Jennifer Wexton

Virginia
State Senate, District 33
Type of Seat: 
Open Seat
Year: 
2014
Status: 
Running
Woman Candidate: 
Woman Candidate
GLBT: 
No
Person of Color: 
No
Under 35: 
No
Jennifer Wexton is running in the special election for State Senate District 33 to replace the Attorney General-elect.  From 2001 to 2005, Jennifer served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases in all of the Loudoun County courts. 
 
Jennifer has a strong interest in mental health issues as a result of her legal work. This work led her to serve for two years as a member of the Loudoun Community Services Board, an advisory policy board that oversees the County's Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services.  
 
In 2011, Jennifer challenged the two-term incumbent Republican Commonwealth’s Attorney. Despite a Republican sweep of every Loudoun office except Mark Herring’s State Senate seat, she earned 24,000 votes countywide and won the Loudoun precincts of the 33rd Senate District.
 
Because the Virginia State Senate is currently an even split, her election is a must-win in order to hold on to the majority that exists due to the incoming Democratic Lt. Governor.  Hers is one of two must-win special elections in Virginia this winter in order to hold onto the majority.