Two years ago, Hala Ayala made history by becoming one of the first Hispanic women to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Ayala successfully flipped the seat from Republican to Democrat back in 2017 and has been representing Virginia’s 51st District ever since, which covers majority of the Prince William County. In her capacity as a representative, Ayala passionately advocates for women’s rights, having served as the founder and former president of the Prince William County National Organization of Women (NOW), and holds priority on improving issues including transportation, healthcare and education.
Prior to her public service for the Virginia House of Delegates, the Prince William County native worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a cybersecurity specialist. Ayala’s diverse background, with her father from El Salvador and mother from Lebanon, brings forth a fresh perspective to the House, in hopes to create a better future for all Virginians.
This past week, Ayala was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, serving as one of the 17 women out of Virginia’s 100 state delegates. At ABPA, we believe that diversity is crucial to every aspect of culture, including the realm of politics and public service. Hala Ayala’s re-election is a step forward for Virginia’s House of Delegates, as well as for aspiring Arab-American and women politicians everywhere.