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Del. Jennifer McClellan has been chosen by the YWCA of Richmond for its 2014 Outstanding Women Award for Law and Government. She is an assistant general counsel at Verizon Communications, focusing on state regulatory matters for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, past president of its Young Lawyers Conference, and past chair of the Corporate Counsel section.


A sweeping bipartisan ethics reform agreement wrought by leaders in the House of Delegates offers a framework, but also illustrates the intricacies involved in such a task. The overhaul attempt comes amid an ongoing gifts investigation into outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell. Delegate McClellan, who was a member of the bipartisan working group, said the work group sought to address issues recently highlighted “but also not make being a public servant so complicated or fill the law with so many pitfalls that people would find that they need to have a lawyer or a compliance officer just to run for office.”


A bipartisan group of Virginia House members unveiled an ethics reform proposal Tuesday morning that would significantly change the state’s lax ethics laws.

Major reforms include a $250 cap on tangible gifts to officials and their immediate family members from lobbyists or people with business before the state; a ban on solicitation of those gifts; the requirement that family members’ finances and gifts be disclosed; and the creation of an ethics commission that would provide guidance on issues that may pose a conflict of interest. ...

The requirement to report investments only above $10,000 would be unchanged, although reports would be required twice a year rather than once. Del. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond) said the change was meant in part to deal with situations in which officials or their family members buy stock and divest before the end of the year, as first lady Maureen McDonnell did in 2011 and 2012.


Virginia law requires notification only by first-class U.S. mail for cancellation of long-term care insurance. Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) said she plans to introduce a bill that would require third-party designees for such insurance to be notified by certified mail return receipt, which requires the recipient to sign for the letter, before the policy could be canceled. 

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Today is "Crossover," the midway point of the Session where the House and Senate must complete work on their bills.  You can follow my bills and their progress through the General Assembly on the LIS website, and you can read a summary of all of my 2018 legislation and view committee hearings for each on my website

I am eager to hear from you on issues you care about. To share your views on legislation, contact my office at (804) 698-7509 or You can also stop by my office in the Pocahontas Building at 900 East Main Street. My offices are located in E512.

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry.  Yet many communities in the commonwealth do not have enough places to purchase healthy, affordable food as a wide variety of factors have led supermarkets to disinvest from lower-income areas across the commonwealth, creating a public health crisis. 

As we enter the last full week of committee meetings before crossover, the days at the General Assembly are getting longer. In this update, I report on my legislationi, the bills that have passed the Senate that I co-sponsored, and the call to action issued by African American women legislators, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and other leaders.

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