Our advisory committee is a diverse roster of elected officials and former candidates across the country. This committee provides endorsed candidates with support, mentorship and a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to run as a mama.
Growing up in Virginia as the child of community leaders and educators, Jenn McClellan has always felt a calling to public service to strengthen her community and ensure that every Virginian has an opportunity to succeed.
She has brought those values, passion and commitment to justice to elected office for nearly twenty years. She was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005 and served in that post until she was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2017, where she succeeded A. Donald McEachin after his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
A principled and progressive legislator, McClellan has always worked to ensure Virginians’ voices are heard in government. Throughout her eighteen sessions in the Virginia General Assembly, McClellan passed over 370 pieces of legislation, including landmark bills to protect and expand voting rights, combat climate change, preserve reproductive health care, and enhance workers’ protections and labor rights.
Congresswoman McClellan was the first black woman elected to U.S. Congress from Virginia and the first Virginia House member to be pregnant while in office. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her work as a legislator and in the community, and has been a leader in the Democratic party at the local, state and national levels.
Jenn lives in Richmond with her husband, David Mills, and their two children, Jackson and Samantha.