Jennifer Carroll Foy
VMI Graduate, Foster Mom, Public Defender, Delegate
I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you my story because I think you deserve to know more about me, what I believe and why I ran for office in the first place.
When I was growing up, my grandfather always said, “If you have it, you have to give it.” Those words stuck with me when I was at VMI; they were the reason I served as a foster parent; and they are a guiding principle I live by as a public defender.
Giving back has been, and must continue to be, the foundation of Virginia. That is why I’ve made it my life’s work.
When I was at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), I knew I had to defy the odds and graduate in order to have the opportunity to give back. I enrolled in the third class of female cadets to attend the historically all-male college. On my first day, they shaved my head and said, “Welcome to VMI.” My best male friend bet me a dollar that I wouldn’t last a year. Well, I won that bet.
I know the deck seems stacked against us. Washington is a mess and politicians prefer gridlock over results.
But every time I look my kids in the eyes, or walk into work as a public defender, I know we have to fight toward a fairer, stronger, and more just Virginia.
As your Delegate, I am fighting to:
Expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians to ensure access to affordable healthcare for veterans, women, and working families.
Strengthen our schools by working to address the teacher shortage crisis in Prince William and Stafford County.
Prepare our students for the 21st Century economy by making it easier to take coding classes and get Career and Technical Education certifications.
Improve transportation by extending the Metro Blue Rail to Prince William County and changing the state formula to ensure Stafford county has sufficient funds for road construction and maintenance.
Protect the water we drink from coal ash contamination, by removing ash or recycling it to make materials like concrete.
Ensure that veterans have the resources they need to get an education, start a businesses, and fully participate in Virginia’s economy after returning from service.
Together, we can achieve great things. If you have any questions, please email my office at DelJCarrollFoy@house.virginia.gov.
Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy