My statement on the Equal Rights Amendment on Women’s Equality Day.
I submitted comments in strong opposition of the proposed inclusion of a question regarding citizenship in the 2020 Census. These comments have been signed off by 30 Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly, including myself.
Delegate Kathy Tran sits down with Delegate Mark Levine for his show “The Inside Scoop” to share her experiences as a freshman in the Virginia House of Delegates.
My statement on the reports in the last several weeks that have brought to light instances of inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers in our country.
“Kathy Tran arrived as a refugee from Vietnam in 1980 as a child. Now she’s a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. On World Refugee Day, Ali chats with Kathy about her desperate flight from war, her run for high office, and how she’s living proof of the reality of the American Dream.”
Today is the 43rd anniversary of Black April, a day of painful remembrance for many in the Vietnamese community. You can read my full statement here.
“After President Donald Trump’s election ushered in an anti-refugee administration, Tran decided to enter politics. In November, she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, becoming the first Vietnamese American – and one of the first Asian American women – in the state’s legislature.”
“The University’s celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month began with celebrations of the cultures, traditions and histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States Wednesday with an opening ceremony featuring Virginia Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield).”
Tran, a mother of four, proudly serves as the President of the West Springfield Elementary PTA, where she works with other volunteers to support the school community. The delegate is inspired by her own parents, who brought her family to the U.S. from Vietnam as refugees. Their hard work and resilience allowed them to fulfill their “American dream.”
“People have come from across the country to say enough is enough, and we need action on gun safety,” Del. Tran said. “As Virginian legislators we have the responsibility to listen to our constituents and protect our communities. Too many lives have been lost, and we have to act now.”
“Today, I marched with my family, neighbors from the 42nd District, and students and families from across Virginia and the nation. We demand urgent action to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country,” Delegate Tran said. “We cannot become numb to mass shootings. Our children fear for their lives, and we must act now to pass common sense solutions. We cannot - and must not - fail our children.”
Yesterday marked the one-month anniversary of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Across our country, thousands of young people led us in raising-up our voices to call for solutions to our nation’s gun violence epidemic.
I stand with them and others across the 42nd District and the Commonwealth who are demanding that we have commonsense solutions. This is one of the singular issues of our time, and I am committed to advancing legislation to prevent gun violence.
Judging strictly by legislation passed, the record number of women in this year’s Virginia House of Delegates had only modest impact.
Most of the new delegates are Democrats, and most of their bills died in Republican-controlled committees — which is typical for freshmen, male or female.
But House members said that the presence of a historic number of women in the chamber created a fundamental shift in matters large and small, from the tone of debate to the way the House operates.
For Kathy Tran, the decision to breastfeed her daughter on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates was simple.
"I had a baby that was hungry and I needed to feed her," Tran says.
Tran is by all accounts the first Virginia state delegate to breastfeed on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates. Since taking office in January, she's been juggling daycare and feeding schedules around meetings and late-night votes. She often ducks her 13-month-old under a nursing cover and continues on with her business.
Women now make up 28 percent of the Virginia House Chamber. Do they have the numbers to shake up the boys’ club? We’ll hear from the longest-serving female delegate and a newly-elected member of the House. Click here and join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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