American Politics & Culture
David J. Toscano served 14 years (2005-19) in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 57th District, which includes all of Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County. First elected in 2005, David’s priorities included education, renewable energy, environmental protection, affordable healthcare, reproductive rights, expanded services for the disabled and poor, and reforms to Virginia’s adoption and foster care laws.
Now retired from electoral politics, David will continue to write and comment upon state issues, both in Virginia and around the nation, through his new blog, “Why States Matter” which includes reflections from his 14 years in the Virginia General Assembly (half of them as Democratic Leader) and excerpts from his forthcoming book, “In the Room at the Time,” which draws on his experience in Virginia and places the Commonwealth’s policy and politics in the context of what is occurring in other states across the nation.
Virginia has always been at the center of debates about the future of our country, and that is more apparent today than ever before.