From Inside Nova
Del. Rip Sullivan has launched a new political-action committee, with one goal to help elect more Democratic members of the House of Delegates.
“It is frustrating that many strongly conservative House Republicans represent districts won by Sen. Kaine in 2012, President Obama in 2012, Gov. McAuliffe in 2013, Attorney General Herring in 2013 or Sen. Warner in 2014,” Sullivan (D-48th) said in a statement announcing formation of the Blue Dominion PAC.
“Republicans currently have the majority [in the House of Delegates] because turnout is incredibly low for statehouse elections,” Sullivan said. “This must change.”
Sullivan in 2014 defeated Republican David Foster in a special election called when incumbent Bob Brink took a job in the McAuliffe administration. He won a full term in 2015 to represent the district, which includes portions of McLean and Arlington.
Sullivan, an attorney, earlier this year was named campaign chair of the House Democratic Caucus, a job focused on raising funds and recruiting Democratic candidates for the lower house of the legislature, where Republicans currently hold 66 of 100 seats.
Sullivan’s new political-action committee also could prove helpful if he opts to seek higher office, whether a slot in the state Senate, a statewide post or, eventually, the 8th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.