House of Delegate Champions

Delegate Dawn Adams (HD 68)

Delegate Dawn Adams is a nurse practitioner and tireless healthcare advocate representing parts of Chesterfield and Henrico Counties, as well the City of Richmond. As a candidate in 2017, she took the Activate Virginia pledge to refuse campaign contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power and, like all Clean Virginia Champions, maintains her principled stance to refuse campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies. As a legislator, she has continued to champion environmental issues, introducing the Virginia Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act, which sought to authorize the State Air Pollution Control Board to conduct an auction of allowances of CO2 emissions and use the proceeds from the auctions to fund flood protection initiatives, protecting vulnerable communities. A tireless advocate for Virginians, Adams co-sponsored legislation from fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Sam Rasoul that would have allowed the State Corporation Commission to mandate Dominion refund the overcharges they received thanks to the 2015 “rate freeze.” She also voted against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Bill,” which further stripped the SCC of its ability to prevent Dominion’s overcharges and gave Dominion a blank check for future gold-plating projects. In her time in the General Assembly, Delegate Adams has championed campaign finance and ethics reforms, co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation prohibiting the use of campaign finance for personal use, a measure that successfully passed the House.

 

Delegate Hala Ayala (HD 51)

Delegate Hala Ayala was elected in November 2017 to represent part of Prince William County, where she has long lived while working as a cyber security specialist with the Department of Homeland Security. As a candidate, Ayala took the Activate Virginia pledge to refuse campaign contributions Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power–a principled stance against taking money from regulated utility monopolies that continues today–and as a legislator she has worked closely with other representatives of Prince William to protect residents from toxic waste from the coal ash ponds at the Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries. She co-sponsored fellow Clean Virginia Champion (and fellow representative of Prince William County) Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy’s legislation directing the Department of Environmental Quality to require the closure by July 1st 2022 of any coal combustion residuals surface impoundment located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She also voted against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Act,” which decreased regulatory oversight over Dominion, allowed them to keep hundreds of millions of dollars in overcharges, and gave them a blank check for future gold-plating projects at ratepayer expense.

 

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD 02)

Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is a public defender and VMI graduate who represents parts of Prince William and Stafford counties. She has refused to take campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies both as a Delegate and as a candidate, when she first signed the Activate Virginia Pledge. In the 2018 legislative session, she introduced a bill directing the Department of Environmental Quality to require the closure by July 1, 2022 of any coal combustion residuals surface impoundment located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This is an issue that is particularly important to her constituents due to the coal ash ponds at the Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries, and Delegate Carroll Foy has worked across the aisle to co-sponsor six further pieces of legislation that sought to protect the water supply from coal ash, find mechanisms to pay for the removal of coal combustion residuals landfills, and strengthen environmental protections for her constituents. She has also fought to lower the price of electricity bills for all Virginians, voting against the “Grid Modernization Act” (SB 966) that weakened rate-setting oversight for regulated utility monopolies and co-patroning fellow Clean Virginia Champion Sam Rasoul’s bill to further restore regulation over Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power to pre-2015 levels.

 

Delegate Lee Carter (HD 50)

Delegate Lee Carter is a Marine Corp veteran who was elected in 2017 to represent part of Prince William County and the City of Manassas. As a candidate he took the Activate Virginia Pledge to refuse campaign contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, a principled stance against donations from regulated utility monopolies he still holds today. In the House of Delegates he has worked to protect his constituents from dangers posed by the coal ash ponds in Dumfries, introducing legislation to prohibit the disposal of coal combustion residuals except by recycling or beneficial reuse. He has also worked to ensure adequate oversight of the electricity rates Dominion Energy and other regulated utility monopolies charge consumers, voting against the “Grid Modernization Act of 2018” (SB 966) and working with fellow Clean Virginian Champion Delegate Danica Roem on further legislation to reform the State Corporation Commission. He has been a tireless champion on campaign finance reform and in 2018 was the co-patron of a bill to prohibit the personal use-of campaign funds by all candidates and the co-patron of Delegate Roem’s bill to prohibit campaign contributions from public service corporations.

 

Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler (HD 21)

Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler joined the General Assembly in 2018 after being elected to represent parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. A passionate member of the Privileges and Elections Committee, Delegate Fowler is a consistent champion of clean governance. She introduced legislation preventing any person from converting campaign moneys to personal use and worked across the aisle to pass through the House a similar bill prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds and establishing penalties for those who do. She also co-sponsored fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Danica Roem’s legislation prohibiting campaign contributions from public service corporations, a principled stance she first took as a candidate by signing the Activate Pledge. Delegate Fowler has worked hard to protect the environment, working across the aisle to create the executive branch position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection to continue the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding’s for two additional years. A strong advocate for the pocketbook of all Virginians, Delegate Fowler voted against SB966, the “Grid Modernization Act” that removed crucial oversighted on the rate setting process of Dominion Energy and co-sponsored legislation from Clean Virginia Champion Sam Rasoul to remove the 2015 rate freeze, which froze electricity prices at artificially high prices.

 

Delegate Wendy Gooditis (HD 10)

Delegate Wendy Gooditis represents parts of Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun Counties in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Elected in 2017, she took the Activate Virginia pledge as a candidate and continues to refuse money from regulated utility monopolies as a legislator. She is a strong champion for clean governance; in her first session in the general assembly she introduced legislation requiring the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council to conduct an annual inspection of disclosure forms and legislation limiting the value of gifts elected officials from lobbyists. She co-patroned a bill strengthening disclosure requirements on political campaign advertisements and another to prevent the conversion of campaign funds for personal use which passed the House. She has also fought hard for clean energy and clean competition, voting against the Grid Modernization Bill (SB 966) that stripped utility monopolies of regulatory oversight and introducing legislation to establish community energy programs, authorize community solar generation facilities, and to create a renewable energy property tax credit. She worked with fellow Clean Virginia Champions Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy and Delegate Lee Carter to protect residents in northern Virginia from coal ash, co-sponsoring Carroll Foy’s legislation directing the closure by July 1, 2022 of any coal combustion residuals surface impoundment located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Carter’s legislation prohibiting the disposal of coal combustion residuals except by recycling or beneficial reuse. Similarly, she worked to protect residents of Southwestern Virginia from environmental damages from natural gas pipelines and was the co-patron of legislation from Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Hurst requiring the operator of natural gas pipelines to commission an independent test of the quality of ground water for each property in the right-of-way of the pipeline.

 

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (HD 31)

Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is a public administrator and social worker who is the first Hispanic female immigrant in the Virginia General Assembly. Elected in 2017, Guzman represents parts of Fauquier and Prince William Counties and was quickly appointed to the Rappahannock River Basin Commission. Many in Prince William County are worried about their water quality due to the coal ash ponds in Dumfries; Delegate Guzman was the co-patron of fellow Clean Virginia Champion Jennifer Carroll Foy’s legislation to require the closure by July 1, 2022 of any coal combustion residuals surface impoundment located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As a candidate, she took the Activate Pledge to refuse campaign contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, and as a legislator, she has not only kept her commitment to refusing money from regulated utility monopolies, but has introduced legislation to ensure those monopolies work for all Virginians. In 2018 Delegate Guzman was the chief patron of legislation prohibiting the State Corporation Commission from issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity for an electric generating facility unless at least 20% of the rated capacity for all electric generation from that calendar year was from renewable energy. She also introduced legislation to make solar energy more affordable for all Virginians by requiring the SCC to do a value of solar analysis before approving a utility’s proposed standby charges to net metering clients. She voted against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Bill,” which curtailed the SCC’s ability to prevent utility monopolies from overcharging ratepayers and co-sponsored fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Rasoul’s legislation to restore the SCC’s oversight abilities to their pre-2015 “rate freeze” levels. A strong believer in Clean Governance, Delegate Guzman was the co-patron of legislation strengthening disclosure requirements for political campaign advertisements and prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds by candidates.

 

Delegate Chris Hurst (HD 12)

Delegate Chris Hurst was elected in 2017 to represent the House of Delegates’ 12th District, which includes Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties, as well as the City of Radford. Since joining the General Assembly, Delegate Hurst has been a strong voice for his constituents against the natural gas pipelines being built in their neighborhoods. He introduced a bill to curtail the ability of natural gas companies to enter private property without permission and a bill to require, prior to operation, the operator of natural gas pipelines to commission an independent test of the quality of ground water for each property in the right-of-way. Along with fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Sam Rasoul, Hurst introduced legislation directing the State Water Control Board to require Virginia Water Protection Permits and individual Water Quality Certifications for natural gas pipeline projects and legislation requiring any company that plans to construct a natural gas pipeline in Virginia to post a performance bond with the State Water Control Board to ensure the Board could remediate any water quality impact that arises out of the pipeline’s construction. A strong champion of clean governance, Hurst was the co-patron of bipartisan legislation that passed the House that prevented the personal use of campaign funds and of legislation that strengthened disclosure requirements for political campaign advertisements. As a candidate, Hurst took a principled stance against taking campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies. As a delegate, he has worked to ensure those monopolies work for all Virginians by voting against the Grid Modernization Act (SB 966), which curtailed the SCC’s ability to regulate energy monopolies and by co-patroning legislation from Delegate Rasoul that would have returned the SCC’s regulatory powers to their pre-2015 rate freeze levels.

 

Delegate Mark Keam (HD 35)

Delegate Mark Keam has represented part of Fairfax County in the House of Delegates since 2010, where he has been a consistent champion for clean energy legislation. An effective legislator, a tax credit introduced by Keam in his first session to encourage green jobs has become law in Virginia. In 2018, he introduced legislation declaring it in the public interest to have at least 10% of electricity in Virginia be derived from solar energy and legislation requiring the State Corporation Commission to allow community solar and wind-powered projects to operate. He also was the co-patron of legislation to create the executive branch position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection to continue the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding’s for two additional years. Delegate Keam has taken a principled stance against accepting campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies and has acted as a legislator to ensure those monopolies are properly regulated by voting against SB 966, “the Grid Modernization Act,” which curtailed SCC’s oversight of Dominion Energy, and by introducing legislation that directed the SCC to encourage investor-owned electric utilities to file tariffs with rate structures that reflect time of day and seasonal cost differentials. A strong champion of clean governance, Delegate Keam wrote legislation to establish a Division of Anti-Corruption within the Department of Law to investigate claims of fraud and corruption in state matters.

 

Delegate Alfonso Lopez (HD 49)

Delegate Alfonso Lopez has represented parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties in the General Assembly since 2012 and has served as the Minority Whip for the Democratic House Caucus since 2016. A lifelong Democrat and activist with over 25 years of Federal and Virginia legislative experience, Lopez served as an Obama Administration political appointee and advisor to Governor Tim Kaine before being elected to office. Lopez is a strong leader in the fight to grow Virginia’s clean energy industries to build a new Virginia economy and in 2015 he founded the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus (VEREC) in the Virginia General Assembly, of which he currently serves as co-chair. He has been a strong champion for clean energy and environmentally friendly legislation; in the most recent legislative session, he was the Chief Patron for bills bills seeking to establish multi-family net metering programs, a Virginia Commission on Energy and Environment, community choice aggregation programs for electric and natural gas utility service, and to request the Office of Drinking Water of the Department of Health to study the Commonwealth’s drinking water infrastructure. He was also responsible for extending the Green jobs creation tax credit through 2020. Delegate Lopez is also a champion on clean governance and as such has refused to take campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies like Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power. His efforts have been recognized by the Sierra Club, which awarded him their Energy Freedom Award in 2013 and Leadership Award in 2015 and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, which has given him their Legislative Hero award four times.

