Jennifer McClellan believes that all Virginians should be treated with respect and dignity. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are, who they love, or what they believe. As a legislator, Jenn has been a leader in the fight for civil rights for all. She led the fight in the Senate to make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the 28th state to extend protections against discrimination for pregnant workers and new mothers. She was a key leader on the Virginia Values Act, making Virginia the first state in the South to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and also on legislation repealing Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. She has worked to ensure Virginia remains a welcoming place for immigrants. Jenn has been a leading legislative advocate to create a level playing field and expand opportunities and access for individuals with disabilities. She successfully repealed vestiges of Jim Crow in Virginia law and has worked tirelessly to eradicate their long-lasting impacts. And Jenn has been a leader as the Chair of Virginia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission in telling the complete and accurate story of Virginia’s past and achieving Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community.
As Governor, Jenn will continue this long overdue work to address inequity and discrimination, and build a more inclusive and just Virginia.