Jennifer Wexton

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Jennifer Wexton
Jennifer Wexton on Voice of America.jpg
Wexton interviewed by Voice of America in 2018
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byBarbara Comstock
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 33rd district
In office
January 24, 2014 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byMark Herring
Succeeded byJennifer Boysko
Personal details
Born
Jennifer Lynn Tosini

(1968-05-27) May 27, 1968 (age 50)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Andrew Wexton (m. 2001)
Children2
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park (BA)
College of William and Mary (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Jennifer Lynn Wexton (née Tosini; born May 27, 1968) is an American lawyer and politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia, currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 10th congressional district. The district is anchored in the outer suburbs of Northern Virginia, and stretches into Winchester. She defeated Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in the 2018 election. Wexton previously represented the 33rd district in the State Senate. The district includes northeastern Loudoun County and northwestern Fairfax County. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Wexton is from Leesburg, Virginia. Her father and mother were senior economists at the United States Department of the Treasury and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, respectively.[1]

Wexton received a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park. She then enrolled at William & Mary Law School and received a Juris Doctor in 1995.[1][2] At William & Mary, she was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor society.[3]

Early career[edit]

Wexton is a partner in the Laurel Brigade Law Group. She has served as a substitute judge in Loudoun County, Virginia, and, since 2001[4] as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. She successfully prosecuted Clara Jane Schwartz for the murder of Schwartz's father, Robert Schwartz.[5] Wexton ran for Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney in 2011, losing to incumbent Jim Plowman.[6][7]

Virginia Senate[edit]

After Mark Herring, who represented the 33rd district in the Virginia Senate, won the 2013 election to serve as the Attorney General of Virginia, Wexton declared her candidacy in the special election to fill the seat.[6] In the Democratic primary, Wexton defeated Herndon Town Councilor Sheila Olem.[8] In a campaign ad, Wexton spoke of her experience defending victims of rape and assault, and said she would "fight just as hard against tea party Republicans who would take away a woman's health care and her right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest". The Republican Party of Virginia criticized the ad, saying it compared Tea Party activists to rapists; Wexton's campaign denied the comparison.[9] She faced Republican John Whitbeck and Republican-turned-Independent Joe T. May in the January 2014 special election, and won 53%–38%–10%.[10] She assumed office on January 24, 2014,[11] and was reelected in the November 2015 general election. After being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Wexton resigned her seat in the Virginia Senate on January 3, 2019 to be sworn in as a U.S. Representative.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In April 2017, Wexton announced that she would run in the Democratic primary for the 10th District.[12] Her state senate district includes much of the eastern portion of the congressional district, wrapping around Leesburg and Sterling. In June 2018, she won a six-way primary to become the Democratic nominee for the November 2018 general election,[13] in which she defeated Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock,[14] taking 56 percent of the vote to Comstock's 44 percent.[15] Wexton's supporters were very harsh to Comstock; Wexton supporter Mike Stark, a political activist, harassed Comstock at her 4th of July events.[16] Wexton's supporters also ran a group called Dump Comstock, which filmed Comstock and protested her at various events.[17] Wexton took criticism from both sides of the aisle for creating an advertisement in which her staffers wore cop costumes; this was widely regarded as disrespectful to law enforcement.[18] When she takes office in January 2019, she will be only the fifth person to represent the district since its creation in 1953, and the second Democrat.[citation needed]

Political positions[edit]

Shortly after defeating Comstock, Wexton declared her support for DC Statehood. Wexton said "the fact that D.C. residents pay taxes and don't get any representation is absurd, and I think that we should make sure they get voting representation." DC's non-voting Congressional Delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, thanked Wexton for her comments.[19]

In January 2019, Wexton hung a transgender pride flag outside her office to show her support for the transgender community, saying, "The trans community has been under attack. I wanted to show my solidarity because we are talking about my friends and family".[20][21]

Wexton supports high tolls on I-66, a major route through Northern Virginia into the Capital; as a State Senator, Wexton voted for $17 tolls on I-66.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Wexton married Andrew Wexton in 2001, at the age of 33.[1] The couple has two sons.[8] Wexton is the aunt of a transgender child.[23]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney
November 8, 2011[24] General James E. "Jim" Plowman Republican 26,050 51.83
Jennifer T. Wexton Democratic 24,104 47.96
Write Ins 101 0.20
Republican incumbent reelected
Virginia Senate, 33rd District
January 21, 2014[25] General Special Jennifer T. Wexton Democratic 11,431 52.72
John C. L. Whitbeck, Jr. Republican 8,133 37.51
Joe T. May Independent 2,117 9.76
Write Ins 3 0.01
Mark Herring resigned; seat remained Democratic
November 3, 2015[26] General Jennifer T. Wexton Democratic 18,577 56.60
Stephen B. Hollingshead Republican 14,190 43.23
Write Ins 54 0.16


