Government/Politics: RICHARD ‘DICK’ SASLAW
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, SENATE OF VIRGINIA, FAIRFAX
The longest-serving legislator in the state Senate, Sen. Saslaw has represented parts of Fairfax County in Virginia’s state Senate since 1980 and is currently the Democratic caucus leader as well as chair of the commerce and labor committee.
Saslaw, who was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1975, is chiefly known as a moderate Democrat. He receives mostly ‘B’ grades from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, which presented him its Leadership in Energy Award in 2017. He initially led efforts to lure the Washington Commanders stadium to Virginia, but in June withdrew support as controversy mounted surrounding the NFL team and its co-owner, Dan Snyder.
Saslaw, a University of Maryland alumnus, has supported gun restriction measures and voted against anti-abortion measures, while also aligning himself with Dominion Energy Inc., a major donor.
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