Keeping Virginia’s children safe has always been a top priority of mine, from my time as a prosecutor and court-appointed legal advocate for children, to my role as a State Senator, and now as a member of Congress. 

In the State Senate, I passed legislation that made it easier for local law enforcement to prosecute child predators both online and in our communities. I also wrote a new law that required daycares and assisted living facilities in Virginia to use fingerprint-based background checks on their employees when they are being hired, making daycares safer by ensuring criminals are less likely to slip through the screening process. 

In Congress, I continue to promote policies that keep our children safe, which include reducing children’s access to firearms and ensuring safe health standards in daycare and education facilities, protecting children from acts of domestic violence, increasing funding for child cancer and rare disease research, and expanding access to critical free school meal programs.

I also introduced the Statutes of Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse Reform Act to incentivize states to eliminate civil and criminal statutes of limitations for child abuse cases, which would allow every victim of such crimes to seek justice and hold abusers accountable.