Monday, May 13, 2013
Del. Rob Krupicka says the community, state and country need to face the issues of treating mental illness head-on.
To the editor: We read about the tragic results of untreated mental illness everyday. The mass shootings at Newtown, Tucson, Aurora and Virginia Tech were all perpetuated by students or young people with reported mental health issues. The effects of mental illness are not always so high profile—most people with mental illness are non-violent—but for the one in 17 Americans living with a serious mental illness, the consequences are significant. Our youth are particularly hard hit. Mental illness frequently strikes when people are young. The consequences can be devastating. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. More than 90 percent of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder. The U.S. Surgeon …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Del. Rob Krupicka kicked off his reelection campaign in March.
Del. Rob Krupicka, D-Alexandria, is hosting three legislative wrap-up sessions this month to give residents a chance to ask questions and have a conversation about the 2013 session of the General Assembly. One session will be held in each of the jursidictions included in the 45th House District — Arlington and Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria. Each is expected to last an hour. They will be: Krupicka, a former Alexandria City Council member and former member of the Virginia Board of Education, was elected delegate during a special election in September 2012. He kicked off his reelection campaign last month at Capitol City Brewing in Shirlington with endorsements from state Sen. Barbara Favola and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Engle lists party affiliation as independent in campaign to unseat Democratic Del. Rob Krupicka.
Alexandria resident Jeffrey Engle has launched a campaign to run for the state's 45th House District. The seat represents part of Alexandria, along with parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties in the Virginia General Assembly. The seat is currently held by Del. Rob Krupicka, one of four Democrats who represent Arlington in the House of Delegates. In a statement of organization filed with the State Board of Elections, Engle lists an address in Alexandria as his residence and his political party as independent. Independent candidates wishing to run in the general election are required to submit their nomination petitions by June 11. Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 125 qualified voters in the legislative district…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Both lawmakers represent part of Arlington in the Virginia General Assembly.
State Del. Rob Krupicka and Sen. Adam Ebbin will host a town hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Old Town Alexandria to discuss this winter's General Assembly session. The two Democrats are based in Alexandria but their legislative districts include parts of Arlington. They will take comments and questions during the 90-minute session. No RSVP is necessary. Krupicka, a former member of the Alexandria City Council and the Virginia Board of Education, was elected to the House of Delegates in a special election in September 2012. Visit Richmond Sunlight for a detailed look at the bills Krupicka has worked on this session. Ebbin is in his first term as senator, winning election to the office in …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The “Reduce Gun Danger Act, “Mental Health First Aid“ proposal and “Flexible School Security Act” are designed to curb gun violence and offer protection to schools and families.
Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-45) has introduced three bills designed to curb gun violence and protect Virginia families. The package of bills “offer a coordinated first step toward addressing the current problem with gun violence, particularly in our schools,” according to a statement from Krupicka. “They give new tools and flexibility to communities so that they can better protect themselves from dangerous situations,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with colleagues from both parties on these and other measures to keep our schools and communities safe.” Bryan Porter, assistant commonwealth’s attorney for the City of Alexandria, said he supports the measures, calling the Reduce Gun Danger Act and Flexible School Security Act “common…
Monday, January 7, 2013
County's legislative delegation heads to Richmond as 'underdogs' in Virginia General Assembly.
Virginia lawmakers who represent Arlington in Richmond have another tough year ahead of them. The county's seven-member legislative delegation — Sens. Janet Howell, Barbara Favola and Adam Ebbin, plus Dels. Bob Brink, Patrick Hope, Alfonso Lopez and freshman Rob Krupicka, all Democrats — spent three hours Friday night listening to a long list of concerns and requests from individuals and organizations. Overwhelmingly, people asked legislators to bolster funding for social safety net programs, particularly in the realms of mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities and brain injuries. They asked, too, that the delegation work to expand Medicaid and implement the Affordable Care Act in Virginia, including establishing an …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Freshman delegate says the bulk of his bills will focus on education.
Newly elected state Del. Rob Krupicka is headed to Richmond next week with a focus on education. “The bulk of my bills deal with education issues and a lot of my education concepts are informed by my work on the Board of Education and the relationships I built from that,” Krupicka, a Democrat, told Patch editors last month in an interview at Del Ray’s St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub. Krupicka served on the state Board of Education since 2009 and was a strong advocate for early childhood education and increasing math and science opportunities in the commonwealth. He stepped down from that role when elected to the General Assembly. The board work “also informs how I think about drafting bills in the sense that I’m not trying to draft education policy …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The Virginia General Assembly convenes next week.
Arlington County's seven-member legislative delegation will hear public comments Friday evening ahead of the new General Assembly session, which starts next week. The delegation — state Sens. Adam Ebbin, Barbara Favola and Janet Howell, plus state Dels. Patrick Hope, Bob Brink, Alfonso Lopez and freshman Rob Krupicka — is composed entirely of Democrats. The annual legislative hearing begins at 6 p.m. Friday in the Arlington County Board Room, which is on the third floor of the county administration building at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Individuals may speak for up to three minutes. Anyone who wishes to speak may register beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside of the board room. Last month, the Arlington County Board finalized its list of legislative …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Former Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka says education will be an area of focus for him in Richmond.
Rob Krupicka is officially a state delegate. The former Alexandria City Council member was sworn in Friday morning in Richmond as the representative to the 45th District in the House of Delegates. Krupicka’s wife Lisa, their two daughters and several friends joined Krupicka as he took the oath of office. “I’m honored to be entrusted with representing the interests of the residents of the 45th District,” Krupicka said in a press release. The Democrat defeated Republican Tim McGhee and Libertarian Justin Malkin by a wide margin in a special election held Sept. 4. The seat became vacant when David Englin resigned effective Aug. 31. Krupicka plans on spending the next three months developing his legislative agenda by reaching out to …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka handily won over his two competitors, Republican Tim McGhee and Libertarian Justin Malkin.
Democrat Rob Krupicka won in a landslide Tuesday night in his quest to secure a House of Delegates seat representing the 45th District of Virginia. "[This election] is a wakeup call for all of us for the next two months that we are going to work tirelessly so the direction of this state and country keeps moving forward to make our country stronger," Krupicka said at his victory party at Fireflies in Del Ray. "You're not going to stop us for standing up for what we believe in as a community. That's standing up for education, equal pay, good jobs, giving everyone a seat at the table no matter their sexual orientation or race." Krupicka took 75.7 percent of the vote—about 6,384 total votes—in the unofficial count after polls closed at 7 p.m. …