Senator Edwards In the News

Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards

The Importance of Selma

Voting is among the most important rights of citizenship because voting is the freedom to govern ourselves. We fought the Revolutionary War over the right of self-government and many died for this fundamental right.
Read John Edwards' Commentary (Roanoke Tribune, Mar. 20, 2015)

Casey: Franklin County woman caught in the health care coverage gap

"Amy's a hard worker," said her mother, Kathy Tench, who has worked at Carl's Place for 33 years. "She's good with people. She's not going to halfway do anything. But she's got her hands full."
Read Dan Casey's column (Roanoke Times, Feb. 4, 2015)

Virginia's War on the Impoverished

As of Jan. 1 2014, the Commonwealth Institute's health care report stated that 195,000 Virginians fell inescapably into the health care coverage gap created by Virginia's refusal to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Read the story (Roanoke Times, Dec. 28, 2014)

Rail Town Hall Meeting - "Amtrak Is Coming to Roanoke!"

Senator John S. Edwards hosted a Town Meeting on "Amtrak Is Coming To Roanoke" on Monday, November 10, 2014 at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA.

Senator Edwards presenting Memorial Resolution to family of Elizabeth Bowles.

Roanoke Group Strives to Keep King Dream Alive

"As time goes by, there are going to be few of us left alive who heard him speak."
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Op Ed: Seize the Opportunity of Marketplace Virginia

"Marketplace Virginia will also benefit businesses and individuals who pay health insurance premiums. Some 2 percent to 10 percent of health insurance premiums now indirectly support the uninsured. Hospitals are forced to shift unpaid costs to business and individual policy holders and others who do pay. Under Marketplace Virginia, those paying for their own insurance premiums will be relieved of the burden of indirectly paying for the care of uninsured patients." Read the story

Legislators Debate Contraception Coverage

"Religious freedom goes both ways," Edwards said. "It's not only your right to express your religious views, it's your right not to have someone else impose their religious views on you." Read the story

Virginia State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke

Senator Edwards reads the resolution
honoring Dr. Steger.

Edwards Pushes Stricter Laws Against Human Trafficking

"It's become a very serious problem, more so than people realize," Senator Edwards explained. The proposed legislation (SB 373), incorporating changes by State Senator Mark Obenshain, was sparked by an incident in Roanoke County.

Outgoing VT President Honored with Resolution

Senator Edwards read a Resolution honoring Dr. Charles W. Steger, who served as president of Virginia Tech for 14 years.

Edwards Chair of Rules Committee, SWVA Gains Clout

Senator Edwards holds the bronze seal of Giles County, given to the office by Gerald Duncan, the Treasurer of Giles County.

John has been named as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules, is back on the Education and Health Committee and has been named to the Senate Finance Committee. He also serves on the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice and the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Democrats will have majorities on all but two Senate committees. The Senate Finance Committee was expanded to 17 members , adding Senator Edwards, Senator Deeds and Senator Puckett. With these Senators on the Finance Committee, Southwest Virginia will have more clout.

Edwards Named Legislator of the Year 2013

The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club voted unanimously to honor Senator John Edwards with the Legislator of the Year Award, recognizing his outstanding public service. This year marks the first time the chapter has recognized members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the Legislature. Read the Sierra Club's press release

Passenger Rail Part of 2013 Transportation Bill

The transportation package passed includes money to bring passenger rail service back to Roanoke for the first time since the 1970s. Senator Edwards spoke with WSLS on April 30.

The Story of the 2014 Session

The 2014 session of the General Assembly of Virginia began just before the inauguration of the newly elected Governor, Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Governor, Ralph Northam, and Attorney General, Mark Herring. Soon after, two new Democratic Senators, Jennifer Wexton and Lynwood Lewis, were sworn-in to replace fonner Senators Northam and Herring.
Read the session report

Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards and Miss Virginia.

Senator Edwards receiving recognition for his policy work to advance solar in Virginia.

Spot Slated for New Train-Bus Center

The spot picked for Roanoke's new passenger rail platform is about a minute's walk from the outdated city bus station, which has spawned talk of a future joint-purpose passenger facility.   Read the story

Edwards Pushes Stricter Laws Against Human Trafficking

"It's become a very serious problem, more so than people realize," Senator Edwards explained. The proposed legislation (SB 373), incorporating changes by State Senator Mark Obenshain, was sparked by an incident in Roanoke County.

Learning and Economics Article Features Roanoke Higher Ed Center

"Roanoke Business" magazine (November 2013) discusses how the Roanoke Higher Education Center factors into the economics of education.
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John Edwards of Virginia mentioned by Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow on John Edwards' Letter to Ken Cuccinelli

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow outlines Senator Edwards' objection to Ken Cuccinelli continuing as Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia during the gubernatorial election. Senator Edwards notes that this is the first time in a generation that an Attorney General has not stepped down to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Should any election irregularities arise, Cuccinelli as Attorney General would oversee settling a legal dispute in his own election.
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Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards and President Obama.

Senator John S. Edwards and President Obama.

Judicial Elections in the General Assembly

Bi-partisan work by Senator Edwards and Senator Ralph Smith secured the election of two judges to fill vacancies in the 23rd Judicial Circuit. David Carson will serve as a circuit court judge and Leisa Ciaffone as a judge in Roanoke's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Edwards and Smith were recently praised for their efforts.

Act on Global Warming to Prevent Extreme Weather Events

Senator Edwards and Sarah Bucci co-wrote an opinion piece published in the Roanoke Times on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The bottom line: extreme weather is happening. It is causing very serious problems, and global warming increases the likelihood that we’ll see even more extreme weather in the future. Sarah Bucci is a field organizer with Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center.
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Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards and Miss Virginia.

Miss Virginia and Senator John S. Edwards.

SB 944: Agency Appeals Easier

Lawyers who practice before state agencies may have an easier time getting circuit court judges to take a fresh look at their cases under a new law approved by the 2013 General Assembly. Senator Edwards, D-Roanoke, said he sponsored Senate Bill 944 to give administrative law practitioners a better shot at an even-handed review of agency decisions. He said the current standard of review is so deferential to agency decisions that most lawyers don’t even try to appeal an adverse ruling.
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Edwards Endorsed by Virginia Police Benevolent Association

The Virginia Police Benevolent Association has endorsed John Edwards in his campaign for re-election to the Virginia State Senate. Jason L. Slaughter, New River Valley Chapter President of the VPBA, wrote to Senator Edwards saying they will ask "members, friends and families, and all citizens who respect the strong and efficient enforcement of our laws" to vote for Senator Edwards on November 8.
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Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards and President Clinton.

President Clinton and Senator John S. Edwards.

Edwards Receives Endorsements from Key Environmental Groups

Both the Sierra Club and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VALCV) have endorsed Senator John Edwards in the District 21 Virginia Senate race. The Sierra Club cited Edwards' commitment to protecting Virginia's natural resources and his efforts to transition the Commonwealth to a clean energy economy. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters' endorsement of Edwards focused on his consistent support of environmental issues in the General Assembly. Both organizations lauded Edwards' opposition to lifting the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.
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