In 2019, Sally Hudson became the first woman to serve Charlottesville in the Virginia State House. In her first term, she delivered high-impact legislation to address some of the most pressing challenges we face, from unemployment and evictions to essential health care coverage. As a labor economist, Sally has invested her career in securing the resources and opportunities that every family needs to thrive.

While she works to address our most urgent needs, Sally also knows that we cannot wait another minute to confront our climate crisis. That’s why she’s earned a perfect voting record as a Legislative Hero with the League of Conservation Voters. Sally is a leader in a new wave of legislators reforming our energy industry from the ground up. She’s helped Virginia end coal subsidies, cut energy costs, and crack down on the undue influence of corporate lobbyists in Richmond.

Securing all of this progress requires fixing democracy itself. That’s why Sally is an active advocate for election reform. She helped Virginia become a nationwide leader in safe, convenient ballot access and has led the charge for ranked-choice voting in Virginia.

When she’s not serving in Richmond, Sally is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where she teaches statistics in the School of Public Policy. Sally studied economics and math at Stanford University and earned her PhD as a National Science Foundation fellow at MIT. Now more than ever, we need leaders like Sally to harness serious science for serious policy that serves everyone who calls Virginia home.