Since becoming a Delegate, Alfonso has successfully championed legislation creating the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, establishing the Small Business Investment Grant Fund, allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote, and raising the cap on nonresidential solar net metering in Virginia.
As the son of a formerly undocumented father from Venezuela, Delegate Lopez has been a leader in advocating for the rights of the immigrant and New American communities in Virginia. Particularly, Delegate Lopez has always made himself available to the Muslim community. Delegate Lopez worked with Emgage since 2019, introducing legislation to start the first Civil Rights Division, which was passed in 2020, funded in 2021, then dismantled with the incoming Republican Administration. Since his first campaign for the House of Delegates, Delegate Lopez’s signature issue has been expanding educational opportunities to undocumented and mixed-status families in Virginia like his own. He worked with Attorney General Mark Herring to expand in-state tuition to kids with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status in 2013 and, after years of lobbying his colleagues, finally passed the Virginia Dream Act in 2020, which granted in-state tuition eligibility to all Virginia students, regardless of immigration status.
Delegate Lopez has served our community with nearly 30 years of federal and Virginia legislative experience on issues critical to the people of Arlington and Fairfax counties. He has served as an Obama Administration political appointee, Kaine Administration cabinet-level appointee, and a five-term member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the people of the 49th District. Alfonso also serves as the Majority Whip of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.