Mark J. Rozell

Washington, D.C.

Mark J. Rozell is the dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where he holds the Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy. He writes regularly for Local Opinions on Virginia politics.
Latest from Mark J. Rozell

How will gun violence affect the Virginia midterms?

As bitter as the gun rights vs. gun control debate has become, its ability to swing elections on its own is limited.

June 13, 2022

Virginia protests pit freedom of speech against judicial independence

The First Amendment provides no exception for judges’ residences as venues where the people may peaceably air their concerns, but the Constitution also guarantees fair and impartial due process.

May 31, 2022

The leaked abortion opinion could lift Virginia Democrats

Roe’s impending reversal now has Democrats and abortion-rights advocates on a war footing for the midterms.

May 16, 2022

Youngkin wades into national politics at his own peril

Virginians don’t think four years is too long for a governor to stay focused on governing.

May 2, 2022

If Democrats don’t tell their story for the midterms, Republicans will

Democrats need look no farther than the past two years for pointed lessons on the consequences of failing to tell their story and letting the Republicans dominate the narrative.

April 18, 2022

Governing campaign-style in Virginia

Going directly to voters to pressure lawmakers is not new. But, until now, governors relied on barnstorming the state.

April 4, 2022

Virginia’s legislature was built for agrarian times. Is it time for an update?

It is time to move beyond the fiction that a modern legislative branch in a state as dynamic as Virginia can function adequately meeting so few days a year.

March 21, 2022

Remember when Republicans voted for local authority and autonomy?

A blanket statewide order tying the hands of school boards on whether to mandate masks makes no more sense than ordering statewide school closures for a storm that affects only one region of the state.

February 21, 2022

Who is Youngkin’s real audience?

The aggressive use of executive actions creates a rocky path for his legislative goals, but it wins him strong approval among Republican base voters that he could leverage in many ways.

February 7, 2022