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Click here to view the legislation we are tracking for our members during the 2018 Virginia General Assembly.


Help Shape Virginia Bio's Role in the 2018 GA-- Watch the webinar here.



Our Goals and Priorities

At the state level, Virginia Bio works for policies that:

Promote innovation, research and development  in the biosciences, growth of the lifescience economy and well paying jobs, and successful competition in national and global competition;

Promote entrepreneurship and commercial development;

Enable and facilitate investment in emerging bioscience companies;

Continue to make Virginia the top state to start and grow a business;

Provide adequate support for our world class research institutions;

Enable and encourage our research institutions to effectively translate research to the marketplace and clinic, and to collaborate with one another and with industry;

Provide safe and appropriate access to medications and devices to those who can benefit from them, and fair reimbursement to those who provide them; and,

Promote STEM-H education and workforce development and alignment between employers and schools and students, to build the most important condition for future success – the education, sills and interests of the next generation

Avoid legislation and regulations which result in adverse unintended consequences on the people, companies and institutions which do the R&D and commercialization of life science in Virginia.

Over the years, Virginia Bio has had a significant hand in proposing and seeing through the passage of many of the incentives which are law today, including the Angel Investor Tax Credit, the Research and Development Tax Credit, and the Capital Gains exclusion for early investors in technology companies. These and other such policies appear Virginia Bioscience Incentives page.

Our Partners

We work closely with national organizations of other state associations like Virginia Bio (the Council of State Bioscience Associations, and the Council of State Government Relations to identify issues before they arise, to find best practices, and to provide state policy makers the comparative information they require to determine how best for Virginia to compete and excel. We work with ally groups across the state, such as local and regional tech councils, to champion issues of common interest that are important to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and investment in the Commonwealth.

We also engage First Choice Consulting as a lobbyist on our behalf in Richmond.

Our Activities

Every year during the Legislative Session, Virginia Bio facilitates meeting of its members from across the state with legislators and policy makers in Richmond to exchange information, answer questions and make their viewpoints known. We encourage and help members to be in touch with their elected representatives year round, to make known the positions of Virginia Bio and their individual positions and concerns as well.

Get Involved!  Contact your state Delegate and Senator

Click here to find out who represents you in the state legislature.

Now contact your legislator:

State Senators

State Delegates


About the Virginia General Assembly and state elections in Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly dates from the establishment of the House of Burgesses at Jamestown in 1619. It is heralded by Virginians as the "oldest continuous law-making body in the New World.” The 1776 Virginia Constitution confirmed our bicameral legislature, which consists of the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia.  The House of Delegates consists of 100 members and the Senate 40 members.  The terms of office are two years for members of the House and four years for members of the Senate. Members may not hold any other public office during their term of office. The General Assembly’s chief responsibilities are to represent citizens in the formulation of public policy, enact laws of the Commonwealth, approve the budget, levy taxes, elect judges and confirm appointments by the Governor.

Virginia’s general election cycle is based on odd numbered years, and statewide office elections are one year off the national Presidential cycle.  Thus, general elections were held in November 2017, at which time the three statewide officeholders will be up for election:  Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, as will all 100 seats in the House of Delegates.  No Senate seats were up for election at that time, but rather all 40 will be up at the next general election in November 2019.    

Virginia is one of approximately a dozen states with a "Biotech Caucus” in the state legislature. The Virginia Bioscience Legislative Caucus (VBLC) is a bi-partisan, bi-cameral group of approximately 60 state legislators who share a common interest in the development of the bioscience industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Co-Chairs of the Caucus are:

        Senator Janet Howell 



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