|Name||Veena Gupta Lothe|
, Virginia , United States
|Last Modifed||State Legislatures Big Fan|
Feb 20, 2019 06:42am
Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor -
|Info||Veena Lothe is a proud first-generation Indian-American. Her parents moved to rural West Virginia in the early 1960's. Her father was a physician dedicated to serving the impoverished population of the Appalachian coalfields. She saw the importance of having quality healthcare and how rural communities struggled to obtain it. Like many immigrants, her parents both worked extremely hard and saved every cent to make a life for themselves and their children. Her parents taught her the importance of fiscal responsibility, which she will take to the General Assembly. |
In 1993, she graduated from Cornell Law School and also received a Masters degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from West Virginia University. During the summer, she clerked at a union-side labor law firm in Washington D.C., which profoundly inspired her. After graduation, she began her career with a firm in Philadelphia specializing in civil rights law and union-side labor. She represented victims of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and age discrimination. In addition, the firm also represented employees who did not receive their full wages or who did not receive proper notice of layoffs. She subsequently opened her own practice, continuing to represent employees but also developing an immigration practice. As an immigration attorney, she has represented some of the brightest and most highly educated people in the world and I have also represented some of the least fortunate. A significant portion of her practice load has always been pro bono or at drastically reduced fees.
She has been in the Greater Richmond area since 1999, raising her two kids here. She is active in the community as a school volunteer, a board member at the Shady Grove Y, a Sunday school teacher, and a grassroots activist.
Although she has always been involved in progressive causes through her work and otherwise, 2016 was a wake-up call to become more even more so. She has hosted meet-and-greets & fundraisers, knocked on countless doors, attended rallies and protests, encouraged her two kids to play significant roles in several campaigns, and taken on leadership roles in progressive organizations. She is proud of these efforts and will never stop working towards building a better community.