Virginia House of Delegates 48th District!
As redrawn in 2011, Virginia’s 48th Delegate District includes the area in Northern Virginia covering north Arlington, as well as much of McLean from the Arlington border to the Beltway. It also runs along the Potomac from Chain Bridge to National Airport and Crystal City.
I’m proud to have represented the 48th District’s citizens in Richmond since 1998. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about my background, the legislation I have championed in Richmond, and my stand on issues that matter to Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth.
I encourage you to visit my website often. Please contact me if you have any questions or if there’s an issue involving state government that I can help you resolve.
Thanks to the hard work of so many wonderful people in Arlington and McLean, I’ll be able to continue to serve in Richmond and build “The Virginia We Want to Be.” I look forward to the opportunity – and the challenge!
As a Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from the 48th District (parts of Arlington and McLean) since 1997 people often ask me “why are you running for re-election?”
I am running for re-election because of the number of issues on the front burner of the General Assembly that I feel strongly about:
Working with my colleagues in the General Assembly, the Committees I serve on (Transportation, Appropriations, Privileges and Elections), and with the Governor’s office, together we can address these issues in a manner that allows us to say: we are “the Virginia We Want to Be!”
Please vote for me and the Democratic ticket on November 5 so that a team is in place to make progress on issues important to Northern Virginia and the rest of the Commonwealth!
One of the most important functions of government – at both the federal and state levels – is to help people receive the health care they need and deserve. Throughout my years as a Delegate in Richmond, I’ve made health care a priority (vide0).
As a member of the Joint Commission on Health Care since my first year in office, I’ve worked to promote policies at the state level that address the medical needs of children and Virginians living in medically under-served areas of the state. On the Health Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve worked across the aisle to provide adequate funding to health care safety net services.
In the next few months Virginia has a chance to make major strides toward the goal of adequate health care for all Virginians. Beginning, October 1 Virginians will have the chance to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Through the new health insurance market place you can shop for a health plan among companies who will be competing for your business on the basis of price and services offered. Since coverage cannot be denied because of existing medical conditions, many that haven’t been able to afford an individual health insurance policy will find premiums more affordable. In addition, the U.S. Government, through a system of tax credits, will subsidize the cost of coverage for many low income Virginians.
When we go back to Richmond for the 2014 session, one of the biggest issues we face is whether Virginia should provide health care to an additional 400,000 citizens through Medicaid expansion. Getting people into a stable medical home makes sense fiscally and in human terms. If we don’t expand Medicaid, sick people are still going to need care. Instead of getting regular attention that will keep conditions from getting worse, they’ll end up in emergency rooms. Emergency room treatment is the most inefficient and expensive way of providing medical care. And if we don’t expand Medicaid, millions of Virginia taxpayer dollars will go to other states that have accepted expansion.
The November 5 election presents us with real choices, particularly in health care. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor, will work to expand Medicaid and provide needed health care services to Virginians. His opponent, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, has fought the Affordable Care Act every step of the way without offering any realistic alternative to meet this pressing need.
I look forward to working with Terry McAuliffe on health care issues. I hope you’ll vote for him – and for me – on Tuesday, November 5.
I was at the Arlington Farmers Market at Courthouse Saturday morning meeting people I represent in the 48th district who were enjoying the beautiful day and the appetizing display of our state’s harvest.
As you know, I’m seeking re-election to the House of Delegates on November 5th. Campaigns give us a chance to discuss and debate the proper role of government and how it can most effectively enable needed services.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have a front seat in the deliberations on key issues and decisions. Over the next two years, the General Assembly must act on provision of health care through state implementation of the Affordable Care Act, strengthening the quality of our public schools, and implementation of the historic bi-partisan Transportation Bill of 2013.
In the next four weeks I will present short videos on these issues. I hope you consider these videos the beginning of a conversation. And there is gathering for conversation planned for October 6th (invitation) which I hope you can attend. If not, please continue the conversation by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-531-1048.
Our actions in these areas will impact the quality of our lives and that of our communities. Thank you for sharing your ideas and concerns – your views are important! And enjoy the Farmer’s Market with me.
Re-elect Delegate Bob Brink and Vote Democratic Tuesday, November 5, 2013.