Barbara A. Favola (born June 21, 1955) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Democrat, she has served in the Senate of Virginia since 2011, representing the 31st District, encompassing portions of Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties.

Barbara Favola
Barbara Favola 2010.jpg
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 31st district
Assumed office
January 11, 2012
Preceded byMary Margaret Whipple
Member of the Arlington County Board
In office
November 1997 – December 2012
Preceded byJames B. Hunter
Succeeded byLibby Garvey
Personal details
Born (1955-06-21) June 21, 1955 (age 63)
New London, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenDonald Patrick
ResidenceArlington County, Virginia
Alma materNew York University
Saint Joseph College
ProfessionHealth Policy Advisor

Political careerEdit

Favola has been a resident of Arlington since 1982.

From 1997 until 2012, Favola was a member of the Arlington County Board; she served as Chairman in 2000 and 2004 and Vice Chairman in 1999, 2003 and 2011. She has been a Board member since December 1997.[1]

In 2006, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine appointed Favola to a four-year term on the State Health Board.[2]

Favola was a policy advisor for 15 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Favola started her career at HHS as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI), and served in various policy and planning positions throughout the Department, with several assignments in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health. As part of the PMI experience, Ms. Favola also worked on the House Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.[3]

State SenateEdit

Favola was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2011 in the 31st district, defeating Republican Caren Merrick with 58% of the vote.[4] She was re-elected in 2015, defeating Republican George Forakis with 62% of the vote.[5]


  1. ^ "Barbara A. Favola". Arlington County Board. Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  2. ^ "Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola Named To State Health Board". US Fed News Service. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  3. ^ "Barbara A. Favola". Arlington County Board. Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  4. ^ November 2011 General Election Official Results
  5. ^ 2015 November General Official Results
Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Mary Margaret Whipple
Virginia Senate, District 31
Succeeded by