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Upcoming Pre-Session Public Hearings

January 5, 2016Blog Post

Public Hearings Scheduled

Senate Finance Committee Pre Session Public Hearing

Thursday, January 7, 2016,  Hearing begins at 10:00 a.m.

University of Mary Washington, University Center, Chandler Ballroom, Fredericksburg, Virginia.   

Town Hall Meeting with Senator Janet Howell and Delegate Ken Plum

Thursday, January 7, 2016  -- 7:30-9:00 p.m.  

Reston Community Center - Lake Anne Plaza - in the Rose Gallery

Arlington Delegation Town Hall Meeting

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Howell: ‘We All Lost a Great Visionary’ With Simon’s Death

September 25, 2015News Clip

[On Monday], we all lost a great visionary, Reston lost its founder, and I lost a dear friend. Robert E. Simon died peacefully at his home in Reston at age 101.

Bob changed the way we view community in America when he created the Reston community over 50 years ago. Risking his fortune, he purchased land in then rural countryside of Virginia. He then proceeded to develop a community unlike any other in our country.

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Summer's End

September 10, 2015Blog Post

As summer 2015 ends, I want to give you an update on my activities as your Senator.  It has been a somewhat unusual few months, so I will divide the report into "personal", "professional", and "political" sections.


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In decorous Richmond, a bitter partisan battle over a judicial post

August 19, 2015News Clip

RICHMOND — A bitter partisan battle between Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the GOP-controlled legislature over an appointment to the state Supreme Court ground discourse to a halt Monday in a capital city long known for its political decorum.

On the surface, the battle was over who would fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court: Justice Jane Marum Roush, a former Circuit Court judge from the Washington suburbs whom McAuliffe had appointed to the job last month, or Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr., the GOP’s preferred choice.

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Economic Initiative to Push Private Sector Jobs

July 29, 2015News Clip

Like the thimble on a Monopoly board, Virginia is looking to collect by passing “GO.”

A new economic development campaign called “GO Virginia” was announced Tuesday in a series of press conferences held throughout the state. The initiative, formally called the “Virginia Initiative for Growth & Opportunity in Each Region,” aims to encourage growth in the private sector through incentives from the state and cooperation among every region.

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