Senator Janet Howell Endorses Delegate Hala Ayala’s Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

Senator Howell joins Senator Spruill, Senator McPike, and 12 colleagues in the House of Delegates in supporting Delegate Ayala’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor. 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Today, Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor announced the endorsement of Senator Janet Howell. Senator Howell has represented Virginia's 32nd District since 1992, which encompasses McLean, Great Falls, Herndon, Reston, Tysons Corner, and part of Falls Church. 

"I am proud to endorse Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. We need more leaders like Hala in Richmond," said Senator Janet Howell. "It is so crucial to have elected officials who understand the importance of national and cyber security on the state level and how it impacts our Commonwealth. Hala will use her cyber security expertise and decade plus of activism to build coalitions and get things done. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor.”

“I am so honored to be endorsed by Senator Howell,” said Delegate Ayala. “Janet has been a trailblazer in our party and she has paved the way for women like me in the General Assembly. We have made transformative change in this Commonwealth because of her decades in the Senate. She has been a true leader in our Commonwealth as we rebuild from the COVID-19 Pandemic and I look forward to working with her Lieutenant Governor.” 

Senator Howell serves on five of the most powerful standing committees.  She is the first woman ever to serve on the prestigious Senate Finance Committee.  She is the first woman and second non-lawyer to serve on the Courts of Justice Committee.  In addition, she serves on the Committees for Education and Health, Privileges and Elections, and Rules.

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. 

Last week, Delegate Ayala was 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 organizations, elected officials, and community leaders from across Virginia in supporting Ayala’s bid for Lieutenant Governor, including former Congressman Jim Moran, State Senator Lionell Spruill, Senator Jeremy McPike, 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 Besty Carr, Danica Roem, Josh Cole, Dawn Adams, Clinton Jenkins, and Kathleen Murphy, and Higher Heights for America, which is dedicated to electing more Black women. Read Hala’s full list of endorsers here.