Jennifer Wexton

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Jennifer Wexton
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 33rd district
Assumed office
January 24, 2014
Preceded by Mark R. Herring
Personal details
Born Jennifer Lynn Tosini
(1968-05-27) May 27, 1968 (age 49)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrew Wexton (2001–present)
Children 2
Residence Leesburg, Virginia
Alma mater University of Maryland, College Park
College of William & Mary School of Law
Profession Attorney
Politician
Website Official website

Jennifer Lynn Tosini Wexton (born May 27, 1968) is an American attorney and politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wexton represents the 33rd district in the Virginia Senate. It includes northeastern Loudoun County and northwestern Fairfax County. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Career[edit]

Wexton is a partner in The Laurel Brigade Law Group. She served as a substitute judge in Loudoun County, Virginia, and beginning in 2001,[1] as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney where she successfully prosecuted Clara Jane Schwartz for the murder of her father, Robert Schwartz.[2] Wexton ran for Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney in the 2011 elections, losing to Jim Plowman, an incumbent.[3][4]

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.[3] In the Democratic primary, Wexton defeated Herndon Town Councilor Sheila Olem.[5] Controversy brewed over campaign ads endorsed by Wexton, with allegations the ads compared Tea Party activists to rapists; Wexton's campaign denied the comparison.[6] She faced Republican John Whitbeck and Republican-turned-Independent Joe T. May in the general election, and won by 53%–38%–10%.[7] She began her tenure on January 24, 2014.[8]

In April 2017, Wexton announced that she would challenge Barbara Comstock in the 2018 election to the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 10th congressional district.[9]

Personal[edit]

Wexton is from Leesburg, Virginia. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She then enrolled at the College of William & Mary School of Law, and received her Juris Doctor in 1995.[10][11] At William & Mary, she was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor society.[12] Her father and mother were senior economists at the United States Department of the Treasury and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, respectively.[10]

Wexton married Andrew Wexton in 2001, at the age of 33.[10] The couple have two children.[5]

Electoral History[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes  %
Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney
November 8, 2011[13] 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[14] 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[15] General Jennifer T. Wexton Democratic 18,577 56.60
Stephen B. Hollingshead Republican 14,190 43.23
Write Ins 54 0.16

References[edit]

  1. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (April 20, 2017). "Democrat Jennifer Wexton says she will challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ Echtenkamp, Jon (October 15, 2002). "Fantasy, reality collide at murder trial". Fairfax Times. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b Baratko, Trevor (November 24, 2013). "Wexton wins Democratic primary to replace Herring in Virginia Senate". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Va. GOP takes offense at Wexton’s state Senate campaign ad". 
  7. ^ Baratko, Trevor (January 21, 2014). "Jennifer Wexton wins Virginia Senate special election to succeed Mark Herring". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ January 25, 2014 12:00 am (May 15, 2013). "Democrat Wexton joins Senate - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Local Government & Politics". Timesdispatch.com. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/article145684259.html
  10. ^ a b c "WEDDINGS; Jennifer Tosini, Andrew Wexton". The New York Times. May 27, 2001. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Jennifer L. Tosini". Phi Delta Phi. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "Special General Election - January 28, 2014". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ "General Election - November 3, 2015". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 

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