Siobhan Dunnavant

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Siobhan Dunnavant
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 12th district
Assumed office
January 13, 2016
Preceded byWalter Stosch
Personal details
Siobhan Marie Stolle

(1964-09-12) September 12, 1964 (age 55)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lloyd Dunnavant
ChildrenRylan, Cameron, Helen Gray, and Dwyer
ResidenceHenrico County, Virginia
Alma materRandolph College (B.S.)
University of Virginia (B.S.N.)
Eastern Va. Med. School (M.D.)

Siobhan Stolle Dunnavant (born September 12, 1964) is an American medical doctor and Republican politician, currently serving as a member of the Senate of Virginia. She is the sister of Delegate Chris Stolle and former Senator Ken Stolle.

Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant represents the people of western Henrico and Hanover Counties. Since her election to the state Senate in 2015, she has advanced initiatives and reforms to education, healthcare, economy, and the environment.

Siobhan practices medicine as an OB-GYN and is the only doctor serving in the Virginia Senate. Her medical expertise is well regarded by her patients and peers, as well as by her fellow elected officials. In nearly 20 years of private practice, she has led innovation in patient care and risk reduction, including forming an independent business to augment hospital physician staffing for women’s health. As the daughter of a career Naval officer, Siobhan’s extraordinary appreciation for military families inspired her to launch Patriot Babies, a special digital program to connect deployed dads to the delivery room during the birth of their children.

2017 Legislation[edit]


Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program; Expected Family Contribution. Broadens eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program by including students whose Expected Family Contribution, as calculated by the federal government using the family’s financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is no more than $12,000.


Higher educational institutions, public; SVHEV to develop a passport credit program. Creation and implementation of a passport credit program where each passport credit course shall satisfy a lower division general education requirement at any public institution of higher education at the associate-degree level. This program is designed to allow for the smooth transfer of such credit hours to any public institution of higher education and applies toward the general education requirements of that institution. The bill requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to develop such program by June 1, 2018 and each associate-degree-granting public institution of higher education to offer such program by the 2018-2019 academic year.


Virginia Virtual School established. Establishes the Board of the Virginia Virtual School as a policy agency in the executive branch of state government for the purpose of governing the full-time virtual school programs offered to students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual School. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the bill requires the Virginia Virtual School to be open to any school-age person in the Commonwealth and to provide an educational program meeting the Standards of Quality for grades kindergarten through 12.


Advance directives; persons authorized to provide assistance in completing, training programs. Establishes a criteria for training programs for qualified advance directive facilitators; provides that a qualified advance directive facilitator may distribute written advance directives in a form meeting the requirements of § 54.1-2984; provides that a qualified advance directive facilitator may provide ministerial assistance to a person completing and executing an advance directive.


Va. Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts; established, definition of “qualified student.” Permits the parent of a public K-12 school student who meets certain criteria to apply to the school division in which the student resides for a one-year, renewable Parental Choice Education Savings Account that consists of an amount that is equivalent to a certain percentage of all applicable annual Standards of Quality per pupil state funds. The bill permits the parent to use the money in such account for certain education-related expenses of the student.


Public education; economics education and financial literacy. Requires the Board of Education to include evaluating the economic value of a postsecondary degree in the Board of Education’s objectives for economics education and financial literacy. The bill requires the Board of Education to amend such objectives by July 1, 2018.[1]

2018 Legislation[edit]


Three-year provisional licenses; extensions. Permits the Board of Education to extend, for up to two additional years, the three-year provisional license of any teacher who requires additional time to satisfy the requirements for a renewable license.


Teacher licensure by reciprocity; grace period. Permits teachers with a valid out-of-state license, with full credentials and without deficiencies, to teach in a public elementary or secondary school in the Commonwealth for up to one school year prior to applying for licensure by reciprocity.


Teacher licensure; prerequisites. Eliminates the requirements that teachers seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license (i) demonstrate proficiency in the use of educational technology for instruction and (ii) receive professional development in instructional methods tailored to promote student academic progress and effective preparation for the Standards of Learning end-of-course and end-of-grade assessments.


