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Metrorail is the backbone of the DMV transit system. While there is significant rehabilitation underway, the aging system is fully taxed during a typical rush hour. We frequently hear complaints, and as a regular rider I have personal experience. Metro has its challenges today with more to come tomorrow. According to analysts at George Mason University, expect significant short-term population growth in our metropolitan region, particularly in its core where Metrorail is foundational to that growth.


This is a giant step forward to help the poorest Virginians gain access to affordable health care. However, Virginia can and must do more. It is time to unveil the House Republican plan to close the coverage gap that was promised last January that takes full advantage of our Federal tax dollars to expand coverage for all of those that fall into the gap.


Experts say an estimated 4,710 people would gain routine preventative healthcare in the 28th district and now, unfortunately, people have lost their jobs without it. What is it going to take for House Republicans to accept change as well as our own health care tax dollars used for their intended purpose? 

Today we officially opened Jeff Todd Way, a project 13 years in the making and a much needed East-West link from Hayfield to Richmond Highway at Woodlawn. In order to make the new road work, Telegraph Road from Gribble Gate south to Beulah also needed to be widened. Although not necessarily intended to serve Wegman’s when the road was designed, the road will definitely serve Mt. Vernon area shoppers when the store opens in less than a year. It will create better traffic circulation in our area and vastly improve access to Mt. Vernon Hospital as well as to the new Ft.

Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transit is currently undertaking a mobility improvement study on the Route 1 Corridor (“the Highway”) in South Fairfax County.  When commuting to work on Route 1, maintaining 45 mph between traffic signals can be a challenge—weekend traffic is horrific and draws the most complaints.  Good news: in the immediate area around Ft.

The pre-Valentine's Day decision by U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen declaring Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional is a historic turning point in the long struggle for equality in the Commonwealth--the first state in the Old Confederacy to have its ban overturned. The ruling came on the heels of recent decisions by federal district judges in Utah and Oklahoma who found no rational basis for denying gay couples the right to marry.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to continue to represent the citizens of the 43rd District in the General Assembly. It is not just boilerplate to say that it is an honor to serve in this famous body. The House of Delegates has been both an incubator of presidents, and of mass resistance to equal treatment of the races. My hope is to leave the House having helped build on our strengths, reduce our weaknesses, and to rid the last vestiges of bigotry from our public life.

One of the less discussed effects of the Great Recession is the reduction in state spending for higher education across the nation. In Virginia, we are spending about one-half the amount on public college students per capita than we spent before the economy crashed. When very difficult spending decisions must be made, cutting higher education receives more than its "fair share" due to the fact that you can raise tuition as an alternative.

Over the last few months, Virginia has been treated to almost daily revelations about gifts given to the Governor, to his family, and to the Attorney General that were not reported, reported late, or reported in a way that obscured the nature of the gift.

While the bipartisan transportation bill will always be the most remembered legislation about 2013, below are a few other news items of interest and important bills that have not been as widely reported. You can read a complete review at

Human Trafficking Notices:  Truck stops must post human trafficking hotline information. (1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree [233733]. Hotline available 24/7/365, anywhere in the country.)