Amy Laufer

Virginia State Senate, District 17

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Amy is from a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. She was raised one of eight children and a first generation college graduate. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a BS in Geology and worked for Great Lakes Research Facility as a water analyst. Joining the Peace Corps was a dream of hers, and she was stationed at an elementary school in Jamaica.

Inspired by her experience in the Peace Corps, she decided to become an educator. She received her MA in Education from Columbia University-Teachers College. After she moved to Charlottesville, her first job in Virginia was as a math and science teacher at Louisa Middle School.

She made the difficult decision to leave teaching when her second child was born with major medical needs. She was eventually appointed to the Commission on Children and Families. She was elected to Charlottesville City School Board in 2011, and was reelected for a second term. As Vice Chair and Chair of the School Board, she instituted programs to make the city’s children safer through anti-discrimination policies and gun programs supported by Moms Demand Action.

As a school board member, she often traveled to Richmond to advocate for Charlottesville’s schools. Amy saw how few women were in office, so she founded Virginia’s List, a PAC dedicated to electing Democratic women. Virginia’s List has helped dozens of women running for State office. Amy is proud to be putting myself on the ballot this year.

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