Senator Janet Howell

Senator Janet Howell Senator Howell represents the 32nd District which includes Reston, Tysons, Oakton, and parts of Arlington, Falls Church and McLean.

Senator Howell is serving her 6th term in the Virginia Senate. She represents the 32nd District which includes Herndon, Reston, Great Falls, McLean, Tysons, and parts of Arlington and Falls Church. She also is a senior member of the Finance, Education and Health, Rules and Courts of Justice Committees. She is the first woman to be a Senate budget conferee.

11/13/2019

Join me at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. with Emily Cain, EMILY's List Executive Director to discuss my book for children & teens - Leading the Way: Women in Power.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7 p.m.

Women interested in politics, or even voting rights, have been dismissed and scoffed at throughout American history. Meet many of the brave women who wouldn’t be stopped—like Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress; Soledad Chávez Chacón, the second woman and first Latina to serve as governor; and Patsy Takemoto Mink, who coauthored the Title IX Amendment while she was the first woman of color and Asian American in Congress. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written, this introduction to trailblazers concludes with a guide to inspire young readers to take action themselves. Ages 10 and up.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required.
Politics and Prose it located at 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

Thank YOU! Virginia has made history. Your calls, door knocking, donations, support, votes and dedication flipped both t...
11/06/2019

Thank YOU! Virginia has made history. Your calls, door knocking, donations, support, votes and dedication flipped both the Senate and House. Democrats are in the majority of both chambers. I look forward to accomplishing our mission with my colleagues. Congratulations and thank you!

It’s been an honor and privilege to serve you for so many years. Today is a crucial day for Democrats. What we are most ...
11/05/2019

It’s been an honor and privilege to serve you for so many years. Today is a crucial day for Democrats. What we are most excited about is, once we gain majority, I will be Chair of Finance and Appropriations Committee which will make history as the first Woman in Virginia to lead this committee. As a result, I, along with my fellow Democrats, will have a significant influence on the state budget. My mission is to invest taxpayers' money wisely.

Quality education from pre-K through college, services for people with mental health and substance abuse illnesses, transportation funding, reforming juvenile justice programs and economic development investments are top priorities.

Passing gun safety legislation and the Equal Rights Amendment, raising the minimum wage, improving human services for our neighbors, updating drug policies, ending the scourge of domestic violence and Climate Change are many of the issues I look forward to working on. My advocacy and work are possible due to your support.

But, all this progress can only continue with your vote in today’s crucial election. Not only will I be on the ballot but your supervisors and school board representatives will be counting on your support as well. Please vote down the entire ballot and flip it over to vote for your school board member.

Vote TODAY, at your regular polling place, open 6am - 7pm!

ENDORSEMENT ALERT: Thank you SEIU for continuously supporting me and for all of your tireless work!
10/30/2019

ENDORSEMENT ALERT: Thank you SEIU for continuously supporting me and for all of your tireless work!

Today Americans grieve over the death of a hero. RIP Rep. Elijah Cummings, he was a true leader and a genuine advocate. ...
10/18/2019

Today Americans grieve over the death of a hero. RIP Rep. Elijah Cummings, he was a true leader and a genuine advocate. May his service and leadership continue to inspire positive change and progress.

09/11/2019

We will never forget the attack on Americans and all the innocent lives lost on 9/11. Today we honor our heros; first responders, law enforcement and families. #NeverForget

09/07/2019

Important Information on I-66/Route 28 Interchange.

Bridge Beam Installation at I-66/Route 28 Interchange Begins Next Week

Overnight closures of I-66 West planned for week of Sept. 15; Additional closures and detours in following weeks
FAIRFAX – Major construction work to install bridge beams for two new ramps over I-66 and Route 28 will begin Monday, Sept. 9, as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. Work is anticipated to last approximately one month and will include multiple nights of detours and traffic stoppages on I-66 and Route 28 beginning the week of Sept. 15.

Drivers should plan for delays and detours as work progresses to rebuild the Route 28 Interchange.

The planned sequence of work and related traffic impacts is as follows:

Week of Sept. 8:
Crews will lift bridge beams outside of existing travel lanes during daytime hours.
No detours or significant stoppages are planned.

Week of Sept. 15:
Crews will lift bridge beams over I-66 West during overnight hours.
I-66 West will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. each night.
Drivers will be detoured to Route 28 North to Westfields Boulevard westbound, stay to the right for Route 28 South, then follow signs to I-66 West.

