Jennifer L. McClellan

Delegate from the 71st District at Virginia House of Delegates

Jennifer L. McClellan

Jennifer L. McClellan

Delegate from the 71st District at Virginia House of Delegates

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Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 71st District in 2005. She serves on the House Commerce & Labor, Courts of Justice, and Education Committees. She is Vice Chair of Outreach for the House Democratic Caucus. Jennifer is a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Fire/EMS Caucus. She also serves on the Crime Commission, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission (Vice Chair) and the Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee. Jennifer previously served as Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and as a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force, Governor Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission. Since 2008, she has served as a guest columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch during the General Assembly Session.

Jennifer serves as the State Director of the National Federation for Women Legislators.

Jennifer is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon Communications, focusing on state regulatory matters for the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions. She is a member of the VSB’s Diversity Conference, Past President of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) Young Lawyers Conference, and Past Chair of the VSB’s Corporate Counsel Section. She is also a member of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Administrative Law Section Council and served as Vice Chair of the VBA Pro Bono Task Force.

Jennifer’s community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organizations. She serves as a member of the Boards of the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Chippenham/Johnston Willis Hospital, the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, the Moton Museum, the Richmond SPCA, and Virginia Premier Health Plans. Her past board memberships include the State Board of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership (Vice Chair), the Alliance for Boys and Girls Clubs, the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Boaz & Ruth, Metro Richmond Boys & Girls Club, Flagler Home at St. Joseph’s Villa, the State Fair of Virginia, and the Oliver White Hill Foundation.

Jennifer is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Junior League of Richmond, the Fan District Association, the Fan Women’s Club, the League of Women Voters, and the Richmond Crusade for Voters. She is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership’s 2001 Political Leaders Program and 2005 Candidate Training Program, and member of the 2004 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level. She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee. She served as a member of the Association of Democratic Chairs (2002-2010) and as the Democratic Party of Virginia’s 1st Vice Chair, Organization (2007-2010), Vice Chair for Outreach (2002-2007), and Chair of the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Committee (2001-2002). She has been active with local Democratic committees in Richmond, Chesterfield County, and Charlottesville. She served three consecutive terms as president of the Virginia Young Democrats (1994-1997), and is the founding president of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats (1997-2004). She served as a page to the 1996 Democratic National Convention and a Delegate to every convention since 2000.

Prior to elected office, Jennifer was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to the Virginia College Building Authority (2002-2005), serving two years as Vice Chair. She also served on the Board of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority from 2004-2008.

Jennifer has received several awards in recognition of her dedicated community and public service. These honors include:

YWCA of Richmond Outstanding Women Award for Law & Government (2014)
The Virginia Leadership Institute Trailblazer Award (2014)
Fan Free Clinic Exceptional Dedication & Public Service Award (2014)
The Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors Col. Michael S. Harris (Ph.D.) Award (2014)
The Virginia Education Association Legislative Champion (2014 and 2013) and Solid as a Rock Awards (2013)
Virginia League for Planned Parenthood Mary Anne Reynolds Award (2012)
Virginia Commonwealth University Student National Medical Association Health Policy Award (2012)
Resolve Infertility Hero Award (2012)
Virginia League of Conservation Voters Legislative Hero (2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006)
Better Housing Coalition Golden Hammer Special Recognition for Neighborhood Design & Planning (2011)
Virginia PTA Child Advocate of the Year Award (2011)
Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia Leadership Award (2011)
Virginia AARP Older Virginians Champion Award (2011)
Chesterfield Public Education Foundation School Bravo Award (2010)
Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year Award (2010)
Girls for Change It Girl Award (2009)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Civil Rights Justice by Action Award (2009)
Virginia Housing Coalition Housing Leadership Award (2009)
Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership Expression of Ideals Award (2009)
Politico’s 50 Politicos to Watch (2009)
Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law (2008)
Richmond NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Award (2008)
Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine Top Young Lawyers in Virginia (2007)
Virginia Jaycees Outstanding Young Virginian (2006)
Leadership Metro Richmond Servant Leader Award (2005)
Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005)
Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Conference Edward R. Burnett Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2002)

Jennifer was born in Petersburg and attended public school in Chesterfield County. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in 1994 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1997. Jennifer is married to David Mills, and lives in the Fan District of Richmond with their son Jackson.

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Jennifer L. McClellan
Delegate from the 71st District at Virginia House of Delegates
Education
Juris Doctorate
Class of 1997

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

Bachelor of Arts
Class of 1994

The University of Richmond (UR or U of R) is a private liberal arts university in Richmond, Virginia. The university is a primarily undergraduate, residential university with approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students in five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the University of Richmond School of Law and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

Memberships
Member
Current

League of Women Voters is a private company headquartered in Washington, DC. The firm operates an organisation that promotes women participation in politics.The company says this about itself: The League of Women Voters of California, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy.

Member

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.

Career History
Delegate from the 71st District
2006 - Current

The Virginia House of Delegates is one of two parts in the Virginia General Assembly, the other being the Senate of Virginia. It has 100 members elected for terms of two years; unlike most states, these elections take place during odd-numbered years. The House is presided over by the Speaker of the House, who is elected from among the House membership by the Delegates. The Speaker is usually a member of the majority party and, as Speaker, becomes the most powerful member of the House. The House shares legislative power with the Senate of Virginia, the upper house of the Virginia General Assembly. The House of Delegates is the modern-day successor to the Virginia House of Burgesses, which first met at Jamestown in 1619. The House is divided into Democratic and Republican caucuses. In addition to the Speaker, there is a majority leader, majority caucus chair, minority leader, minority caucus chair, and the chairs of the several committees of the House.

Boards & Committees
Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

Virginia Premier Health Plan, Inc. provides insurance services. It offers individual and family plans, medicare and medicaid. The company is headquartered in Richmond, VA.

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