Delegate Pogge Receives 2017 BIAV Legislator of the Year Award
BIAV is honored to present our 2017 Legislator of the Year Award to Delegate Brenda Pogge. Delegate Pogge represents Virginia’s 96th House of Delegates District, which includes parts of James City and York Counties. A member of the House since 2008, she serves as vice-chair of the House Education Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the House Finance Committee, the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, and she is the chair of the Virginia Disability Commission. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, she enjoyed a career as a realtor on the Peninsula where she and her husband Roger raised five children, served as foster parents to more than twenty children, and where they now dote on seven grandchildren.
Delegate Pogge has been a steadfast advocate and supporter of brain injury services for several years. She developed an affinity for Denbigh House, a brain injury clubhouse which serves her constituents. Jason Young, a former recipient of the Weinstock Award and the executive director of Community Brain Injury Services, who operates the Denbigh House says “What I find most refreshing about Delegate Pogge has been not only her willingness to fight for brain injury at the General Assembly but also how friendly and accessible she has been to work with and how much she is willing to fight for issues that will positively impact both residents of her district and persons across Virginia who are living with brain injury.
In 2015, she patroned a budget amendment to restore $427,000 cuts to brain injury services; although that was unsuccessful, in 2016, she tried again and was able to shepherd through an amendment which helped increase funding for brain injury services by more than $1,000,000. Our advocacy consultant worked closely with Delegate Pogge to see this through and says “Delegate Pogge has a serious commitment to the cause and I appreciate her willingness to go the extra mile.”
This year, she patroned another budget amendment and helped us hold onto $375,000 that DARS had cut as part of the Governor's FY 2017 Savings Plan. At a Disability Commission meeting earlier this year, when she explained, very openly and honestly, about the post-concussive symptoms and struggles she was experiencing after sustaining a concussion in a car accident. So many people hesitate to talk about their injury, for fear of the stigma, but not her.
Please join BIAV in recognizing and thanking Delegate Brenda Pogge.
Anne McDonnell and Delegate Brenda Pogge