Week of Sept. 22:
Crews will lift bridge beams over I-66 East and Route 28 during overnight hours.
Lanes will be closed on I-66 East and Route 28 South with intermittent full traffic stoppages during late night hours. Stoppages of up to 30 minutes will occur between midnight and 5 a.m. nightly.
Route 28 North will be closed nightly with drivers detoured to I-66 East to Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) North, stay to the right for I-66 West and then follow signs to Route 28 North.

Week of Sept. 29:
Crews will lift bridge beams over I-66 East and Route 28 South during overnight hours.
Lanes will be closed on I-66 East and Route 28 South with intermittent full traffic stoppages during late night hours. Stoppages of up to 30 minutes will occur between midnight and 5 a.m. nightly.

Message boards on I-66 and Route 28 will provide advance notice of lane closures and traffic stoppages. Weekly updates will be available at Transform66.org and on Twitter @VaDOTNOVA. To receive updates automatically by email, sign up here.

When complete, the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project will feature three general purpose and two Express Lanes in each direction from I-495/Capital Beltway to Route 29 in Gainesville. The I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes are expected to open in December 2022.

All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.

On Twitter, follow VDOT Northern Virginia at @VaDOTNOVA.

09/05/2019

I was saddened to learn of the death of Carol Purves, wife of my opponent, Arthur. She and Arthur were married 46 years and had two children and seven grandchildren. They had such a strong relationship. My heart goes out to Arthur and I wish him and his family well in this difficult time.

Happy Indian Independence and Thank you to DAAV for all of your efforts and relentless work for the community.  Thank yo...
09/02/2019

Happy Indian Independence and Thank you to DAAV for all of your efforts and relentless work for the community.
Thank you for your support, Steve Descano — and of course I support you! We share so many goals for our criminal justice system and will be a great team.

08/30/2019

I feel like I have just had a major tune-up and am ready for my next 100,000 miles! Everything is healing as hoped and I am stronger daily. My heart is totally healed and I would be out and about except for the ankle. I can’t put any weight on it for another month and am grounded until then.
Thank you all for your emails, messages, cards, and especially prayers. I feel really loved!
- Janet

Wonderful day for joint canvassing and to be a part of Women Equality for VA canvass weekend #StellaPekarsky, #Kathysmit...
08/26/2019

Wonderful day for joint canvassing and to be a part of Women Equality for VA canvass weekend #StellaPekarsky, #Kathysmith, #KarrieDelaney, #SULLY

Welcoming students back to school and wishing them a great year!
08/23/2019

Welcoming students back to school and wishing them a great year!

The Pakistani Festival in Bull Run, wishing the Pakistani Virginian community Happy Independence Day!
08/19/2019

The Pakistani Festival in Bull Run, wishing the Pakistani Virginian community Happy Independence Day!

Wish I could have been at the Hunter Mill and Dranesville committee meetings but am recovering rapidly!  We MUST turn No...
08/16/2019

Wish I could have been at the Hunter Mill and Dranesville committee meetings but am recovering rapidly! We MUST turn NoVa totally blue and flip the Senate and House. Thank you to our committees, volunteers and my wonderful candidate friends for all your efforts!

Thank you to Congressman Don Beyer, former First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Delegate Ken Plum and all of you who celebrated...
07/01/2019

Thank you to Congressman Don Beyer, former First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Delegate Ken Plum and all of you who celebrated with me at the Hats Off to Janet event yesterday. It was a wonderful event and I loved seeing all of you! Thank you for your support yesterday, and through the years!

Great event today for my boss, Senator Howell
07/01/2019

Great event today for my boss, Senator Howell

Re-elect Senator Janet Howell! When we flip the General Assembly this November, Senator Howell will be Chair of the Finance Committee — a powerful woman for a powerful position.

Senator Howell received a "perfect score" from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for the 2019 session.  https:/...
06/26/2019
Arlington legislators get good marks from environmental group

Senator Howell received a "perfect score" from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for the 2019 session.

https://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/arlington-legislators-get-good-marks-from-environmental-group/article_7803a41e-9749-11e9-a5c3-dff087bd8587.html

Six members of Arlington’s seven-member General Assembly delegation won perfect scores from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for the 2019 session, with the seventh not too far behind.

