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Patrick A. Hope (VA-47) Receives Top Honors from the Virginia Education Association Print

10.19.2010 ArlingtonLast night Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-Arlington) received a "Rookie of the Year" award from the Virginia Education Association (VEA) at the local Arlington Education Association (AEA) meeting. Delegate Hope received the honor for his 100 percent VEA voting record in the 2010 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly. The Arlington Education Association is an organization of members, including teachers and educational support personnel, who advocate for its members by meeting regularly with Arlington Public Schools administration and School Board members to discuss working conditions, instruction, benefits and wages.

In recognizing Del. Hope, VEA's lobbyist Robley Jones said, "VEA celebrates Delegate Hope's solid support for public education, and his understanding of the importance of a high quality education for the next generation to the future of Virginia. Hope is a welcome addition to a House in need of more friends to public education." Jones concluded, "We look forward to a long friendship with this freshman delegate and commend him for his VEA Legislative Rookie of the Year Award."

In accepting the award Monday evening at Kenmore Middle School, Del. Hope said, "I'm so pleased to receive "Rookie of the Year" honors from the Arlington Education Association. Our teachers and support personnel are on the forefront preparing our students to be Virginia's future leaders." He added, "I'm committed to ensuring you not only have adequate resources but we also must show our appreciation through salaries that are at least the national average and commit to ensuring your retirement benefits are permanently protected and secured."

Patrick A. Hope is a Member of the Virginia General Assembly as the Delegate from the 47th District representing part of Arlington County. He serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee and House Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee.