VA-02: Jennifer Kiggans (R)
Elaine Luria (D)[i]
Virginia Senate (Senator, District 7); Old Dominion University (Old Dominion University School of Nursing Adjunct Faculty); Tidewater Family Practice (Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner); Easter Virginia Medical School (Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner); Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay & Senior Options LLC (Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner); US Navy (Helicopter Pilot); Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (English Second Language Teacher)[ii]
BA, Boston University; BSN, Old Dominion University; MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing[iii]
Cutting Inflation & The Cost of Living; Growing Jobs & the Economy; Stopping the Crisis at our Border; Law Enforcement & Public Safety; Prioritizing National Security; Delivering for Veterans; Improving Education & Our Schools; Reforming Healthcare; Protecting Medicare & Social Security; Securing Our Elections; Holding China Accountable; Protecting the Sanctity of Life; Defending the Second Amendment[iv]
ON THE ISSUES
According to her campaign website, Kiggans is a “champion for the unborn and a lifelong defender of our pro-life values” and has opposed “Democrats’ attempts to expand abortion access which force taxpayers to foot the bill for late term elective abortions in the Commonwealth.” However, she has noted that she has also “supported expanding access to birth control and contraception.” As a member of Congress, she has said she will “focus on supporting and improving foster care, adoption, and family support services.”[v]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Kiggans has criticized the Biden administration’s “big-government agenda, trillion dollar spending policies, and ongoing refusal to prioritize our economic recovery,” arguing it has led to inflation. To bring rising costs and inflation down, she has advocated for “reducing federal spending – not adding trillions of dollars in spending on socialist spending bills – cutting taxes, reducing regulations on small businesses, and stopping the Democrats' radical spending priorities at all costs.” She opposes regulations that she claims “burden” Virginia businesses and has said she will “help industries critical to Virginia’s economic success hire new workers.” [vi]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
A self-described advocate for protecting Medicare and Social Security, Kiggans has said that she will seek to “bolster Medicare advantage, expand access to telehealth services, help provide more affordable drug plan options for seniors, and aim to lower the costs of Part B premiums.” She supports protecting coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions and will seek to foster “competition between insurance companies and cost transparency.”[vii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
During the campaign, Kiggans condemned the Biden administration’s “reckless open-border rhetoric and policies,” arguing it led to “a dire public health, security, and humanitarian crisis at the U.S. - Mexico border.” She has said she will prioritize securing the border and ensuring that “federal immigration officials have the funding, training, and resources they need to stop the influx of drugs, crime, and violence into our country.” She has also pledged to support policies that “uphold federal immigration law, defund sanctuary cities, and hold politicians accountable if they refuse to comply with federal immigration officials.”[viii]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
A self-proclaimed law enforcement supporter, Kiggans has said that she opposes “ending qualified immunity, taking tactical resources away from police, and limiting their ability to productively do their job.” She has pledged to stand up to efforts to “defund or abolish our police departments” and legislation that “weakens law enforcement in Virginia or makes it harder for our police officers to do their job.”[ix]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
As a member of the Virginia Senate, Kiggans touted that she “prioritized election reforms to ensure every legal vote counts and every voter has complete faith in the outcomes of our elections.” As a new member, Kiggans has said that she will “continue to lead the fight for election reforms in Congress by fighting to stop voting irregularities, maintain a photo ID requirement, prevent ballot harvesting, and ensure all state election officials — not just in battleground states — can keep our process secure and transparent.”[x]
According to her campaign website, Kiggans will prioritize “putting students at the focus of our education system and equip[ping] our teachers with the tools and resources they need in the classroom to improve outcomes for our children and the next generation.” She supports school choice, opposes “big government” influence over schools., and is against Critical Race Theory instruction.[xi]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Previously, Kiggans called herself a “supporter of sustainable and renewable energy,” including wind and solar power.[xii] During the campaign, she advocated for producing “more American-made energy” to lower gas prices.[xiii]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
As a candidate, Kiggans said that she would “confront big tech and demand fairness.” To do so, she pledged to “provide greater privacy and data security protections, equip parents with more tools to keep their kids safe online, and stop companies from putting politics ahead of people.”[xiv]
A “staunch defender of the Second Amendment,” Kiggans has promised to “stand up for our Second Amendment rights and support policies that make it easier - not harder - for law-abiding Virginians to protect themselves and their families.”[xv]
During the campaign, Kiggans pledged to support policies that will “hold the CCP accountable for the COVID-19 outbreak, including implementing new economic sanctions against the CCP, the WHO, or any international organization that has aided in the COVID-19 coverup,” as well as prioritize “protecting American jobs and intellectual property from being stolen by the CCP to ensure China never dictates America’s future and we remain a leader on the world stage.”
[i] Farnoush Amiri, “Luria makes final case for democracy, vies for Black voters,” Associated Press, November 4, 2022, available at https://apnews.com/article/elaine-luria-2022-midterms-strategy-a36ffe96b8d1ec2654ed67cb93639a16.
[ii] Jennifer Kiggans LinkedIn, accessed November 8, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-kiggans-5356523b/.
[iii] Jennifer Kiggans LinkedIn, accessed November 8, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-kiggans-5356523b/.
[xiii] Jennifer Kiggans Facebook, August 25, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/Jen4VA/videos/5196281010501113.
[xiv] Jennifer Kiggans Facebook, November 4, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/Jen4VA/posts/pfbid02PMhLowFJGBM2KoWaVrwYdDmgramnx6pBcUJDcMgdWF2oTeuznrB25SFH2RsGdzTSl.