Jennifer Carroll Foy was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia — a community with heart that also fell on hard times.
Petersburg has one of the highest poverty rates and one of the highest rates of unaccredited schools. The city was named one of the most dangerous places to live per capita in all of Virginia. Jennifer was raised by her grandmother, Mary Lee Carroll — a powerhouse and a leader in the community.
Her grandmother would say, “Jenn, if you have it, you have to give it.” Jennifer saw her grandmother give all she had — even when she didn’t have much to give.
She watched her grandmother go to work every day as a health aide in Petersburg. And when she came home at night, she usually came home to a house full of people from church who fell on hard times and needed a helping hand.
When Jennifer was a young woman, her grandmother suffered a stroke that made her a quadriplegic. Suddenly the strongest woman Jennifer knew needed to be taken care of herself. Hard choices followed, as they do for so many Virginia families. Jennifer and her aunt had to make the difficult decision to cut Mary Lee’s lifesaving prescription drugs in half some months so they could afford both the medication and their mortgage.
This experience, and growing up in a community where people worked multiple jobs to barely make ends meet, her friends were victims of gun violence, and students didn’t have books to take home, led Jennifer to commit herself to a life of service.
In high school, she joined the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). And upon watching the Supreme Court make the landmark decision to open the door for women to attend Virginia Military Institute (VMI), Jennifer knew she had to attend. Jennifer was one of the first women to graduate from VMI. Having spent four years at Virginia Military Institute, Jennifer learned to address problems head-on and never back down from a fight — and she deepened her commitment to put service above self.
After graduation, Jennifer went on to receive a master’s degree from Virginia State University and a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Jennifer started her career as a magistrate judge. But she quickly saw how people in her courtroom were being treated differently based on their race, economic status, or zip code. Jennifer became a public defender to help give a voice to the voiceless — children, people suffering from addiction, those experiencing houselessness, those with mental illness, and the poor.
In 2017, she took her commitment to service to the Virginia House of Delegates.
She ran for office while pregnant with her twin boys and flipped a historically red district blue. In the House of Delegates, she led the charge to clean up toxic coal ash ponds across the Commonwealth and was a part of the successful push to expand Medicaid to over 500,000 Virginians. During the 2020 General Assembly, Jennifer advanced a pro-woman, pro-labor, and pro-environment agenda, and led the charge to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia as the bill’s chief sponsor.
But we are at a critical juncture for our Commonwealth, where so much of this progress has the potential to be rolled back and she knows Virginians can’t afford to go backwards.
So now Jennifer is stepping up to serve her community once again and is running for State Senate in Virginia’s 33rd District.
Jennifer Carroll Foy is running a campaign powered by the people — people like you.
She has earned the support of individuals, groups and organizations that represent hundreds of thousands of Virginians and millions of Americans because they know she’s got what it takes to move Virginia out of the status quo, and into the future.
- Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, City of Manassas
- Delegate Sally Hudson (VA-57)
- Evelyn I. BruMar, Prince William County Human Rights Commissioner, Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board Member
- Walter Alcorn, Fairfax County Board of Supervisor – Hunter Mill District
- Phyllis J. Randall, Loudoun County Chair at Large
- Maya Guy, Stafford County School Board Member – Aquia District
- Delegate Dan Helmer (VA-40)
- Alyia Gaskins, Alexandria City Councilmember
- Loree Williams, School Board Member – Woodbridge District
- Qasim Rashid, Human Rights Lawyer and Former Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress
- The Hon. Delegate Joshua G. Cole (VA-28)
- Stephanie Rizzi, 5th District School Board Representative – Richmond Public Schools
- Mayor Samuel Parham, City of Petersburg
- Vice Mayor Annette Smith-Lee, City of Petersburg
- Pam Yeung, Stafford Vice Chair Board of Supervisors – Garrisonville District
- Delegate Michelle Maldonado (VA-50)
- Delegate Nadarius Clark (VA-79)
- Selonia Miles, Councilwoman – Town of Dumfries
- Harry W. Wiggins, Occoquan Democratic Committee Chair 2019-2021 & Prince William Democratic Committee Chair 2012-2018
- Koran T. Saines, Vice Chairman of Loudoun Board of Supervisors – Sterling District
- Lisa Sales, Sexual & Domestic Violence/Women’s Rights & Equity Advocate
- Mayor Earnie Porta, Town of Occoquan
- Veronica Coleman, Pastor and Community Leader
- Linda Sperling, Former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Candidate and Local Activist
- Lisa A. Zargarpur, Prince William School Board member – Coles District
- Anika Rahman, Community Leader
- Delegate Chris L. Hurst (VA-16)
- Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler (VA-21)
- Justin David Wilk, School Board Representative – Potomac District
- Tinesha Allen, Stafford County Board of Supervisors
- Buta Biberaj, Commonwealth’s Attorney – Loudoun County
- Tavorise K. Marks, Civil Rights Leader and Small Business Owner
- Raheel Sheikh, Prince William County Community Leader and Activist
- Yolanda Roussell, Community Leader
- Delegate Rodney Willett (VA-73)
- Kenya Gibson, Vice Chair Richmond City School Board
- Ricardy Anderson, Fairfax County School Board Member – Mason District
- Melanie Meren, Fairfax County School Board Member
- Kecia S.Evans, Former Candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates
- Susan Platt, Former Chief of Staff to Sen Joe Biden and Former Candidate for Lt. Governor
- Gene Rossi, Former Career Federal Prosecutor & Candidate for VA Lt Governor
- Gwendolyn Bell, Former Candidate for Stafford County Board of Supervisor – Rock Hill
- Atiba Muse, Former Petersburg City Public School Board Member – Ward 2
- Sylvia Glass, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors – Broad Run District Supervisor
- Collin Robinson, Former Prince William County Democratic Committee Chair
- Ralph Smith, Manassas City Councilman
- Irina Khanin, Child Advocacy Attorney, Vice President of Winchester Education Foundation, Community Activist, and Former Candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates
- Shyamali Roy Hauth, Community Organizer & Former Candidate for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- Donte Tanner, Board of Zoning Appeals Member
- Idris O’Connor, Coles District Committee Chairperson
- Hon. Victor S. Angry, Prince William County Board of Supervisors – Neabsco District
- Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, Commonwealth’s Attorney – Arlington County & City of Falls Church
- LaVeesha Rollins, Community Activist.
- Aeshah Sheikh, Community Activist
- Mansimran S. Kahlon, Prince William County Soil & Water Conservation Board Member & Community Activist
- Rob Perry, Planning Commissioner – Occoquan District
- Lillie Jessie, Prince William County School Board Member
- Richard Jessie, Prince William County Community Leader & Democratic Political Consultant
- Maritza Zermeno, Former Mt. Vernon Democratic Committee Chair & Community Organizer
- David Pala, Former Prince William County Democratic Committee Executive Director
- Tiziana Bottino, Prince William County Soil and Water Conservation District Director
- Vangie Williams, Former Congressional Candidate & Business Owner
- Mo Seifeldein, Former Alexandria Councilmember
- Alicia Plerhoples, Fairfax Community Leader & Former Candidate for Fairfax County Chair
- Peter Weyland, Transportation Chair for South County Federation, LCAC Board Member, Mason Neck Citizens Association Board Member, South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Co-Founder
- Diane L. Raulston, Prince William County School Board Member – Neabsco District
- Senator Joseph D. Morrissey (VA-16)