By the time her current term ends late in 2019, state Sen. Janet Howell will have served 28 years in Richmond.
And she says she’s ready to spend at least four more there.
Howell (D-32nd) confirmed at a recent session in McLean plans to run for an eighth term. She was first elected in 1991 in a district that has varied in shape over the years, but currently includes portions of Fairfax and Arlington counties.
In remarks during a forum sponsored by the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, Howell expressed happiness with the performance of Gov. Northam.
Northam “is one of those silent-but-strong types,” she said. “He’s very determined on his goals and works so well with people on both sides of the aisle . . . I’m really optimistic we’re going to have a great four years.”
As a senior member of the Senate and a close ally of Democratic leader Dick Saslaw, Howell has picked up an impressive list of committee assignments through the years. She currently serves on the committees on rules; privileges and elections; finance; education and health; and courts of justice. For the past decade, she also has served as a conferee on budget bills.
If Democrats pick up the Senate majority – they currently have 19 seats to 21 for Republicans – Howell will be in line to chair the mighty Senate Finance Committee.
Howell lives in Reston, in the western portion of the district. She is one of three state senators whose districts include Arlington, along with Barbara Favola (D-31st) and Adam Ebbin (D-30th).