Alfonso Lopez is a lifelong Democrat with over 20 years of experience working on issues critical to the people of Northern Virginia. Alfonso has the passion and the practical experience to fight for our values in Washington. Over the past decade, Alfonso has served our community as a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates, an appointee in the Obama Administration, and as a trusted advisor to Governor Kaine on federal issues in Washington.
Northern Virginia Roots
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. After graduating from NOVA Community College in 1975, Alfonso’s father took one class each semester until he graduated from George Mason University - one month before Alfonso graduated from high school.
Alfonso’s mother devoted her life to service as a teacher and guidance counselor in Arlington Public Schools helping immigrant children continue their education after high school.
Alfonso was raised in Northern Virginia and his parents instilled in him values of hard work and service. He graduated from Vassar College and received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. He returned to Northern Virginia after finishing school to devote his life to public service.
Alfonso lives with his wife, Sarah Zevin, and their six-year-old son, Aaron, in South Arlington.
Serving the 49th District in Richmond
Alfonso currently represents the people of the 49th District as Member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Alfonso has successfully championed legislation: creating the Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, creating the Small Business Investment Grant Fund, and expanding Medicaid coverage to immigrant mothers and children. He helped lead the fight to preserve state funding for Virginia's Free Healthcare Clinics and Child Advocacy Centers. Throughout his first term, Alfonso has established himself as a progressive leader by fighting to preserve our environment, create renewable energy sources, protect services to low income Virginians, serve immigrants and New Americans, and ensure that every child has equal access to higher education.
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. He led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, contracting and innovation. In particular, Alfonso worked 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
Throughout the Kaine Administration, Alfonso served as the Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. Alfonso worked with Kaine on issues including: funding for the Metro’s Silver Line, advocating for the post 9-11 G.I. Bill, and expanding access to health insurance for Virginia children and mothers through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
With a background in environmental law, Alfonso has worked for years as a federal environmental health advocate 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.
Alfonso has served as the Deputy Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, 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.