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Crossover and the Budget

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 was the last day for the House of Delegates and Senate to act on bills that originated in their chamber (crossover.) On Tuesday, February 5th, my colleagues in the House and I discussed and voted on 316 bills, followed by 212 bills on Wednesday.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers came together and negotiated a nearly $1 billion tax relief package that benefits all Virginians regardless of their income level.

The centerpiece of the final legislation is a 50% increase in the standard deduction to $4,500 for individuals and $9,000 for a couple, originally proposed by Del. Vivian Watts (D – Fairfax). Half the benefits of this change would flow to those making less than $50,000 a year.

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In Due Course: 2018 Changes to Virginia’s Laws

In Due Course (view pdf) is a selection of legislation passed by the 2018 Session of the General Assembly that is likely to affect the daily lives of the citizens of Virginia. The following legislation has been signed by the Governor and for the most part will go into effect on July 1, 2018. The summaries were prepared by the staff of the Division of Legislative Services. Complete information on actions of the 2018 Session is available on the Legislative Information System (http://lis.virginia.gov).

virginia education association video

VEA members took over the Virginia Capitol meeting with legislators to ensure they vote in the best interest of our students, educators and public schools! Click image to view this video with Delegates (and VEA members) Cheryl Turpin and Schuyler VanValkenburg. Click on image to view this video.

Virginia Beach faith leaders, legislators call for climate action

~ Augusta Free Press

Faith leaders, legislators, and Virginia residents came together today to call on Virginia leaders to protect Hampton Roads from sea level rise by formally joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

During what was called the “Environmental Justice and Stewardship Prayer Breakfast” at Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church in Virginia Beach, leaders of congregations from across Hampton Roads discussed the connection between faith and environmental justice, as well as ways to take action to protect the coast. Participants aimed to address the local challenges of climate change through a moral, prophetic, and legislative lens.

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Two Virginia Beach Delegates Make Cover of Time Magazine


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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Two local politicians made their way on to the cover of Time Magazine recently.


Both Kelly Fowler and Cheryl Turpin, of District 21 and District 85 respectively, were part of a group of women politicians that were featured on the popular magazine. They were also two of 11 newly elected women delegates from the Democratic Party.

Fowler and Turpin both beat their male counterparts for a Republican seat in Richmond. Time Magazine’s ” A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office,” features women in politics, and tells how they have been inspired to run for public office.

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clean the bay day

Clean the Bay Day celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary this year on June 2nd. Delegate Turpin joined over two dozen volunteers at Coastal Cafe that gathered 52 bags of trash totaling about 1200 pounds.

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Meet Six New Members of the General Assembly

~ This Week in Richmond
On this edition of This Week In Richmond, host David Bailey is joined by six of the newest members of the General Assembly; Del. Schuyler T. VanValkenburg (D), Del. Dawn Adams (D), Del. Chris Hurst (D), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D), Del. David Reid (D), and Del. Cheryl Turpin (D) to discuss some of the items they will be focusing on during the 2018 legislative session.

Vote Cheryl Turpin for 85th District

My Commitment to You

As your Delegate, I will keep you informed about developments that concern the budget and other issues facing District 85 and our Commonwealth. I am also available to assist you with any problems, challenges, or difficulties you may be having with state government. Contact me by email now or call (757) 965-9763.

I will be posting newsletters periodically on this website, so check back soon for more. Here are a few:

Governor Northam Signs Budget to Expand Medicaid
June 7, 2018

Reconvene and Special Session
April 27, 2018

General Assembly at Crossover
February 19, 2018

I believe in quality education, protecting our environment, human rights for everyone and economic opportunities for the great people in Virginia.

~ Delegate Cheryl Turpin