FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2018
Delegate Sullivan Re-Appointed as House Democratic Party Campaign Chair
ARLINGTON, Va. – Delegate Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr. has been selected to serve a second term as the Virginia House Democratic Party’s Campaign Chair. Delegate Sullivan previously served in this role during the 2017 cycle in which Democrats picked up 15 seats in the House of Delegates.
“When I first announced my candidacy for the House of Delegates in 2014, I pledged to work tirelessly to put Democrats back in the majority. The previous November, Democrats had swept the three statewide seats on the ballot, yet Democrats won just 33 seats in the House. Clearly, the Commonwealth’s legislature as then composed, due to a variety of factors, did not reflect the values of Virginians on the whole. I wanted, and still want, to change that imbalance,” said Delegate Sullivan.
“After my election to the House, I began working to create an electoral environment that would better reflect the will of voters by introducing bills that would reform redistricting efforts in Virginia. Correcting the injustice of partisan gerrymandering, however, is just one step that we can take to enhance our democracy and make voters’ voices heard. We as the Democratic Party also needed to provide even more great candidates whom voters would come out to support at the polls.”
“I was asked to serve as the House Democratic Caucus Campaign Chair for the 2017 cycle, when our caucus had just 34 members, and worked hard to recruit, train, and contribute resources to a record number of Democratic candidates in every corner of the Commonwealth. Our nominees were a diverse, qualified, and enthusiastic group of Virginians, and on November 7, 2017, we dramatically increased the number of Democrats in the House of Delegates by picking up 15 seats. This massive sweep significantly changed the power dynamic in Richmond, and among other things, enabled the historic passage of Medicaid expansion in Virginia.”
“I accepted the position again to finish the job, and I look forward to continuing my work to flip the House of Delegates next November. The challenge is great, but it is a privilege to be once again at the forefront of such an important effort.”
Delegate Rip Sullivan represents Virginia's 48th House of Delegates District, which is composed of parts of Arlington and McLean.