Access to heath care is critically important to Virginians’ quality of life and livelihoods and to our economy.  The art...
04/08/2019
Howell, Surovell and Lopez column: Democrats continue their fight for quality health care for all Virginians

Access to heath care is critically important to Virginians’ quality of life and livelihoods and to our economy.

The article below highlights what Democrats are doing to continue their fight for quality health care for all Virginians.

https://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/howell-surovell-and-lopez-column-democrats-continue-their-fight-for/article_3dc1267e-8d29-537d-9410-4bcf48dce6d7.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

By Janet Howell, Scott Surovell and Alfonso Lopez

Editorial: Foster care changes will serve Virginia kids
03/14/2019
Editorial: Foster care changes will serve Virginia kids

Editorial: Foster care changes will serve Virginia kids

A HIGHLIGHT of this year’s General Assembly session was the unanimous approval lawmakers gave to a major overhaul of Virginia’s troubled foster care system.

James B. Cole column: Keeping health care workers safe, too
03/14/2019
James B. Cole column: Keeping health care workers safe, too

James B. Cole column: Keeping health care workers safe, too

Americans were shocked and saddened recently by the news about a well-liked and respected young nurse practitioner whose life was taken during a violent assault at a Wisconsin hospital.

02/26/2019

From Augusta Free Press:

"Senate Democrats applaud the passage of a bipartisan budget that includes a 5% teacher salary increase, 1% state employee pay increase, $94 million for higher education, $194 million for K-12 public education, $7 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and $1.3 billion deposited into Virginia’s Rainy Day and Cash Reserve funds. The conference budget passed with a vote of 40-0 in the Senate."

Senate budget conferee Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) said the following about the budget:

“This budget is a product of a bipartisan process to invest in the Commonwealth’s priorities and create a plan that reflects the diverse needs of our state. Senate Democrats fought for the inclusion of a varied set of priorities that reflect the needs of our growing economy and we’re proud to support the final version of this budget.”

02/02/2019

My thoughts on Governor Northam:

The Ralph Northam I know is not a racist. The Ralph Northam I know is a decent and kind man. For the ten years I have known him, he has courageously tried to promote racial harmony in our Southern state.

However, if he is in the disgraceful, abhorrent photo, he must resign. This is a very sad time for our Commonwealth.

This horrible episode has ripped the scab off the festering wound of discrimination still in Virginia. We must all examine our consciences to see what more we can do to bring healing and reconciliation to all Virginians.

I was absolutely appalled by this article.  Such treatment of nursing mothers by the Department of Corrections and its c...
01/04/2019
‘A Pumping Conspiracy’: Why Workers Smuggled Breast Pumps Into Prison

I was absolutely appalled by this article. Such treatment of nursing mothers by the Department of Corrections and its contractor is not acceptable. Requiring women to pump breast milk in the men's room is unacceptable. I immediately contacted Sec. of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran to express my disgust. He promised to look into what happened and correct it. He pointed out that the Department of Corrections supports breast feeding by their employees.

Many employers don’t provide workers with time and space to express breast milk. Millions of families are affected — and often, it’s a violation of federal law.

07/11/2018

July 10, 2018

We Are Off!

My husband Hunt and I have started our eleven day car trip through Southside and Southwest Virginia. This is not your typical vacation. Let me explain. Earlier this year I realized I don't know parts of Virginia as well as I would like. I have gone all over the state for various commission meetings but those are very programmed and rushed.

Hunt and I were reading The Extremes of Virginia by August Wallmeyer and we agreed we should visit sometime. The two regions are facing daunting challenges -- economic, educational, lifestyle, workforce, and health. Local leaders and economic development officials are working very hard with mixed results. The state is trying to assist but often we are uncertain what exactly to do.

In April I was asked a question at a large Leadership Arlington breakfast: "What are you doing to make people in the rest of the state understand the needs of Northern Virginia?"

My instant response was that I thought they will listen to me more if I listen to them more. And, then, in an off-handed way I mentioned that my husband and I were thinking of a trip this summer.

I should have known better! The comment was picked up in Arlington Now. That article was put on a statewide news clipping service. It was read by the editor of the Roanoke Times, Dwayne Yancey. He wrote an editorial about my trip and asked readers to send suggestions on what we should see.

WOW!

