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Video: Abigail Spanberger Formally Announces Run for Governor of Virginia; Will Not Seek Reelection to U.S. House in 2024

"Our country and our Commonwealth are facing fundamental threats to our rights, our freedoms, and to our democracy."


From the Abigail Spanberger for Governor campaign:


Monday, November 13, 2023

Spanberger Announces Run for Governor of Virginia

HENRICO, Va. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today announced that she is running to become the 75th Governor of Virginia and will not seek reelection to the U.S. House in 2024.

“The greatest honor of my life has been to represent Virginians in the U.S. House. Today, I am proud to announce that I will be working hard to gain the support and trust of all Virginians to continue this service as the next Governor of Virginia,” said Spanberger. “Virginia is where I grew up, where I am raising my own family, and where I intend to build a stronger future for the next generation of Virginians. As a former CIA case officer, former federal law enforcement officer, and current Member of Congress, I have always believed in the value of public service. I look forward to serving the Seventh District through the end of this term and then pursuing the important work of bringing Virginia together to keep our Commonwealth strong.”

Today, Spanberger released “What Matters Most,” an announcement video highlighting her record of public service, her commitment to the future of Virginia, and her reputation for getting things done.

Click here to watch, and a full transcript is below.

From our stunning landscapes to our diverse communities, Virginia is a lot of things. But most importantly, it’s home.

I’m Abigail Spanberger. I grew up here in Central Virginia. And now, my husband Adam and I are raising our three girls here. Teaching them, like my parents taught me, that if you see something wrong, do everything in your power to right it.

It’s why I committed to a life of service for our country and the people of Virginia. First in law enforcement, then at CIA working to keep our country safe, and today in Congress. Where, despite dangerous polarization, I have found ways to bring people together and focus on what really matters.

Providing veterans with the support they need, supporting small businesses so they can grow, assisting families and communities struggling with addiction. Proving that to get things done, people must come first.

But today, we find ourselves at a crossroads. Our country and our Commonwealth are facing fundamental threats to our rights, our freedoms, and to our democracy. While some politicians in Richmond focus on banning abortion and books, what they’re not doing is helping people.

I know how to bring people together and get real things done that improve lives.

That’s why I’m running for Governor.

Because when we rise above the chaos and division, we can focus on what matters most to Virginians: lowering prescription drug prices, growing the middle class, lowering costs, and easing inflation. No more using teachers and our kids as political pawns — it’s about focusing on recruiting and retaining teachers, so all of our kids can succeed. And stopping extremists from shredding women’s reproductive rights.

Even in this moment of deep division, we can seize the opportunity. I am running to serve all Virginians in every community across our Commonwealth, because it’s about time we do what’s right for everyone.

And that’s what matters most.


U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) is serving her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress, she serves on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the U.S. House Agriculture Committee — and she has consistently been ranked as the most bipartisan Member of Congress from Virginia and one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in the country.

Before Congress, Spanberger served as a federal law enforcement officer — tracking narcotics traffickers and working money laundering cases — and as a CIA case officer — working undercover on counterterrorism and nuclear counterproliferation cases. She and her husband Adam are the proud parents of three school-aged daughters.


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