Jeion A. Ward

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Ward graduated from Christopher Newport University in 1995 with a BA in English and a middle school teacher certification. Ward was later selected as President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers for her work in American Federation of Teachers Chapter 4260 and also serves on the Executive Council of the Virginia AFL-CIO. Ward is also affiliated with the Hampton Branch of the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Council, and the board of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross. Ward has been recognized for her work with an American Federation of Teachers Pioneer Award (1997), the Women in Government Presidential Award (2007), and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Award (2008) [1].

Ward was elected to represent Virginia’s 92nd District of the House of Delegates in 2004 and has served nine consecutive terms. During her time in the General Assembly, Ward has served on committees such as Communications, Technology, and Innovations, Transportation, and served as chair of the Labor and Commerce committee in 2019 [1, 3].

Key Issues

Econony

Ward wants to support the development of the civilian labor force through direct investment into small and minority businesses in coastal Virginia, and to create more job opportunities by investing in infrastructure projects such as road development [1].

Education

Ward wants to ensure that schools remain safe by supporting rigorous discipline codes and behavior-based mentoring, as well as reducing the size of every Virginia classroom to between 15 and 19 students, promoting the development of Virginia charter schools, and creating a more competitive curriculum to resolve the fourth-grade reading slump in Virginia [1].

Environment

Ward wants to promote the development of renewable energy sources in coastal Virginia communities, and also supports the passage of climate-change laws that favor both American energy independence and a shift towards cleaner energy supplies [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Jeion Ward
2 Virginia General Assembly
3 Ballotpedia
4 Facebook
5 VPAP
6 WAVY