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EXCLUSIVE: Virginia State Sen. Jennifer Wexton Being Recruited to Run for Congress Against Barbara Comstock in 2018


Leading up to the 2016 elections, I had heard Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun/western Fairfax County)’s name bandied about as a possible candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 10th CD. Now, I’ve confirmed from multiple sources that the DCCC is actively recruiting Sen. Wexton to run against Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-100% voting with Trump) in 2018. I’ve also heard that Wexton’s been actively encouraged by members of the Virginia Congressional delegation, Emily’s List and others.

Personally, I would think that a Wexton candidacy could be a very strong one, in large part because she’s from the heart of the 10th CD (see State Senate and Congressional district maps below) and in large part because of her bio (see below).

From 2001 to 2005, Jennifer served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in all of the Loudoun Courts. She successfully prosecuted thousands of cases and conducted hundreds of trials, including the prosecution of criminals who committed domestic violence or sexual offenses.  Among them were a number of high-profile cases, including the 2002 murder trial Commonwealth v. Clara Jane Schwartz.

Jennifer went into private practice after her second son was born, but remained committed to public service. She did a significant amount of Court-appointed guardian ad litem work, representing the interests of children who have been abused or neglected. In 2007, she received the Harry L. Carrico Award for her pro bono legal work.  She also was the President of the Loudoun County Bar Association for the 2010-2011 term.

Jennifer has a strong interest in Mental Health issues as a result of her legal work. She has served as a court-appointed attorney, and a Special Justice, in mental health commitment hearings. This work led her to serve for two years as a member of the Loudoun Community Services Board, an advisory policy board that oversees the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services.

In 2010, Jennifer was selected by the Chief Judge of the Loudoun Circuit Court to serve as a Substitute Judge in the District Court. This appointment confirmed her professional standing in Loudoun and served as a strong endorsement of Jennifer’s intelligence, temperament and good judgment.

In 2011, Jennifer challenged the two-term incumbent Republican Commonwealth’s Attorney. Despite a Republican sweep of every Loudoun office except Mark Herring’s State Senate seat, she earned 24,000 votes countywide and won the Loudoun precincts of the 33rd Senate District.

In the special election to replace Virginia’s newly-elected Attorney General, Mark Herring, Jennifer defeated two opponents on January 21st, 2014, winning by over fifteen percent and 44 of 47 precincts in the district.  She was sworn in on January 24th.

A native of the Washington area, Jennifer graduated with honors from the University of Maryland in College Park, and earned her law degree in 1995 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Jennifer and her husband have two sons, ages 12 & 10. The family lives in Leesburg, and both sons attend Loudoun County public schools.

Plus, of course, 2018 will be a mid-term election year, when the party in the White House traditionally loses seats in Congress. Finally, the guy in the White House this time is Donald Trump, who has been “underwater” in terms of his approval ratings for a couple months now, and who has managed to fire up Democrats (and others) against him in a big way. So, we’ll see if Wexton actually runs or if there are other candidates interested, but regardless, this could be a verrrrry interesting election. 🙂

  • Morris Meyer

    Woo hoo! That’s really good news.

  • Glen Bayless

    I would be all in for Wexton. I first met her during an unsuccessful run by her for Commonwealth Attorney and have become more and more impressed since

  • GoBlue!

    We need Jennifer Wexton to run in VA-10 and Lynwood Lewis to run in VA-2. Both should be at the top of our list in 2018.

  • 10thguy

    Hey, that map is super outdated and does not at all reflect the current 10th district. Check out the one on the 10th’s wikipedia page instead.

  • Kindler

    This is not just a “Yeah” but a “Hell Yeah!” Go for it, Jennifer!

  • Ben Tribbett

    Lots of negatives on this one. I’ll wait to go into them until we hear a decision officially.

  • John Farrell

    Jennifer would be the very best candidate possible for this race.

    Sorry to say I’ve had conversations with multiple members of the 10th CD Democratic Committee, members of the LCCD and elected officials. All insist that Jennifer is NOT running for Congress in 2018 because of family obligations.

  • The Winchester Star reports that “Tenth Congressional District Democratic Committee Chairwoman Patsy Brown says a dozen people have expressed interest in running against Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in the November 2018 election,” including Sen. Wexton.” They do credit Blue Virginia for our scoop, although they incorrectly call us a “progressive group” instead of a “blog,” and also incorrectly call what we wrote “a news release” as opposed to a “blog post” or “news article” or whatever…

  • Mitchell Rode

    With all due respect, while I think she would make a great Congresswoman and would vote for her in a heart beat, if the election of Donald Trump taught us anything it should have taught us that traditional attributes are unlikely to get you the results you anticipate. Ms. Wexton’s superlative credentials, in Trumpworld, are just as likely to get her labelled as “part of the system” as they are to work in her favor. I’m not saying I agree and I in fact decry this overwhelming loss of civic mindedness; but it is what it is.

    • Any reason we should care what “Trumpworld” thinks about anything?

      • Mitchell Rode

        I do not use the term Trumpworld to refer to his followers and acolytes only. I use it to refer to the world in which we live. One that resulted in him getting elected. And in that sense, not caring about what that world thinks, or how to approach how that world thinks so as to counteract it, is a recipe for losing elections.

        • So what specifically about the “Trumpworld” way of thinking should we care about? Their utter disregard for facts? qualifications? integrity? ethics? No thanks.

          • Mitchell Rode

            OK, we are obviously talking past each other here. And that is part of our country’s problem right now. So let’s do a reset.
            What is the basis for their utter disregard for facts? If we do not understand how this came about, we can’t take steps to fix the narrative. So we must, at some point, reach an understanding of the motivations that led to this unbelievable cognitive disconnect. Because it is just that. They are voting against their own interests and the interests of those just like them. It doesn’t mean we have to agree with them or acquiesce to their side of the argument. But if we are going to reach any of them (and I am assuming you do not wish to simply write off an entire segment of the population; because if you are, you really should work for Mitt Romney), you MUST understand what drives their thinking.
            Rather than arguing about how or why qualifications matter, maybe we just have to realize that all “qualifications” are, in some voters’ minds, “tainted” by their association with the establishment. We don’t have to ignore qualifications ourselves; we just have to emphasize other aspects.
            And that can be done ethically and with integrity. It’s Logic and Rhetoric 101.
            I am just as disgusted as anyone when a thrice-divorced, serial adulterer, a racist, misogynist, pathological liar gets the support of 80% of supposed evangelical Christians. But if I’m going to change those minds or affect those voters at all, I’ve got to know why that happened. That’s what I mean when I say I care about how they think.

          • “What is the basis for their utter disregard for facts?…But if I’m going to change those minds or affect those voters at all, I’ve got to know why that happened. That’s what I mean when I say I care about how they think.”

            There has been an ocean of ink/pixels/etc. spilled on this topic, investigating who Trump supporters are, what they think, why they think that way, etc, etc. I’ve read, listened to and/or watched a lot of it. The question is what do we do with that information? Personally, my focus is on Democrats, and my hope is that they turn out in droves in 2017, 2018, etc.

          • Mitchell Rode

            And therein we agree, wholeheartedly. While I agree with much of the Progressive thought as to not ignoring any voter group (a la Bernie Sanders and Tom Perriello), turning out motivated Democratic supporters is key. And in my mind, the key to THAT is the millennial voter. Which brings me back to my original point – a non-traditional, non-establishment candidate with wow! factor is a necessary ingredient in that formula.

            Please understand that I have enjoyed this conversation. While we may not agree on everything, I am convinced we are on the same side. I find it invigorating to participate in an exchange of ideas in a civil fashion. Keep up the good work.