About the state
U.S. House Delegation
In 2018, flipping three U.S. House districts in Virginia was essential to helping Democrats take control of the chamber. Reelecting these representatives in 2022 will be critical to ensuring that Democrats can keep a majority and continue passing progressive legislation.
Our primary objective in Virginia is to hold two key congressional districts: VA-02 and VA-07.
What's at stake
Education. Virginia Republicans are attacking the state’s education system. Since narrowly winning the Governorship and state legislature this past November, Virginia Republicans have launched an aggressive attack on the public school system in Virginia. GOP legislation backed by Governor Youngkin has sought to ban “inherently divisive concepts” from being taught in public schools—potentially restricting even basic teachings on America’s history of slavery and racism—based on the false belief that critical race theory is being taught in schools. Legislation has also sought to increase charter schools and restrict transgender students’ access to school restrooms and other facilities. Democrats in the Virginia state house have vociferously opposed these laws, and Democrats in Congress have an ability to minimize the impact of some of these restrictions through federal legislation.
Health care. Virginia suffers from a stark divide in its health care insurance coverage that disproportionately harms Hispanic and immigrant populations. 30.9% of its uninsured population is Hispanic, despite only making up 9.8% of its general population. Winning critical Virginia seats in the U.S. House will be critical to maintaining the Democratic Congressional majority necessary to protecting and improving the ACA, expanding Medicare access and addressing these racial disparities
Veterans. There are more than 780,000 veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Virginia Democrats are committed to working to improve their job training access, lowering barriers to education, and improving health and economic opportunities. In Congress, for instance, Democrats have sided with veterans advocates against Republican attempts to block legislation that will assist veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. Democrats also overwhelmingly voted on legislation to automatically enroll eligible veterans into the VA’s health care system, despite most Republicans voting against the legislation. Democratic control of Congress will be critical to ensuring further progress is made for veterans in the Commonwealth and across the country.
What's at stake facts updated January, 2024