Barbara Favola

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Barbara Favola
Barbara Favola.jpg
Virginia State Senate District 31
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara A. Favola is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Barbara has served as a member of the Arlington County Board since 1997. She served as Chairman in 2000, 2004 and 2009 and Vice Chairman in 1999, 2003 and 2008.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Favola served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Local Government
Rehabilitation and Social Services


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Favola served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Favola's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Public Education
Excerpt: "Funding K-12 education is the best investment the Commonwealth can make. The State must honor its partnership with local governments in this important area."
  • Environment & Green Jobs
Excerpt: "Creating green jobs and increasing the utilization of sustainable resources are issues that the Commonwealth should focus on to ensure that our economy remains competitive. "
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Northern Virginians spend hours in their cars commuting back and forth to work everyday. Barbara believes we must come up with new and innovative ways to improve our roads and decrease commuter times."
  • Women's Health
Excerpt: "She is a lifelong pro-choice advocate who has worked hard to make mammograms affordable, to protect a woman's right to choose and to end domestic violence."
  • LGBT Equality
Excerpt: "Barbara strongly believes that same-sex couples should enjoy the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as their straight counterparts."
  • A Community for Everyone
Excerpt: "On the Arlington Board, Barbara focused particular attention on programs to support and integrate individuals with intellectual disabilities"



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Favola won election to District 31 of the Virginia State Senate. She defeated Jaime Areizaga-Soto in the August 23 primary. Favola defeated Caren Merrick (R) in the November 8 general election.[1]

Virginia State Senate, District 31 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Favola 58.2% 24,349
     Republican Caren Merrick 41.8% 17,484
Total Votes 41,833

Campaign donors


In 2011, Favola received $659,761 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[2]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Barbara Favola's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$110,107
Shooshan, John G$25,000
Whipple, Hon Mary Margaret$25,000
Bllomberg, Michael$25,000
Howell, Janet$10,000
Total Raised in 2011 $659,761
Total Votes received in 2011 24,349
Cost of each vote received $27.1


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In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10. In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly will be in session from January 14 to February 28, 2015.

  • Legislators are scored based on their support of pro-business issues during the 2014 legislative session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on business and quality of life issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that VMA introduced or was part of an coalition that introduced it.


In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly was in regular session from January 11 to March 10. In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 9 to February 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on Reproductive Health and Rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on important legislation affecting business and industry.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on the issue of equality.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record on the issues of the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.


Favola and her husband, Doug Weik, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Whipple
Virginia State Senate District 31
Succeeded by