|Member of the Virginia Senate|
from the 31st district
January 11, 2012
|Mary Margaret Whipple|
|Member of the Arlington County Board|
November 1997 - December 2012
|James B. Hunter|
|Born||June 21, 1955|
New London, Connecticut
|Residence||Arlington County, Virginia|
|Alma mater||New York University|
Saint Joseph College
|Profession||Health Policy Advisor|
Barbara A. Favola (born June 21, 1955) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Democrat, she has served in the Senate of Virginia since 2011, representing the 31st District, encompassing portions of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties.
Favola has been a resident of Arlington since 1982.
From 1997 until 2012, Favola was a member of the Arlington County Board; she served as Chairman in 2000 and 2004 and Vice Chairman in 1999, 2003 and 2011. She has been a Board member since December 1997.
Favola was a policy advisor for 15 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Favola started her career at HHS as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI), and served in various policy and planning positions throughout the Department, with several assignments in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health. As part of the PMI experience, Ms. Favola also worked on the House Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Favola was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2011 in the 31st district, defeating Republican Caren Merrick with 58% of the vote. She was re-elected in 2015, defeating Republican George Forakis with 62% of the vote.
In 2019, Favola sponsored a bill that would protect individuals with a severe mental illness from receiving the death penalty.
|Senate of Virginia|
Mary Margaret Whipple
| Virginia Senate, District 31
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