Education improvement scholarships tax credits; eligibility; payout penalty. Expands the education improvement scholarships tax credits program by including as eligible scholarship recipients children who are eligible to enter pre-kindergarten. In addition, the bill reduces the penalty for failure to fully disburse all donations received from 200 percent of the difference between 90 percent of the value of the donations it received and the amount disbursed to 100 percent of the difference. Under current law, foundations must spend at least 90 percent of donations on scholarships in order to avoid the penalty.


Provisional teacher licensure; grace period. Allows an individual who seeks a provisional teacher license to satisfy certain licensure requirements, such as demonstrating proficiency in the use of educational technology for instruction and completing study in child abuse recognition and intervention, during the period of provisional licensure. Current law requires that such licensure requirements be met prior to the granting of a provisional teacher license.


Virginia Community College System. Makes several changes to the Virginia Community College System to ensure a standard quality of education at all comprehensive community colleges, and to ensure in the transfer of community college credit to four-year public institutions of higher education in order to provide higher education as efficiently and cost effective as possible. The bill requires the development of a standard Passport Program and a Uniform Certificate of General Studies program to be offered at each community college. Initially, the Passport Program course offerings would be accepted as credit at a four-year institution, unless a four-year institution had applied for and received a waiver from accepting a particular course for a particular major, with a goal of making all courses in the Uniform Certificate transferrable. Four-year institutions, in cooperation with the Community College System, would be required to map out career education pathways to allow students to see the classes necessary to complete a four-year degree in a particular field of study. The Virginia Community College System would be required to create a single online repository where the public may access all transfer agreements and dual enrollment agreements with four-year institutions. Finally, the State Board for Community Colleges is required to implement an annual review for each community college, and to standardize the course offerings across the community college system.

The bill adds the Virginia Community College System to the Virginia Online Network, and requires that all Passport Program courses be made available through the Network. A community college would be required to indicate whether dual enrollment courses offered at local school division would be eligible for transfer. The Community College system would also be required to maintain a database of all dual enrollment course offered across the Commonwealth.


Virginia Longitudinal Data System; workforce data. Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), through the Virginia Longitudinal Data System, to report additional information regarding the alignment of postsecondary education and workforce in the Commonwealth. The bill also directs the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Employment Commission, and the Department of Taxation to cooperate with SCHEV to further assist in the collection and sharing of data regarding workforce analysis.


Virginia Community College System continued as the Virginia College System. Renames the Virginia Community College System as the Virginia College System. The bill also renames the Chancellor and State Board for Community Colleges as the Chancellor of the Virginia College System and State Board for the College System.


Standards of Quality; mathematics intervention services. Requires local school divisions to identify students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who are at risk of graduating without the necessary skills to take college-level mathematics coursework, as demonstrated by their individual performance on a Standards of Learning assessment, the PreACT, PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, or SAT, the Virginia Placement Test, or any diagnostic test that has been approved by the Department and to provide mathematics intervention services to such students. The bill requires such intervention services to be aligned with the developmental math curriculum offered by the Virginia Community College System and provides that local school divisions may partner with a local comprehensive community college to provide such intervention services.


Online Virginia Network Authority. Adds the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System and one nonlegislative citizen member appointed by the State Board for Community Colleges to the members of the board of trustees of the Online Virginia Network Authority (Authority). The bill also provides that the Online Virginia Network, established by the Authority, will facilitate the completion of degrees at comprehensive community colleges as well as at George Mason University and Old Dominion University.

2019 Legislation[edit]


Board of Pharmacy; cannabidiol oil and tetrahydrocannabinol oil; regulation of pharmaceutical processors.Alters the definitions of cannabidiol oil and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-A) oil to remove the five percent cap on the concentration of THC permitted to be contained in each oil. The bill allows licensed physician assistants and licensed nurse practitioners to issue a written certification for use of cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil. The bill requires the Board to promulgate regulations establishing dosage limitations, which shall require that each dispensed dose of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil not exceed 10 milligrams and each dispensed package of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil not exceed 100 milligrams. The bill removes the requirement that a licensed pharmacist provide on-premises supervision of pharmaceutical processors and clarifies who may be employed by pharmaceutical processors and the regulations governing such employees.


