Rob Krupicka was sworn in Friday morning in Richmond as the newest state Delegate in Virginia. Krupicka was joined by family and friends, including his wife Lisa and their two daughters, as he took the oath of office. “I’m honored to be entrusted with representing the interests of the residents of the 45th District,” said Krupicka.
Krupicka, a Democrat from Alexandria, won a decisive victory with a 75% margin during a Special Election held on September 4. The 45th District covers parts of Arlington County, the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County. Delegate Krupicka indicated he would spend the next three months reaching out to constituents and developing his legislative agenda. He plans to hold a series of office hours around the district to meet with constituents. A three-term Alexandria City Councilman and Governor Kaine appointed former member of the State Board of Education, Krupicka has a reputation of thinking creatively and working collaboratively with his colleagues. Delegate Krupicka indicated that education, the environment, transportation and small business issues will be areas of focus for him as well as his strong commitment to support personal freedom and equality for every resident of the Commonwealth.
In his first policy statement since being elected, Delegate Krupicka focused on the importance of closing the achievement gap in Virginia’s Schools.
“The Virginia Board of Education is correctly taking actions to raise expectations for all students in Virginia. But numbers on a piece of paper won’t change student achievement alone. I am looking forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to make the success of our schools a top priority. Closing student achievement gaps creates enormous opportunity for Virginia. The future prosperity of the Commonwealth is directly related to the capacity and skill of every single student. Closing the gaps and helping all students succeed maximizes that potential. Success for all of our students will unleash economic growth, help us attract employers to our state, and will strengthen our ability to compete in the world.” He said.
“We must adjust how we measure and fund schools, how we support and attract good teachers and how we encourage bottom-up, community and parent led educational innovation. Our economy, our values, our promise of opportunity for everybody depends on all families and children having great educational opportunities. We need to back up high expectations with tools to help parents, teachers, and students get there.”
About Delegate Krupicka:
Rob graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics, and shortly thereafter moved to Northern Virginia where he met his wife Lisa at the Old Town Safeway. Along with their two daughters, Janelle and Gillian, the Krupickas live in Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.
He began his civic life as president of the Del Ray Citizens Association, and at the urging of the community he successfully ran for City Council in 2003. During his nine years on Council, Rob worked to expand mass transit throughout the city; advocated for policies that have dramatically increased recycling; instituted policies that encourage people to walk or bike to work; fought for the acquisition of acres of new open space; successful pushed to expand pre-k services in the city; streamlined bureaucracy for small businesses so that independent companies have a better chance to thrive; promoted expanded community policing and gang prevention efforts, and; co-founded the nationally recognized Eco-City Alexandria program that has made Alexandria a recognized leader in energy conservation and sustainability.
In 2009, after helping to create Virginia's school readiness standards, Governor Tim Kaine appointed Rob to the State Board of Education. On the Board, Rob has been a strong advocate for increasing math and science learning opportunities in Virginia as well as for getting away from the stranglehold of the No Child Left Behind law.
Rob currently works as a communications and strategy consultant with state and national organizations to promote quality early childhood programs that have a positive impact on the economy of the United States. He has also worked with numerous technology companies from very small to the very large. Rob was an early innovator in online financial services developing one of the first online banking web sites and helping create America Online's online financial services strategy.
On Sept. 4th, 2012 Rob won election to the House of Delegates in a special election with more than 75% of the vote.