A champion for Virginia working families
Abigail Spanberger is an experienced leader and a deeply committed public servant who ran for Congress to expand economic opportunity for Virginia working families. She grew up in Henrico County, Virginia, and is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. After earning her MBA, Abigail began her public service career as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. From there, she joined the CIA as an operations officer in 2006. Focused on counterterrorism, she recruited and developed spies and provided the critical intelligence that policymakers needed to make national security decisions to keep our country safe. She went on to work in the private sector as a strategic leader helping colleges and universities diversify their student bodies, increase graduation rates, and expand students’ access to affordable educational opportunities. Abigail was appointed to the Virginia Fair Housing Board by former Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2017 and has worked to protect Virginians from housing discrimination. Abigail and her husband live with their three daughters in Glen Allen, and she brings new leadership to Congress as she fights for Virginia's working families.
A fighter working to expand economic opportunity
Abigail ran to expand economic opportunity for all hardworking Virginians and to help create good-paying jobs. She is fighting to protect the economic security of Virginia working families and to defend the progress we’ve worked so hard to make. Abigail decided to run for Congress after listening to a friend share her fears over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Abigail’s friend – the father of a child with a genetic disorder – feared not just bankruptcy over medical bills but also losing access to the life-saving care his child needed. A first-time candidate, Abigail has said: “I realized that any fear or apprehension I had related to publicly campaigning, or putting myself out there…that was absolutely nothing compared to the fear that my friends feel when they think about what the future holds for their daughter.” Abigail is a tireless champion for access to affordable, quality health care.
A victory that turned a red seat blue
Abigail successfully challenged incumbent Republican Congressman Dave Brat. The EMILY’s List is proud to support this champion for Virginia working families.