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Dick Saslaw

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Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate (2012 - Present)

Virginia State Senate, District 35 (1980 - Present)

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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • BS, Economics, University of Maryland College Park, 1960-1964

Professional Experience

  • BS, Economics, University of Maryland College Park, 1960-1964
  • Owner/Operator, Mobil Service Station Dealer, Amoco
  • Served, United States Army, 1958-1960

Political Experience

  • BS, Economics, University of Maryland College Park, 1960-1964
  • Owner/Operator, Mobil Service Station Dealer, Amoco
  • Served, United States Army, 1958-1960
  • Majority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, 2020-present
  • Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, District 35, 1980-present
  • Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, 1998-2008, 2012-2020
  • Candidate, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, District 35, 2019
  • Majority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, 2008-2011
  • Floor Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, 1996-1998
  • Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates, 1976-1980

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Courts of Justice Committee, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Finance Committee, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Capital Outlay and General Government, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Capital Outlay and General Government, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Education, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Electric Utility, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Higher Education, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Chair, Commerce and Labor Committee

Member, Commission on Health Insurance Reform

Member, Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation

Member, Education and Health Committee

Member, Finance and Appropriations Committee

Member, Governor's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates

Member, Joint Rules

Member, Judiciary Committee

Member, Rules Committee

Member, Subcommittee on Capital Outlay

Member, Subcommittee on Certificate of Public Need

Member, Subcommittee on Criminal Law

Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development and Natural Resources

Member, Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education Funding

Member, Subcommittee on Health

Member, Subcommittee on Health Professions

Member, Subcommittee on Higher Education

Chair, Subcommittee on K-12 Education

Member, Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress

Member, Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education

Member, Subcommittee on Transportation

Member, Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Economics, University of Maryland College Park, 1960-1964
  • Owner/Operator, Mobil Service Station Dealer, Amoco
  • Served, United States Army, 1958-1960
  • Majority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, 2020-present
  • Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, District 35, 1980-present
  • Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, 1998-2008, 2012-2020
  • Candidate, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, District 35, 2019
  • Majority Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate, 2008-2011
  • Floor Leader, Commonwealth of Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, 1996-1998
  • Delegate, Commonwealth of Virginia House of Delegates, 1976-1980
  • Member, Council on Virginia's Future
  • Member, Revenue Estimates Advisory Council

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Healthcare Hero, 2018, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Education Association
  • Leader of the Year, The Hispanic Alliance
  • Legislative Hero, League of Conservation Voters
  • NOVA Forward Legacy Award, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership in Energy Award, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Free Enterprise Award, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award, Virginia Transit Association
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
  • Virginia's Most Effective Senator, Virginia FREE
  • Autism Champion, VA Autism Project & Autism Speaks

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