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Del. Bob Brink Resigning, Will Join McAuliffe Administration


Democratic Del. Bob Brink, who represents the 48th District (mostly North Arlington, with some of Fairfax County as well; I’m told it’s probably 75% Arlington/25% Fairfax in a Democratic primary), was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in June 1997 and has been reelected by wide margins since then. See his press release below announcing his resignation (I’ve also heard from multiple sources that he’s headed to the McAuliffe Administration). Thank you to Del. Brink for his service to Arlington and to Virginia! Now, the main thing for 48th district Democrats is to elect a super-strong progressive and pro-environmental champion to go to Richmond and fight for our values. Given that this is an essentially “safe” Democratic seat, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than that. I’ve heard a few names bandied about, including former Democratic candidate Rip Sullivan, Yorktown Civic Association President Andrew Schneider, and environmental/energy expert and Chair of the Arlington Parks and Recreation Commission Paul Holland (also note: Holland’s the son of former/long-time State Senator Ed Holland). So…who do you think would be a good successor to Bob Brink in this seat? UPDATE: I also heard former Dranesville District Chair Ron Bleeker’s name mentioned, and David Boling has announced.

Delegate Brink to Retire from General Assembly

Delegate Bob Brink (D-Arlington/McLean), who has represented the 48th District in the Virginia House of Delegates for the past 17 years, announced Friday that he will retire from the House effective June 30.

“I’ve been honored beyond words to serve my fellow citizens as a member of the House,” Delegate Brink said. “But, ‘To every thing there is a season.’ It’s time for a new person to have this privilege, and it’s time for me to move on to new challenges.”

First elected in 1997, Delegate Brink is 13th in seniority in the 100-member House. He is the Dean of Arlington’s General Assembly delegation.

The 48th District includes north Arlington, Crystal City, and part of McLean in Fairfax County.

A member of the House Appropriations Committee and its Health Subcommittee, Delegate Brink cited as some of his proudest achievements in office his work on the FAMIS program which provides health coverage to children of the working poor, as well as efforts to maintain the health care safety net of services to vulnerable Virginians. The ranking Democrat on the House Privileges and Elections Committee, he has advocated for reform of the redistricting process and expansion of access to the vote for all eligible citizens. He also serves on the Education and Transportation Committees as well as on numerous legislative study commissions.

Delegate Brink has received recognition from a variety of groups for his service in the General Assembly. In 2013 the National Federation of the Blind of Virginia presented its Commonwealth Award to him for his efforts on behalf of blind and vision-impaired students. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters has consistently commended him for his legislative record on environmental issues. He headed the Virginia YMCA’s Model General Assembly Program board for a number of years and received the YMCA’s Service to Youth Award in 2001. He is a board member and former chair of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and also serves on the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Delegate Brink concluded, “On a personal note: A few weeks before I was sworn into office in 1998, I was in Richmond for freshman orientation. One night I took a walk around the Capitol and I stopped outside the House chamber. The curtains were open and the lights were on, and for the first time I saw the vote board with my name on it.

“I’ve looked up at that board thousands of times since that night. Some days it seemed like the only vote where I was in the majority was the quorum call. But every day, the knowledge that I’m one of a handful of Virginians whose numbers include Jefferson, Madison, and Patrick Henry made me think that I must be the luckiest guy on earth.”

  • Delegate Brink has lead an extraordinary career in public service. Having served our community for over sixteen years in the House of Delegates, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience that has helped him fight for Arlington’s values and priorities in Richmond. As a friend, mentor, and leader in the Arlington delegation, Delegate Brink’s presence in the General Assembly will be sorely missed.

  • Charles Stanton

    I understand is also stepping down….

  • would be taking a job doing PR for the Redskins – joining a team that, while it has some good players, is easy to hate and loses a lot.

  • ir003436

    . . . with these Democrats removing themselves from the General Assembly, the DPVA is right on top of things with candidates, money, campaigns . . . right??


    Ebbin praises longtime Arlington Delegate on advocacy for Arlington and Virginia’s children

    “For 17 years Delegate Bob Brink has brought Arlington’s values to Richmond in an outspoken, yet gentlemanly, way.

    As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Bob has played a key role in the financial stewardship of the Commonwealth. He was an early and effective advocate of Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). He is responsible for easing enrollment, expanding outreach and the increased enrollment of underprivileged Virginia children in insurance, improving health outcomes. Thousands of blind and visually impaired children have benefited from Delegate Brink’s work securing funds for specialized teaching assistance.

