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Elaine Luria
Elaine Luria, Official Portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Vice Chair of the United States House Committee on Armed Services
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded by Anthony G. Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Scott Taylor
Personal details
Born
Elaine Goodman Luria

August 15, 1975 (1975-08-15) (age 46)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Robert Blondin (m. 2005)
Children 3
Education United States Naval Academy (BS)
Old Dominion University (MS)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1997–2017
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Commander
Commands Assault Craft Unit TWO

Elaine Goodman Luria (born August 15, 1975) is an American politician and Navy veteran. She has served as the U.S. representative from Virginia's 2nd congressional district since 2019.

She defeated Republican incumbent Scott Taylor in 2018. She defeated Taylor in a rematch to win a second term in 2020.

Early life, education, and military service

Luria was born on August 15, 1975, in Birmingham, Alabama. Luria graduated from Indian Springs School in 1993. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997.

Luria served as a Navy officer for 20 years as an engineer, where she rose to the rank of commander.

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018
See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia#District 2

Luria ran for the United States House of Representatives in VA's 2nd congressional district. In the June 10 Democratic primary, she got 62% of the vote, defeating Karen Mallard, who got 38%.

In the general election, Luria defeated Republican incumbent Scott Taylor with 51% of the vote to Taylor's 49%. She carried six of the district's nine county-level jurisdictions, including all but one of the district's five independent cities. She also carried Taylor's hometown of Virginia Beach.

2020
See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia#District 2

Luria ran for reelection. She defeated Taylor in a rematch with 51% of the vote. She was likely helped by Joe Biden winning the district in 2020; Biden carried Virginia Beach, the first Democrat to do so since 1964.

Electoral history

Virginia's 2nd congressional district Democratic primary results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Elaine Luria 17,552 62.3
Democrat Karen Mallard 10,610 37.7
Total votes 28,162 100.0
Virginia's 2nd congressional district general election results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Elaine Luria 139,571 51.1
Republican Scott Taylor (incumbent) 133,458 48.8
n/a Write-ins 371 0.1
Total votes 273,400 100.0
Democrat gain from Republican
Virginia's 2nd congressional district general election results, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Elaine Luria (incumbent) 185,733 51.6
Republican Scott Taylor 165,031 45.8
Independent David Foster 9,170 2.5
n/a Write-ins 343 0.1
Total votes 360,277 100.0
Democrat hold
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