American Politics & Culture
David J. Toscano served 14 years (2006-20) 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. He was the Democratic leader in the House of Delegates from 2011 to 2018. Prior to serving in the state legislature, he served 12 years on Charlottesville’s City Council, including a stint as Mayor.
David continues to write and comment upon state issues, both in Virginia and around the nation, through his blog, “Why States Matter”, articles, and books. Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation And Our Lives (University of Virginia Press, 2021) discusses how state politics and policies play a critical role in our lives and how they shape the nation. He has recently completed Bellwether: Virginia’s Political Transformation, 2006-2020 (Hamilton Books, 2022) a book on his experiences in politics and policy while in the General Assembly.
Virginia continues to be at the center of debates about the future of our country.