As Lieutenant Governor, I am proud to support progress for all Virginians. During the past legislative session I cast tie-breaking votes in support of an increase in the Virginia minimum wage and repeal of the ultrasound mandate.
The strongest opponents of our most pressing priorities, namely Medicaid Expansion, have mounted an aggressive campaign against our strongest allies in the Virginia Legislature. Our opponents have placed themselves on the wrong side of history by placing partisan politics before the health of up to 400,000 hard-working Virginians – 15,000 of whom are veterans – and an estimated 30,000 new jobs.
Chairing the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, I have spent countless hours working with elected officials, mental health professionals, and community members in crafting recommendations on how we can improve our mental health system here in Virginia. In addition to my duties as Lieutenant Governor, I still practice medicine as a pediatric neurologist and see patients weekly. As a physician, I see firsthand the need for mental health reform. I was pleased to see that initial progress was made in reforming our mental health system during this past legislative session, but we still have much more work to do.
I am proud to stand for our core principles in this battle and to compete with special interests who want to move Virginia backward, and I have established this leadership fund to support our continued progress. I ask you to join me and pledge your support to this cause. With your help we can send a message to those who would paralyze our ability to move Virginia forward that we are stronger together.