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Legislators Announce Formation of Progressive Caucus Print


Richmond - This morning, a group of legislators gathered to announce the formation of a Progressive Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly.  At the announcement, Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) said, “Progressive values are Virginia values. Families across the Commonwealth want their legislature to focus on issues that matter to them.” Delegate Hope continued, “The Progressive Caucus serves to fight for the interests of the average citizen and to educate the public on Progressive issues. “

His colleague, Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) added, “While Virginia can be slow to change, we have to keep pace with the times when it comes to issues like stem cell research, global warming and society’s attitudes towards gays and lesbians. As progressives, it is important that we stand together as we work to move Virginia forward.”

Delegate David Englin (D-Alexandria) stated, “It’s time for progressive legislators to organize and work together to advance the progressive values that we share, so we can keep our Commonwealth moving toward that day when every person – including the poor, the elderly, the week, the dispossessed – has a fair shake and an equal shot at the American dream.”

Senator McEachin (D-Henrico) concluded the press conference. “We standing here today believe that Virginians are fair and open-minded and want a Commonwealth that reflects those values. We will work together to improve the environment, support a strong, vibrant, quality, twenty-first century, public education system for all our children, devise and implement a long-term transportation program including a critical component of mass transit and of updated  infrastructure, create good-paying jobs and provide all Virginians equal opportunity, justice and fairness.”

Members of the General Assembly continue to join the Progressive Caucus which will be working throughout the year to support and create legislation that supports their goals and values.

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.

The Virginia Progressive Caucus Members

The Honorable Robin A. Abbott
The Honorable Mamye E. BaCote
The Honorable Robert H. Brink
The Honorable Betsy B. Carr
The Honorable Adam P. Ebbin
The Honorable David L. Englin
The Honorable Patrick A. Hope

The Honorable Matthew James

The Honorable Mark L. Keam
The Honorable Kaye Kory
The Honorable Mamie Locke
The Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan
The Honorable A. Donald McEachin
The Honorable Delores L. McQuinn
The Honorable Joseph D. Morrissey
The Honorable Kenneth R. Plum
The Honorable James M. Scott
The Honorable Scott A. Surovell
The Honorable David J. Toscano
The Honorable Roslyn C. Tyler
The Honorable Jeion A. Ward


Media Contact:

Mary P. Dooley, Legislative Assistant

Delegate Patrick Hope

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