From the VA Legislative Black Caucus:
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Congratulates Congresswoman-elect Jennifer McClellan
Richmond, VA—The members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) are incredibly proud of VLBC Vice Chair and Congresswoman-elect Jennifer McClellan. Vice Chair McClellan made history last night as the first Black woman elected to represent Virginia in Congress. The Chairman and others in the caucus remarked that late fourth congressional district Congressman A. Donald McEachin would be very proud of her landslide victory.
The members of the VLBC thank Vice Chair McClellan for her many years of work in the Virginia General Assembly and for her strong leadership in the caucus and the Virginia House and Senate.
Vice Chair McClellan spent nearly two decades in the General Assembly and worked to pass instrumental and transformative policies that have been ongoing priorities of the VLBC.
Sen. McClellan’s legislative accomplishments include helping to:
- Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment;
- Pass the Voting Rights Act of Virginia;
- Pass the Virginia Clean Economy Act;
- Pass the Solar Freedom Act;
- Pass the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights;
- Pass the Reproductive Health Protection Act;
- Pass the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act;
- Create a state-based health exchange under Obamacare;
- Create the Virginia School Construction Fund and Program;
- Address the school-to-prison pipeline;
- Expand eligibility for state funding to restore historic African-American cemeteries;
- Strengthen foreclosure protections for homeowners;
- Expand tenant rights and protections;
- Expand access to childcare;
- Authorize new business models such as benefit corporations and contract brewing;
- Establish protections against predatory lending;
- Reform Virginia’s criminal justice system;
- and so much more.
The members of the VLBC will certainly miss her in Richmond and look forward to all of the systemic change she will create in Washington, D.C. where she’ll serve in the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history.