Equity, Inclusivity and Racial Justice

Jenn’s Perspective

For 16 legislative sessions, Jenn has walked past the statue of former senator and segregationist Harry Byrd in Richmond’s Capitol Square knowing that she is his worst nightmare: A Black woman, a descendent of enslaved people, and the daughter of parents who endured Jim Crow, working to eradicate the very inequity and oppression that Harry Byrd worked to create and maintain. Jenn has spent her career dismantling the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow that still impacts communities today.

Jenn’s career is one of many “firsts.” In 2010, Jenn became the first member of the House of Delegates to serve the Commonwealth while pregnant. She was asked: “Are you retiring?” while an expecting father also serving office with her was not. This moment served as a reminder of the gender-based bias and inequities that continue to exist in our workplaces and lives. As the Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Jenn has led efforts to tell the complete and accurate story of Virginia’s past while working to achieve Dr. King’s vision of the “Beloved Community” through her community conversations, legislative, and policy efforts.

Jenn is the first Black woman elected to Congress in Virginia history, and is using the opportunity to lift other Virginians up and ensure that all Virginians have a seat at the table for making policy.

Jenn’s Record

As a legislator, Jenn:

  1. Revitalizing the Economy
  2. Climate Action and Environmental Justice
  3. Equity, Inclusivity and Racial Justice
  4. Gun Violence
  5. Health Care and Abortion Access
  6. Voting Rights
  7. Justice Reform
  8. Serving Virginia’s Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel
  9. Transportation
  10. Education and Child Care