Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County.
She served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years (1997-2011) and chaired that body three times. During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board's leading advocate for children, youth and families, and her contributions to the community include establishing mental health services in the public schools. Throughout her public life she has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights.
In the Virginia Senate, Barbara is focusing her legislative efforts on women’s reproductive rights, health care access, K-12 education funding, social services, foster children and domestic violence issues. She is also dedicated to environmental stewardship and maintaining the ban on uranium mining. Senator Favola serves on Virginia's Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Transportation Committee. She is now the Senate Chair of the Women's Reproductive Health Caucus and Vice Chair of Virginia’s Commission on Youth. She was recently appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission and chairs the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee. Senator Favola was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs.
For three years in a row, Senator Favola was given a 100% rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for her efforts during the legislative session to support the environment and women's rights, respectively. In 2012, she received the Virginia Peters Nonprofit Friend of the Year Award from the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND). Additionally, the Virginia Education Association has named Senator Favola a Legislative Champion and a Legislative Hero.
Senator Favola and her husband Douglas Weik have been residents of Arlington and the 31st district since 1982. Their son, Donald P. Weik, is a graduate of George Mason University.