Sen. Aaron Rouse (D-Virginia Beach)

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Party
Democratic
District
22: Parts of Virginia Beach City
Took Office
January 2023
Next Election
November 2027
Copatroning Habits
69% of bills he has copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 57% of them are Democrats. Of all of his fellow copatrons of the bills that he copatroned, 58% of them are Democrats.
Partisanship
?
Bills Passed
35.3% in 2024
Recent Mentions in the Media

13newsnow.com WVEC: Bobby Dyer and Aaron Rouse join the reunion

May 18, 2024 | 11:29 pm
  

MSN: Sen. Aaron Rouse announces run for lieutenant governor

May 17, 2024 | 6:59 am
  

Blue Virginia: Video: Lieutenant Governor Candidate Aaron Rouse Releases Campaign Launch Video, “Know Me”

May 16, 2024 | 7:28 am
  

Richmond Times-Dispatch: VA: Hashmi enters Dems' LG contest as 'progressive champion'

May 2, 2024 | 3:00 am
  

News 3 WTKR Norfolk: Aaron Rouse announces run for Virginia Lieutenant Governor

April 24, 2024 | 3:00 am
  

From the Legislator’s Website

Aaron Rouse to Hanover Dems: “We have no bigger challenge this year than to reelect President Biden.”

March 11, 2024
The Hanover Democratic Committee appreciated the opportunity to hear from State Sen. Aaron Rouse of Virginia Beach at its monthly meeting on Mar. 10. Rouse related a little of his own personal story of hard work and dedication that landed him on scholarship playing football at Virginia Tech and in the NFL. But he felt […] The post Aaron Rouse to Hanover Dems: “We have no bigger challenge this year than to reelect President Biden.” appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Senator Aaron Rouse Sends Twelve Bills To The Governor’s Desk That Would Grow Our Economy, Protect Workers, and Build a Stronger Commonwealth for All Virginians

March 9, 2024
Today, the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die, marking Senator Aaron Rouse’s second session representing Virginia Beach. Twelve of the bills that Senator Rouse patroned now head to Governor Youngkin for consideration. Governor Youngkin has already provided a recommended amendment to SB189, which the General Assembly will consider.  Senator Rouse made the following statement regarding this year’s […] The post Senator Aaron Rouse Sends Twelve Bills To The Governor’s Desk That Would Grow Our Economy, Protect Workers, and Build a Stronger Commonwealth for All Virginians appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Senator Aaron Rouse’s Legislation Creating a Retail Marijuana Market in Virginia passes House, Senate, heads to Governor’s Desk

February 28, 2024
Today, the Virginia House and Senate passed Senator Aaron Rouse’s legislation, Senate Bill 448, which legalizes retail marijuana sales in Virginia beginning on May 1, 2025. In response to the passage of the legislation in the House and Senate, Senator Rouse made the following statement: “Today, the Virginia House and Senate passed the legislation I […] The post Senator Aaron Rouse’s Legislation Creating a Retail Marijuana Market in Virginia passes House, Senate, heads to Governor’s Desk appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Former Virginia Tech football star Aaron Rouse makes a quick rise in the General Assembly

February 23, 2024
In just his second session in Richmond, he now chairs a major committee and has tackled two key pieces of legislation — legalizing “skill” games and retail cannabis. It’s not too far-fetched to say that Aaron Rouse’s career took an unexpected turn when the former NFL star decided to dedicate his life to public service. […] The post Former Virginia Tech football star Aaron Rouse makes a quick rise in the General Assembly appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Marijuana retail market bills advance after votes in General Assembly

February 14, 2024
Bills intended to launch Virginia’s recreational marijuana retail market took steps forward in the General Assembly this week. The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow legal sales of recreational pot to start in January 2025. Meanwhile, the House of Delegates on Monday passed legislation that would allow a few companies to begin […] The post Marijuana retail market bills advance after votes in General Assembly appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

VA Senate and House Democrats Hold “Crossover” Priorities Press Conference

February 13, 2023
Today, Senate Caucus Chair Mamie Locke, Senator Aaron Rouse, House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, and Delegate Shelly Simonds held a joint press conference to highlight their shared priorities following Crossover last week. Headed into Session, the caucuses shared their joint “Vision for Virginia” – a series of shared values, focused on creating an economy that works […] The post VA Senate and House Democrats Hold “Crossover” Priorities Press Conference appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Senator-elect Rouse gets rousing welcome on first day of session

