My sisters, brother, and I grew up in Virginia where my family had settled in the Roanoke Valley after leaving war-torn Palestine in the late 1960s to find a better life. I grew up in a corner store in the Hurt Park and Blue Stone neighborhoods, where we learned the value of community and taking life one challenge at a time.

As a religious and ethnic minority in Southwest Virginia, I learned the value of building bridges wherever I could find them. Our neighborhood friends might need some groceries until payday, and our family business stepped up to help them out however we could because we believed in the value of serving our community.

With the loving support of my life partner, Layaly, I was drawn to a life of public service. I was eager to find ways to elevate the voices of everyday Virginians while forging lasting coalitions. In 2008 I ran for Congress as the youngest candidate in America. An idealist with much to learn, my core philosophy stayed simple: Treat people as I would want to be treated. Layaly and I have been blessed with three awesome kids: Jennah, Amirah, and Issa. The innocence and wisdom of my children keep me grounded and hopeful. They are a big part of the reason I'm working to help build a better, brighter future for all Virginians.

Throughout my life, I have been guided by the values of respect, fairness, and liberty that I was raised with. Roanoke College pushed me to understand the world on a deeper level, and a master’s degree in Hawaii introduced me to cultures I had known nothing about.

I worked in health care to build more compassionate ways to care for our seniors and improve maternal and child health in East Africa. Ushering in new programs with my teams, we faced endless problems but focused on helping and empowering people, one life at a time.

In 2014, the beautiful people of Roanoke entrusted me with the opportunity to represent our community in the Virginia House of Delegates. I immediately got to work rejecting special interest PAC donations, starting the Impact Center initiative which helps empower new age leaders, and modeling a new approach to politics in our Democratic Promise initiative which builds goodwill by investing in our neighbors.

Some of our work is outlined below, but no matter what we’ve accomplished, I am left with the same feeling: It’s not enough. We have more work to do.

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OUR WORK

Introduced first bills on career & technical education and criminal justice reform through expungement. Submitted constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United limiting the crippling influence of money in politics. Passed renewable energy tax credit for businesses. Launched New Chapter Housing Initiative to assist returning citizens integrate into the community. Lauched The Impact Center helping over 1,000 activists and candidates across Virginia win through the science of trust and coalition building. Passed ‘Volunteer Cares’ legislation supporting medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Pledged not to accept donations from special interest PACs and lobbyists to help shift the culture in Richmond. That year, 13 new legislators were elected on a similar pledge. Piloted Democratic Promise which aims to build trust in our institutions by building goodwill with voters through having volunteers connect those in need with government services. Introduced repeal of the “rate freeze” which gouged electric rate-payers by utilities. Introduced “You Write the Bill”: Participatory lawmaking workshop for Virginians. Launched Green New Deal Coalition pushing for intersectional environmental, social, and economic justice. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. "You Write The Bill" constituent-driven idea to protect victims of domestic violence by improving fair housing becomes law. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. To learn more about many of the challenges our teachers and school staff face, Sam began substitute teaching to bring first hand experience to Richmond. Working with the Roanoke Constituents, Del. Rasoul introduced a law to require the release of unedited video and audio footage after any officer-involved shooting. Helped organize the distribution of 20,000 masks and sanitizers in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the VirginiaHealth Department, the Medical Reserve Corp, and the City of Roanoke Drawing on his health care experience, Del. Rasoul introduced three bills that will help improve access to healthcare for millions of Virginians. Campaign staff voted to form a union and will be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 666, a first in the history of Virginia lieutenant governor campaigns. After partnering with the VA Teen Democrats and VA Teen Republicans, Del. Rasoul passed legislation giving students one excused absence for civic engagement.
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OUR WORK

Introduced first bills on career & technical education and criminal justice reform through expungement. Submitted constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United limiting the crippling influence of money in politics. Passed renewable energy tax credit for businesses. Launched New Chapter Housing Initiative to assist returning citizens integrate into the community. Lauched The Impact Center helping over 1,000 activists and candidates across Virginia win through the science of trust and coalition building. Passed ‘Volunteer Cares’ legislation supporting medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Introduced “You Write the Bill”: Participatory lawmaking workshop for Virginians. Launched Green New Deal Coalition pushing for intersectional environmental, social, and economic justice. DECEMBER 2017 Introduced repeal of the “rate freeze” which gouged electric rate-payers by utilities. Piloted Democratic Promise which aims to build trust in our institutions by building goodwill with voters through having volunteers connect those in need with government services. Pledged not to accept donations from special interest PACs and lobbyists to help shift the culture in Richmond. That year, 13 new legislators were elected on a similar pledge. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. You Write the Bill Participant’s bill on the VAFair Housing Laws around victims of family abuse passed. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. MARCH 2019 To learn more about many of the challenges our teachers and school staff face, Sam began substitute teaching to bring first hand experience to Richmond. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. You Write the Bill Participant’s bill on the VAFair Housing Laws around victims of family abuse passed. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. Empowered 20+ state level campaigns through our Impact Center Initiative. Introduced the first Green New Deal Act in Virginia focusing on the intersection of environmental, economic, and social justice. You Write the Bill Participant’s bill on the VAFair Housing Laws around victims of family abuse passed. Bill passes integrating socio-emotionallearning into K-12 education, stressing the importance of a strong emotional foundation for children. "Safe Drinking Water Act" signed by the Governor finally establishing maximum contaminant levels for the cancer-causing & deadly "forever" chemicals in drinking water. JUNE 2020 Helped organize the distribution of 20,000 masks and sanitizers in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Health Department, the Medical Reserve Corp, and the City of Roanoke Working with the Roanoke Constituents, Del. Rasoul introduced a law to require the release of unedited video and audio footage after any officer-involved shooting. Drawing on his health care experience, Del. Rasoul introduced three bills that will help improve access to healthcare for millions of Virginians. Campaign staff voted to form a union and will be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 666, a first in the history of Virginia lieutenant governor campaigns. After partnering with the VA Teen Democrats and VA Teen Republicans, Del. Rasoul passed legislation giving students one excused absence for civic engagement.
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Presentamos los primeros proyectos de ley sobre la educación profesional y técnica y sobre la reforma de la justicia criminal a través del borrado de antecedentes penales.