VIRGINIA (WDVM) — The Associated Press is reporting Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D) is projected to defeat Republican challenger Aliscia Andrews.
Wexton’s ride in Congress has been unusual — she took office during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and she starts her second term in the middle of a global pandemic.
When asked why she ran for reelection, Wexton said she wasn’t done yet. “We need more Covid relief legislation. We need to do something about gun violence prevention. I need to keep fighting back for federal workers and for the federal workforce and these are things I’m going to keep fighting for,” she said in October.
During her first two years in office, Wexton’s team resolved over 3,000 constituent cases and returned more than $4.5 million to taxpayers in the district. “That’s a whole lot more than my operating budget, so I think that we’re pretty cost effective in my office,” Wexton said.
The congresswoman also passed 40 bipartisan bills in the Virginia State Senate and five bipartisan bills in the House of Representatives, including the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020, Rename downtown Leesburg post office after Normal Duncan, EFFORT Act, Shutdown Guidance for Financial Institutions Act, and FinCEN Improvement Act of 2019. “Everything from cracking down on internet predators, to getting Narcan in the hands of more people,” she said.
Wexton’s Retirement Protection Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Andrews, a U.S. Marine veteran, accused Wexton of siding with the Democrat Party instead of with her constituents. “Our politicians, especially our representative for our district, needs to be someone who can represent the totality of the district, not just one point of view,” she said in October. “As a Marine, I didn’t have the luxury of asking people all sorts of crazy questions on where they stand on whatever variable. To me, it was about getting the mission done.”
Andrews campaigned for bipartisan leadership and support for small businesses. The mom of three criticized virtual learning and felt the Loudoun County Public School system should have offered the hybrid model earlier in the school year.
Below are several congressional races in Virginia for candidates running for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. These are the most updated results, according to the Associated Press.
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