The Virginia House of Delegates is the lower chamber of the Virginia General Assembly and as such shares legislative responsibility with the Senate of Virginia. Delegates are elected for a two-year term. Each Delegate represents approximately 80,000 Virginians. The 89th District includes localities in Norfolk.
Jay completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where he was a double major in Government and History, and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Upon graduation from law school Jay began practicing law in Norfolk, where he is currently a partner with Bischoff Martingayle P.C. Prior to attending law school, Jay was an associate with Goldman Sachs where he focused on risk management and rating advisory.
Climate change threatens every resident of the 89th District. As delegate, I have focused on policies that will help bring resources to Hampton Roads to mitigate against this problem. I supported the creation of the office of special assistant to the governor for coastal resiliency and adaptation and continue to support a dedicated source of funding for the Virginia Shoreline Relief Fund.
I also have advocated for investment in the advanced energy economy, with Hampton Roads as its hub, to create generate additional energy sources and kickstart our regional economy and reduce our reliance of military and federal government spending.
I support an independent redistricting commission that has no elected officials as part of the body.
I would support implementation of a commission provided that the criteria governing the commission include minority representation, diversity of geographic representation, and an adherence to the Voting Rights Act.
This has been one of my main issues as delegate. Including the information listed above, I have worked with city council to identify ways to address what I believe is the existential threat our communities. The Army Corps of Engineers has listed several solutions to help us mitigate against climate change and sea level rise and I continue to advocate to fund those mechanisms, including more flood walls and the creation of retention ponds.
I continue to support universal background checks, the implementation of red flag laws, the reinstitution of one gun purchase a month, and a ban on assault-style weapons.
The expansion of Medicaid was a tremendous step, but we must ensure that people with preexisting conditions are covered and that our children have access to a world class healthcare system.
I would like to see Virginia return to pre-recession funding levels for education, reduce higher education costs, and expand access to prekindergarten to all students across the state. A 5% teacher pay raise in 2019 was a good first step at investing in our education workforce, but we can and should do more.
We must allow early voting, automatically register citizens upon obtaining a drivers license, and automatically reinstate the right to vote for offenders who have served their time and paid their debt to society.