We got a really heartwarming response. People from all over the region sent ideas, some invited us to visit them at their home. Significantly, Augie Wallmeyer (the author who wrote the book) offered his help and helped guide our choices. He will join us a couple days.

My fear is that we are overbooked but I am so excited by the prospects of the trip. We will visit Farmville, Danville, Martinsville, Marion, Bristol, Abington, and Galax. We have contacts everywhere -- mostly with people we have never met but who reached out to us.

I'll let you know the highlights of the trip when we get back.

Best,
Janet Signature
Senator Janet Howell

06/01/2018

Reflections on Our Extended Session

Finally, finally, we have a budget. As the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, I have been working closely with senior Republicans in the House and Senate to reach a compromise budget. It is by far the best budget we have produced in decades.

People of good will, working together against obstructionists and refusing to give up, can change the future of our state.

Citizens demanding action propel us forward. Governor Northam was brilliant: no budget without Medicaid Expansion. He spoke softly and carried a big stick!

The budget includes the expansion of Medicaid coverage to approximately 400,000 adults, most of whom are employed. These are the working poor, our neighbors who work long hours for little pay and no benefits. Virginia has long had one of the stingiest programs in the country. Our current program doesn't cover most adults - but it is recognized as one of the best run in the country. We are committed to continuing to run an efficient program. But that is not good enough. Moving forward, we are creating a new unit at JLARC (Joint Audit and Review Commission) to constantly evaluate the program and recommend improvements.

It is estimated that Virginia will receive about two billion dollars a year from Washington for the expansion. Those funds will be an economic stimulus and job creator for our state, especially in the more impoverished regions. Our challenged rural hospitals will be stabilized. Additionally, people with substance abuse problems and mental health issues will be able to receive professional help.

Because we are finally accepting the money Virginia taxpayers have been sending to Washington, and because we are assessing hospitals to pay the state's 10% share of expansion, we will save about half a billion dollars in state General funds. These savings are being reinvested in programs for Virginians.

All sections of our budget are benefiting.

Most impressive are the program enhancements to our mental health and substance abuse programs. We are implementing virtually all of the recommendations of the Deeds Commission on Mental Health Reform. I am a member of the Commission and can assure you these improvements are essential to make our system humane and able to treat those who need our help. Over $84 million in new dollars will be spent to modernize our system. Most importantly, funding will be focused on preventing the cruel and costly practice of sending those with mental illness to jail. Of special importance to me, we are investing $14 million in housing supports for people with mental illnesses.

One of the most difficult issues we have faced for the past two decades is how long the waiting list is for services for people with intellectual disabilities. We are under court order to close most of our training centers and provide community options for these disabled people. We have been slowly increasing opportunities but the waiting list nonetheless grows. Forty six million additional dollars are being directed to address this crisis. By funding new slots and reallocating slot distribution we are adding 1645 disabled people to our waiver system. That reduced by about half the waiting list for Priority One individuals. We still have a long way to go, but this is the greatest reduction in the waiting list ever.

We are significantly increasing funding to K-12 education. In addition to completely funding the biennial "rebenchmarking" ($481 million), we have approved the state share of a 3% salary increase for school positions, effective July 1, 2019, assuming we hit revenue targets. Several pilot and innovative initiatives have been funded. For example, Wolftrap's early education program in the arts is being expanded into various parts of the state.

Pre-Kindergarten funding and programs have also been augmented more than $6 million and many of the constructive recommendations of JLARC have been approved.

Economic development is a priority. GOVirginia, an initiative encouraging creative cooperation to promote regional development statewide, has received an additional $16 million. CyberX received $20 million. This is an initiative of our universities and business community to make our state competitive in the growing cyber security sector.

We are continuing to reform our juvenile justice system. The changes are working! Kids are not recidivating at the former rate - in fact, we now are leading the nation rehabilitating youthful offenders. We are heavily investing in smaller facilities and programs in local communities. The savings we reap by helping children in less expensive settings than juvenile prisons will be reinvested in programs to set them on the right path.

We are setting aside nearly one billion dollars to cushion our programs from any downturn in the economy. Bonding agencies are worried about Virginia's dependence on federal government spending in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. We believe they will support our efforts and continue to give us a AAA bond rating.

Our growing economy and savings from expanding Medicaid have made all this possible.

