Delegate John Bell served almost 26 years in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Major in 2007. Following his career in the United State Air Force, John continued his work in the private sector, where he led teams of financial professionals and assisted government clients to identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving solutions. John was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2015. Since assuming office in 2016, John has worked across party lines to pass Medicaid expansion, increase school funding and teacher pay, fight for common-sense gun safety reforms and champion policies to address the opioid addiction crisis. John lives with his wife Margaret in South Riding Virginia. They have five children and three grandchildren.
Sister District endorsed John in 2017 where he defeated Subba Kolla (R) in the Virginia House of Delegates District 87 election.
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As a Delegate, John built a record of fighting for our shared values. In the Senate, John will fight to eliminate and lower toll costs in Northern Virginia, keep children safe in schools and prevent gun violence, support public education and increase teacher pay and stand up to President Trump while bringing integrity back to public service.
In just four years, Democrats have seen an impressive and almost unprecedented swing to majority, with more than 20 seats gained over two election cycles. With gains so recent, Republicans are eager to take advantage of this dynamic, where characteristically moderate “bellwether” districts ebb and flow to give way to national political trends, waiting for the pendulum to swing back in their favor. The 2021 House of Delegates elections are sure to be a test of Democrats’ ability to hold Trump Era gains in a post-Trump climate.
The Commonwealth has long faced the consequences of political gerrymandering. District boundaries have been a hot topic of conversation in past years. In 2020, the Virginia legislature voted to create a bipartisan committee to handle the creation of new electoral maps; Bipartisan redistricting is now in the hands of a 16 member committee which was on a tight timeline to use 2020 census data to announce adjusted districts for the upcoming House of Delegates elections in November 2021. The original plan had the committee producing new maps by April 2020, but delayed census data from the federal government has made new maps in time to give the state board of elections, localities, and partisans time to effectively prepare for and hold elections unlikely. As of now, the most likely scenario remains that 2021 will see no new maps, instead districts will remain the same this year with new districts only taking effect in 2023.