Delegate Dawn Adams has had a long career in the healthcare community. After graduating from James Madison University, she went on to attend nursing school at the University of Virginia. Since then she has received several more advanced degrees in nursing and has worked as a nurse, nurse practitioner, and an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University. She developed an interest in public policy through her career, which led her to become engaged in and do research on healthcare costs and availability throughout the Commonwealth. Delegate Adams was first elected in 2017.