Jennifer Wexton is running in the 2018 election to represent Virginia’s 10thdistrict in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has spent years working in public service for Virginia, focusing on children and families as a prosecutor, child advocate, and State Senator.On June 19, she won the Democratic primary and will run against Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in the general election on November 6.
Background and Achievements
Jennifer Wexton grew up in the Washington, DC area, and she currently lives in Leesburg with her husband and two children. She received her BA from the University of Maryland in College Park and her JD from the College of William and Mary. In her early career, she was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, prosecuting a range of cases including many on domestic violence. As a private practice lawyer, she worked with many child abuse and neglect cases, and as recognition for her pro bonowork, she received the Harry L. Carrico Award. She also cares deeply about mental health issues and has served on the Loudon Community Services Board, which oversees the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services. Most recently, she was elected to the Virginia Senate in 2014, where she has advocated for issues such as healthcare, child safety, and job expansion.
Positions on Key Issues
- Supports reproductive and abortion rights and paid family leave
- Advocates for ending violence against women
- Supports public education funding
- Advocates for renewable energy
- Supports common sense gun legislation
- Believes in affordable healthcare expansion
- Supports immigration reform and the DREAM Act
Prospects & Opponents
Jennifer Wexton won the Democratic primary on June 19 by 18.8 points. In the November 6 general election, she will run against Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock. On June 26, Monmouth University released a poll that has Wexton winning 49 percent to 39 percent against Comstock.53,843 people voted in the Democratic primary, and 46,575 people voted in the Republican primary. Comstock won her 2016 election by 5.8 points, but Hillary Clinton won by 10 points in the district. The Cook Political Report originally rated the election as a tossup, but most recently (June 19), it rates the election as leaning Democratic.
- Feminist Majority
- Emily’s List
- Human Rights Campaign
- The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
- Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate
- Local SEIU
- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
- Washington Post