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About Rae


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A 4th generation Richmonder, Rae grew up in Church Hill. Public service has always been very important in her family – her mom was a Richmond Public School elementary teacher and her dad served in the workforce development field for various government agencies for over 35 years. Active in the community, Rae’s parents worked tirelessly to advocate for affordable housing and stronger educational programs.  


Social justice issues were a frequent topic of conversation in Rae’s house as a child, and she would often sneak downstairs to listen to spirited debates between her parents, grandfather, uncles, and family friends. Rae was inspired to become a lawyer and fight for equal justice when she watched “Eyes on the Prize,” a documentary about key figures in the Civil Rights Movement, and learned about the role that attorneys played in securing rights for Black Americans. 


Rae graduated from The College of William & Mary, then attended Howard University School of Law. Rae chose Howard because of the school’s commitment to encouraging and preparing students to be social engineers for change. 


Since graduating, Rae has worked at BrownGreer, a local law firm in Richmond, where she manages the administration of multi-million- and billion-dollar settlement programs for people injured by harmful drugs and medical devices and environmental disasters. She has worked on programs including the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Settlement Program and the PG&E Fire Victim Trust, to ensure those harmed receive the resources they deserve to rebuild their lives.  


Rae has a passion for voter registration, particularly the restoration of rights for individuals with felony convictions. She worked on voter registration during President Obama’s campaign. As the 3rd Vice Chair for the Richmond City Democratic Committee, Rae organized voter registration drives throughout the city. Rae has helped lead efforts for the Democratic Party of Virginia’s voter protection program and as an election protection lawyer at the polls. 


Rae is running for the House of Delegates because she believes her legal skills will allow her to advocate for and effect change in the communities that raised her. As a mother, she also wants to do her part to leave a legacy for her daughter that is not tainted by the issues that have persisted since she was a child.

The Issues


A good education is the foundation for economic opportunity. Rae is committed to defending public education, and to renewing our commitment to our students by modernizing technology and maintaining our school buildings. As delegate, Rae will defend public education from Gov. Youngkin’s so-called “school choice” policies, which amount to divestment in our public schools. Rae is also committed to securing funding for career & technical skills training for Richmond’s young people, universal pre-K and early childhood care, and increased teacher pay. Rae will work to ensure that all students, regardless of their gender or sexual identity, feel at home in Virginia.


Rae Cousins is pleased to be endorsed

by the following officials, unions, and partner organizations:

  • Governor Ralph Northam

  • Senator Mark Warner

  • Rep. Abigail Spanberger

  • Rep. Jennifer McClellan

  • Senator Ghazala Hashmi

  • Senator Lamont Bagby

  • Delegate Don Scott

  • Delegate Delores McQuinn

  • Delegate Betsy Carr

  • Delegate Charniele Herring

  • Mayor Levar Stoney

  • City Councilmember Mike Jones

  • Former Delegate Jay Jones

  • Former Sect. of Education, Atif Qarni

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  • Blue Virginia

  • Bold Progressives

  • Care in Action

  • Center for Biological Diversity

  • Clean VA

  • Collective PAC

  • Committee to Protect Health Care

  • Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

  • Emilys List

  • Equality Virginia

  • Family Friendly Economy Virginia

  • Freedom Virginia

  • Friends of Earth Action

  • Her Bold Move

  • Ironworkers IU28

  • Lead Locally

  • Mid-Atlantic District Ironworkers

  • Mid-Atlantic Pipe Trades Association

  • Moms Demand Action

  • National Democratic Redistricting Committee


  • National Organization for Women

  • National Women's Political Caucus

  • NRDC

  • Planned Parenthood

  • Plumbers and Steamfitters IU10

  • Progress Virginia

  • REPRO Rising

  • Roe Your Vote Virginia

  • SEIU Virginia

  • Sierra Club

  • The Richmond Building Trades

  • United Rural Democrats

  • Virginia Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus Fund

  • Virginia AFL-CIO

  • Virginia Education Association

  • Virginia League of Conservation Voters

  • Virginia's List

  • Vote Pro Choice

  • Women's Caucus 

    Working Families Party

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P.O. Box 6174
Richmond, VA 23222

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