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Up until Friday, it was possible for a girl age 13 or younger to marry in Virginia if she had parental consent and was pregnant.

Last week these archaic laws were replaced with new policies that should have been brought in years ago.

Now there is a minimum marriage age in the state — 18. Girls aged 16 or 17 can marry if they are emancipated by court order and it doesn’t matter if the teenager is pregnant or not.


Only adults can get married in Virginia, according to a new law replacing policies that made it possible for a girl 13 or younger to marry if she had parental consent and was pregnant. The law, which took effect Friday, sets the minimum marriage age at 18, or 16 if a child is emancipated by court order. It takes parents and pregnancy out of the equation. Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Fauquier) and Del. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond) sponsored identical bills that passed during this year’s legislative session, despite some opposition.


Women, more often than men, have to be asked to run for public office. Men often assume it is their time to run for elective office, while many women assume it may not be their time — especially if they have a young family, according to five women who know Virginia politics well.

The five — Amanda Chase, Anne Holton, Jennifer McClellan, Bobbie Kilberg and Jill Vogel — include two state legislators who became the first and second women ever to give birth while serving in Virginia’s General Assembly. All five shared their stories of how they found public service a worthwhile calling for women.


Last April, the Center for Public Integrity published an investigation identifying Virginia as having the top rate of public school referrals of students to law enforcement agencies.  Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan sponsored Virginia House Bill 487 seeking to redefine the roles of School Resource Officers, particularly their role in school discipline issues.      

This week Delegate McClellan Joins Dr. T in the "BULLPEN" to discuss the contents of the bill, its implications for school resource officers and how the role of school administrators will be impacted.  

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The 2019 Virginia General Assembly is in full swing after convening Wednesday for a 45 day session.  
Governor Northam gave the State of the Commonwealth Address, which you c

Senator Jennifer L. McClellan, Chair

Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission

Mr. President and colleagues, ninety years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  This past April marked the 50th anniversary of his death from an assassin’s bullet.   

The Virginia General Assembly convenes for its 400th session at noon today!  In addition to the Governor's proposed amendments to the biennial budget,  we

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