Jennifer L. McClellan – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected House Of Delegates 71st District, Virginia

Democratic Party of Virginia
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PO Box 47Richmond VA 23218
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

I am honored to represent the citizens of the 71st House of Delegates District. I am eager to hear from you and learn where you stand on important issues. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you..

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Jennifer was born in Petersburg and attended public school in Chesterfield County. Jennifer is married to David Mills, and lives in the Fan District of Richmond with their son Jackson.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in 1994. In 1997, she received her law degree from the University of Virginia.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Jennifer is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon Communications, focusing on state regulatory matters for the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Jennifer's community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organizations. She serves as Vice President of the State Board of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, and is a graduate of the Institute's 2001 Political Leaders Program and 2005 Candidate Training Program. Jennifer is a member of several non-profit boards, including the Richmond SPCA, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, and Boaz & Ruth. Jennifer is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Junior League of Richmond, the Fan District Association, the Fan Women's Club, the League of Women Voters, and the Richmond Crusade for Voters. She is a member of the 2004 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond. Jennifer's past board memberships include the Metro Richmond Boys & Girls Club, Flagler Home at St. Joseph's Villa, the Oliver White Hill Foundation.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist. She currently serves as 1st Vice Chair, Organization for the Democratic Party of Virginia, and is a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Association of Democratic Chairs. Jennifer previously served as Vice Chair for Outreach and Chair of the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Committee. She has been active with local Democratic committees in Richmond, Chesterfield County, and Charlottesville. She served three consecutive terms as president of the Virginia Young Democrats (1994-1997), and is the founding president of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats (1997-2004).

Jennifer is a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the Capital Region Caucus (Co-Chair 2008-2010). She also serves on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission (Vice Chair), the Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee, and Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board. Previously, she served as a member of the Civil Rights Memorial Commission, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force, and Governor Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Violence. Since 2008, she has served as a guest [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 71st District in 2005. She serves on the House Commerce & Labor, Courts of Justice, and Education Committees. She is Vice Chair of Outreach for the House Democratic Caucus.

She also serves on the Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education, the Commission on Youth Advisory Committee, the Civil Rights Memorial Commission, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Board of Trustees of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living History and Public Policy Center. In 2007 she served as a member of Governor Kaine's Commission on Sexual Violence.

Prior to elected office, Jennifer served Governor Mark Warner on the Virginia College Building Authority (2002-2005), serving two years as Vice Chair. She also served on the Board of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority from 2004-2008.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

The Virginia Education Association Legislative Champion and Solid as a Rock Awards (2013)

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood Mary Anne Reynolds Award (2012)

Virginia Commonwealth University Student National Medical Association Health Policy Award (2012)

Resolve Infertility Hero Award (2012)

Virginia League of Conservation Voters Legislative Hero (2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006)

Better Housing Coalition Golden Hammer Special Recognition for Neighborhood Design & Planning (2011)

Virginia PTA Child Advocate of the Year Award (2011)

Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia Leadership Award (2011)

Virginia AARP Older Virginians Champion Award (2011)

Chesterfield Public Education Foundation School Bravo Award (2010)

Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year Award (2010)

Girls for Change It Girl Award (2009)

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Civil Rights Justice by Action Award (2009)

Virginia Housing Coalition Housing Leadership Award (2009)

Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership Expression of Ideals Award (2009)

Politico’s 50 Politicos to Watch (2009)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law (2008)

Richmond NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Award (2008)

Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine Top Young Lawyers in Virginia (2007)

Virginia Jaycees Outstanding Young Virginian (2006)

Leadership Metro Richmond Servant Leader Award (2005)

Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005)

Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Conference Edward R. Burnett Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2002)

Reasons & Objectives
Areas to Concentrate On

My top priorities as your Delegate are supporting our public schools through better pay for our teachers, smaller class sizes for our children, and increased school construction and renovation funding, helping small businesses thrive in the Virginia economy, and ensuring our public safety officials have the tools and training they need to keep Virginians safe.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues.htm (10/25/2009)

Why I Am Running for Public Office

My top priorities as your Delegate are supporting our public schools through better pay for our teachers, smaller class sizes for our children, and increased school construction and renovation funding, helping small businesses thrive in the Virginia economy, and ensuring our public safety officials have the tools and training they need to keep Virginians safe.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues.htm (10/25/2009)

Achievements If Elected

My top priorities as your Delegate are supporting our public schools through better pay for our teachers, smaller class sizes for our children, and increased school construction and renovation funding, helping small businesses thrive in the Virginia economy, and ensuring our public safety officials have the tools and training they need to keep Virginians safe.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues.htm (10/25/2009)

