Staunch Democrat, first openly gay Virginia legislator, builds bridges with his Republican colleagues


The Ebbin Flow of Richmond Politics
Staunch Democrat aims to build bridges across party lines.
By Seth Rosen
October 12, 2005

When Democrat Adam Ebbin proposed his inaugural bill in the House of Delegates, he discussed it with the most conservative Republican members before broaching the topic with many in his own party.

Ebbin, the first openly gay legislator in the House, lobbied and cajoled Republicans whom he thought were most unlikely to support his goal of establishing a Public Defenders Office for Arlington and Falls Church. To the surprise of many pundits, the bill passed.

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