Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County.
Experienced, caring leadership
Prior to her election as a State Senator, she served on the Arlington County Board for fourteen years (1997-2011) and chaired that body three times. During her service with the County, Senator Favola was the Board's leading advocate for children, youth and families, and her contributions to the community include establishing mental health services in the public schools.
Throughout her public life, she has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights. In the Virginia Senate, Barbara is focusing her legislative efforts on women’s reproductive rights, health care access, K-12 education funding, workforce training, safety net programs, helping foster children, preventing domestic violence and sensible environmental policies. Senator Favola also believes that a living wage is essential for families and communities to thrive. She acknowledges that job creation and economic security are the cornerstones of a vibrant Commonwealth and a secure future.
Senator Favola serves on Virginia's Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Transportation Committee. She is Chair of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Chair of the Senate Women's Health Care Caucus and Vice Chair of Virginia’s Commission on Youth. She served on Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Senator Favola was recently appointed to the Disability Commission and the Joint Committee to Study the Future of Public Education. Senator Favola serves on the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs.
Prior to Senator Favola’s elected life, she served as a Presidential Management Intern and senior policy advisor at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. She also served on the House Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Favola is the founder and managing director of Pathways to 21st Century Communities, a consulting group specializing in government relations and community outreach. In addition to her Senate duties, Ms. Favola also serves on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the Advisory Committee for the Arlington YMCA and the Fairfax CASA Board.
Senator Favola and her husband Douglas Weik have been residents of Arlington and the 31st district since 1982. Their son, Donald P. Weik, is a graduate of the Arlington Public Schools and George Mason University.