Dick Saslaw

  • District: 35
  • Member since: 1980
  • Localities represented: Alexandria City, Fairfax County, Falls Church City
  • Committees: Commerce and Labor, Courts, Finance, Education & Health, Rules
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Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the
Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for
families in Northern Virginia. Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought
for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net,
maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s
transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across
the aisle to get results.

Senator Saslaw worked tirelessly and helped lead the charge to expand Medicaid for hundreds
of thousands of Virginians without access to healthcare. No longer will Virginia leave billions of
federal dollars unclaimed. Instead, these monies will help benefits thousands of our
Commonwealth neighbors in need of affordable healthcare and provide hope for the otherwise
desperate. Senator Saslaw was honored by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association as
a 2018 “Healthcare Hero” for his multi-year dedication to expanding Medicaid in the

Democratic Leader Saslaw plays a key role in working with Governor Ralph Northam to grow
the New Virginia Economy. Competing in a 21st -century global economy, Virginia must focus on
building a talented workforce pipeline that can attract and retain businesses and investment.
Senator Saslaw has helped advocate for innovative new programs like the Workforce
Credentials Grant, which provides funding for workers looking for education and training in high-
demand industries like cybersecurity. Virginia boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in
the nation and ranks 4th on CNBC’s list of “America’s Top States for Business.”

Dick has been recognized for his leadership many times, earning such awards as:

Virginia Education Association “Legislator of the Year”
The Hispanic Alliance “Leader of the Year”
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce “NOVAForward Legacy Award”
Virginia Transit Association “Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award”
Virginia FREE “Virginia’s Most Effective Senator”

Dick grew up in Washington, D.C. He served two years in the U.S. Army, prior to earning a B.S.
in economics from the University of Maryland. He is a successful local businessman in the
gasoline and auto service industry. Dick and his wife, Eleanor, are proud grandparents and
have lived in Northern Virginia since 1968. Eleanor currently serves on the State Board of
Virginia’s Community Colleges and is a previous chair of the board.

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