and State level. He worked for several years as a Federal environmental health advocate working on Clean Air, Safe Drinking Water, and Global Climate Change issues.
Alfonso has served on numerous Arlington and regional Boards and commissions. He served on the Arlington Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission from 2003 to 2006 - where he chaired the Health and Human Resources Committee and was a Member of the Public Safety Committee. He has also served as the Board Vice Chair of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center and the Board Co-Chair of the Arlington Veterans' Memorial YMCA. In 2006, he served on the Commonwealth Coalition's, Virginia State Advisory Board. He has been a Member of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's, Northern Virginia Regional Board since 2005.
Alfonso was twice elected the Deputy Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee. He has also served as the President of the Arlington Young Democrats and as an elected Steering Committee Member of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He is the immediate past-President of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV). He is currently an elected At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee.
Alfonso graduated from Vassar College and received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. He was chosen as a 2003 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
I understand the needs of our teachers and schools and will do everything in my power to preserve and improve the quality of our region's public schools. Every child deserves an outstanding education to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
I pledge to always fight Republican attempts to divert general fund money away from public education, safety and health care. Fixing transportation is an important objective, but we shouldn't take money away from our schools to pay for pavement. To continue to create jobs and remain competitive in the global economy, we must provide the funding necessary to keep our public education system among the best in the nation.
A commitment to education is a critical part of preserving
Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/education (07/17/2011)
A commitment to education is a critical part of preserving and revitalizing the social safety net. From the quality of Arlington and Fairfax County Public Schools to Virginia's nationally recognized higher education institutions, we are blessed with today's leading minds molding the development of tomorrow's leaders and entrepreneurs. However, it is imperative that everyone has equal access to a high-quality education.
It starts with making a real commitment to and investment in teachers. Serving our communities and families as a teacher shouldn't be a choice between living what you love and making ends meet. We need to honor our teachers with a quality, professional wage here in the 49th District and all over the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Provide funds to reduce class sizes and meet Virginia's Standards of Learning.
Alfonso will support legislation to ensure that teachers are paid a quality, professional wage - not just in Northern Virginia - but all over the Commonwealth.
Increase participation in Pre-K programs. Science tells us that 90% of a child's brain development occurs before age five. We must expand voluntary Pre-K programs for more four-year-olds.
Alfonso will support legislation to:
Create programs to help special needs, non-English-speaking and gifted students.
Expand opportunities for Northern Virginians in the state colleges and universities.
Increase funding, access and support for Virginia's vibrant community college system.
Ensure that teachers are paid a quality, professional wage - not just in Northern Virginia - but all over the Commonwealth.
The residents of the 49th District deserve to live in a community where transit is funded and transportation congestion is fixed.
Northern Virginians lose hundreds of hours a year to gridlock - time better spent with loved ones and friends. Recent studies set the costs of congestion for the average Virginia driver at $1,000 a year. In 2009, the Washington Post reported that Northern Virginia has the second-worst congestion in the United States and it is only getting worse.
While finding transportation solutions is a priority, money set aside for public schools, first responders and social services should not be siphoned off for a few roads and off-ramps. Alfonso would have strongly opposed Governor McDonnell's plan to take general fund dollars
Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/transportation-and-transit (07/17/2011)
Northern Virginia is the economic engine for the rest of the Commonwealth. In order to continue providing that revenue in the future more must be done to improve our transportation infrastructure. I will always fight to keep our fair share of transportation dollars in Northern Virginia - not shipped downstate.
While finding transportation solutions is a priority, money set aside for public schools, first responders and social services should not be siphoned off for a few roads and off-ramps. Alfonso would have strongly opposed Governor McDonnell's plan to take general fund dollars from children and police officers to build roads.
Adjust the road maintenance formula allocations to better reflect the realities of 21st Century Virginia.
Provide localities with more power to manage development and require that land-use decisions take into account traffic congestion considerations.
Provide a tax-break to businesses that initiate and document tele-work, tele-commuting and flex schedule plans.
Provide Northern Virginia with its own permanent funding mechanism for transportation, infrastructure, maintenance, and dedicated funding for public transit.
Improve bus lines and METRO service to make them even more efficient.
Build on the Federal Recovery Act funding provided to Virginia for investment in inter-city high-speed rail.
Require planning and provide dedicated funding for bicycle and trail improvements.
Never before in the history of our country have we had such an opportunity to serve our environment, deliver on the demand for 21st century energy generation and drive economic development and job creation with leadership and sound public policy.
We need more leaders in Richmond that fight for reducing dangerous emissions and greenhouse gases through reductions in energy demand, elevating energy efficiency programs and rewarding the clean generation of renewable energy resources like wind, biomass and solar.
