Elaine Luria

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Elaine Luria graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and Old Dominion University with a master’s degree in engineering management. Luria previously served in the U.S. Navy for two decades and retired at the rank of commander in 2017. As a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer, she was deployed to the Middle East and Western Pacific on six ships. In 2013, she started a small arts and crafts business called Mermaid Factory. In the House, she now serves on the House Armed Services Committee as Vice Chair, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Key Issues

Economy

Luria wants to ensure small businesses have sufficient money and resources to grow by providing coronavirus aid and paycheck protection reforms to allow more flexibility in loan base periods. During the pandemic, she created a small business hotline and voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that provided the Small Business Administration with $10 billion in funding for distribution.

Education

Luria seeks to increase funding for Impact Aid to aid schools with high populations of military children. She also looks to alleviate student loan debt for qualified teachers. She has introduced the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Improvement Act and supported the College Affordability Act, which reinvests in higher education. Amidst the pandemic, Luria worked to increase broadband internet access for continued education.

Energy

Luria plans to cut greenhouse gases by promoting nuclear energy and incentivizing use of renewable energy sources through investment tax credits. She also opposes off-shore drilling and production of fossil fuels in the mid-Atlantic region.

Environment

Luria wants clean air, drinking water, and environmental conditions. She has specifically worked to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed, supported wetland conservation, and co-sponsored legislation that funded the improvement of national parks.

Gun Policy

Luria supports the right to bear arms as well as commonsense measures to combat gun violence. She believes in universal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, with exceptions for family members and hunting occasions. She wants to prohibit ​​large-capacity ammunition magazines and has co-sponsored ​​the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 restricting possession of semiautomatic weapons. Luria also looked to enable protective orders against individuals who pose a safety risk, preventing them from retaining firearms for a certain period.

Health Care

Luria wants to lower prescription drug prices for those covered by private insurance companies by allowing Medicare to directly negotiate with drug companies. She also wishes to pass bills that boost access to telehealth. In addressing racial disparities in healthcare, Luria signed a letter to include minorities in vaccine clinical trials and is a member of the Black Maternal Health Caucus.

Racial Equality

Luria opposes systemic racism and has most recently supported the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which aimed to combat police misconduct and racial bias. She believes in increased access to both education and healthcare for Black communities. In the past, Luria secured $10 million for Historic Preservation Grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and aimed to resolve disparities in maternal mortality with the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act.

Endorsements

314 Action; Black Economic Alliance; Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Communications Workers of America; Democratic Majority for Israel; Democrats Work for America; EMILY’s List; Equality PAC; Everytown for Gun Safety; Feminist Majority Equality Political Action Committee; Giffords; Humane Society Legislative Fund; Human Rights Campaign; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Jewish Democratic Council of America; League of Conservation Voters; LGBT; Democrats of Virginia; NARAL Pro-Choice America; National Committee for an; Effective Congress; National Defense PAC; National Education Association; National Organization for Women; NewDems Action Fund; New Politics; Newtown Action Alliance; NRDC Action Fund; Off The Sidelines; Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Pride Fund to End Gun Violence; Progressive Turnout Project; Rachel’s Action Network; Serve America PAC; Sierra Club; The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 400 – Virginia; United States Chamber of Commerce; Veterans and Military Families for Progress; Virginia AFL-CIO; Virginia Education Association; Virginia National Organization for Women; Virginia Sierra Club; Voter Protection Project; VoteVets; Women’s Political Committee

Sources

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