Business
Payday Loan Act

Jennifer has worked to ensure working Virginians can keep their wages without falling victim to predatory lending practices by seeking meaningful reform of the payday lending industry.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/jobseconomy.htm (10/25/2009)

Crime & Public Safety
Sex-related Crimes

It is estimated that one in every seven families has a domestic violence incident, and one in 14 has a physical abuse incident. Women are more often murdered by someone they know and love than a stranger. Many women need help breaking the cycle of violence, and children need even more help to escape abusers. As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked to combat domestic and sexual violence by:

Serving as a member of the Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence;

Co-sponsoring legislation increasing penalties for a subsequent stalking offense;

Co-sponsoring legislation incorporating instruction on dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships into school curriculum guidelines for family life education; and

Supporting omnibus legislation amending the Sex offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry provisions to protect our children from convicted sex offenders.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/publicsafety.htm (10/25/2009)

Virginia Law Enforcement

September 11th opened our eyes to the fact that we face threats not only abroad, but here at home. When the National Guard is deployed abroad, it falls even more to our first responders and local law enforcement to keep us safe from not only the traditional threats of crime, fire, and health emergencies, but bombs, biological, and chemical weapons. Jennifer supports efforts to ensure that our first responders have the tools they need to keep Virginians safe.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/publicsafety.htm (10/25/2009)

Virginia Domestic Violence

It is estimated that one in every seven families has a domestic violence incident, and one in 14 has a physical abuse incident. Women are more often murdered by someone they know and love than a stranger. Many women need help breaking the cycle of violence, and children need even more help to escape abusers. As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked to combat domestic and sexual violence by:

Serving as a member of the Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence;

Co-sponsoring legislation increasing penalties for a subsequent stalking offense;

Co-sponsoring legislation incorporating instruction on dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships into school curriculum guidelines for family life education; and

Supporting omnibus legislation amending the Sex offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry provisions to protect our children from convicted sex offenders.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/publicsafety.htm (10/25/2009)

Virginia Crime, a General Statement

It is estimated that one in every seven families has a domestic violence incident, and one in 14 has a physical abuse incident. Women are more often murdered by someone they know and love than a stranger. Many women need help breaking the cycle of violence, and children need even more help to escape abusers. As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked to combat domestic and sexual violence by:

Serving as a member of the Governor's Commission on Sexual Violence;

Co-sponsoring legislation increasing penalties for a subsequent stalking offense;

Co-sponsoring legislation incorporating instruction on dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships into school curriculum guidelines for family life education; and

Supporting omnibus legislation amending the Sex offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry provisions to protect our children from convicted sex offenders.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/publicsafety.htm (10/25/2009)

Schools & Education
Virginia Student Loans, and Scholarships

Establishing a tuition moderation incentive fund to keep tuition and fee increases for in-state undergraduate students capped at six percent; and

Increasing funding of financial aid for undergraduates at public and private institutions.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Higher Education

Affordable Higher Education:

Our economy is evolving to a point where a high school diploma is no longer enough to land a job with a decent wage. Yet many high school graduates cannot afford to go to college or technical school. Jennifer has worked to ensure that all Virginia high school graduates can afford college by supporting legislation:

Establishing the Community College Transfer Grant Program to help community college students transition to four-year colleges and universities;

Establishing a tuition moderation incentive fund to keep tuition and fee increases for in-state undergraduate students capped at six percent; and

Increasing funding of financial aid for undergraduates at public and private institutions.

Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities

There is a growing shortage of students and employees with the skills and training needed to perform many of the technical and mechanical jobs in the market today. Jennifer has supported efforts to promote and expand career and technical education opportunities in Virginia schools by supporting legislation creating standard and advanced technical education diplomas.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Education, a General Statement

The Constitution of Virginia guarantees a high quality, free public school system for all children in the Commonwealth. However, Virginia has not always lived up to that promise. As the daughter of a third generation educator, Jennifer understands that a quality education is not just a lofty goal, but the key to success and financial independence. For that reason, Jennifer is committed to ensuring that Virginia provides its children with a high quality, free public education, and that Virginia builds a world-class system from pre-k to higher education.

