About our group

The Riveters are a group of family, friends, and neighbors who help elect progressive lawmakers in strategic state-level races.

This year, we are pivoting to Virginia, where the radical right shifted the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2021. Both of Virginia’s legislative chambers are up for election - regaining control of the House is within reach and maintaining control of the Senate is crucial.

In 2021, just 400 votes shifting across three seats would have maintained the VA House majority. And in the newest maps, both parties have a path to the majority. In the State Senate, the rightwing is two seats away from governing control of the chamber.

State legislatures are the last line of defense against the judiciary.

They legislate gun control, criminal justice, and abortion access. They are where the next generation of progressive leaders are cultivated.

They decide who gets to vote.

In races that can cost 1/10th as much as a Congressional campaign, we can be the difference maker.

The Stakes:
Protecting the majority in the Senate and shifting power in the House of Delegates would set the stage for a new trifecta in 2025; holding one chamber would help to shield Virginians from the worst of their rightwing governor’s radical agenda:

- Following the fall of Roe, Governor Youngkin has asked the legislature to send him a bill limiting access to abortions in the state that he can sign into law. As one of the few Southern states with abortion protections — put into place before the House fell into the hands of the radical right — new bans would impact patients from nearby states and Virginians.
- Governor Youngkin has also attempted to remove protections for Virginia’s clean air and water, prioritizing narrow special interests over the health and safety of Virginians. Over the past year, the Assembly has blocked his attempts to appoint a former coal lobbyist from becoming Virginia’s Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. State lawmakers have also been the buffer between him letting big polluters off the hook for their carbon emissions.
- Governor Youngkin and the rightwing House of Delegates have focused on chipping away at voting rights in the state. In 2023 alone they introduced policies to prohibit ballot drop boxes, reduce early voting, end same-day registration, restrict voting rights of people with prior felony convictions, and cancel the annual vote-by-mail option. The Senate majority prevented these rollbacks on voting rights in the state, but it’s clear that voters’ ability to cast a ballot would be in the crosshairs of a rightwing trifecta.

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About our group

The Riveters are a group of family, friends, and neighbors who help elect progressive lawmakers in strategic state-level races.

This year, we are pivoting to Virginia, where the radical right shifted the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2021. Both of Virginia’s legislative chambers are up for election - regaining control of the House is within reach and maintaining control of the Senate is crucial.

In 2021, just 400 votes shifting across three seats would have maintained the VA House majority. And in the newest maps, both parties have a path to the majority. In the State Senate, the rightwing is two seats away from governing control of the chamber.

State legislatures are the last line of defense against the judiciary.

They legislate gun control, criminal justice, and abortion access. They are where the next generation of progressive leaders are cultivated.

They decide who gets to vote.

In races that can cost 1/10th as much as a Congressional campaign, we can be the difference maker.

The Stakes:
Protecting the majority in the Senate and shifting power in the House of Delegates would set the stage for a new trifecta in 2025; holding one chamber would help to shield Virginians from the worst of their rightwing governor’s radical agenda:

- Following the fall of Roe, Governor Youngkin has asked the legislature to send him a bill limiting access to abortions in the state that he can sign into law. As one of the few Southern states with abortion protections — put into place before the House fell into the hands of the radical right — new bans would impact patients from nearby states and Virginians.
- Governor Youngkin has also attempted to remove protections for Virginia’s clean air and water, prioritizing narrow special interests over the health and safety of Virginians. Over the past year, the Assembly has blocked his attempts to appoint a former coal lobbyist from becoming Virginia’s Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources. State lawmakers have also been the buffer between him letting big polluters off the hook for their carbon emissions.
- Governor Youngkin and the rightwing House of Delegates have focused on chipping away at voting rights in the state. In 2023 alone they introduced policies to prohibit ballot drop boxes, reduce early voting, end same-day registration, restrict voting rights of people with prior felony convictions, and cancel the annual vote-by-mail option. The Senate majority prevented these rollbacks on voting rights in the state, but it’s clear that voters’ ability to cast a ballot would be in the crosshairs of a rightwing trifecta.

$126,905
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Members

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