Health insurance; cost-sharing payments. Requires any carrier issuing a health plan in the Commonwealth to include any amounts paid by the enrollee or paid on behalf of the enrollee by another person when calculating an enrollee’s overall contribution to any out-of-pocket maximum, deductible, copayment, coinsurance, or other cost-sharing requirement under the health plan.


Board of Corrections; minimum standards for health care services in local correctional facilities. Authorizes the Board of Corrections (Board) to establish minimum standards for health care services in local, regional, and community correctional facilities and procedures for enforcing such minimum standards, with the advice of and guidance from the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and State Health Commissioner. The bill provides that (i) such standards shall require that each local, regional, and community correctional facility submit a standardized quarterly continuous improvement report documenting the delivery of health care services, along with any improvements made to those services, to the Board and (ii) such reports shall be available to the public on the Board’s website. The bill also authorizes the Board to determine that a local, regional, or community correctional facility accredited by the American Correctional Association or National Commission on Correctional Health Care meets such minimum standards solely on the basis of such accreditation; however, without exception, the requirement to submit standardized quarterly continuous quality improvement reports shall be a mandatory minimum standard. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.


Health insurance; carrier business practices; authorization of health care services. Provides that if a carrier has previously authorized an invasive or surgical health care service as medically necessary and during the procedure the health care provider discovers clinical evidence prompting the provider to perform a less or more extensive or complicated procedure than was previously authorized, then the carrier shall pay the claim, provided that it is appropriately coded consistent with the procedure actually performed. The measure requires any provider contract between a carrier and a participating health care provider to contain certain specific provisions addressing how carriers interact with prior authorization requests. The measure clarifies that the 24-hour period during which a carrier must communicate to a prescriber if an urgent prior authorization request submitted telephonically or in an alternate method directed by the carrier has been approved, denied, or requires supplementation includes weekend hours. The bill provides that no prior authorization shall be required for substance abuse medication-assisted treatment or if the prescriber is using a clinical decision support system, defined as applications that analyze data to help providers make decisions and improve patient care.


Health care shared savings; incentive programs. Requires health carriers to establish a comparable health care service incentive program under which savings are shared with a covered person who elects to receive a covered health care service from a lower-cost provider. Incentive payments are not required for savings of $25 or less. Programs are required to be approved by the Commissioner of Insurance. The measure also requires health carriers to make available an interactive mechanism on their website that enables a covered person to calculate estimated out-of-pocket costs for comparable health care services from network providers and obtain quality data for those providers, to the extent available.


Health insurance; credentialing; mental health professionals. Requires health insurers and other carriers that credential the mental health professionals in their provider networks to establish reasonable protocols and procedures for reimbursing a mental health professional who has submitted a completed credentialing application to a carrier, after being credentialed by the carrier, for mental health services provided to covered persons during the period in which the applicant’s completed credentialing application is pending. The measure provides that health insurers that credential mental health professionals in their network may establish reasonable protocols and procedures for credentialing private mental health agencies. The bill establishes minimum standards that must be maintained by credentialed private mental health agencies.


State Corporation Commission; Commonwealth Care Division; Commonwealth Care Health Benefits Program. Directs the State Corporation Commission (the Commission), through a division within the Commission designated as the Commonwealth Care Division (the Division), to establish a nonprofit corporation (the Corporation) to establish, implement, and administer the Commonwealth Care Health Benefits Program (the Program), through which individuals may purchase individual health insurance coverage through qualifying health plans offered by the Corporation as a self-insuring entity. The measure identifies the parameters of the Program, including, in part, the following elements: (i) implementation of the Program shall be contingent on the approval of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services of a state innovation waiver under § 1332 of the Affordable Care Act; (ii) the Commission shall retain staff sufficient to establish and implement the Program; (iii) the Program shall arrange for a number of third-party administrators, sufficient to ensure competition but in no event fewer than two; (iv) the Program shall design and implement health plans that replace the existing individual market; (v) the covered benefits provided under a plan offered through the Program shall provide coverage that a large group plan or association health plan subject to ERISA is required to provide so long as one or more health plans provide additional benefits as may be required to provide coverage that is at least as comprehensive and affordable as plans currently offered on the exchange pursuant to the ACA or otherwise to comply with the Guardrail requirements of the ACA; (vi) the Program shall address the establishment of a reinsurance program; (vii) health plan premiums for individuals with a household income between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level shall be subsidized; (viii) the Program shall offer a cost-sharing reduction feature that removes disincentives to Program participation by low-income individuals who are enrolled in the Medicaid program; (ix) individuals will still be able to purchase individual health insurance coverage outside of the Program; (x) premiums for the plans offered through the Program shall be set by the third-party administrators, subject to approval by the Commission with assistance of qualified actuaries; (xi) the Program shall be designed and operated in order to ensure that any shortfall in revenues is addressed by the reinsurance program and by self-funding a reserve that is determined by the Corporation’s actuary to be adequate, and (xii) the Program shall include premium incentives for compliance with wellness or chronic disease management benefit programs.. The measure directs the Commissioner of Insurance to apply to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services for a state innovation waiver under § 1332 of the Affordable Care Act. The bill has a contingent effective date of 30 days following the date the Commissioner of Insurance notifies the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Committees on Appropriations and Commerce and Labor and the Senate Committees on Finance and Commerce and Labor of federal approval of the state innovation request required to be submitted.


