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Virginia State Senator

Janet Howell has been a Virginia State Senator since 1992. A community leader prior to running for office, Janet was a PTA president, community association president, and Chair of the State Board of Social Services.

Senator Howell is one of Virginia’s most influential senators.  She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. She also serves on the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, Privileges and Elections and Rules committees, and is a Senate budget conferee.  

Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. She headed the overhaul of Virginia’s family violence laws.  She led efforts to protect children from sexual predators. Virginia has genetic information privacy legislation due to her efforts.  She spearheaded the mental health law reform in the Senate following the Virginia Tech tragedy. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

Her work has been widely praised and honored.  The American Academy of Pediatrics named her their National Child Advocate of the Year.  The Virginia Sheriffs have repeatedly called her Senator of the Year.  Numerous human services organizations, including the Virginia Interfaith Center, have also given her awards.

Senator Howell earned her BA at Oberlin College (Government) and her MA at the University of Pennsylvania (International Relations).

Always approachable, Janet loves representing the people of the 32nd District which encompasses parts of Arlington and Fairfax County. She loves listening to their views, and solving their problems with state government.

The Latest

  • Keeping health care workers safe, too


    Keeping health care workers safe, too

    • By James B. Cole - Richmond Times - Dispatch


  • Legislation Would Regulate Student Loan Servicers in Virginia WVTF Radio

    Feb12 |

    “We’ve got a real problem with our student loan services. Many of them are predators,” says state Senator Janet Howell.  She has a bill that’s already passed the Senate that would crack down on these companies, forcing them to get a Virginia license and answer to state regulators.

  • My Thoughts on Governor Northam


    Ralph Northam I know is not a racist.  The Ralph Northam I know is a decent and kind man.  For the ten years I have known him, he has courageously tried to promote racial harmony in our Southern state.