For Immediate Release
July 30, 2019
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Delegate Kathy Tran’s Statement on the 400th Commemoration
On this day 400 years ago, the first elected representatives came together in Jamestown to take the initial steps towards self-governance. Only a month later, the first enslaved Africans were brought to our Virginian shores, beginning the trans-Atlantic slave trade here. These two strands of our history are inextricably linked.
Yesterday, my family and I had the opportunity to view the minutes of the first meeting of the House of Burgesses, the predecessor to the House of Delegates. And today, we joined my colleagues from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to observe the journey we have traveled as a country, from slavery to today, and to commit ourselves to working for a better Virginia for all.
I am reminded of the fragility of our democracy. Its promise of hope, opportunity, and freedom inspires many around the world, including my family as boat refugees from Vietnam. Yet there are times when our democracy has fallen short of our ideals to devastating effects.
We see this today - we have elected the most diverse cohort to the Virginia House of Delegates and the most women to the U.S. Congress in our history. At the same time, we are experiencing a deeply concerning rise in racism, xenophobia, White supremacy, and hate.
I strongly believe the best way we can pay homage to our history and how far we have come in the last 400 years is by remaining steadfast in our determination to protect, strengthen, and perfect our democracy. By working together, we can lift up the most vulnerable and extend the promise of our democracy to everyone.
For Immediate Release
May 23, 2019
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Tran Campaign Responds to House Republicans’ Desperate Attacks
Kathy Tran for Delegate campaign manager Joann Saridakis released the following statement in response to Virginia House Republicans’ desperate attacks against Delegate Kathy Tran:
“We understand House Republicans have been panicking since Bob Thomas unwittingly shared their plan for Virginia – to follow Alabama's lead and outlaw abortion in almost all circumstances. This extreme view simply does not represent the values of Virginians.
“House Republicans' plan to ban abortion in Virginia is an attack on the freedom of women, and a blatant attempt to prevent women from making decisions about their own bodies. Delegate Tran will continue to fight back against House Republicans' deliberate misinformation campaign, so Virginia women have the health care they need and deserve.”
For Immediate Release
April 15, 2019
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Kathy Tran Raises $70,000 in First Reporting Period of 2019
Reports $147,000 cash on hand
Springfield, VA -- The Kathy Tran for Delegate campaign announced today that it raised over $70,000 in the first reporting period of 2019, and ended March with $147,000 cash on hand.
“These strong numbers will help ensure our campaign has the resources we need to tell voters about Kathy’s record of getting things done for our community,” said Kathy Tran for Delegate Campaign Manager Joann Saridakis. “From expanding Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians, to giving teachers a pay raise, to passing redistricting reform, Kathy is proud of her record of getting results. While we expect anti-choice extremists to invest heavily in this race, Kathy isn’t afraid of a tough fight and is building a strong grassroots-powered campaign that will lead us to victory in November.”
Today, the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate sent tax bills to Governor Northam for his signature. Addressing the impacts of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on Virginia taxpayers is one of the most pressing issues the General Assembly faced this legislative session.
I voted for this compromise $1 billion tax relief package, and it passed the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support. The bill addresses many of the concerns I have heard from constituents, and it meets my goals of giving relief to those who have been hit by the federal TCJA changes, saving for future investments, balancing the budget, and helping Virginia maintain our AAA bond rating.
Below is an overview of key changes to Virginia state taxes affecting taxpayers:
-This bill requires conformity, which means that taxpayers who chooses to itemize their deductions when filing federal taxes must also do so when filing state taxes. Likewise, taxpayers who claim the standard deduction in their federal tax returns would have to do the same on their state tax returns. Historically, Virginia has required conformity, and doing so now will help us avoid additional administrative audit costs.
-For tax year 2018, taxpayers will receive a one time refund of up to $220 for those married filing jointly and $110 for individuals. This refund will be mailed in the fall of this year.
-For tax years 2019 to 2025, there will be a 50% increase on Virginia’s standard deduction. This means the standard deduction will be $9,000 for those married filing jointly and $4,500 for individuals. The Virginia standard deduction was last raised in 2005. Increasing it now is a priority for many constituents in the 42nd District and will benefit all tax filers who take the standard deduction regardless of income level.
-Also for tax years 2019 to 2025, this bill will eliminate from state taxes the $10,000 cap on real estate and personal property taxes imposed by the TCJA. However, it keeps the cap of $313,000 on total deductions. Overall, this will bring relief to most homeowners in the 42nd District.
-The bill establishes a reserve fund to capture any additional revenue resulting from the TCJA. These funds could then be invested in priorities, such as teacher pay, or to provide further tax relief.
As I shared previously, every taxpayer will have to weigh the federal changes in the TCJA with the changes in Virginia tax policy to determine the best path forward for them and their family. Once Governor Northam signs the bills, the Department of Taxation can immediately begin processing tax returns.
