Extra-curricular activities:Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1972-78, 1980-present; chairman, Northern Virginia Mediation Service; member, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation board of trustees, Gunston Hall plantation advisory board, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution board and Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services advisory board; former chairman, National Conference of State Legislatures education committee; member, water study commission; former board member, Fairfax Education Association; former co-chairman, Fairfax Task Force on Youth Violence; member, Sierra Club.
Why should voters elect you?"My three decades of service give me a unique position of leadership that provides an effective voice for Fairfax County in the General Assembly."
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?"Maintaining quality schools and resolving transportation issues are the chief problems facing Fairfax County. As chairman of the House Education Committee, my first priority is safe, high-quality schools for our children. I protected education from budget cuts, and I will continue to provide the leadership necessary to ensure competitive teacher salaries and better accountability in education. My senior position on the House Appropriations Committee means that Fairfax County's transportation needs receive a full share of state funding. Managing and preserving education and transportation gains will be the most significant challenge in the coming General Assembly session."