Virginia's 10th congressional district Democratic primary results, 2018[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Wexton 22,405 41.89
Democratic Alison Friedman 12,283 22.96
Democratic Lindsey Davis Stover 8,567 16.02
Democratic Dan Helmer 6,712 12.55
Democratic Paul Pelletier 2,010 3.76
Democratic Julia Biggins 1,513 2.83
Total votes 53,490 100.0
Virginia's 10th congressional district general election results, 2018[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jennifer Wexton 206,356 56.1
Republican Barbara Comstock (incumbent) 160,841 43.7
n/a Write-ins 598 0.2
Total votes 367,795 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "WEDDINGS; Jennifer Tosini, Andrew Wexton". The New York Times. May 27, 2001. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Report of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law 1997-1998". William & Mary Law School. 1998. p. 72. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Jennifer L. Tosini". Phi Delta Phi. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (April 20, 2017). "Democrat Jennifer Wexton says she will challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2017.[dead link]
  5. ^ Echtenkamp, Jon (October 15, 2002). "Fantasy, reality collide at murder trial". Fairfax Times. Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ a b Gibson, Caitlin (November 13, 2013). "Leesburg attorney Jennifer Wexton announces bid for Herring's Senate seat". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Gibson, Caitlin (November 9, 2011). "Incumbents fare well in many Northern Va. races, but Loudoun is an exception". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Baratko, Trevor (November 24, 2013). "Wexton wins Democratic primary to replace Herring in Virginia Senate". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  9. ^ Gibson, Caitlin (January 9, 2014). "Va. GOP takes offense at Wexton's state Senate campaign ad". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ Baratko, Trevor (January 21, 2014). "Jennifer Wexton wins Virginia Senate special election to succeed Mark Herring". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Democrat Wexton joins Senate - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Local Government & Politics". Timesdispatch.com. May 15, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (April 20, 2017). "Democrat Jennifer Wexton says she will challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (June 12, 2018). "State Sen. Jennifer Wexton wins the Democratic race to run against Rep. Comstock". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  14. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (November 6, 2018). "Democrat Jennifer T. Wexton defeats Rep. Barbara Comstock, turning a GOP stronghold district in Virginia blue". Washington Post. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Virginia House election results from CNN
  16. ^ "A Soros-Funded Activist Was Charged For Assault Of A Female GOP Staffer — It's Not His First Attack". A Soros-Funded Activist Was Charged For Assault Of A Female GOP Staffer — It’s Not His First Attack. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  17. ^ "Dump Comstock". dumpcomstock.com. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  18. ^ Connolly, Griffin; Connolly, Griffin (2018-06-01). "Top Comstock Challenger Criticized for Fake Cops in Ad". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  19. ^ Delgadillo, Natalie (November 8, 2018). "Virginia's Jennifer Wexton Comes Out In Support Of D.C. Statehood". WAMU. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  20. ^ Martinez, Gina (1/5/19). "Rep. Jennifer Wexton Hangs Transgender Pride Flag Outside Her Capitol Hill Office". Time. Retrieved 1/7/19. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  21. ^ "Transgender pride flag hung in Congress by Rep. Jennifer Wexton". NBC News. 1/4/19. Retrieved 1/7/19. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  22. ^ Martin, Jeanine (2015-10-14). "Senator Jennifer Wexton Votes to Support $17 Tolls on RT 66". The Bull Elephant. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  23. ^ "Transgender pride flag hung in Congress by Rep. Jennifer Wexton". NBC News. 1/4/19. Retrieved 1/7/19. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  24. ^ "Election Results - Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney - Nov11 General Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  25. ^ "Special General Election - January 28, 2014". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  26. ^ "General Election - November 3, 2015". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  27. ^ "2018 June Democratic Primary". Results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  28. ^ "Official Results". 2018 November General. Virginia Department of Elections. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Barbara Comstock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steve Watkins
United States Representatives by seniority
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Succeeded by
Ron Wright