Interview: Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan

BY ON April 5, 2017
Senator Jennifer McClellan and family.

Senator Jennifer McClellan and family.

This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Virginia Senator Jennifer McClellan

What is unique about protecting Virginia’s resources?

Virginia has bountiful and diverse natural resources – from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay to the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Here in Richmond, we are blessed to have the James River run through our city. It is important that we protect these natural resources for future generations to enjoy. To this end I have supported increased funding for cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s park system, and conservation of Virginia land.

As a parent are you worried about the effects of climate change on your children and the children of Virginia?

As the mother of two, I am committed to protecting Virginia’s environment. (Tweet this) I want my children to be able to enjoy all that Virginia has to offer, and in order for this to be we must recognize the real impact that climate change is making to our natural resources. Climate change threatens our communities through rising sea levels, an increase in severe storms and flooding, and threats to ecosystems that impact not only certain species of animals and plants, but the agricultural and aquaculture economies that rely on them. Climate change is also beginning to have an impact on public health, as we are seeing an increase in pollen, algae, and bacteria in the air and water. Climate change is an issue we need to address now as the threats it poses will only grow worse over time.

Why is a bipartisan effort so important and how can these efforts be achieved in our politically polarizing culture?

It is increasing important for our legislators to put partisanship aside and do the work the people of Virginia elected us to do. As a member of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and as the former ranking Democrat of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, I have focused on efforts to conserve Virginia’s natural resources, promote renewable energy and green jobs, and protect our environment. I believe that these efforts are naturally bipartisan because we must protect our resources for future generations, and the opportunities presented by renewal energy and green jobs will continue to boost our economy.

Is there anything you’d like to share that is important for Moms Clean Air Force members to know?

I encourage Moms Clean Air Force to continue to work with legislators and elected officials in an effort to educate and promote policies that will protect Virginia’s natural resources for generations to come. Many of the relevant environmental bills me through the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee on which I serve. Grassroots efforts like yours help educate legislator about the issues that important to Virginians and gain insight toward progressive policies. My door is always open if you would like to express your thoughts on legislation before the General Assembly. You can contact my office at 804.698.7509 or district09@senate.virginia.gov. You can also stay informed of the Senate’s activities by following me on twitter (@JennMcClellanVA) and liking my Facebook page (SenJenniferMcClellan).

Senator Jennifer McClellan represents Virginia’s 9th Senate District, which includes parts of Henrico County, Hanover County, the City of Richmond, and all of Charles City County. She serves on the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Local Government, and Transportation Committees.

Prior to her election to the Senate in 2017, she served 11 years in the Virginia House of Delegates. Jenn has received a 100% rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters each year since 2011 and a cumulative rating of 98% since taking office in 2006. She and her husband David Mills live in Richmond with their son Jackson and daughter Samantha.

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TOPICS: Climate Change, Politics, Virginia