Elaine Luria

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Elaine Luria
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Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingScott Taylor
Personal details
Born (1975-08-15) August 15, 1975 (age 43)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUnited States Naval Academy (BS)
Old Dominion University (MS)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1997–2017
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Commander

Elaine Goodman Luria (born August 15, 1975) is an American politician and the member-elect to the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 2nd congressional district.


Luria was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1975.[1][2] She graduated from Birmingham's Indian Springs School[3][4] in 1993 and from the United States Naval Academy in 1997. She served as a United States Navy officer for twenty years, operating nuclear reactors as an engineer,[5] reaching the rank of Commander. She commanded Assault Craft Unit TWO from 2014 until her retirement in 2017.[6]

In the 2018 elections, Luria ran for the United States House of Representatives in Virginia's 2nd congressional district.[7] In the June 10 Democratic primary, Luria received 62% of the vote, defeating Karen Mallard, who received 38%.[8] In the November 6, 2018 election, she defeated Republican incumbent Scott Taylor and will assume office in the United States House of Representatives on January 3, 2019.[9]

Luria's husband, Robert Blondin, is also a retired Navy commander who spent 27 years in the service.[6] They have three children and have lived in Norfolk since 2000.[6]

In 2010, Luria was a contestant on the game show Wheel of Fortune.


  1. ^ https://awpc.cattcenter.iastate.edu/directory/elaine-luria/
  2. ^ "Another way to serve: After 20 years in Navy, Elaine Luria running for Congress". Sjlmag.com. March 7, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ The Washington Post (November 7, 2018). "Mountain Brook native Elaine Luria wins Virginia Congressional seat". al.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Another way to serve: After 20 years in Navy, Elaine Luria running for Congress". Sjlmag.com. March 7, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Brueck, Hilary; Kotecki, Peter. "The US just elected 9 new scientists to Congress, including an ocean expert, a nurse, and a biochemist. Here's the full list". Business Insider. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "For Elaine Luria, it's ships to mermaids | Jewish News". Jewishnewsva.org. April 28, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Mermaid Factory owner, retired Navy officer to take on Rep. Scott Taylor in election | Local Politics". pilotonline.com. January 8, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "In US House Race, Former Navy Commander Targets Former SEAL - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21". Wboc.com. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  9. ^ https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/415348-dem-elaine-luria-defeats-gops-scott-taylor-in-virginia

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