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02/28/2008 04:38 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DNC Virginia Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Jennifer McClellan
Virginia

Basic Bio
* Jennifer McClellan was born in Petersburg, VA in 1972. She received a BA from the University of Richmond in 1994, and her law degree from U-Richmond's law school in 1997. Prior to gaining elected office, she served Governor Mark Warner on the Virginia College Building Authority from 2002-2005. Because Virginia's House of Delegates is a part-time legislative body, Ms. McClellan also works as Asst. General Counsel Mid-Atlantic South for Verizon Communications. http://www.jennifermcclellan.com/bio.htm,
http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/bbad288bd8d612d285256c23006d3f86/7722fb1b5a140897852570d2005e9ea2?OpenDocument


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Prior to Ms. McClellan's taking of state office, she served as the Chair of the 3d Congressional District Democratic Committee as well as the Vice Chair for Outreach. She has been active with Democratic committees in Charlottesville, Chetserfield County, and Richmond.
* While in law school, Ms. McClellan served three terms in a row as president of the Virginia Young Democrats (1994-97) and after graduating founded and served as president of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats (1997-2004).
* She has served on several state commissions, including the Commission on Sexual Violence, (appointed by Gov. Kaine) and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Board of Trustees of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living History and Public Policy Center (apptd. by the house Speaker).
* McClellan is a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus
* A Times-Dispatch story on Dec 1, 2007 reported that "State Del. Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond, a member of the DNC, said she spoke with national party officials at the DNC meeting about targeting the state this fall, and most were receptive." http://www.jennifermcclellan.com/bio.htm, http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/search.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-12-01-0103.html
* McClellan has been heavily involved in the Virginia Democratic Party. She was elected to the state House of Delegates, a part-time legislative body, in 2005, and represents the 71 district, which is located in Richmond, VA. Within the state party, she currently holds the position of 1st Vice Chair, Organization for the Democratic Party of Virginia, as well as being a member of the Democratic National Committee and the Association of Democratic Chairs.

Personal political interests and issues
* Ms. McClellan has promoted affordable housing, raising wages, increasing teacher salaries, affordable higher education, and helping small businesses provide health care to workers. She has also been outspoken against the payday lending industry.
* Ms. McClellan is writing a weekly guest column for the local paper, the Richmond Times Dispatch, covering the progress of the legislature for the 2008 session. Recent columns have examined mental health reform, universal pre-K, and dealing with the budget crunch. http://www.jennifermcclellan.com/issues/healthcare.htm,


Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Ms. McClellan endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton in early January (announced on Sen. Clinton's website Jan 4, 2008), later introducing the Senator at the state's Jefferson Jackson dinner. http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=5026

Contributions to Candidates
* Ms. McClellan has given funds regularly to the Virginia Democratic Party, giving nearly $62,000 to the Virginia Democratic Caucus and $12,400 to the Virginia Democratic Party in the last couple years (2007 was a Virginia election year, in which all legislators were up). She made these contributions by transferring funds from her McClellan for Delegate account www.vpap.org

Previous Campaign Work
* According to January 7, 2007, Times-Dispatch article on women mixing poltiics and family, "At the University of Richmond, she served as president of Young Democrats during the 1992 presidential debate, where she was able to meet national and state party leaders. McClellan stayed busy in politics, working on a variety of campaigns and becoming active in the state party."

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Ms. McClellan has been involved with the Democratic Party of Virginia for most of her adult life, serving under Virginia Governor Mark Wilder (D) on the Virginia College Building Authority (2002-2005), serving two years as Vice Chair.
* Ms. McClellan has been invovled with Moving Virginia Forward, the governor's effort to bring the Dem party into prominence n VA and the national political spectrum. http://www.jennifermcclellan.com/bio.htm

This profile was produced through HuffPost's OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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Mame Reiley
Virginia

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* DNC Committee Women's Caucus Chair (Hilary Clinton for President Press Release, 5/7/07)

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Endorsed Hilary Clinton for President (Hilary Clinton for President Press Release, 5/7/07)

Contributions to Candidates
* Hilary Clinton for President - 1,000 (Campaignmoney.com)

Previous Campaign Work
* Fundraiser for John Kerry in 2004 (Michael Shear, "Women's Caucus Leader Extols Trailblazers," Washington Post, 7/28/04)

This profile was produced through HuffPost's OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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Susan Swecker
Virginia

Basic Bio
Information for this section comes fromVirginia State
* Chair Susan R.A. Swecker, Esq., a native of Highland County, is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and Washington and Lee University School of Law.
* Governor Timothy M. Kaine appointed Susan R. Swecker commissioner of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in March 2006.
* Has been a member of the Virginia Bar Association since 1991.
* Chair Swecker has over 25 years of experience in government relations
* Is a former senior vice president of McGuireWoods Consulting and a veteran of democratic campaigns, public relations, grassroots consulting and issues/campaign management.

Involvement in the Democratic Party

* Swecker is a member of the Democratic Party of Virginia State Steering Committee The Steering Committee governs all party matters between meetings of the state Central Committee and is made up of members from all across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including officers of the Central Committee and each congressional district chair.
* Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling - 2008 http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2008/dnc2008cal1204.html
* Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2000, 2004
* Member of Democratic National Committee from Virginia, 2004
http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/swanton-swede.html,
http://www.hillaryclinton.com/news/release/view/?id=15762/21/08

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Still backing Clinton. "I grew up in a rural area where your word is gold," she said. "I'm going to keep my word while this process plays out."
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/02/year-they-really-are-virginias-superdelegates

Contributions to Candidates
* Donated $2,880 to Hillary Clinton/ - Q4/2007
http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=swecker&fname=susan&search=Search
http://www.vademocrats.org/pages/party_officials

Previous Campaign Work
* Was also a former state director for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid. "I grew up in a rural area where your word is gold. I'm going to keep my word while this process plays out."

This profile was produced through HuffPost's OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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