Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Delegate Rip Sullivan Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Delegate Sullivan joins the majority of House Leadership in endorsing Delegate Ayala’s historic campaign 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of Delegate Rip Sullivan. Ayala’s campaign has been endorsed by the most members of both chambers of any candidate running in the field and the majority of House Leadership, demonstrating her strong leadership in Richmond.

"I am proud to endorse Delegate Ayala for Lieutenant Governor," said Delegate Sullivan. "Our Democratic majority has produced historic progress and transformed our Commonwealth, and Hala's leadership and commitment to democratic values has played a major role.  I know she'll be a Lieutenant Governor for all Virginians and I hope you'll join me in supporting her."

“I am so excited to be endorsed by Delegate Sullivan,” said Delegate Ayala. “Rip has been a colleague and mentor of mine since I joined the General Assembly in 2017. He has been a remarkable leader and I have been honored to work side-by-side with him to make progress on so many important issues. As Lieutenant Governor, I will build on these accomplishments to ensure a strong future for every Commonwealth family.” 

Ayala — the first Afro-Latina elected to the General Assembly — serves in leadership of the House Democratic majority as Chief Deputy Whip, where she has helped usher in transformational progress for Virginia, including expanding Medicaid, passing historic criminal justice reforms, and raising teacher pay. She would make history as the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor and the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history. 

Delegate Ayala is endorsed by Governor Ralph Northam, Speaker of the House of Delegates Eileen Filler-Corn, House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, EMILY’s List, and Latino Victory Fund. They join over 80 dozens organizations, elected officials, and community leaders from across Virginia in supporting Ayala’s bid for Lieutenant Governor, including former Congressman Jim Moran, Senator Lionell Spruill, Senator Jeremy McPike, Senator Janet Howell, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, House Majority Whip Alfonso Lopez, House Majority Co-Whip Mike Mullin, Appropriations Committee Chair Luke Torian, Transportation Committee Chair Delores McQuinn, Delegates Marcus Simon, Betsy Carr, Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Dawn Adams, Clinton Jenkins, Paul Krizek, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.