I appreciate all the input I received over the past few weeks from constituents about how to address the TCJA changes in Virginia, and I look forward to continuing to dialogue about issues facing our community.
Women in my family, in my district, and across Virginia have told me how they have made the deeply private decision, in consultation with their doctor, as to whether or not they would have an abortion. As such, I introduced House Bill 2491 to repeal politically motivated, medically unnecessary, and unduly burdensome barriers Virginia women currently face in order to access these healthcare services.
I presented this bill in a hearing on Monday. Because a version of this bill had been introduced in both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates in previous years, and it was also introduced in the Senate this session, I was caught off guard by the tenor of the questions during the hearing. I wish I was quicker on my feet, and I regrettably misspoke.
I want to clarify what is allowed under Virginia law today and what House Bill 2491 would have changed:
Infanticide is illegal, and House Bill 2491 does not change this — It would continue to remain illegal, and I strongly condemn these heinous acts.
Also, Virginia women can currently access abortions during the latter stages of pregnancy under limited circumstances that affect the mother’s health, as long as three doctors certify her health is at grave risk.
However, in a medical emergency, women need to be able to make timely decisions in consultation with a doctor she trusts, so House Bill 2491 would have changed the law to allow a woman to protect her health if one doctor certifies that she is in danger of physical or mental harm.
I regret that this debate has been politicized and that the focus has shifted away from where it should be: trusting women to make their own healthcare decisions in consultation with their doctor.
Since the bill hearing, I have heard from women in my district and across Virginia who support my efforts to get politicians out of medical decisions. I also appreciate having the support of Governor Northam, Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, Attorney General Herring, and my colleagues in the Virginia House and Senate - together, we will continue to stand with Virginia women.
Tôi đã từng nghe những câu chuyện kể của những người phụ nữ ngay trong gia đình tôi, những người đang sinh sống trong địa hạt của tôi, và nhiều người đang sống ở khắp tiểu bang Virginia. Những người phụ nữ này đã kể với tôi những lựa chọn thật riêng tư của họ trong chuyện có nên bỏ thai hay không, sau khi tham khảo với bác sĩ.. Do đó, tôi đã trình dự luật House Bill 2491 với mong muốn làm giảm đi sự phức tạp không những không cần thiết mà còn có khả năng gây nguy hại cho sức khỏe của người phụ nữ khi họ gặp khó khăn trong thời gian thai nghén. Hơn nữa, sự phức tạp này đã được tạo ra không phải do nhu cầu y học mà thật sự là chỉ để phục vụ vào mục đích chính trị.
Tôi đã trình bày dự luật này trong một buổi điều trần Quốc hội vào hôm thứ hai. Điều cần nhắc lại là, đã có nhiều dự luật tương tự đã từng được đưa ra trước phiên họp của cả Thượng Viện lẫn Hạ Viện Virginia trong những năm trước và ngay trong khóa này cũng đã được đưa ra trước Thượng Viện rồi. Do đó, tôi thật tình sững sờ và rất bất ngờ trước luận điệu của các câu hỏi trong buổi điều trần đó. Nhìn lại sự việc đã xảy ra, tôi ước gì mình đã phản ứng nhanh nhẹn và thích hợp hơn. Thật tiếc là những lời trình bày của tôi đã không được nói lên đúng cách.
Nơi đây, tôi xin được giải thích rõ ràng hơn về luật hiện hành ở Virginia, những điều gì hiện hành và điều gì sẽ thay đổi trong dự luật HB2491:
Trước hết, sát hại trẻ em là một tội phạm, và dự luật HB2491 sẽ không thay đổi sự kiện này.. Do đó, việc sát hại trẻ em vẫn tiếp tục bị coi là một trọng tội, và chính tôi vẫn luôn lên án sự độc ác này.
Theo luật hiện hành ở Virginia, khi sức khỏe người mẹ bị đe dọa, chỉ khi nào đã được ba bác sĩ chứng nhận rằng tính mạng của người mẹ đang gặp hiểm nguy, lúc đó người mẹ mới có quyền bỏ thai, ngay trong những giai đoạn cuối của tiến trình thai nghén,
Tuy nhiên, trong trường hợp khẩn cấp, vì người phụ nữ cần phải rất nhanh chóng quyết định vận mệnh mình ngay khi tham khảo với vị bác sĩ tin cẩn, nên Dự luật House Bill 2491 sẽ thay đổi để cho phép người phụ nữ quyền tự bảo vệ sức khỏe của mình nếu có được chỉ một bác sĩ chứng nhận rằng người phụ nữ đó đang gặp hiểm nguy về sức khỏe thể chất hay tinh thần.
