Women who made history in recent elections are changing Virginia House

Women who made history in recent elections are changing Virginia House

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.

Statehouses Have A Ways To Go To Accommodate New Moms

Statehouses Have A Ways To Go To Accommodate New Moms

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.

Kojo Nnamdi Show - The Politics Hour featuring Del. Tran and Del. Watts

Kojo Nnamdi Show - The Politics Hour featuring Del. Tran and Del. Watts

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.

A woman’s place is in the House

A woman’s place is in the House

Kathy Tran has come a long way since she first arrived in the U.S. with her parents as refugees from Vietnam.

The 42nd District’s new representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates was not even 2 years old when her family fled their home country, but she still remembers the experience of watching her parents rebuild their lives in a foreign place with empty pockets.

A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office

In dozens of interviews with TIME, progressive women described undergoing a metamorphosis...Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bringing new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces. About four times as many Democratic women are running for House seats as Republican women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics; in the Senate, the ratio is 2 to 1.

Women hit a record high in Virginia legislature. Can they break the boys’ club?

Women hit a record high in Virginia legislature. Can they break the boys’ club?

Women have reached a high mark in the Virginia General Assembly this year, taking 38 out of 140 seats and starting to reshape the culture of a Southern capital often seen as an old boys’ club.

The surge was part of November’s Democratic sweep in the House of Delegates that flipped 15 seats, replacing 11 men with women. Women now hold a record 28 of 100 seats in the chamber, up from 17 last year. They make up nearly half of the Democratic caucus.

Kathy Tran on the 'Phenomenal Sisterhood' of Women in Politics

Kathy Tran on the 'Phenomenal Sisterhood' of Women in Politics

One of the first Asian-American women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates tells Broadly that she'll "continue to take a stance against the damaging policies of the Trump administration."

IRC: Kathy Tran's American journey, from a refugee camp to public office

IRC: Kathy Tran's American journey, from a refugee camp to public office

On Nov. 7, Kathy Tran, a refugee from Vietnam, became one of the first Asian-American women elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Her experience as a refugee fleeing violence and persecution inspired her to run for office and build a more welcoming culture for immigrants in America.

Thank you

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"On Tuesday, our victory in the 42nd District, and in elections across Virginia and the nation, showed that Americans are not only rejecting racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and hate, but also that we are absolutely affirming that hope, opportunity, and freedom for all are at the heart of our democracy. These are American values and they will prevail."

Latino Leaders Kick Off Tran Campaign Get-Out-the-Vote Effort

Latino Leaders Kick Off Tran Campaign Get-Out-the-Vote Effort

“Kathy Tran has been a champion for our community and I’m proud to endorse her," said civil rights leader Dolores Huerta. "She’s always stood up for Latinos, immigrants, and working families, and I know she’ll do the same thing in Richmond. A vote for Kathy Tran is a powerful way to send a message to Donald Trump and to all of America that Virginia won’t stand for bigotry and dishonesty. Sí se puede!”

The Washington Post: More mothers of young kids are running for political office as stigma begins to lift

The Washington Post: More mothers of young kids are running for political office as stigma begins to lift

On a late October afternoon, Tran, a 39-year-old workforce policy expert, put on her well-worn tennis shoes and strapped her 9-month-old daughter into a baby carrier to canvass the winding, suburban streets of Springfield.

As she talked to neighbors about traffic congestion and education, her daughter coo’ed and kicked her legs.

WVTF & Radio IQ: Virginia Candidates Try To Navigate Trump Influence In Off-Year Election

WVTF & Radio IQ: Virginia Candidates Try To Navigate Trump Influence In Off-Year Election

The Republican in that race is Lolita Mancheno-Smoak. She says Trump is a positive disruptor.

The Democrat in that race, Kathy Tran, disagrees with that assessment. “Like Trump, Lolita would defund Planned Parenthood. That’s definitely not a positive disruption. And Trumpcare, in its most extreme form would take away health care from 800,000 Virginians, again not a positive disruption.”

Connection Newspapers: A Tale of Two Immigrants

Connection Newspapers: A Tale of Two Immigrants

Republican Lolita Mancheno-Smoak is a proud supporter of President Donald Trump, a man she calls a "positive disruptor." Democrat Kathy Tran has emerged as a leading voice of the opposition to a Republican White House.

“I’m doing this for my kids,” said Tran. “I’m a mom of four, and I want to make sure that my kids have the best and brightest future and not just them but all the other children and families in my community, and that’s what this election is really all about.”

Asian Fortune News: Virginia Candidate Kathy Tran and Her Passion for Public Service

Asian Fortune News: Virginia Candidate Kathy Tran and Her Passion for Public Service

If and when she prevails in the November 7 general election, Kathy Tran would be the third Asian American delegate to the Virginia State Assembly. She would also be the first Vietnamese American elected at any level in Virginia.

But this is not the reason Tran is running for public office for the first time. In telephone and email interviews, her sincerity and passion for public service sparkled. “There is so much at stake in Virginia this November,” she said. “The entire country is watching what happens here.”

Kathy Tran (D-42) endorsed by Northern Virginia Realtors® Political Action Committee

Kathy Tran (D-42) endorsed by Northern Virginia Realtors® Political Action Committee

"I believe Ms. Tran will be a great influence in our community as we continue to work through transportation, tax, education and other issues that affect the ability and desirability of living in Northern Virginia," said Katharine Kratovil, 2017 NV/RPAC Trustees Vice-Chair and a constituent of the 42nd District. Tran demonstrated her support of proposals that facilitate the American Dream of homeownership, be it quality of education or the avoidance of unnecessary regulation.

Kathy Tran Statement on Democratic Primary Victory: Thank You

Kathy Tran Statement on Democratic Primary Victory: Thank You

I am honored to have won the Democratic nomination for Delegate in Virginia's 42nd House District, and I am humbled by the thousands of voters who have entrusted me with the duty of not only representing the Democratic Party in this election, but more importantly, the opportunity to represent them in the House of Delegates.

Democratic Members of the Virginia House and Senate Endorse Kathy Tran ahead of June 13 Democratic Primary

Democratic Members of the Virginia House and Senate Endorse Kathy Tran ahead of June 13 Democratic Primary

Today, Delegate Mark Sickles, Delegate Mark Keam, Delegate Paul Krizek, Senator George Barker, and Senator Adam Ebbin announced their endorsement of Kathy Tran for the 42nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. These Democratic leaders, all of whom represent parts of Fairfax County, point to Tran as the best choice for Delegate to both win in November and then join them in Richmond to advance a positive, progressive vision for the future.