Christian Dorsey, Peter Fallon win Straw Poll

Thank you to everyone that joined us yesterday for Senator Favola's campaign kick off- what a wonderful success! At the event we held a straw poll for the Arlington County Board Democratic Primary, in which Christian Dorsey received the most votes, and Peter Fallon the second most votes. Congratulations to Christian Dorsey and Peter Fallon! 

The Arlington County Democratic Primary will be held on June 9th for two open seats. The candidates are Christian Dorsey, Peter Fallon, Katie Cristol, James Lander, Andrew Schneider, and Bruce Wiljanen. Be sure to vote!



Arlington, VA – Arlington business leaders joined Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Barbara Favola (D- Arlington) to discuss economic opportunities across the Commonwealth and in Northern Virginia at a breakfast event at Kapnos Taverna, a local Ballston business that recently opened in January. This was a kick off event for Senator Favola’s re-election campaign.


Senator Favola emphasized her legislative accomplishments and examples of public-private partnerships she has nurtured. “The business community can work hand in hand with government to create a high quality community. Arlington is a great example of this synergy. In the legislature, I’ve focused on the cornerstones necessary to enabling businesses to grow and thrive, such as improving K-12 education, increasing access to health care, and creating job training opportunities.”


Governor McAuliffe laid out his economic accomplishments in Virginia, including bringing more investments to the state than any other governor. Discussing his New Virginia Economy plan, he highlighted the path forward for economic development: “I want Virginia to continue its tradition of being business friendly, but also not intruding on people’s personal lives – a practice in line with the majority of Fortune 500 companies. We should support our veterans, continue working to increase investment, improve our vital transportation infrastructure, and invest in a diversified economy. ”



In this bi-partisan group, both Governor McAuliffe and Senator Favola responded to questions about development opportunities in Virginia, as well as queries about the upcoming election.




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 


Press Release: Sen. Favola Strongly Endorses AG Herring's Opinion on TRAP Regulations



Richmond, VA – Today, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that Virginia’s TRAP (Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers) regulations would not apply to existing clinics in the Commonwealth, but only to new clinics. Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), issued the following statement:


“As the Senate Chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus, I have long fought against restrictions that inhibit a woman’s ability to obtain access to safe and legal reproductive health services, including access to abortions. I want to extend a big thank you to Attorney General Herring for his opinion that the TRAP regulations apply to new clinics only.  This opinion is in line with an earlier recommendation of the Board of Health: a recommendation that was offered prior to AG Cuccinelli threatening to not defend Board of Health members unless they changed their position.  


The medically unnecessary TRAP regulations created a prohibitive financial burden on existing clinics, leading to the closure of two clinics –one in Northern Virginia and the other in Hampton Roads.  These regulations deal with physical requirements such as the width of hallways and the number of parking spaces. Once clinics are built, it is nearly impossible to renovate or purchase additional land in a cost effective manner. 


 Women’s Clinics help thousands of women receive the health care and support they need- not just access to safe abortions, but breast and pelvic exams, cancer screenings, family planning services, and other forms of primary and preventive care.  The health of women in the Commonwealth has just improved because of the Attorney General’s actions. Let’s not forget, when Virginia women are healthier, Virginia’s families are healthier.”




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. Senator Favola served on the Board of Health during Governor Kaine’s Administration 2007-2009.

Press Release: Sen. Favola Supports Governor On Ethics Amendments

For Immediate Release: Friday April 16th 2015




Richmond, VA – Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) enthusiastically supported Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to the omnibus ethics bill passed by the legislature in March. The legislation requires that all gifts $50 and above must be reported. The amendments seek to restrict gift limits to an accumulative $100 per donor per year. In contrast, the bill as it passed the legislature allowed for successive gifts of up to $100 without the total limit at $100 per year. Due to a technical error that made the $100 read like a lifetime cap on donating, the House and Senate clarified that the $100 limit applies per annum, then voted to uphold the Governor’s amendments. 


Senator Favola: “These amendments serve to strengthen our current system against potential corruption and help ensure that public servants are truly accountable to all the residents of Virginia. The bill is not perfect -additional steps need to be taken to strengthen the Ethics Council- but it is a good first step. This legislation will evolve over time as lawmakers and good government groups observe the implementation of this bill.”