Health regulatory boards; conversion therapy. Directs the Board of Counseling, the Board of Medicine, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Psychology, and the Board of Social Work to each promulgate regulations or guidance documents defining conversion therapy and the unprofessional conduct in the practice of conversion therapy with any person under 18 years of age. The bill requires such regulations or guidance documents to ensure any interventions in such practice are patient-centered and align with relevant primary sources or policy statements from the relevant professional association.[2]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • Top Doctors, Richmond Magazine, Recognized 2010, 2013.[3]
  • Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Awarded 2016.[4]
  • Ira Lederman, M.D. Legislative Vision Award, Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Awarded 2017.[5]
  • Senate Legislator of the Year, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Awarded 2018.[6]
  • Vanguard Award, Virginia NORML, Awarded 2018.[7]

HHS Complaint[edit]

In 2015, federal authorities launched an investigation into Dunnavant, after a complaint alleging that she used her private patient information to solicit contributions, volunteers and votes.[8] The Department of Health and Human Services found that “Dunnavant’s decision to share patient contact information with her Senate campaign and its direct-mail business was ‘impermissible’ under federal HIPAA law.” However, sanctions were ultimately not imposed. Complaint was filed by conservative blogger Tom White, who is not a patient.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Dunnavant is married to Lloyd Dunnavant.[10] Married for over 30 years, they are dedicated members of Saint Bridget Catholic Church and frequent volunteers with Little Sisters of the Poor.[11]

Electoral history[edit]

Dunnavant raised almost $700,000 in the lead up to the 2019 Virginia Senate election. [12]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia Senate, 12th district
Jun 9, 2015[13] Primary Siobhan S. Dunnavant Republican 7,008 38.18
William R. Janis Republican 5,573 30.36
Vincent M. Haley Republican 4,046 22.04
Edward S. Whitlock, III Republican 1,728 9.41
Nov 3, 2015[14] General Siobhan S. Dunnavant Republican 25,504 57.66
Deborah M. Repp Democratic 16,797 37.97
Robert Scott Johnson Independent 1,881 4.25
Write Ins 53 0.12
Walter Stosch did not seek reelection; seat stayed Republican


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  2. ^ MaxxAdmin. "2019 Legislation". Siobhan Dunnavant. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  3. ^ "Top Docs 2013 Winners". 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  4. ^ "Virginia Chamber of Commerce". Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  5. ^ "VSEPS 2017 Holiday Update - Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons". Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  6. ^ "Virginia Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Legislators with "Free Enterprise Award" for Work to Improve Virginia's Economic Competitiveness". Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  7. ^ "DMV NORML Coalition Vanguard Awards & Welcome Reception". Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  8. ^ "Federal authorities investigate Henrico State Senate candidate Dunnavant". NBC 12. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  9. ^ "Health IT Security". Siobhan Dunnavant. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  10. ^ "Senate of Virginia". Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  11. ^ MaxxAdmin. "Meet Siobhan". Siobhan Dunnavant. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  12. ^ "Siobhan Dunnavant". Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "June 2015 Democratic Primary Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "November 2015 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 7, 2016.

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