Speaking at a Stop Asian Hate Rally in Henrico on March 24th, 2021

As we come to the end of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, there are many individuals and organizations to celebrate for their historical accomplishments that strengthen our communities today and for the ongoing work that will improve our lives tomorrow. These contributions from our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors must be remembered, shared, amplified, and thoughtfully included in a wider, more inclusive understanding of our Commonwealth’s past, present, and future.

From honoring the well-known men and women leading the way in high-profile fields to celebrating the work of community advocates, business owners, educators, local elected officials and…


McClellan: ‘It’s past time for leadership that ends the cycle of injustice at its root, and I’ll lead the charge as the next governor.’

RICHMOND, Va. — Today, on the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, gubernatorial candidate Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released a statement calling for a transformation of Virginia’s justice system.

“The anniversary of George Floyd’s death is a sobering reminder of how often our country fails its promise of equal justice for all and an urgent call to fundamentally transform justice in Virginia,” McClellan said. “We’ve made significant progress in the past year on police and…


I am filled with a renewed sense of gratitude this Mother’s Day.

A year ago, we were still in the early months of the pandemic. This year, millions of Americans have received or are in the process of receiving vaccinations, which has allowed so many to safely gather and embrace their families for the first time in a year or more.

This is also the first Mother’s Day since I announced my candidacy for Governor in June of 2020. …


My fights to expand and protect reproductive freedoms in Virginia

In Virginia, we’ve made major and historic progress to expand access to abortion care. I’m proud to have led that progress. During the McDonnell Administration, I fought back against Republican attempts to pass medically unnecessary and dangerous abortion restrictions. I even brought my copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” to the floor, as I spoke out about the damaging and discriminatory practices the Republican legislators were trying to pass.

In 2011 and 2012, the Republican majority in the General Assembly passed several politically motivated bills aimed at shutting…


As the mom of two young kids, I think about the world that my kids will inherit — and the impacts that we’re seeing every day due to the climate crisis. Climate change impacts every aspect of our lives: our economy, our health, our loved ones, and racial injustice.

Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities have faced disproportionate impacts from climate change and pollution. Across the Commonwealth, we face new challenges to our health and economic systems because of the increasing impacts of climate change. In Virginia Beach alone, mitigating the impacts of sea-level rise could cost up to $2.4 billion.


In the span of 6 weeks, we have lost the champion of equality on the Supreme Court and witnessed an unprecedented rush to shift the Court to a 6–3 right-wing majority.

The impacts for Virginia and the nation could be massive.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett had a historically short vetting period, but her record on reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change, and health care is deeply concerning.

Virginia has made tremendous progress over the past several years on expanding access to health care, protecting equal rights, making it easier to vote, and ensuring more Virginians have educational opportunities and opportunities…


I’ve seen the playbook on the efforts to criminalize and block reproductive rights.

When Republicans controlled Virginia from 2010–2014, they pushed dozens of bills to limit reproductive rights: everything from TRAP laws to waiting periods to transvaginal ultrasounds.

Here’s what I’ve learned along the way: When Republicans throw up roadblocks to reproductive health care, we have to fight back.

In 2010, I stood on the House floor, pregnant with my first child, fighting against Republican bills designed to inhibit reproductive rights.

In 2012 while holding my personal copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” on the House floor, I…


My mother was born in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi during the Great Depression. Her grandmother, mother, and sisters were domestic workers for white families. My great-grandmother Elnora was a live-in domestic for one family. After her children left home, my grandmother Leona cared for a bed-ridden elderly woman. My Aunts Lorena, Hazel, and Mina were domestics for white families all of their adult lives. And my mother worked part-time providing childcare during high school. As she tells it, “that’s all they could do.” As elsewhere in the South, employment options for Blacks — especially Black women — were limited…


By Sen. Jennifer McClellan

“You can be whatever you want to be,” they told me, “but you’re going to have to work twice as hard.” How many times have you heard that? Growing up as a Black girl in the South, my parents raised me with a mixture of hope and realism. They each grew up in the segregated South during the Great Depression and Jim Crow — Mom in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Dad alternating between Nashville, Tennessee and rural Alabama. They had fought for and seen so much change by the time I was born in 1972…

Jennifer McClellan

Candidate for Governor of Virginia and member of Virginia Senate (District 9). Wife of @davemillsva. Mom of Jack & Samantha. Let’s step boldly into the future.

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