Thursday, August 4, 2011

AAAdvocacy Day: Confirmed Elected Officials: Senator Janet Howell - Virginia 32nd Senate District


A Senator to be Proud of..

Janet Howell has been our 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.

Janet is one of Virginia’s most influential senators. She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Currently, she chairs its Public Safety Subcommittee and is a Senate budget conferees. Also, she chairs the Privileges and Elections Committee and serves as Vice Chairman of the State Crime Commission.

Janet is credited with major legal reforms. She headed the overhaul of our 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. Currently, she is leading efforts to use best practices in our prison and jail systems in order to better protect the public.

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.

Always approachable, Janet loves representing the people of the 32nd District, listening to their views, and solving their problems with state government.

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