Gerald Connolly

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Gerald Connolly graduated from Harvard University in 1979 with a master’s in public administration. Connolly started his career as a member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From 1989-1997, Connolly was the Vice President of the Washington Office of the Stanford Research Institute International. In 1995, Connolly was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. In 2003, Connolly became the Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and, in 2009, Connolly ran for Congress and won. During his tenure, Connolly has served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Connolly has also been designated as a U.S Delegation to NATO Parliamentary Assembly. 

Key Issues

Environment

Connolly is co-chairman of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus. Connolly argued against plans to cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. Connoly supports legislation to require federal agencies to create a working group on environmental justice.

Immigration

Connolly is a supporter of immigration programs such as Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Connolly has introduced legislation to establish a minimum goal for the amount of refugees resettling in the U.S.

Health Care

Connolly believes everyone should have access to health care. Connolly is a proponent of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Connolly aims to insure more Americans and bring costs down by making changes to the Affordable Care Act, such as including a public option and increasing the amount of people who qualify for tax subsidies for health care.

Racial Justice

Connolly has co-sponsored various bills regarding criminal justice that have aimed at enacting reforms to police practices, police equipment, racial profiling, police department transparency, and lethal force regulations for police officers.

Abortion

Connolly is pro-choice. Connolly has fought the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding of abortion, and wishes to codify Roe v. Wade into law.

Government

Connolly supports statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Connolly seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to automatically register eligible voters when they receive a state-authorized identification from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Connolly also supports increased campaign finance disclosures for corporations of Super PACs.

Endorsements

Eileen Filler-Corn, Minority Leader of the Virginia House of Delegates; Dick Saslaw, Majority Leader of the Virginia State Senate; Elizabeth Guzman, member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Hala Ayala, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and former Democratic nominee for Virginia Lieutenant Governor in 2021; Kathy Tran, member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Dan Helmer, member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Ibrareem Samirah, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Dave Marsden, member of the Virginia Senate; Scott Surovell, member of the Virginia Senate; Jeff McKay, Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Steve Descano, Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney; Rodney Lusk, member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Dalia Palchik, member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; James Walkinshaw, member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Ann Wheeler, Prince William County Board Chair; Andrea Bailey, member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors; Kenny Boddye, Occoquan District Supervisor; Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Fairfax County School Board member; Karl Frish, Fairfax County School Board member; Dr. Babur Lateef, Prince William County School Board Chairman. 

Sources

Wikipedia

Gerald Connolly

Gerald Connolly