 

Delegate Sam Rasoul (HD 11)

Delegate Sam Rasoul was elected to the House of Delegates to represent the City of Roanoke in 2013 where he has served as the Minority Caucus Secretary since 2015. In March 2017, Rasoul became the first Virginia legislator to no longer accept donations from special interest PACs or from registered lobbyists. A strong proponent of clean governance, Delegate Rasoul was the chief patron of legislation that sought to establish voluntary public financing of certain campaigns and worked with fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Danica Roem to introduce legislation to prevent the “revolving door” lobbying problem by strengthening the Conflict of Interests Act and legislation to prohibit public service corporation contribution to candidates. In the 2018 legislative session, Rasoul introduced a prolific number of bills championing clean energy and clean competition. To protect his constituents from environmental risks brought by the natural gas pipelines being built in southwestern Virginia, Rasoul introduced legislation with fellow Clean Virginia Champion Chris Hurst directing the State Water Control Board to require Virginia Water Protection Permits and individual Water Quality Certifications for natural gas pipeline projects and legislation requiring any company that plans to construct a natural gas pipeline in Virginia to post a performance bond with the State Water Control Board to ensure the Board could remediate any water quality impact that arises out of the pipeline’s construction. Rasoul voted against SB 966, the” Grid Modernization Bill,” which curtailed the State Corporation Commission’s ability to regulate utility monopolies, and sponsored multiple pieces of legislation to strengthen the SCC’s ability to curtail overcharges and protect consumers.

 

Delegate Debra Rodman (HD 73)

Delegate Debra Rodman is an educator and advocate who joined the House of Delegates in 2018, representing part of Henrico County. As a candidate, Delegate Rodman took a principled position against taking money from regulated utility monopolies, signing the Activate Pledge, and as a delegate she voted against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Bill,” which curtailed the oversight powers of the State Corporation Commision over Dominion Energy and co-patroned legislation from Clean Virginia Champions Danica Roem and Sam Rasoul to strengthen the SCC’s ability to curtail overcharges and protect consumers. A strong champion of clean governance, in her first legislative session she was the co-patron of a bill to prohibit the personal use of campaign funds and of a bill to strengthen the disclosure requirements of political campaign advertisements. She worked across the aisle to create an executive branch position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection and was a co-patron of fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Chris Hurst’s legislation to require natural pipelines to commission independent tests of the quality of ground water in each property in the right-of-way before operation.

 

Delegate Danica Roem (HD 13)

Delegate Danica Roem was elected in 2017 as the first transgender person ever to openly serve in a state legislator, representing her longtime home, Prince William County. As a candidate, Roem took the Activate Pledge to refuse money from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power and maintains a principled stance against accepting campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies. In her first session in the General Assembly, Delegate Roem introduced a significant amount of legislation to push for clean governance and clean energy policies. She was the chief sponsor of two bills that sought to increase the State Corporation Commission’s ability to regulate energy prices and protect consumers, bills that were also introduced in the Senate by fellow Clean Virginia Champion Senator Chap Petersen. She was the co-patron of legislation to prohibit the personal use of campaign funds. Delegate Roem worked with Clean Virginia Champion Sam Rasoul on legislation that would allow the SCC to refund overcharges after the 2015 “rate freeze.” She co-patroned Petersen’s bill that would have required Dominion to refund overcharges to consumers and strengthen the SCC’s regulatory powers and voted against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Bill,” which did the opposite. She also worked with Petersen to sponsor legislation in both chambers of the Assembly to promote clean governance, one that prohibited campaign contributions from any public service corporation to candidates and one that sought to extend the “revolving door” prohibition applicable to state officers and employees and members of the General Assembly. Delegate Roem has worked closely with other representatives of Prince William County, chiefly Clean Virginia Champions Delegate Lee Carter and Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy to protect their constituents from toxins from the coal ash pond in Dumfries, co-patroning legislation requiring the closure by July 1, 2022 of any coal combustion residuals surface impoundment located in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and legislation prohibiting the disposal of coal combustion residuals except by recycling or beneficial reuse, respectively.