The Senate passed the amendments to the ethics legislation unanimously, 37-0. The House companion bill HB 2070 also passed. The amendments will not take affect until January 2016.




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 

Barbara Favola on Protecting Local Government


Floor Speech in support of Governor McAuliffe's veto of HB 1608, a bill that would would inhibit a highly qualified workforce and make it harder for workers to live in the jurisdictions where they work.


Richmond, VA – Governor McAuliffe amended HB 2286, a bill that allows felons whose right to carry has been restored by another state to carry in Virginia. The Governor’s amendment is based on the language of legislation originally proposed by Sen. Favola (D-Arlington), Del. Simon (D-Fairfax) and Del. Murphy (D-McLean). If approved by the General Assembly, the amendment will prohibit individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors from possessing or carrying a firearm for a certain time period following their convictions. The misdemeanors all pertain to violence against a household or family member and include stalking, sexual assault, and assault and battery. 


Sen. Favola praised the Governor’s actions: “I strongly approve of Governor McAuliffe’s common sense amendment to protect women and domestic violence survivors while restricting firearm access for violent offenders. Studies show that violent behavior always escalates. The Governor’s amendment reflects this evidence-based approach to protecting domestic violence survivors.”


“I was thrilled to see the Governor has proposed responsible amendments to Delegate Webert's bill to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers," said Del. Simon.  "My very first bill as a member of the House of Delegates was an attempt to do the same thing, but I could never get it out of committee.  Thanks to the Governor's leadership, we have another opportunity to make this happen.” 


“"I am grateful to the Governor for including this amendment.” Del. Murphy said. “This is a common sense measure to keep guns out of the hands of convicted repeat domestic abusers. It is something we can all agree will help keep abused women safer. There is no excuse to oppose this.”


At least two people die every day from firearm-related injuries in Virginia.  Domestic violence disproportionately affects women, who represent 85% of all domestic violence victims. The Virginia Sheriff’s Association, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police supported legislation similar to the Governor’s amendment in the 2015 General Assembly session. ­



Senator Barbara Favola represents the 31st Senatorial District in Virginia, encompassing parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Delegate Marcus Simon represents the 53rd House District of Virginia, encompassing parts of Fairfax County and the City of Falls Church. Delegate Kathleen Murphy represents the 34th House District in Virginia, encompassing parts of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.

End of Session Letter

Dear Friends, 

The 2015 General Assembly Session ended without the bi-partisan rancor that has marked other sessions.  Your support and involvement enabled me to successfully pass legislation that will improve the quality of life for those in the 31st District and throughout the Commonwealth.

I am proud to say that my legislative successes protected K-12 education funding; made day care homes safer for children; implemented consumer protection measures in the delivery of health care; and addressed sexual assaults on college campuses. 

Governor McAuliffe’s Mental Health Initiative for Children enjoyed support from both sides of the isle.  Unfortunately, no progress was made on Medicaid Expansion and sensible gun control measures because of election year scares from the tea party.

I vow to keep fighting to take guns away from convicted stalkers and sexual abusers and to put additional teeth into protective orders.  Protecting our families and communities will always be a top priority for me.

It is an honor to represent you in the State Senate and I look forward to connecting with you in the district.  Please see the contact section of this newsletter for specifics.


Barbara Favola

Floor Speech in Opposition to HJ 577, A Constitutional Amendment Taking Control of Public Charter Schools Away from Localities


On Monday, I spoke on the Senate floor against HJ 577, a constitutional amendment that transfers authority to create a public charter school from localities to the state Board of Education. I object to HJ 577 because I support keeping K-12 educational decisions at the local level. This amendment would have allowed the state to take local funds for state-sanctioned charter schools.


Local communities already have the authority to set up charter schools on their own – if they decide it’s necessary. The decision to create a charter school needs to be made locally with the involvement of teachers, parents, and local school boards. Amending the Virginia constitution to transfer the authority to establish charter schools to the Board of Education represents an unwarranted and unnecessary intrusion into local control of education.


The amendment was narrowly defeated on a 20-20 vote; 21 votes were needed for passage.