I've Been Nominated for the Emily's List Rising Star Award

Earlier today EMILY's List announced its finalists for the Gabby Giffords Rising Star award, which celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. I am incredibly honored to be one of the six women nominated nationwide!

Every year EMILY's List chooses a group of women who are outstanding leaders in their communities and demonstrate the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' career, in and out of office.

This is a prestigious nomination that recognizes my leadership over the past decade Virginia's General Assembly on education, criminal justice reform, domestic violence, and diversifying the Virginia economy. As the only member of the House of Delegates to be pregnant while in office, I have been a fierce protector of women's reproductive rights, children, and families. And as a member of the minority party, I have successfully found common ground across the aisle while standing up for progressive values.
It has been an incredible honor to serve Virginia in the General Assembly. I'm both humbled and excited to have my service recognized by EMILY's List for an award that celebrates the commitment to community and public service epitomized by Gabby Giffords. 

Thank you, 
Jennifer L. McClellan
Senate of Virginia, 9th District