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Jessica Jones Capparell

Policy & Legislative Affairs Senior Manager

Jessica Jones Capparell is the Policy & Legislative Affairs Senior Manager at the League of Women Voters of the United States. In this position, Jessica works to deliver the League's message around federal advocacy priorities through lobbying and the development of advocacy strategies. Jessica manages the day to day operations of the League's volunteer Lobby Corps, a group of League members from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia who work to deliver the League's message to Capitol Hill on behalf of state and local Leagues across the country. She is an expert on League policy positions and works to implement grassroots strategies in coordination with League members and organizational partners around the country. 

Prior to joining the League, Jessica worked on political campaigns throughout the United States focusing mostly on grassroots engagement but also running statewide operations with communications, field, and an online focus. Jessica has a B.A. from Culver-Stockton College.

When not working to advance the League's impact and priorities Jessica can be found cooking, attending baseball games, or training for her next marathon. She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband Rich, and their dog, Lilly.

Legislation that responds to the Shelby decision will now come to the floor of the U.S. House. H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), has broad support from civil rights and voting rights groups across the country. 

On Thursday, September 19th, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee will hold the first hearing on DC statehood in more than a quarter-century. 

The path forward on the Equal Rights Amendment has never been clearer. With just one more state needed to ratify the amendment, our country is closer than ever to ensuring that equal rights, regardless of sex or gender, is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

On the sixth anniversary of Shelby v. Holder, the Supreme Court decision that gutted the heart of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the U.S. House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on the continuing challenges to voting rights in our country. 

In less than one year, on April 1, 2020, the Census will be in full swing. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade.

This morning, U.S. House leadership unveiled a sweeping democracy reform bill that will make elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American people. HR1, the For the People Act, is a roadmap to solve the problems facing our democracy.  

Activists are arranging in-person meetings with incoming members of the 116th House of Representatives and dropping in to have conversations with staff members on the need for HR 1, the first bill that the House plans to take up in January. 

LWVUS sent the attached memo to state presidents and executive directors with recommended legislative priorities under the Making Democracy Work® Campaign.

In states across the country, the League is working to put the power to draw lines in the hands of the people, not politicians.

The Trump Administration announced their plan to gut the Obama Administration regulation that combats climate change by setting the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants.