Animal-protection candidates sweep Virginia elections

Animal-protection candidates sweep Virginia elections

WASHINGTON (November 8, 2023)—Today, The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced that 30 of its endorsed candidates won their seats in the 2023 Virginia elections.

“This election served as a monumental victory for animals across the Commonwealth, as the voters sent so many humane-minded legislators to the General Assembly,” said Brad Pyle, political director of Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We are confident that this group will continue efforts in Richmond to end the cruelest practices and promote stronger animal-protection laws. The rest of the country should take notice that Virginia loves animals.”

HSLF is the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal protection. As a non-partisan organization, HSLF considers candidates for endorsement based on their dedication to animal protection.

The following HSLF endorsed candidates claimed victory in the Virginia elections:

House of Delegates

  • 1st District: Patrick Hope (D)
  • 3rd District: Alfonso Lopez (D)
  • 5th District: Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D)
  • 8th District: Irene Shin (D)
  • 10th District: Dan Helmer (D)
  • 12th District: Holly Seibold (D)
  • 13th District: Marcus B. Simon (D)
  • 14th District: Vivian Watts (D)
  • 18th District: Kathy Tran (D)
  • 20th District: Michelle Lopes Malonado (D)
  • 29th District: Fernando “Marty” Martinez (D)
  • 38th District: Sam Rasoul (D)
  • 58th District: Rodney Willett (D)
  • 61st District: Michael Webert (R)
  • 65th District: Joshua Cole (D)
  • 70th District: Shelly Simonds (D)
  • 78th District: Betsy Carr (D)
  • 84th District: Nadarius Clark (D)

State Senate<

  • 7th District: Bill Stanley (R)
  • 11th District: R. Creigh Deeds (D)
  • 15th District: Ghazala Hashmi (D)
  • 20th District: Bill DeSteph (R)
  • 21st District: Angelia Williams Graves (D)
  • 23rd District: Mamie E. Locke (D)
  • 30th District: Danica Roem (D)
  • 32nd District: Suhas Subramanyam (D)
  • 34th District: Scott Surovell (D)
  • 35th District: Dave Marsden (D)
  • 38th District: Jennifer Boysko (D)
  • 40th District: Barbara Favola (D)

The slate of endorsed Virginia candidates included incumbents who took pro-animal legislative action as well as newcomers who demonstrated their care for animals through campaign commitments. Find the full list of winners here.

Media Contact: Kate Sarna, 202-836-1265,


HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that evaluates candidates based only on a single criterion: where they stand on animal welfare. HSLF does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at, on our blog at, on Facebook at and on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @HSLegFund.

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