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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Ten Questions with Sen. Danny Diggs

Senator Diggs (Photo credit Dementi Studio )

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — “Ten Questions with” is a series that allows readers to get to know local business leaders, volunteers and community members in the Historic Triangle.

This week, meet Sen. Danny Diggs.

What is your job title and description?

I am the State Senator for the 24th Senate District, covering York County, Poquoson, Williamsburg and parts of Newport News and James City County. I help create the laws that impact Virginians, bring resources from Richmond to help the region, and provide constituent services to the citizens of the 24th District.

Who do you interact/work with on a regular basis?

I work with city and county officials as well as other leaders in the community. We are only in our legislative session two months out of the year, so when I am not working with other lawmakers on a daily basis, I spend the rest of my time in the community listening to concerns and looking for solutions to problems.

Who do you interact with the local community?

I work with local business leaders, constituents and subject matter experts so that I can be best informed on how to represent everyone in my community. Citizens can call my office and we can help with a variety of problems, especially with issues concerning state agencies.

What is something about your job most people wouldn’t know about?

One thing about being a State Senator that most people wouldn’t know about is that we (legislators) agree on a vast majority of issues despite frequently only hearing about the issues that we disagree. At the end of the day, we all agree that we want Virginia to be a better place to live and raise a family, but sometimes we disagree on the route to get there.

How do you define success?

I define success as not only as reaching one’s own personal goals, but as also trying to understand other people’s perspectives and problems, and then working towards finding mutual solutions that move us in a direction that benefits all of us.

What is your most successful accomplishment to date?

Certainly, my biggest accomplishment was getting elected.  Upon getting to Richmond, I was able to establish relationships with other legislators. This enabled me to be able to better understand the various sides of the issues. As a freshman Senator, I was able to pass six of the 16 bills that I introduced.

How long have you lived/worked in the Historic Triangle?

I have lived and worked in the Historic Triangle my entire life. I was raised in Poquoson and have lived in both lower and upper York County.  When I was a young Deputy Sheriff in York County, I worked in the Bruton area of York County and learned about the Williamsburg area and grew to appreciate the community.

What is your favorite part of being in the Historic Triangle?

The Historic Triangle is where America gained its independence. I love being surrounded by the history of this area.

What do you do for downtime/to relax?

I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy living on the water and all of the associated activity that goes with that.

What is the next step in your journey?

My next step is to increase my knowledge about how the political and legislative processes work and continue to serve all of my constituents in the 24th Senate District and in the Commonwealth.

Do you want to learn more about your community and the people that live and work in the Historic Triangle? We are looking for people with interesting jobs, super volunteers, or community leaders to showcase. Reach out to let us know if you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for Ten Questions.

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