Jennifer McClellan is the newly elected Congresswoman in Virginia's 4th district. She has served the voters of greater Richmond in the General Assembly for 17 years and has earned a reputation as a strong legislative champion for Virginians. She has passed landmark laws to protect voting rights, safeguard abortion access, tackle climate change, rebuild crumbling schools, expand Obamacare, protect workers rights, and reform Virginia’s criminal justice system.
Sen. McClellan was born in Petersburg to parents who both worked at Virginia State University. McClellan was elected to the House of Delegates representing Richmond in 2005. When the late Donald McEachin won his congressional race in 2016, McClellan was elected to fill McEachin’s former State Senate seat. She has served in the State Senate since 2017, and serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
Sen. McClellan has also been a leader in addressing Virginia’s painful history of racial inequity. As chair of the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, she promotes Dr. King’s legacy and continues his work, particularly racial healing, economic and social justice, and community engagement.