Competitive Teacher Salaries

Expanding Early Education Opportunities

Affordable Higher Education

Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Teacher Salaries

Virginia's teachers are paid below the national average, despite the fact that the per capita personal income of Virginians exceeds the national average. Teacher salaries should be competitive to attract and retain the best and the brightest people to teach our children. As a member of the House Education Committee, Jennifer has supported initiatives to raise teacher salaries to at least the national average. She also helped pass Governor Kaine's budget amendments to fund a three percent pay raise for Virginia's school teachers and a four percent raise for higher education faculty.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Technical Education Diploma

There is a growing shortage of students and employees with the skills and training needed to perform many of the technical and mechanical jobs in the market today. Jennifer has supported efforts to promote and expand career and technical education opportunities in Virginia schools by supporting legislation creating standard and advanced technical education diplomas.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program

Establishing the Community College Transfer Grant Program to help community college students transition to four-year colleges and universities

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Early Childhood Education

Studies show that ninety percent of a child's brain development occurs before the age of five. Early education programs can have a dramatic effect on all children's success in school and can reduce expensive remedial education and social costs later in life. Jennifer has worked to improve Virginia's early education initiatives by:

Sponsoring legislation to permit localities to expand eligibility for kindergarten;

Supporting expansion of early reading intervention programs to ensure that all eligible first- and second-graders get the extra reading help they need; and

Supporting increased availability of pre-K programs to more children.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/education.htm (10/25/2009)

Guns
Virginia Guns, a General Statement

Virginia's gun rate death is higher than the national average. Virginia also has become one of the leading suppliers of guns used in crimes: In 2000, 1129 crime guns used in the various states and Washington, DC were traced back to Virginia, and 91% of crime guns recovered in Richmond were originally purchased within Virginia. In the House, Jennifer has supported measures to curb gun violence such as:

Closing the gun show loophole by requiring criminal background checks at gunshows; and

Prohibiting individuals who have had their parental rights terminated as a result of abuse from purchasing or possessing handguns.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/publicsafety.htm (10/25/2009)

Virginia Gun Control Legislation

Virginia's gun rate death is higher than the national average. Virginia also has become one of the leading suppliers of guns used in crimes: In 2000, 1129 crime guns used in the various states and Washington, DC were traced back to Virginia, and 91% of crime guns recovered in Richmond were originally purchased within Virginia. In the House, Jennifer has supported measures to curb gun violence such as:

Closing the gun show loophole by requiring criminal background checks at gunshows; and

Prohibiting individuals who have had their parental rights terminated as a result of abuse from purchasing or possessing handguns.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/publicsafety.htm (10/25/2009)

Health
Virginia Health, a General Statement

All Virginians deserve access to quality healthcare. However, too many are paying more for it, and far too many working Virginians do not have access. Obesity rates are climbing at an alarming rate. Virginia's infant mortality rate is 32nd in the nation. Jennifer is committed to common solutions to these problems, such as focusing on prenatal care, long-term care for our seniors and making the health care system more affordable and easier for citizens to navigate and understand.

Helping Family Caregivers Provide Long Term Care

As the Virginia population ages, long-term care is becoming more of a challenge for Virginia families. Jennifer has supported efforts to develop and fund a more integrated system of acute and long-term care for the elderly. Jennifer is also committed to sustaining and strengthening family care-giving as a complementary component of the service delivery system, and will work to increase grants available to caregivers of mentally or physically impaired relatives.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/healthcare.htm (10/25/2009)

Virginia Nursing Homes, Hospices and Assisted Living

As the Virginia population ages, long-term care is becoming more of a challenge for Virginia families. Jennifer has supported efforts to develop and fund a more integrated system of acute and long-term care for the elderly. Jennifer is also committed to sustaining and strengthening family care-giving as a complementary component of the service delivery system, and will work to increase grants available to caregivers of mentally or physically impaired relatives.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/healthcare.htm (10/25/2009)

Jobs
Virginia Jobs, a General Statement

While the cost of living has increased 27 percent over the past 10 years, many wages have not kept pace. As a result, too many working Virginians are living below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Jennifer has supported efforts to increase wages by co-sponsoring legislation increasing the minimum wage and supporting efforts to increase state employee, teacher, and higher education faculty salaries.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/jobseconomy.htm (10/25/2009)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement

The rising cost of health care and health insurance has become a major burden for working families, seniors, and businesses across the Commonwealth. Jennifer worked to help ease this burden by co-sponsoring legislation allowing small businesses to pool together so that they may offer health care services to their employees. Forming these cooperatives will allow employers to offer health insurance to their employees at competitive rates.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/healthcare.htm (10/25/2009)

Virginia Business Tax Credits for Employee Health Coverage

The rising cost of health care and health insurance has become a major burden for working families, seniors, and businesses across the Commonwealth. Jennifer worked to help ease this burden by co-sponsoring legislation allowing small businesses to pool together so that they may offer health care services to their employees. Forming these cooperatives will allow employers to offer health insurance to their employees at competitive rates.

Source: www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/healthcare.htm (10/25/2009)

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