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Virginia elects first openly gay state senator

Virginia elects first openly gay state senator

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — State Del. Adam Ebbin (D-District 30) was elected to Virginia’s state Senate today, making him the Commonwealth’s first openly gay senator.

Adam Ebbin

“I am honored by the trust the voters have showed in me,” Ebbin said in a statement.

“During the campaign, I listened to the voters’ concerns and will work on behalf of the values we all share: improving our public schools, expanding our transit system and cleaning up Virginia’s environment. I will make sure their voices are heard.”

Ebbin was elected to the House of Delegates in 2003. He was endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

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“We’re thrilled for Adam and for LGBT Virginians, who will finally have an authentic LGBT voice in the state senate,” said Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund’s president.

“The Victory Fund has been proud to support Adam throughout his career. He’s been a persistent champion for fairness and equality, and we congratulate him.”

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