Nancy Guy grew up in a Navy family in the 83rd District and attended Thoroughgood Elementary School and Cox High School. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and got her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Nancy has worked in a variety of capacities with some breaks from paid work to raise children and care for ailing parents. She has managed a family real estate partnership, helped in the management of a home healthcare company founded by her father, and served as an educational consultant assisting students. In 1996 she was elected to the Virginia Beach School Board and was subsequently re-elected for a second term.
After successfully battling breast cancer, in 2012-13, Nancy decided to simplify her life. She liquidated the real estate partnership in 2014 and closed down her educational consulting business in 2017 to concentrate on spending more time with family and giving more time to causes she believes in.
As a proud product of Virginia’s public education programs, supporting public education has long been her passion. In addition to her two terms on the School Board, she has served on the Board of WHRO, the Board of SECEP (the Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program), and the Virginia Education Foundation Board. She has also served two terms as President of the PTSA at Virginia Beach’s largest high school, a member of the Virginia Beach City Council of PTAs and a member of the Legislative Committee of the Virginia PTA.
In addition to educational activities, Nancy has always been active in her church, Bayside Presbyterian, where she is an elder. Through her work with the Community Service Ministry, she has volunteered with a variety of programs that help others, including Seton Youth Shelters, Samaritan House, Judeo-Christian Outreach, and VOA/Lighthouse Winter Shelter.
Nancy has worked tirelessly for the people of the 83rd District. In keeping with her passion for public education, she was originally a member of the Education Committee and appointed to the Boards of the Intrastate Compact for the Education of Military Children and the Southeastern Virginia Higher Education Center. As a strong advocate for the environment she is pleased to serve on the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, as well as being appointed by the Speaker as one of three state representatives for Virginia on the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission. She brings the perspective of a former locally elected official to the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee. Finally, she was appointed this year to the powerful Courts of Justice Committee, which reviews the highest volume of bills in the House.
During her tenure in the State Legislature, Delegate Nancy Guy has patroned various pieces of legislation. These include a bill that bans the release of non-biodegradable balloons and bills that limit the cost of insulin and prohibit discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. In her role on the Courts of Justice committee, Delegate Guy has been an essential figure in passing transformative criminal justice reforms in Virginia this year, including the legalization of marijuana and abolishment of the death penalty.
Delegate Nancy Guy has worked with the Democratic majority to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.They have also expanded medicaid to hundreds of thousands of residents and raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Thanks to Delegate Guy and her colleagues, Virginia is leading the way in the South for a more progressive future.
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When Nancy was first elected to the General Assembly, Virginia was ranked 46th in the nation for public education quality. Nancy believes that a quality public education system is the very backbone of democracy and will do everything in her power to channel proper resources to it.
As a strong advocate for the environment, Nancy serves on the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee and was appointed by the Speaker as one of three state representatives for Virginia on the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission. She will continue working to protect our environment and invest in the green energy jobs of the future.
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.