On the Issues

As a small business owner in Northern Virginia for many years, Dick Saslaw understands what it takes to establish a strong business climate. He knows first hand the importance of balancing a budget, making payroll at the end of the month, and treating employees right. In the Senate, Saslaw has led the charge to make Virginia a top business destination.


Senator Saslaw has earned a reputation for his long record of fiscally disciplined leadership on the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, he has served as a key budget negotiator, and has worked across party lines to pass balanced budgets. With a “pay as you go” philosophy, Dick has led the way to keep future generations from carrying a burden of debt. He helped pass the most recent budget bill for Fiscal Year 2015—2016 that was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe without any amendments— a bipartisan accomplishment not seen in many years.

Virginia has been recognized as the best place to raise a child due to the available opportunities for future success. Senator Saslaw believes that a strong public education system is the key to a productive workforce and a strong economy. Dick Saslaw supported increased funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in local schools in order to prepare Virginia’s students for the careers of the 21st Century. He has worked for smaller class sizes, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and more funding for school construction.

Dick is leading the charge in the Senate to expand medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to health care. After years of struggling with colleagues across the aisle, there is finally a real chance at bringing Virginia’s hard earned tax dollars back home to benefit residents of the 35th district and beyond. Absent these Federal healthcare funds, It’s harder and harder to meet the needs of the Commonwealth whether it be for infrastructure, public safety, public education or higher education and developing the pipeline of a skilled workforce. Dick believes that leaving citizens to rely on visits to the emergency room to treat ailments is costly, foolish, and overall poor stewardship of taxpayer money. More importantly, it is the wrong moral course for our Commonwealth. Dick knows that Virginians deserve the right to access healthcare.

As your state Senator, Dick Saslaw is proud to be a voice for moving Virginia away from fossil fuels and bringing our power grid into the modern age. He worked closely with Governor Northam to pass the Grid Transformation and Security Act (SB 966), a landmark piece of legislation for Virginia’s energy future. SB 966 will dramatically increase the quantity of solar energy in the public interest from 500 megawatts to 5,000 megawatts, approximately enough to power 1.25 million homes. 

Dick Saslaw has led the fight for necessary transportation funding for our region. He serves on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Transportation, and continues to work to ensure that Northern Virginia receives the funding required to meet its growing transportation needs. He has been a long time advocate for making critical investments in infrastructure aimed at reducing gridlock. He strongly believes that Virginia must expand the use of mass transit, increase efficiency, and keep up with the maintenance of existing projects.

Dick Saslaw serves on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, which is responsible for legislation dealing with public safety. The Senator has been one of the strongest advocates for measures that will make our neighborhoods safer, and has been recognized by law enforcement for his strong public safety record. Dick has worked to protect our community by supporting common sense gun legislation in Richmond.


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