|Jennifer A. “Jen” Kiggans|
|State Senator from Virginia's 7th District|
From: February 8, 2020 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
Jennifer A. Kiggans (December 31, 1969), known as Jen Kiggans (pron. KAY-GENS), is a geriatric nurse practitioner and veteran of the United States Navy currently representing the 7th district in the Virginia State Senate as a Republican. Mostly conservative, she is running for United States House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms to unseat establishment Democrat Elaine Luria.
Kiggans' service in the United States Navy began in 1995.. During her decade at the Navy, Kiggans served two deployments to the Persian Gulf as a H-46 and H-3 helicopter pilot.
Virginia State Senate
In 2019, Kiggans ran for the state Senate in Virginia from the 7th district, which covers Norfolk City and Virginia Beach City. In the Republican primary, she faced Carolyn D. Weems, and polled 4,045 votes to Weems' 3.789 votes. In the general election, Kiggans narrowly defeated staunchly left-wing Democrat opponent Cheryl Turpin by a margin of less than one percentage point.
Kiggans' voting record is presumably conservative-leaning, given a number of ratings by various special interest groups. She voted against repealing an abortion restriction on health insurance plans, and opposed efforts to permit an expansion of marijuana usage. Kiggans also voted against legislation that would repeal usage of the death penalty in the state.
At one point, Kiggans pushed through legislation in the Democrat-controlled chamber that would establishment staffing requirements in nursing homes; the bill died in committee.
2022 run for Congress
On April 12, 2021, Kiggans announced her bid for U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent left-wing Democrat Elaine Luria in the state's 2nd congressional district. Her campaign emphasized a traditional Republican messaging, advocating pro-life and small government principles. Kiggans stated in her opening announcement:
|“||I’m running for Congress because I have the courage to fight back against this progressive agenda, to help Republicans win back control of the House, to balance the power in Washington, and give the workers, families, and job creators of the Second District the results they deserve.||”|
—Kiggans, April 2021
Although Luria and Joe Biden carried the congressional district in 2020, the seat will potentially become highly competitive in 2022 in part due to the rightward shift throughout the state towards the GOP in the 2021 elections.
- Jen Kiggans for Congress (April 12, 2021). The Courage to Fight!. YouTube. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Reese Brian (April 12, 2021). Kiggans announces run to challenge Luria in 2022. WAVY.com. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Hall, Matthew (April 13, 2021). State Senator Jen Kiggans Announces Campaign for US House of Representatives. The Virginia Star. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Two references:
- November 25, 2021. Gov.-elect Youngkin announces leaders of transition effort. Augusta Free Press. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Leonor, Mel (November 26, 2021). Youngkin names more transition aides. Richmond Dispatch-Times. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Jen Kiggans. GOP Young Guns. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- 2019 Senate of Virginia Republican Primary District 7. Virginia Department of Elections. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Jennifer Kiggans. Ballotpedia. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Jennifer Kiggans' Ratings and Endorsements. Vote Smart. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- SB 1276 - Repeals the Abortion Prohibition in Virginia Health Insurance Plans - Virginia Key Vote. Vote Smart. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- SB 1406 - Expands Adult Cannabis Use and Eliminates Criminal Penalties - Virginia Key Vote. Vote Smart. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- SB 1165 - Repeals the Death Penalty - Virginia Key Vote. Vote Smart. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Hiplot, Melissa (December 8, 2021). Legislative commission recommends minimum staffing requirements in nursing homes. 6 News Richmond. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
- Jarvis, Brandon (April 12, 2021). State Sen. Jen Kiggans officially launches 2022 congressional campaign. VA Scope. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- May 24, 2021. (Candidate Signature, Date) - C-VA-02-Jennifer-Kiggans-R-C.pdf. U.S. Term Limits. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
- Burk, Eric (May 31, 2021). Congressional Candidate Kiggans Signs Pledge to Support Term Limits Amendment. The Virginia Star. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- Chamberlain, Samuel (November 10, 2021). ‘Majority makers’: Stefanik backs eight GOP women for Congress in ‘22. New York Post. Retrieved December 20, 2021.