The Latest


First and foremost, I hope you and yours are doing well given the current situation.  I know we are experiencing some very tough times, and I know the coming days will be difficult.  

However, together we will get through this.  We can take steps to protect ourselves, our family, our neighbors and our friends.  The information that I will be providing will hopefully assist you in achieving this. 

There have been some developments to the COVID-19 situation during these last few days. Late last week, I provided information on the government's response, you can take a look at that here.


I am currently monitoring our Commonwealth’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. Because of recent confirmed cases within Virginia and its anticipated spread, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency yesterday, you can watch his statement here. I am working with our state and local government authorities as they utilize the assets provided under this state of emergency. Your safety and well being is my concern and priority.


There were a lot of late nights and extra cups of coffee, but all worth it. I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish this session in the new majority. We were able to pass common-sense gun legislation, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, expand access to the voting booth, protect reproductive rights, combat climate change, and so much more. This is a great start to our new majority, and I know that next session we are going to accomplish even more.


"Last fall, Virginians showed up in masses to demand action on gun violence, election reform, civil rights, and climate change. Our new majority delivered on our promise by passing numerous pieces of common-sense firearm legislation, HB 201 and the other voter rights bills, the ERA, and several bills to combat climate change. I am so proud to be a leader in this new progressive majority. We are just getting started for Virginians."


This week we have been working through many of the Senate’s bills. This meant late nights on the floor with my colleagues to make sure that all of our revenue bills were completed on time while making progress on the regular calendar and in committees.


"Same-day registration is one of the easiest ways to make voting more accessible to all Virginians. We have taken down one of the many barriers that has contributed to Virginia being the second-hardest state in the nation to cast your ballot through its passage today," stated Delegate Ayala. "I applaud the Senate for joining the House in passing this very important
intiative."