As a resident of the 39th District since college, I've worked along side countless dedicated citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, Fairfax County, and Virginia. I'm honored to take on the challenge of bringing these issues and your concerns to the General Assembly.
A major transportation bill was needed in the 2015 Session to add transit funding and improved Private Partnership oversight. I got it expanded to:
• include rebuilding our deteriorated local roads (numbered 600 and above) not just interstate and primary roads and
• fund projects to reduce congestion on local roads, which the State wasn’t going to fund until well after 2028.
The 2013 funding increase was long overdue and it's going to take years to catch up with the huge backlog of needs. View this PowerPoint for a concise summary of the comprehensive (and therefore complex!) new funding. After years of long night hours pulling together material to be an effective advocate, I was pleased to play a role in the 2103 breakthrough.
Read my basic response to people who've contacted me on expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians – 70% of whom work but earn less than $32,000 for a family of four or $15,302 for one person. View my floor frustration with the failure of the House to consider expansion.
For other issues, please see Vivian's Views about the work I've done and am committed to do in the future with the economy, transportation, community concerns, K-12, higher education, environment crime, human services, senior citizens, and other important issues, including bills I've gotten passed.
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns about any issue. It's a challenge to balance the best interests of all the citizens of the 39th District and be sure decisions will stand the test of time. I hope I will continue to have your trust.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Regrettably, downstate Republicans are attempting to overturn the Governor's appointment of a Fairfax judge to the Virginia Court of Appeals. If they succeed, there'll be no judge on the Appellate or Supreme courts who has dealt with legal issues unique to almost 1 in 5 Virginians who live inside the beltway or Fairfax County.
The fight to control Women's Health decisions remains intense as discussed in these links:
-- Major issues affecting women's health
-- Personhood and birth/control
-- A decade trying protect access to birth control
-- Legal issues and court decisions
The General Assembly 2016 Legislative Session runs from January 13, 2016 through March 11, 2016.
Over 23% of Fairfax County’s School Budget comes from the State. The amount we get is based on a seriously flawed formula discussed in this link that I've tried repeatedly to change.
I serve on the 4-year General Assembly Jt Study of Mental Health in the 21st Century and have been appointed to Fairfax's "Diversion First" commission dealing with law enforcement and resources for persons in mental health crisis.
Vivian with Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly members on May 8, 2014, as the Governor signs new Mental Health legislation.
Fairfax County School Board Members Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee) , Pat Hines (Hunter Mill) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay visit the General Assembly, February 11, 2016.
Members of the General Assembly at the Equality Virginia Reception in Richmond on February 9, 2016
Members of the Virginia Korean American Association visit in support of Delegate Watts'HB 1223, February 2, 2016.
January 30, 2016, Delegate Watts and other members of the House of Delegates in the reconstructed Capitol in Williamsburg, Virginia for 26th Commemorative Session of the General Assembly.
Please click the link below to view Delegate Watts' Cox Cable Interview:
Cox Cable Interview with Delegate Watts January 20, 2016
A huge part of my job is to help you in any way I can to solve problems you're having with a wide range of issues, from street repairs to state tax returns. My aide, Deb Sherman, and I stand ready to make sure that you get the help you need. Both the Contact Me and Get Help sections are designed to serve you.
The General Assembly is now in its 2016 Legislative Session, which runs to March 12, 2016. During the Legislative Session, no donations can be accepted.
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I'm proud to have raised my family and lived in the 39th District for over 40 years. I worked hard in my local PTA and neighborhood, in community service clubs and civic organizations, and on many citizen studies and task forces to make Fairfax County a great place to live.
As your Delegate, and as a former Secretary for Transportation and Public Safety I'm dedicated to improving the quality of life in Fairfax County and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please, read more about my current record of service and about my long and deep involvement under About Vivian.
Thoughts on Race Relations
I started my 2015 newsletter with:
"This newsletter covers governing decisions. It hardly touches the challenge of working with the very different life experiences of 140 legislators to find “the common good.” My black colleagues spoke out long ago about the fear and intimidation conveyed in their lives through use of the confederate battle flag. My website carries my floor remarks on the reality of Northern prejudice as I’ve witnessed it. We have far to go to achieve liberty and justice for all — "
Here are my reflections about growing up in the North.