Meet Alfonso

“With nearly 20 years of legislative experience at the highest levels in Federal and State government and a record of achievement in our community, Alfonso has dedicated his life to public service and Virginia. A passionate advocate, he is prepared to represent the 49th District – and our values – in Richmond.”


- Campaign Co-Chairs Chris Zimmerman, Beth Arthur, and Kate Hanley

Alfonso Lopez and his wife

Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat and activist with nearly 20 years of Federal and Virginia legislative experience on issues critical to the people of Arlington and Fairfax. An Obama Administration political appointee, Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee, and long-time environmental advocate, Alfonso has the passion and the practical experience to make the case for our values and needs in Richmond. 

Helped Lead President Obama’s Efforts to Create New Jobs

Alfonso served as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this position he led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, contracting and innovation. He helped lead the SBA effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act which successfully opened up the credit markets for small businesses and entrepreneurs and created $12 billion in tax relief for small business owners.

Trusted Advisor to Governor Kaine

Alfonso served as Governor Kaine’s Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. He also served as the Governor's representative to the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors Association. Alfonso was the highest ranking Latino in the Kaine Administration. He also served as the Deputy Policy Director on Governor-Elect Kaine's Transition Team.

Democratic Leader

Alfonso was twice elected the Deputy Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee. He has also served as the President of the Arlington Young Democrats and as an elected Steering Committee Member of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He is a former President of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV) and At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee.

Environmental Activism

Alfonso has worked for several years on environmental issues at the Federal and State level.  With a background in environmental law, he worked for several years as a Federal environmental health advocate working on Clean Air, Safe Drinking Water, and Global Climate Change issues.  He also worked on environmental and energy issues in the office of a United States Senator.

Service to the Community

Alfonso has served on numerous Arlington and regional Boards and commissions.  He served on the Arlington Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission from 2003 to 2006 - where he chaired the Health and Human Resources Committee and was a Member of the Public Safety Committee. He has also served as the Board Vice Chair of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center and the Board Co-Chair of the Arlington Veterans’ Memorial YMCA.  In 2006, he served on the Commonwealth Coalition's, Virginia State Advisory Board.  In this position he worked as a part of a State-wide effort to fight Republican attempts in the General Assembly to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage in Virginia.  He has been a Member of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's, Northern Virginia Regional Board since 2005.

Arlington, Fairfax Roots and Education

Alfonso’s father came to this country at the age of 19 with $260 in his pocket and the dream of a better life. He worked as a bus boy and waiter, learned English and started attending school. He graduated from NOVA Community College in 1975. Then he took one class a semester every year until he graduated from George Mason University - one month before Alfonso graduated from high school. His mother devoted her life as a teacher and guidance counselor in Arlington Public Schools to helping immigrant children continue their education after high school. Instilled with his parents values of hard work and success, Alfonso graduated from Vassar College and received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. He was chosen as a 2003 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. 

Husband and Dad

Alfonso and his wife, Sarah Zevin, live in Arlington with their son Aaron Rafael. They have been active in the Arlington community for many years.