With a professional background in the private sector and more than a decade of service in local government, Congressman Connolly’s top priority has always been delivering results for the Northern Virginia economy. Congressman Connolly has helped develop our region into an economic engine for the Commonwealth by championing the growth of local industries, fighting the dangerous and indiscriminate cuts of sequestration, and protecting the health of a productive federal workforce. Northern Virginia is now home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.
Congressman Connolly wants every family in Northern Virginia to have an opportunity to share in the prosperity of our region. He remembers the images of Robert Kennedy’s tour of poverty in America and was inspired to begin his professional career working for anti-hunger and anti-poverty nonprofit organizations. He understands the human cost of increasing income inequality in America, and he has spent his career in public life expanding access to economic opportunity and ensuring the public safety net is there for those who need it most.
Amid the pandemic, Congressman Connolly has made one of his top priorities funding for local governments, services, and schools. As a result of his advocacy, local jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have received nearly $2 billion in direct assistance to help local small business and nonprofits, prevent public sector layoffs, and maintain critical services that support our local economy.