 

Delegate Kathy Tran (HD 42)

Delegate Kathy Tran joined the Virginia House of Delegates in 2018 and represents part of Fairfax County. As a candidate, she took the Activate Virginia pledge, refusing campaign contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power. As a delegate, she has maintained her principled stance against taking money from regulated utility monopolies and has introduced legislation to ensure those utilities are working for all Virginians. She was the chief patron of a bill that repealed the program cap on net energy metering, which would have opened up Virginia’s market to increased renewable energy and of another bill that authorized municipal renewable energy net metering projects. She also voted against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Act” which failed to mandate solar energy production and green lit expensive gold-plating projects that would raise electricity bills. Delegate Tran worked across the aisle to co-patron two pieces of legislation with bipartisan support, one that established the executive branch position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection, and another that prohibited the personal use of campaign funds. Both bills passed the House, and the former passed the Senate and was enacted by Governor Northam.

 

Delegate Cheryl Turpin (HD 85)

Delegate Cheryl Turpin is an environmental science teacher and career educator who was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017 to represent the 85th District, which contains part of Virginia Beach. In addition to her advocacy for educators and their students, Cheryl has been a strong champion of clean governance. She was a co-patron for bipartisan legislation that prohibited the personal use of campaign funds, working across the aisle to pass the bill through the House. She was also a co-patron of legislation that sought to strengthen disclosure requirements for political campaign advertisements. Delegate Turpin has taken a principled stance against taking campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies since she was a candidate, and as a legislator she demonstrated her commitment to public oversight of monopolies by voting against SB 966, the “Grid Modernization Bill” which strongly curtailed the SCC’s ability regulate the rates Dominion Energy charges consumers. She has also worked hard to protect her district from the impacts of flooding, introducing the Va. Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act, which authorized the state air pollution control board to conduct an auction of allowances of CO2 emissions and use those funds to programs that prevent flooding. She was the co-patron of the Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction and Bond Rating Protection Act of 2018 and of a bipartisan bill that created the executive branch position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection.

 

State Senate Champions

Senator Chap Petersen (SD 34)

Senator Chap Petersen is a lifelong resident of Fairfax county, which he represented in the House of Delegates from 2002-2007 and in the State Senate since 2008. Petersen has been a leading champion of clean energy policy for over a decade, writing legislation to eliminate the annual license tax for hybrid motor vehicles and legislation to protect Virginians’ right to install solar power devices without interference from their community association, both of which have become law. In pursuit of sensible renewable energy policy, has sponsored many pieces of legislation attempting to create cleaner competition between the large regulated utility monopolies in the state and small scale renewable energy attempts. In the 2018 session, Petersen sponsored a bill that would have refunded Dominion’s overcharges to the consumers and restored the ability of the SCC to regulate energy rates that had been curtailed in the 2015 “rate freeze.” He voted against the “Grid Modernization Act” (SB 966), which did the opposite. Senator Petersen worked with fellow Clean Virginia Champion Delegate Danica Roem to sponsor multiple bills in both the House and Senate that sought to strengthen the SCC’s ability to regulate energy prices in Virginia and protect consumers. A strong champion of clean governance, Petersen also worked with Delegate Roem to introduce legislation in both bodies of the Assembly that prohibited campaign contributions from public service corporations and legislation to stop the “revolving door” lobbyist problem by strengthening conflict of interest laws.

 

Senator Jeremy McPike (SD 29)

Senator Jeremy McPike is a lifelong resident of Prince William County, which he was elected to represent in the State Senate in 2015. During his time in the Senate, McPike has fought to keep energy prices affordable for all Virginians and prevent regulated utility monopolies from increasingly overcharging consumers. In the 2018 session, he introduced legislation to prevent electric utilities from recovering the cost of projects like natural gas pipelines from their consumers beyond what was actually needed to supply Virginians with energy. He has taken a principled stance to refuse campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies and co-sponsored fellow Clean Virginia Champion Senator Chap Petersen’s 2018 bill to prohibit public service corporation contributions to all candidates. He also worked with Senator Petersen on legislation to refund Dominion’s overcharges to consumers and restore the State Corporation Commission’s ability to regulate Dominion’s rates to the pre-2015 “rate freeze” levels and voted against the “Grid Modernization Act” (SB 966) which did the opposite. Senator McPike has further championed pro-environmental policy and introduced legislation in 2017 to allow vehicles bearing clean special fuel license plates to use high occupancy toll lanes to encourage further adoption of clean energy motor vehicles.