Lee's vote to expand Medicaid was one of the proudest moments of his life, and people are signing up faster than expected for the program. He also introduced and passed into law a $50/month cap on insulin co-pays to help people afford the medication that they need to live. But there are still over half a million Virginians with no health insurance, and over a million more who have insurance but can't afford to use it. Lee will build on these successes, and won't stop fighting until we achieve universal coverage in Virginia.
Lee knows that reproductive rights are human rights. He is an unapologetic supporter of a woman’s right to choose and will never support legislation that limits women’s access to healthcare. He will also continue the fight for pay equity, workplace rights, and increased protection from domestic violence and sexual assault.
Lee supports raising teacher pay, and in 2020 he introduced HB 67 which would allow teachers to stand up and demand better working conditions without fear of reprisal. Lee supports massive investment in school capital improvements, the elimination of as many SOLs as possible, and he opposes all attempts to privatize education (e.g. charter schools).
Lee believes we need to stop criminalizing poverty, end cash bail, abolish private prisons, and end the application of the death penalty. In 2019, Lee introduced HB 2373 to legalize cannabis in Virginia. He also introduced HB 1761 prohibiting government purchase of goods and services produced by prison labor.
Lee also advocates reducing funding for police and prisons, and redirecting those funds to support social services and increased quality of life for all Virginians.
Lee believes all of Virginia needs a world-class transit system, capable of providing for the Commonwealth's ever-growing population and reducing commute times. He supports increased funding for public transportation, and has consistently opposed new tolls. He supports maintaining our roads in a state of good repair, upgrading existing intersections to alleviate bottlenecks and safety issues, and will push for expanded bus and rail services in every corner of Virginia.
Lee refuses to accept campaign contributions from all for-profit entities, including all corporate donors. He supports banning corporate contributions and establishing a system of publicly financed elections.
His personal, gift and campaign finance disclosures can be found HERE!
We have a crisis of housing affordability - housing costs are the single largest squeeze on residents of Northern Virginia, and Richmond and Hampton Roads lead the nation in eviction rates. Lee supports a wide variety of policies to lower the cost of housing, including cracking down on negligent landlords, expanding both personal and cooperative home ownership, and a public option for housing.
Lee refuses contributions from the fossil-fuel industry and opposes the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and fracking. In 2019, he co-sponsored HB 1635 to stop new fossil-fuel infrastructure construction.
Lee supports massive investments in green energy and believes consumers should be able to purchase or produce their own renewable energy. He also fights to make sure that our renewable energy projects are more than just corporate price gouging by the utilities. He knows that by taking the fight to Dominion and Appalachian Power, we can build a new utility infrastructure and build wealth in our communities at the same time.
Voting is foundational to democracy, and Lee supports efforts to make it easier to vote. He's proud of the efforts taken in 2020 to allow more early voting and absentee voting, and wants to build on that success with automatic voter registration and opening more voting precincts to reduce wait times. He also knows that an election isn't truly free and fair as long as we're choosing the lesser of two evils, so he'll fight to end the electoral college for presidential elections, and to bring ranked choice voting to all other elections in Virginia.
Lee was partially inspired to run for office after a horrific experience with the Commonwealth’s worker compensation program. He will continue to fight for paid family leave and sick days, a minimum wage of at least $15/hr. indexed to inflation, and workers compensation reform. In 2019, Lee introduced HB 1806 to repeal the anti-union freeloader law (aka, “right to work”), and he’ll continue to fight for repeal until it gets done.
Lee is proud to have helped pass legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment, public accommodation, and contracting, but he knows the fight is not done. He'll fight to repeal the discriminatory 'Marshall-Newman' amendment, and to enshrine LGBTQ equality in Virginia's constitution.
Lee believes elected officials should protect consumers from predatory behavior. In Virginia, loan sharks have been able to prey on vulnerable people in their times of need, and that’s why Lee was a co-patron on HB 47, the Payday Lending Prohibition Act. Lee also introduced HB 1755 to establish net neutrality in Virginia.