The 2023 session of the General Assembly was difficult and different from past years. Many of our bills were not even assigned to a committee for a hearing. During this legislative session, only three of my eleven bills passed out of committee and came to the floor for a vote. Thankfully they passed. All three bills have already been signed into law by the Governor! I am grateful to all of my constituents and the many others who reached out to support my efforts during this legislative session.
As Virginia Women Veterans Week comes to an end, I want to express my gratitude for the 110,000 women veterans who call Virginia home. This week, I attended numerous events to recognize and celebrate our women veterans. I visited the Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington to hear from Jessica Lynch, who was held as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Her story of courage and survival was inspiring and unforgettable.
This week, I went to Richmond for the historic unveiling ceremony of the official portrait of Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn. From 2020-2022, Delegate Filler-Corn served as the 56th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. She was the first woman and the first person of Jewish faith to serve as Speaker in the 400-year history of the Commonwealth's legislature. She will once again make history when the first portrait of a woman is hung in the House Chamber. Congratulations to Delegate Filler-Corn on this momentous achievement. It is ironic that we celebrate this milestone during Women’s History Month.