From his advocacy for the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act to his efforts to help revitalize the Chesapeake Bay to his work on the remediation of toxic sites around the region - Alfonso has fought to protect
Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment (07/17/2011)
He also worked with Members of the Virginia and Maryland Congressional Delegations on strengthening Chesapeake Bay clean up provisions in the Farm Bill.
Alfonso worked as a Law Clerk at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1994. In this position he assisted in drafting contracts, memoranda, and amicus curiae briefs on issues relating to historic preservation, property, and environmental law. He also researched the applicability of National Environmental Protection Act and National Historic Preservation Act regulations to historic properties. More importantly, he conducted research and assisted in the fight against the Disney Corporation's "America" project - which was poised to build a Magic Kingdom-like "history theme park" in Northern Virginia. Fake history replacing real history.
Alfonso managed and negotiated Southern Governors Association Chairman's Initiative on Climate Change and Energy Independence.
Increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) goal to 20% by 2025. Develop incentives for meeting the goals.
Provide incentives for the use and implementation of advanced electrical metering infrastructure.
Implement the recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Climate Change, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Establish a tougher, mandatory energy efficiency standard under which investor-owned electric utilities would be required to reduce electricity use by at least 25% of 2006 consumption levels by 2025. A utility would have to make alternate compliance payments if
He worked tirelessly on successful campaigns to pass the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 and to defend the improved EPA standards for ozone and particulate air pollution.
He assisted in efforts to negotiate political solutions for State issues, including ocean dumping off the coast, out-of-state garbage transport and disposal, and remediation of childhood cancer clusters.
From my service in the Obama White House helping to lead the effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act and the Contracting Parity fix - I've fought to make sure that we have the economy and the infrastructure necessary for our children's lives to be better than our own. It is imperative that small businesses be given the tools they need to thrive.
I am very proud of my work on the Small Business Jobs Act - which was signed by the President in September of 2010. As a result of the reforms and initiatives in this legislation, efforts to open up the credit markets for medium and small size banks and encourage lending to small businesses and entrepreneurs again were very successful. Within several weeks of the bill being signed into law, targeted
Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/jobs-and-small-business (07/17/2011)
Alfonso will support legislation to codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees.
Source: www.alfonsofordelegate.com/issues/civil-rights (07/17/2011)
President Obama appointed Alfonso Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. He worked to develop and enact SBA legislative proposals in the areas of economic development, job creation, capital/lending, contracting, innovation and disaster assistance. Alfonso also served as the lead liaison for SBA's communications on legislative activities with Congress.
"From my service in the Obama White House helping to lead the effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act and the Contracting Parity fix - I've fought to make sure that we have the economy and the infrastructure necessary for our children's lives to be better than our own. It is imperative that small businesses be given the tools they need to thrive.
I am very proud
President Obama appointed Alfonso Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this capacity he led the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the agency and had the primary responsibility for devising and implementing SBA legislative strategy. He worked to develop and enact SBA legislative proposals in the areas of economic development, job creation, capital/lending, contracting, innovation and disaster assistance. Alfonso also served as the lead liaison for SBA's communications on legislative activities with Congress.
"From my service in the Obama White House helping to lead the effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act and the Contracting Parity fix - I've fought to make sure that we have the economy
Ensure economic development grants given to private companies are actually creating jobs by requiring these businesses to file reports on job-creation progress.
Pass the Fairness and Justice Act, a bill that would bring Virginia's anti-discrimination employment policy into line with the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies.
Create greater incentives for small business development.
Implement In-State Tuition benefits for children who graduate from a Virginia high school, are accepted by an institution of higher education in Virginia, whose parents can prove they pay taxes and that they are in the process of becoming naturalized.
Implement comprehensive immigration reform.
Alfonso will support legislation to implement In-State Tuition benefits for children who graduate from a Virginia high school, are accepted by an institution of higher education in Virginia, whose parents can prove they pay taxes and that they are in the process of becoming naturalized.
Alfonso will support legislation to defend the civil rights of all Virginians.
Alfonso will support legislation to repeal the 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting domestic partnerships and civil unions.
As a part of the vibrant Latino community in Northern Virginia, Alfonso has worked for years on immigration and workers' justice issues. In 2003-04, he had a role in drafting the first In-State Tuition briefing paper presented to Governor Warner. He also served for several years on the Board of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center.
Born to a family rooted in the labor movement, I have fought for the rights of workers. My parents taught me the importance of social justice, continuing education and ensuring that everyone has a path to achieve the American Dream. They also taught me the critical role that unions have played in that process. While working in the U.S. Senate, I put those values into action addressing various Labor issues
Alfonso believes strongly in a woman's right to choose. Alfonso will support legislation to defend a woman's right to choose.