The process we were forced to create as a result of the stonewalling of the majority of the Republicans is not one I want to repeat. Those handful of us tasked with coming up with the compromise budget were reluctant to go outside the usual process.

However, the reality was we had to pass a budget. Local governments could not finalize their budget without knowing state supports. Virginia is required to pass a balanced budget. We cannot rely on continuing resolutions. Our current budget ends June 30. We were about to go off a cliff. Delegate Chris Jones and Senator Emmett Hanger (both Republicans) deserve our respect and gratitude. They took the lead and guided us to an excellent budget in very troubled times.

I look forward to your comments and advice. And, my aide, Karol Straub, and I relish helping you with any difficulties with state government.

Best,
Janet Signature
Senator Janet Howell

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Did the Democrats lock Senator Chase out of the Pocahontas room today? Amanda Chase for Virginia Governor, 2021! Just incase you haven't heard!!
If you are ashamed of the votes you are casting perhaps you should be voting the other way!
Can We Risk Passing HB-177, The NPVIC? The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is an agreement between states to give their electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide. The compact does not activate until member states represent 270 electoral votes. Currently, the compact has 15 member states, plus DC, and 196 electoral votes. The NPVIC is likely to result in a Democrat President because it creates a national popular vote weighted by heavily populated states who reliably vote Democrat. However, consider the scenario where the nation’s Democrat vote is split by a strong third-party candidate. In this example, the Republican candidate could win the national popular vote, and the compact would distribute all 270 electoral votes to the Republican, even if each member state chose a Democrat. If Virginia joins the NPVIC, our 13 electoral votes will likewise be delegated to the winner of the national popular vote, regardless of Virginia's choice of candidate. Are you prepared to take this risk? The Virginia House of Delegates has already passed the NPVIC, and HB-177 is currently under consideration in the Senate. Tell Senator Howell that Virginia doesn’t want to risk losing its voice in Presidential elections.
Please do not pass the $15 minimum wage. Raising the minimum had never helped in the past. Why do you think it will this time? We have already priced ourselves out of the world market. All the jobs are going out of this country. Illegals will want to get in this country more. Their extra money is sent home not i the US. Do you think people like nurses who are making $15/hour will be satisfied? NO. Nor would anybody else. So the minimum goes high and so will inflation. Small companies who cannot afford this will go out of business. Last time the wage went up. Some companies cut the hours from most of the employees, so they were no better. MD, approved the min. to go up to $15 by 2025 have already lost 9,000 jobs. Minimum wage is meant just that a minimum, not a wage to live by. Tho, I know several people who are doing that. POSSIBLE SOLUTION. To begin those people should get cost of living adjustments annually. Second they should by encouraged to get into a higher paying job. Encourage companies to create apprentice jobs. You say that not possible for some. That is true, but not because they do not have the education. They lack the get up and go. I personally know maids who saved enough to buy a houses and raise their kids. I ask you not to do it. If do, In a few years they will be demanding $25/hour. A never ending circle.
Leave my 2A rights alone , we will not be silenced!!!
Your another one we’ll vote out of office. As a gun owner and veteran I really can’t understand what y’all think these new gun laws are going to do? Criminals don’t abide by your laws, they will get guns one way or another. All you politicians are doing is putting innocent people in danger. Why not try looking at the judicial system. You need to start making some examples to criminals that we won’t tolerate it.
Let’s start at the beginning
You can’t bully Virginia! We will keep our 2A rights Breaking your Oath of office shows your true self , which seems to be Communistic
Thank Senator Chase for standing up for your people!!!!!! Maybe one day the other public officials that signed up to protect the constitution will due there job!!!!!Have a Good Day.
You took an oath when you where sworn in to office to protect and defend the constitution. What part of Right to bear arms don't you comprehend. We will fight for that right all the way to the supreme court. Then we the people whom you work for will vote your non complaint butt right out of office. Please do the job you were elected to do and stand up for our Constitutional rights.
If you don’t want constituents to call and complain about your bad bills; then stop introducing them. If you don’t want to hear from Virginians, then don’t run for office.
Why are you bullying your fellow senators for pointing constituents to their represenative's official contact information? Are you trying to tell citizens not to be engaged? This isn't like when the NYT decides to dig up private information, you are public officials and these are your public, TAX PAYER FUNDED office numbers. Everyone is SUPPOSED to know what they are.