    On a personal level, Bob has been a great friend and taught me a lot about being a legislator.

    Though the people of Virginia will benefit from his services as he assumes the position of Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services in the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, he will certainly be missed in the General Assembly.”

  • Anyway, it seems like it’s out there now:

    ‏@ryanobles tweets: “As speculated.. Gov. @TerryMcAuliffe formally announces @delbrink will become the Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services.”

  • LOL

  • During my four years of exile from Fairfax County while living the yuppie lifestyle around Courthouse Metro, I met this candidate for delegate hustling for votes at my polling place named Bob Brink. Little did I know, I’d be serving with him in the House of Delegates sixteen years later… Bob is one of our caucus budget experts, was always willing to mentor newer delegates and candidates, and was the only one willing to speak out on the floor against the “Mark of the Beast” bill when I was a freshman! We lose sixteen years of service and wisdom with Bob, but Virginia’s Department of Aging benefits!

  • GBrandon

    lives in the 34th HD.

  • Don Beyer Congratulates Delegate Robert Brink on his Appointment to the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

    Alexandria, VA (June 27, 2014) — Earlier this afternoon, former Lt. Governor Don Beyer congratulated Virginia Delegate Bob Brink on his appointment as Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services in the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

    Beyer, recently elected Democratic Nominee for Virginia’s 8th district seat in Congress, spoke to Del. Brink about his new role and his transition from Delegate to DARS, where he will assist in oversight of several programs safeguarding older Virginians.

    “Del. Brink has dedicated his life to serving the people of Arlington and Fairfax’s 48th District, greater Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth and our country,” said Beyer. “I have been so very lucky to call him my advisor, my colleague and my friend. I truly cannot think of a better person to take the helm at DARS.”

    In addition to running the Public Guardian and Adult Protective Services programs, DARS administers the federal Older Americans Act (OAA), which funds local programs such as Meals on Wheels and Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program, among others.

    Delegate Brink spoke to Beyer at length about OAA reauthorization, which has been stuck in Congress since 2011. Beyer pledged that, if elected, he would fight for an expedited reauthorization of the Act, stressing the importance of sustaining federal support for vital programs in order to reinvest in our nation’s seniors.

    Beyer said, “our older Virginians deserve the very best, and in Bob Brink, that is exactly what they are getting.”

  • FYI, here’s Boling’s Linkedin page.

    Dear Friends:

    Big News! As you may have heard, Virginia Delegate Bob Brink has announced that he is resigning his seat for the 48th District to take a position in the McAuliffe Administration. I am planning to run for this open seat and hope you will join me as I begin to put together my campaign! More soon as things get started!

    Best, David

  • Delegate Brink’s life has been one of service – in our nation’s military, in the Justice Department, in our local schools and civic life, and in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has been a voice of reason and a champion for Arlington’s values and priorities, and he will be sorely missed.

    On a personal note, he has been a friend and mentor for many years, and I am deeply appreciative of his leadership and the many contributions he has made to Arlington and our Commonwealth. I wish Delegate Brink all the best as he moves on to serve in Governor McAuliffe’s administration.

  • Friends –

    This afternoon I notified Speaker Howell of my resignation as a member of the House of Delegates, effective June 30. I’ve accepted an appointment as Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services in the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

    While I’m excited about my new position, I’ll step down from the House with more than a little regret. It’s a great job! We literally have the power to change people’s lives for the better, and to give back to our communities and our Commonwealth by leaving them stronger and more prosperous.

    To have had that opportunity is gratifying beyond words.

    And for me it’s been a lot of fun as well. My friend and mentor, Mary Margaret Whipple, told people I enjoyed the office so much that I should be paying the Commonwealth, instead of the other way around.

    I’ll leave the House with gratitude to so many people:

    To the incredible men and women who staff the committees, commissions, and Clerk’s office, and whose professionalism and efficiency make the House the institution that all of Virginia can be proud of;

    To the members on both sides of the aisle with whom I’ve been privileged to work over the years and who have become friends as well as colleagues;

    And especially to the citizens of the 48th District who put their trust in me to be their voice and the champion of their values in the House.

    A few weeks before I was sworn into office in 1998, I was in Richmond for freshman orientation. One night I took a walk around the Capitol and I stopped outside the House chamber. The curtains were open and the lights were on, and for the first time I saw the vote board with my name on it.

