WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (VA-02) released the following statement after being sworn in as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Virginia’s Second District:
“It is the honor of a lifetime to represent my fellow Virginians in Congress. Regardless of whether or not you voted for me, I can assure you that I will work to serve you every day as your Representative in our nation’s capital.
“My mission is to bring civility, competence, and common sense to this legislative body and provide all Virginians with the strong, independent leadership in Washington they deserve.”
“Though the debate that played out this week was frustrating, it was worth the wait, and our hard-fought majority can now move forward, united, with purpose.
“I look forward to fighting for policies that will address the issues impacting the everyday lives of the 740,000 people who call the Second District home. From lowering the cost of living for hardworking families, to restoring law and order, to rebuilding American strength and delivering for our service members and veterans, I’m ready to get to work!”
About Congresswoman Kiggans:
Congresswoman Kiggans comes to Washington as a seasoned lawmaker who has worked with Democratic and Republican governors and in a closely divided state legislature. After running for office for the first time in 2019, she served three sessions in the Virginia State Senate, where she successfully established a Military Spouse Liaison, championed legislation to promote election security, and advocated for patients, families, and caregivers in long-term care facilities. Prior to serving Virginians in public office, Jen served as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy and worked in our nation’s healthcare system as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, serving America’s aging population.
Jen was winged as a Naval Aviator in 1995, just two years after then-Secretary of Defense Les Aspin opened combat aviation to women. She served our nation for a total of 10 years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. As a former Navy helicopter pilot, Navy spouse, and now Navy Mom, Jen is a tireless advocate for the military community and is ready to be a strong voice for them in Congress.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, Jen used her GI Bill benefits to go back to school and become a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. A graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program, Jen has worked in several long-term care and nursing facilities in Virginia Beach and Norfolk in addition to serving as a primary care provider for a small private practice in Virginia Beach.