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About George

George Lincoln Barker was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2007. Senator George L. Barker represents Virginia’s 39th District, which includes parts of Alexandria City, southern Fairfax County, and northern Prince William County.


George has two degrees from Harvard University, receiving undergraduate honors in Economics and Public Health and a master's in Health Policy and Management.  For three decades he worked for the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia, seeking to contain skyrocketing health care costs, promote quality of care, and ensure access to medical care for Virginia families.  He later ran the Greater Prince William Community Health Center and currently consults on health care issues.


Prior to his election, he had been active in a number of civic and community organizations since first moving to Northern Virginia more than 40 years ago. Senator Barker was involved with a wide variety of local issues and is an active member of a number of civic and community organizations. As the chair of Fairfax County's Transportation Advisory Commission and vice-chair of the Tysons Task Force, Senator Barker worked to improve transportation conditions and helped to re-design Tysons Corner.  George and his wife Jane were also foster parents to more than a dozen children. He also chaired several other state, county, and local organizations related to health care, human resources, education and transportation.


Since being elected in 2007, he has established a reputation as bipartisan leader who knows how to get things done. The Washington Post described him as, “one of the more effective, pragmatic lawmakers in Richmond.”


From fixing transportation and improving our education system, to creating an environment that is good for businesses and job growth, Senator Barker is committed to working together to find common sense solutions that will benefit Virginians in his district and across the Commonwealth.


Senator Barker and his wife Jane are parents of a son and daughter, both of whom are married, and have four grandchildren.