United States House of Representatives election in Virginia's 2nd district, 2022

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Official portrait of Luria for the 116th Congress.

The 2022 United States House of Representatives election in Virginia's 2nd district will be held on November 8, 2022 amidst other races in the 2022 U.S. House elections. Elaine Luria, the incumbent congresswoman from the eastern portion of the state that covers the Accomack, Northampton and York counties, is facing re-election in a formidable environment due to the state's shift towards the Republicans, evident in the 2021 statewide races.

An establishment Democrat, Luria has accepted corporate PAC money to pay off campaign debts despite having once vowed to refuse such donations.[1]

According to ProPublica, Luria voted with Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 92% of the time in the 116th Congress.[2] Despite this, liberal-leaning media outlets including the Associated Press consider her a supposed "moderate Democrat."[3]

Background[edit]

State Sen. Kiggans, who is vying for the seat.

The mostly suburban congressional district narrowly voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election,[4] in which grassroots Republican Scott Taylor was also elected from the district as an anti-establishment candidate, succeeding retiring establishment RINO Scott Rigell. Taylor lost to Luria in 2018 narrowly, and the district in 2020 re-elected Luria in addition to favoring Biden over Trump by several percentage points.[4]

In the 2021 elections, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin carried the suburban district over Terry McAuliffe in an upset victory, signifying a potential rightward turn towards the GOP once again.

Candidates[edit]

Luria has not yet announced her intent for the midterm race. Several Republicans have announced their bids for the seat, including former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and current state senator Jen Kiggans of Virginia Beach.[5][6] In her announcement bid, Kiggans said:

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.

—Jennifer Kiggans, April 2021

Issues[edit]

Luria has flip-flopped over the proposal of raising the minimum wage to $15/hour,[7] once refusing to support it[8] while currently being a co-sponsor of a left-wing effort to mandate such nationwide.[9] Luria previously owned a small business where she paid workers at less than that rate.[10]

Term limits[edit]

Kiggans is a supporter of congressional term limits and signed a pledge to back a term limit Constitutional Amendment if elected to the House,[11] stating in a press release:[12]

Term limits on elected officials will help guarantee the will of the people, not special interests or career politicians, are being heard.

—Jennifer Kiggans, May 2021

School choice[edit]

In mid-December 2021, The Washington Free Beacon published an article highlighting Rep. Luria's hypocrisy on school choice.[13] Kiggans released the following statement on Twitter:[14]

Elaine Luria served as President of the Tidewater Montessori School at the same time as she campaigned against charter schools and voucher programs in 2018. I have been a consistent advocate for school choice and will continue to fight for it in Washington! #ParentsMatter #VA02

—Jennifer Kiggans, December 17, 2021

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Ackley, Kate (February 1, 2021). Elaine Luria pays off campaign debt using corporate PAC money she said she’d reject. Roll Call. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  2. Compare the voting records of Elaine Luria and Nancy Pelosi in 2019-20. ProPublica. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  3. Finley, Ben (October 23, 2020). 2 moderate Democrats vie for reelection in Virginia suburbs. AP News. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wasserman, David; Flinn, Abby (April 15, 2021). Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index. The Cook Political Report. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  5. Jarvis, Brandon (April 12, 2021). State Sen. Jen Kiggans officially launches 2022 congressional campaign. VA Scope. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  6. Jen Kiggans. NRCC Young Guns. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  7. Anderson, Collin (March 4, 2021). Swing District Dem Flip-Flops on Minimum Wage. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  8. Cohn, Jonathan (January 17, 2019). Why Do These 64 Democrats Not Support a $15 Minimum Wage?. jonathancohn.medium.com. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  9. Weissert, Will (July 24, 2021). Elaine Luria’s pro-Navy, centrist identity may get test over Jan. 6 committee. Associated Press via The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  10. Foldi, Matthew (April 14, 2021). A Democratic Lawmaker Sold Her Small Business. Now She Favors a $15 Minimum Wage.. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  11. May 24, 2021. (Candidate Signature, Date) - C-VA-02-Jennifer-Kiggans-R-C.pdf. U.S. Term Limits. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  12. Burk, Eric (May 31, 2021). Congressional Candidate Kiggans Signs Pledge to Support Term Limits Amendment. The Virginia Star. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  13. Nester, Alex (December 15, 2021). Elaine Luria Rails Against School Choice. She Once Was President of a Private School. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  14. Kiggans, Jen (December 17, 2021). Jen Kiggans on Twitter: "Elaine Luria...". Twitter. Retrieved December 19, 2021.