January 11, 2023
When Aaron Rouse walked into a briefing room at the state Capitol on Wednesday morning he was met with a loud applause from members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. The night before the Virginia Beach City Council member and former NFL defensive back edged his Republican opponent, Kevin Adams, in a special election for a […] The post Senator-elect Rouse gets rousing welcome on first day of session appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Democrat Aaron Rouse to be sworn in after flipping Va. Senate seat

January 7, 2023
Aaron Rouse, a former National Football League player who runs a youth-focused nonprofit organization and served four years on the Virginia Beach City Council, will be sworn into the state Senate on Wednesday after unofficial results were finalized in the special election to fill the Virginia Beach-based seat. With the completed tabulation of provisional and […] The post Democrat Aaron Rouse to be sworn in after flipping Va. Senate seat appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Aaron Rouse to be Democratic Nominee for SD-07 Special Election

November 16, 2022
Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on Aaron Rouse becoming the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 7th Senate District special election. “Congratulations to Aaron Rouse, a born and raised Virginian and faithful public servant, for becoming the Democratic nominee for the 7th State Senate District. Whether it was serving on the […] The post Aaron Rouse to be Democratic Nominee for SD-07 Special Election appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Special election for Virginia’s 7th Senate District set for January 10

November 14, 2022
The seat became open Tuesday after Republican State Sen. Jen Kiggans resigned ahead of joining the U.S. House in January VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A special election for the Virginia Senate’s 7th District is set for Jan. 10, 2023, Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office announced Tuesday. The election will fill the seat that Republican State Senator […] The post Special election for Virginia’s 7th Senate District set for January 10 appeared first on Aaron Rouse for Senate.

Bills

  • SB181: Public elementary and secondary schools; cardiac emergency response plans required.
  • SB182: Alcoholic beverage control; advertisements.
  • SB183: Income tax, state; eligible low-income taxpayers to claim a refundable tax credit.
  • SB184: Geology; definition of geological mapping, expands definition of practice of geology.
  • SB188: Election of certain governing bodies; conversion to single-member districts.
  • SB189: Virginia Beach, City of; amending charter, transition of city council.
  • SB212: Virginia Small Business Economic Development Act; established.
  • SB224: Voter registration; cancellation of registration by voter convicted of a felony.
  • SB300: Voter registration; list maintenance activities, cancellation procedures, required record matches.
  • SB343: Military centered community zones; localities may establish, by ordinance, one or more zones.
  • SB355: VA Self-Service Storage Act; rental agreement may be delivered and accepted electronically.
  • SB448: Cannabis control; establishes a framework for creation of a retail marijuana market, penalties.
  • SB634: State Corporation Commission; powers and duties.
  • SB635: Alcoholic beverage control; sale and delivery of mixed beverages & pre-mixed wine off-premises.
  • SB650: Local government; ongoing health care for employees exposed to toxic materials.
  • SB678: Intercollegiate athletics; student-athletes, compensation and representation for name, image, etc.
  • SB680: Manufactured homes; conversion to real property.
  • SJ31: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ32: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ33: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ34: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ36: Confirming Governor's appointments; January 12.
  • SJ64: Confirming appts. by the Gov. of agency heads and reconfirming appt. of Dir. of Dept. of Wildlife.
  • SJ82: Governor; confirming appointments.
  • SJ168: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Clarence A. Holland, M.D.
  • SR84: Commending the 2024 Inductees to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • SR119: Commending the 2024 House-Senate basketball game to benefit Massey Cancer Center.
  • SB1503: Social Work Advisory Board; established, report.
  • SB1524: Virginia Beach, City of; amending charter, vacancies in office of council member and mayor.
  • SB1525: Wholesome food donation; tax credit renewed.
  • SB1527: Charitable gaming; amends definitions of organization and social organization.
  • SB1544: Licensed providers; DBHDS shall review its regulations relating to required reporting.
  • SB1545: Furloughed federal employees & contractors; civil relief.
  • SJ407: Commending Something in the Water.
  • SR143: Commemorating the lives and legacies of Janie and William Hoge.
  • SR144: Celebrating the life of William John Banis.
  • SR145: Commending Stephen Snyder.
  • SR187: Commending Guy King Tower.
  • SR188: Commemorating the life and legacy of Willis Augustus Hodges.