Aaron R. Rouse

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Rouse graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a BA in sociology, before beginning a professional football career with the Green Bay Packers (2007-2009), New Your Giants (2009), and Arizona Cardinals (2010). Rouse retired from the league in 2011, working in the Virginia Beach community through the creation of his non-profit organization Rouse’s House, which focused on establishing education for underprivileged youth [2, 7].

In 2018, Rouse ran for an at-large seat in the Virginia Beach City Council and was elected along with incumbent John Moss. In 2020, he ran for mayor against Bobby Dyer, but dropped out of the race due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rouse replaced Jen Kiggans (R-VA2) in Virginia’s 7th Senate District in the January 2023 special election, defeating Kevin H. Adams. For his public service, Rouse has been awarded the Changemaker of the Year Award by Volunteer Hampton Roads and the 2019 History Maker Award by the Virginia Beach NAACP [2].

Key Issues

Economy

Rouse wants to build new economic opportunities by raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, increasing salaries for education and public safety professionals, and lowering taxes for small businesses. Rouse supports measures to attract good paying jobs to the region by investing in job training, increasing funding for affordable housing, and lowering the cost of health care [2].

Education

Rouse wants to ensure equal education opportunities for each child to obtain high quality education by raising teacher salaries, modernizing school infrastructures and expanding job-training for students [2].

Healthcare

Rouse wants to make health care affordable as well as protecting access to abortion – specific measures he’s proposed include lowering prescription drugs, increasing access to health care coverage for every family, defending abortion rights and ensuring contraceptives for everyone [2].

Endorsements

Mark Warner, U.S. Senator; Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator; Bobby Scott, U.S. Congressmen; Elaine Luria, Former Congresswoman; Ralph Northam, Former Governor; Don Beyer, U.S. Congressman; Abigail Spanberger, U.S. Congresswoman; Jennifer McClellan, U.S. Congresswoman

Sources

1 Virginia General Assembly
2 Rouse for Senate
3 Facebook
4 Virgina Tech
5 Ballotpedia
6 WAVY
7 LinkedIn