Vogel running for lieutenant governor

Jill Holtzman Vogel

State Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Upperville, has declared her candidacy for lieutenant governor in 2017.

Vogel, 45, won a narrow election in the 27th district in 2007 and has been re-elected with little or no opposition since then.

She said Monday she decided to run after many people around the state had asked her to do so. If elected, she would be the first woman lieutenant governor in the state’s history.

“I finally made the decision in part because there was a lot of pressure to answer the question,” Vogel said.

She added: “I’m super excited. I’m honored and excited to have so many people encourage me from all around the commonwealth.”

Vogel said she believes she represents “something unique” in her roles as a working mother of six children, founder and managing partner of a law firm and member of the senate. She chairs the Committee on Privileges and Elections. She is also a member of the finance, general laws and technology and rules committees.

Vogel said she decided to disclose her plans now, almost two years before the 2017 election, partly because the Virginia General Assembly session for 2016 is drawing to a close. She said political activists around the capital are looking for candidates they can commit to and support far enough ahead of the 2017 election.

In the meantime, she said, she will continue to hold her senate seat.

“It’s way premature to be out on the stump,” Vogel said. “I will stay in the senate. This is my priority.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com