BioJennifer McClellan was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 71st District in 2005. She serves on the House Commerce & Labor, Courts of Justice, and Education Committees. She is Vice Chair of Outreach for the House Democratic Caucus. Jennifer is a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and the Capital Region Caucus (Co-Chair 2008-2010). She also serves on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission (Vice Chair), the Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee, and Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board. Previously, she served as a member of the Civil Rights Memorial Commission, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force, and Governor Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Violence. Since 2008, she has served as a guest columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch during the General Assembly Session. during the General Assembly Session.
Jennifer serves as the State Director of the National Federation of Women Legislators.
Jennifer is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon Communications, focusing on state regulatory matters for the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions. She is a Past President of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) Young Lawyers Conference, Past Chair of the VSB’s Corporate Counsel Section, and a member of the VSB’s Diversity Conference. Jennifer is a member of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Pro Bono Task Force (Vice Chair) and Administrative Law Section Council. She is also a member of the American, Richmond, Metropolitan Richmond Women’s, and Hill-Tucker Bar Associations.
Jennifer’s community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organizations. She serves as Vice President of the State Board of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, and is a graduate of the Institute’s 2001 Political Leaders Program and 2005 Candidate Training Program. Jennifer is a member of the Boards of the Richmond SPCA and the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. Her past board memberships include the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Boaz & Ruth, Metro Richmond Boys & Girls Club, Flagler Home at St. Joseph’s Villa, the State Fair of Virginia, and the Oliver White Hill Foundation.
Jennifer is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Junior League of Richmond, the Fan District Association, the Fan Women’s Club, the League of Women Voters, and the Richmond Crusade for Voters. She is a member of the 2004 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond.
Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist. She served as a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Association of Democratic Chairs (2002-2010) and the Democratic Party of Virginia’s 1st Vice Chair, Organization (2007-2010), Vice Chair for Outreach (2002-2007), and Chair of the 3rd Congressional District Democratic Committee (2001-2002). She has been active with local Democratic committees in Richmond, Chesterfield County, and Charlottesville. She served three consecutive terms as president of the Virginia Young Democrats (1994-1997), and is the founding president of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats (1997-2004). She served as a page to the 1996 Democratic National Convention and a Delegate to the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Conventions.
Prior to elected office, Jennifer served Governor Mark Warner on the Virginia College Building Authority (2002-2005), serving two years as Vice Chair. She also served on the Board of the Richmond Metropolitan Authority from 2004-2008.
Jennifer has received several awards in recognition of her dedicated community and public service. These honors include-
Virginia League for Planned Parenthood Mary Anne Reynolds Award (2012)
Better Housing Coalition Golden Hammer Special Recognition for Neighborhood Design & Planning (2011)
Virginia PTA Child Advocate of the Year Award (2011)
Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia Leadership Award (2011)
Virginia AARP Older Virginians Champion Award (2011)
Chesterfield Public Education Foundation School Bravo Award (2010)
Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year Award (2010)
Girls for Change It Girl Award (2009)
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Civil Rights Justice by Action Award (2009)
Virginia Housing Coalition Housing Leadership Award (2009)
Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership Expression of Ideals Award (2009)
Politico’s 50 Politicos to Watch (2009)
Virginia League of Conservation Voters Legislative Hero (2011, 2009, 2008, 2006)
Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law (2008)
Richmond NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Award (2008)
Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine Top Young Lawyers in Virginia (2007)
Virginia Jaycees Outstanding Young Virginian (2006)
Leadership Metro Richmond Servant Leader Award (2005)
Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005)
Virginia State Bar Young Lawyer’s Conference Edward R. Burnett Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2002)
Jennifer was born in Petersburg and attended public school in Chesterfield County. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in 1994 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1997. Jennifer is married to David Mills, and lives in the Fan District in Richmond with their son Jackson.