Tôi đau buồn khi thấy vấn đề này đã bị chính trị hóa và sự quan tâm của nhiều người đã bị lái theo hướng khác, thay vì tập trung vào câu hỏi chính: chúng ta có nên tin tưởng mà trao cho người phụ nữ cái quyền được tham khảo với bác sĩ để tự quyết định lấy về tình trạng sức khỏe của họ hay không?
Sau buổi điều trần hôm thứ hai vừa qua, nhiều phụ nữ từ địa hạt của tôi cũng như khắp tiểu bang Virginia đã liên lạc với tôi để biểu lộ sự ủng hộ của họ cho nỗ lực tách rời động lực chính trị và quyết định y tế. Tôi cũng xin cám ơn Thống Đốc Northam, Phó Thống Đốc Fairfax, Bộ Trưởng Tư Pháp Herring, và các vị dân cử trong Thượng Viện và Hạ Viện Virgina đã sát cánh với tôi. Chúng ta sẽ cùng nhau đứng lên bảo vệ quyền lơi của người phụ nữ ở tiểu bang Virginia.
Delegate Kathy Tran Selected as One of Nation’s Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders
Joins group of the most innovative Democratic state and local officials
Washington, D.C. - Today, State Delegate Kathy Tran (Springfield) was selected as one of ten leaders from nine states to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local leaders led by Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. Members of the 150-plus-person network, who are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities, have been chosen from among more than 1000 nominations over its seven-year history.
Tran and her peers in the new class of leaders (listed below) were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity, as they work to move their communities forward in the new economy and reject the idea that policymakers can or should want to turn the clock back to a prior era. These leaders’ work will help build on policy agendas NewDEAL develops for state and local officials, including the upcoming release of recommendations from the organization’s Future of Work Policy Group, as well as The Way Forward, an agenda that addresses the most pressing issues facing Americans in the digital age.
“While much of the political world is focused on how the balance of power in D.C. will shift in a couple of weeks, we must also remember the tremendous impact that innovative state and local officials have on enacting policies that meet the demands of a changing world and expand opportunity for all," said Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Honorary Co-Chairs of NewDEAL. "Supporting the rising leaders in the NewDEAL has never been more important. We look forward to promoting the work of Delegate Tran and giving her the opportunity to learn from other leaders as she joins a network with a proven track record of winning and governing successfully in diverse communities.”
NewDEAL Leaders have found broad support for their work, with 98 percent of members winning elections in 2016 and 2017, across red, blue, and purple states, including eight elected to higher office. Four members were elevated to statewide office, including in the swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. More than 25 leaders have run for higher office in 2018, including for Governor (such as Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia) and Congress (such as Paul Davis in Kansas, Ben McAdams in Utah, Greg Stanton in Arizona, Clarke Tucker in Arkansas, and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia).
“As we continue to fight for better jobs, access to quality education, and economic security for the people of Virginia, I look forward to sharing the lessons we have learned and hearing from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance,” said Tran. “I’m excited to be a part of this new class and to work with them on NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunity in communities nationwide.”
Elected last year, State Delegate Kathy Tran has already demonstrated outstanding leadership in working to expand opportunity for more Virginians in the changing economy, including as a powerful advocate for women, veterans, and immigrants. Tran’s efforts include legislation to make higher education more accessible and affordable for those who have served the country, protecting women in the workplace, and expanding services for immigrants, recognizing the value they add to their communities and the economy.
The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.
One of the organization’s signature events, the Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference, will take place November 28-30 in Washington, DC, where about 70 NewDEAL Leaders will join other innovators from the public and private sectors to address lessons learned from the midterm elections and to discuss a forward-looking agenda for state and local Democrats to address the future of work and climate change, and rebuild trust in government.
Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 165 leaders from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Learn more about Delegate Tran and the NewDEAL at http://www.newdealleaders.org/leaders.
The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:
Chaz Beasley, State Representative, Charlotte, NC
Wesley Bishop, State Senator, New Orleans, LA
John Cranley, Mayor, Cincinnati, OH
Justin Fairfax, Lieutenant Governor, VA
Amir Farokhi, City Councilmember, Atlanta, GA
Margaret Good, State Representative, Sarasota, FL
Derek S. Green, City Councilmember, Philadelphia, PA
Nirva LaFortune, City Councilmember, Providence, RI
Daniele Monroe-Moreno, State Representative, Las Vegas, NV
Laura Register, School Board Member, Cairo, GA
Kathy Tran, State Delegate, Fairfax, VA
Kathy KL Tran represents the 42nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates located in Fairfax County. As Delegate, Kathy works to strengthen our public schools, build a competitive workforce, honor our veterans and military families, expand access to affordable health care, advance commonsense gun safety policies, stand up for women, protect our environment, and create a welcoming and inclusive community where all Virginians can thrive.
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.”
“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.”