    I’ve looked up at that board thousands of times since that night. Some days it seemed like the only vote where I was in the majority was the quorum call. But every day, the knowledge that I’m one of a handful of Virginians whose numbers include Jefferson, Madison, and Patrick Henry made me think that I must be the luckiest guy on earth.

  • Richmond – Today, Friday June 27th Delegate Robert Brink announced his retirement from the House of Delegates after sixteen years of service to Arlington and Fairfax Counties.  The House Democratic Caucus wishes him the best of luck in his new endeavors.  

    “Delegate Brink has been a terrific member of the House and a strong defender of Democratic values,” said Democratic Leader David Toscano.  “His knowledge on budgetary issues will be sorely missed from the House floor.”

    “Delegate Brink is a close friend and colleague,” said Caucus Chair Mark Sickles.  “He has served his Country, the Commonwealth, and his District with distinction and I wish him the best of luck as he enters this next phase of public service.”

    Delegate Brink was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1998 serving the 48th District, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax. He serves on the Appropriations, Privileges and Elections, and Transportation Committees.  Delegate Brink is a graduate of William and Mary Law School and served in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam.


  • She sent me this statement a little while ago:

    We all will miss Bob Brink, who has served Arlington so well.  While I would very much like to enter this race to have the opportunity to serve Arlington in the General Assembly, this is not the right time for my family.  With my daughter entering 10th grade, and my husband working in Richmond, I need to, and want to,  be in Arlington with my daughter.  I continue to enjoy my work on the Arlington School Board and also serve as Chair of the Washington Area Boards of Education and a member of the Emergency Preparedness Council of the Council of Governments.  Lots of good work to do here in the national capital region.

  • Jarrod Nagurka

    There’s a lot of information and dates floating around about the special election to replace Delegate Brink. In a nutshell, the date is still totally up in the air based on when the Speaker issues the writ of election it could be as soon as this Saturday, or as late as around Labor Day. However, it does look fairly likely that there will be a voting location in both Arlington and McLean. Below is more information, if you’re so curious.


    Virginia Code §24.2-510, 5ii (link below) says that the Speaker can call for the election sooner than 60 days (August 19th for example), but that Democrats would then need their nominee within 5 days of the Speaker issuing the writ of election. Therefore, if he issued it this Monday for instance, then we’d need our nominee by Saturday.

    Here’s the excerpt from the VA Code:

    For any office, nominations by political parties by methods other than a primary shall be made and completed in the manner prescribed by law according to the following schedule:

    5. For a special election held at a time other than a general election, (i) at least 60 days before the election or (ii) within five days of any writ of election or order calling a special election to be held less than 60 days after the issuance of the writ or order.

    The relevant section of the code can be found here: https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-b


    This comes from the DPVA Party Plan, rather than the VA Code.

    Section 12.3 Nominations of General Assembly Candidates

    Democratic party candidates for the State Senate and House of Delegates may be nominated by primary, convention or caucus. A Democratic incumbent shall have the right to designate the method of nomination for the office held by that incumbent if he or she is a candidate for the nomination. If there is no Democratic incumbent, or if the incumbent fails to designate the method of nomination, the nominating committee for the General Assembly district in which the election will occur, shall determine the method of nomination unless one or more candidates are to be elected by voters in a single county or city, in which case the appropriate county or city committee shall determine the method of nomination. In General Assembly districts that include more than one county or city, the nominating committee may, by unanimous vote, determine that caucuses need not be held in each county or city, but may be held in one or more convenient location(s).

    HOWEVER- who makes up the nominating committee? Well…

    The nominating committee is composed of Kip Malinosky (ACDC Chair) and Dranesville Chair Greg Brandon, appointed by FCDC Chair Sue Langley. This means that in order for there to be only one location, the Dranesville chair would have to agree to not having a location in Dranesville. This is where the procedure for the formation of the nominating committee is outlined in the Party Plan.

    Section 7.3 Composition of Nominating Committees

    Except as provided in Section 7.1 (not applicable in this case), the General Assembly District Committees shall consist of the chairs of the county or city committees in whose counties or cities the district lies. In the event any chair does not reside within the General Assembly district, such chair shall designate a member of his or her county or city committee who does reside within the district to serve on the district committee. In the event no member of such county or city committee resides within the district, the county or city chair shall designate a Democrat residing within the district to serve.

    The Party Plan can be found here: http://www.vademocrats.org/sit