Kelly Fowler's goal of one day representing Virginia Beach residents was born after she attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. 

Coming home with a desire to change the political atmosphere after the events of 2016, Fowler, a Democrat, ran a campaign to defeat Republican incumbent Ron Villanueva. 

She was successful in flipping the seat blue, along with 14 others in the state which brought the House of Delegates to 51-49 for Republicans. 

In our third episode featuring first-time Hampton Roads lawmakers, we speak with Fowler about being the new kid in school, so to speak. 

A former public school teacher who now runs a real estate company, Fowler learned the legislative process as she went, and she's got a few lessons to take with her as she heads into next year's session. 

Her biggest focus leading up to 2019? Flooding

Fowler joins Del. Emily Brewer, R-Suffolk, and Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, as a featured speaker on the Virginia Politics podcast. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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When Del. Emily Brewer was 10 days old, she was adopted. 

Thirty-four years later, the first-time Suffolk state Republican representative has brought her experiences with adoption to the capitol, where she's filing legislation for adoption and foster care reform. 

In the second episode of our series on freshman Hampton Roads legislators, we talk about what her first session was like, what she thinks are going to be big topics of conversation in the 2019 session (hint: it involves money) and what it meant to her to have adoption legislation pass

In addition to Suffolk, Brewer has also served residents living in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County and Surry County since she was elected in November 2017. She was named freshman legislator of the year by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce this year. 

Missed the first episode in our freshman legislator series? Listen to Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, about his "surreal" experience as a first-time lawmaker. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On this episode of Virginia Politics, and for the next few episodes, we speak with freshmen Hampton Roads delegates about what went well — and what didn't — in the 2018 session, and what we can expect in 2019.

This week, Del. Jay Jones from Norfolk is on the show. He's no stranger to the General Assembly, but he called his first session "surreal".

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On this episode of Virginia Politics, we look at what it means when the governor declares a state of emergency during a hurricane. 

While Hurricane Florence largely missed Hampton Roads, our neighbors to the south needed help. 

Andy John, who works in the Virginia emergency management department, shared his experience helping North Carolinians in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On Episode 23 of Virginia Politics, we talk school accreditation with education reporter Jane Hammond.

The Virginia Department of Education has new standards for rating schools.

We look at what the new standards mean for Hampton Roads schools, and how students fared on the tests. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On this episode of Virginia Politics, we look at the reasons people aren't registering to vote. 

With a little more than a month until the Nov. 6 elections, we hear from organizers -- including Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News -- on their efforts to sign people up ahead of the Oct. 15 registration deadline. 

We also introduce a new feature on dailypress.com called Glad You Asked, where you ask us questions, and we answer in the form of a story. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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This week, Dr. Quentin Kidd from Christopher Newport University comes back on the show to talk about the latest in redistricting.

We explore how the Republican map seeks to address racial gerrymandering for 11 unconstitutional districts and what a new map could mean for voters in 2019.

We also say goodbye to Reema Amin, who's off to cover New York City Public Schools for Chalkbeat.

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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This week, we talk about those quirky phrases that lawmakers will use in the General Assembly that usually refer to legislation or official business -- most of the time. These sayings are probably odd and foreign to new observers of Virginia politics, but they are part of the tradition in the Capitol. We'll also introduce a new voice on the podcast. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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This week, we air a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment.

As one of the state's most powerful lawmakers, Norment has a lot of influence over which topics get the spotlight in the General Assembly -- but not always.

We talked to him about Gov. Ralph Northam's plan to give about $250 million in rebates to low-income Virginians who get earned income tax credits. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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On this week's episode of Virginia Politics with Ress and Reema, we discuss a proposal from Gov. Ralph Northam that could deliver checks for several hundred dollars to low- and moderate-income Virginians.

But House Republicans say the move ignores other classes of Virginians, so we explore the politics and what it could mean for tax reform in Virginia. 

Music: Puzzle Pieces by Lee Rosevere.

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