About Jenn

Jennifer McClellan

Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Senate of Virginia in January 2017. She serves on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources, Finance, Judiciary, Privileges & Elections, and Transportation Committees. Jennifer chairs the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and serves on the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Task Force on the Preservation of the History of Former Enslaved African Americans. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and is a member of the Rural and Women’s Health Care Caucuses. Jennifer also serves as Vice Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council.  She is a member of the Class of 2019 NewDEAL Leaders and a 2017 Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Jennifer was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for 11 years, serving on the House Education, Commerce and Labor, and Courts of Justice Committees, the Virginia Crime Commission (Executive Committee) and the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.

Respected on both sides of the aisle and the recipient of numerous awards, Jennifer has earned a reputation as an effective, constituent services oriented legislator who can find common ground with Republicans while standing up for progressive values. She has been a leader on improving education, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, expanding access to affordable housing and health care, combatting domestic and sexual violence, diversifying Virginia’s economy, civil rights, and ethics reform. As the only House member to be pregnant while in office, she has been a fierce protector of women’s reproductive rights, children, and families.

Jennifer’s legislative accomplishments include establishing anti-bullying and lactation policies in public schools; reporting school discipline outcomes by race, gender, ethnicity, and disability; clarifying responsibilities of school resource officers; strengthening the Family Life Education curriculum to address sexual harassment, sexual assault, child abuse and child sexual exploitation; increasing penalties for stalking; strengthening law enforcement tools to combat crimes against children; reforming Virginia’s child marriage laws; authorizing new business models such as benefit corporations and contract brewing; establishing protections against predatory lending; and eliminating mandated waiting periods for sterilization.