Virginia State Senator Jennifer Wexton (see her announcement and kickoff video below) – steps up to take on the deplorable Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA10). The other announced Democratic candidates so far are Dan Helmer, Lindsey Davis Stover and Kimberly Adams, while Fairfax County Board member Kathy Smith and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe are also possibilities, and there certainly could be more. What’s interesting is how many excellent Democrats are chomping at the bit to take on Rep. Comstock. I really wonder if she’ll decide it isn’t worth it, maybe run for U.S. Senate next year instead, take a job in the private sector or even in the Trump administration. If not, I’d say that Comstock is in deep, deep trouble next year – very vulnerable to losing her “Hillary Clinton district.”
LEESBURG, VA — Today, State Senator Jennifer Wexton (D-33) announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Senator Wexton currently represents a sizable portion of that Congressional District in the Virginia State Senate; her 33rd Senate District spans Western Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun counties, including parts of Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, and Chantilly, as well as Dulles International Airport.
Speaking about her candidacy, Senator Wexton said, “I believe that public service is about working every day to make people’s lives better. I’ve spent the past two decades serving the people of Virginia – as a prosecutor, a substitute judge, an attorney for at-risk children, and now as a legislator. The most important part of my job has been working to help and protect kids, families, and our most vulnerable neighbors. That’s why I ran to represent our community in the State Senate, and that’s why I’m running for Congress.”
In the State Senate, Wexton has been a champion for families, including protecting children from predators, combating Virginia’s heroin and opioid epidemic, and promoting an economy that works for everyone. During her four-year tenure, she has passed 39 bills, all with bipartisan support.
“Virginia needs leaders who will roll up their sleeves and get things done. What we don’t need are Representatives like Barbara Comstock who hide from their constituents and vote in lockstep with Donald Trump. In Congress, I’ll be a leader who gets things done for all of my constituents, not a politician who plays games.”
A former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, Wexton was elected to the State Senate in a Special Election in January 2014. Wexton earned national media attention for that victory — winning 53 percent of the vote in a three-way contest and gaining control of the State Senate for the Democrats. She won re-election decisively in 2015 with 56 percent of the vote.
Wexton lives in Leesburg with her husband, Andrew, sons Matthew (age 14) and Jamie (12), and two rescued labrador retrievers, a mother-daughter duo named Wanda and Lady Bear.