Hon. Jennifer McClellan
Senate of Virginia
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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 serves as Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and Co-Chair of the Fire/EMS Caucus. She also serves as a member of the Virginia Crime Commission (Executive Committee), the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and as Vice Chair of Outreach for the House Democratic Caucus. In 2014, Governor McAuliffe appointed her to the Legislative Advisory Council of the Southern Regional Education Board. Since 2008, she has served as a guest columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch during the General Assembly Session.
Jennifer is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon Communications, focusing on state regulatory matters for several states. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Administrative Law Section Council, and a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, and the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Bar Association.
Jennifer’s community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organizations. She serves as a member of the Boards of the YWCA of Richmond, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Chippenham/Johnston Willis Hospital, the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, the Moton Museum, Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee, and Virginia Premier Health Plans. 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 and a member of the DNC’s Resolutions Committee.
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 and 2015)
• 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 (2015,2012, 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 and daughter Samantha.