House Democratic Leader Delegate David Toscano

David Toscano with members of Charlottesville HadassahIt is a privilege to represent Charlottesville and Albemarle and serve as House Democratic Leader in the Virginia General Assembly.  My work in the  House of Delegates reflects my commitment to expanding economic opportunity, investing in public education, and protecting Virginia’s environment and natural resources.  Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to represent you. I hope you will take a moment to read about my positions on the issues and follow what I’ve been doing at the General Assembly.

Congratulations to this year’s Emily Couric Leadership Forum Scholarship recipients:
David Toscano with the 2014 recipients of the Emily Couric Leadership Forum Scholarship

  • Camille Leech – Albemarle High School
  • Carman Drake – Charlottesville High School
  • Sadie Yates – The Covenant School
  • Rachel Odumu – The Miller School of Albemarle
  • Sharon Fernandez – Monticello High School
  • Rian Slate – Murray High School
  • Elizabeth Amato – St. Anne’s – Belfield School
  • Kathryn Wolf – Tandem Friends School
  • Kristen Richey – Western Albemarle High School

For more information about ECLF or to donate to the scholarship fund, visit

2014 Virginia General Assembly Session

Budget Dispute Continues

We returned to the General Assembly on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, to continue our debate over the budget. It was a very short session because House Republicans refused to consider a budget passed by the Senate which included provisions for closing the coverage gap for up to 400,000 Virginians.… continued…

Adjournment Without A Budget

The General Assembly adjourned on March 8, 2014 without a budget. This is the third time that this has occurred in the nine years that I have been serving you in Richmond. We have until the end of June to have a budget in place, but most of us want this to occur as soon as possible because our localities need to have firm figures from Richmond as to monies that are coming to them so they can prepare their budgets.… continued…

Winding Down or Gearing Up?

The General Assembly session is scheduled to adjourn on Saturday, March 8, 2014, and it is not clear that we will have a budget by that date. The stumbling block continues to be Medicaid expansion. Many of us have advocated for a budget that includes closing the coverage gap for over 275,000 Virginians.… continued…

The Budget, Medicaid Expansion, and my Town Hall Meeting

The House and Senate budgets were debated and ultimately passed yesterday. Budgets are about choices, and the budget that passed the House reflected a choice that Republicans made to reject the expansion of Medicaid coverage to over 275,000 Virginians. In a last minute procedural move, the Republicans offered the Senate plan for Medicaid expansion, the so-called “private option,” as an amendment in order to get a vote on this issue.… continued…

Medicaid Expansion Speech (Feb 14, 2014)

We are now at the midpoint of the General Assembly session, a time that we call “crossover,” aptly named for the process by which bills passed in one house “crossover” to the other body. The hours are long and the debates frequently heated as many controversial bills get considered during this period of the General Assembly session.… continued…

House Loss is Senate Gain

The big news last week was the transfer of power in the Senate. The election of Lynwood Lewis as the 20th Democratic member of the Senate, and with Democrat Ralph Northam in the tie-breaking role of Lt. Governor, Democrats assumed control and promptly moved to reconstitute committees.… continued…

Medicaid Expansion Speech (Jan 30, 2014)
Speech in Support of Attorney General Herring’s Position on Marriage Equality (Jan 23, 2014)
Medicaid Expansion and Ethics Reform Lead the 2014 Session

We are two weeks into the General Assembly and the dominant issue remains Medicaid expansion. Almost every interest group in Richmond, from the Chamber of Commerce to the Medical Society of Virginia to the Hospital Association to various anti-poverty groups have supported efforts to bring federal dollars to Virginia to help insure up to 400,000 people who presently do not have coverage.… continued…

Medicaid Expansion Speech (Jan 20, 2014)

Do we have a responsibility to help Virginia’s hospitals as engines of economic opportunity and providers of critical services?

Last week, we heard several floor speeches exploring whether, how, when, and under what conditions we can expand health care coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians. … continued…

Medicaid Expansion Speech (Jan 15, 2014)

Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, I rise today in support of the new Governor’s efforts to assist some 400,000 Virginians who do not presently have health insurance.

In the Governor’s recent address to this joint assembly, he made a strong business case for why it is in our economic interest to find a way to insure more Virginians.… continued…

2014 Virginia General Assembly Session Has Begun!

The 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session began on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, when 100 delegates were sworn in and Gov. McDonnell gave his final “State of the Commonwealth” address. The outgoing Governor gave a deeply personal speech, apologizing for his transgressions over the last year and celebrating what he considered to be a number of singular achievements.… continued…

Prospects for the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session

Each General Assembly session takes on its own special character and tone. 2013 was the year of transportation, as House Democrats ensured passage of a bipartisan bill to inject significant monies into road construction and maintenance, rail, and mass transit.

The 2014 Virginia General Assembly session will likely give most of its attention to the following issues:


This is Governor McDonnell’s last 2-year budget, and his proposal will reflect his priorities.… continued…