Hippen for Delegate
Endorsement Applicant
Virginia House of Delegates 21st District in VA

5909 Cold Harbor Court
Va Beach , VA

Public Phone Number: 757-510-2104
Public Email:

Primary Election Date: 2013-05-04
General Election Date: 2013-11-05

Who am I?

Susan retired from active duty in the United States Navy in 2004 at the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) after 25 years of leadership experience working to protect and serve our country. Highlights of her career include serving as the Command Master Chief of CNATTU, Naval Air Station Oceana and the Division Leading Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Avionics and Armament Intermediate Maintenance Department (IM3) onboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). While on active duty, Susan completed her Associate of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Cum Laude. She has since completed her Associate of Applied Science Paralegal Studies-Litigation, Summa Cum Laude. She is currently working on her Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology-Web Development at Tidewater Community College.

Susan was born in Cleveland, Ohio, later moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania and graduated from Roxborough High School. In 1985 Susan married Bruce Hippen while both were stationed at Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. In 1989, while stationed at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Bruce passed away leaving Susan a widow. Susan and her dog, Mike, currently live in Virginia Beach.

Why am I running?

Susan wants to create better opportunities for families in Virginia’s 21st House District. For nearly three decades Susan has worked to make her community better and she wants to create opportunities for working folks struggling to make ends meet. She is running for the Virginia General Assembly because she believes that the 21st House District needs a fighter who can take her constituents’ voices to Richmond.

With decades of experience being a military leader, mentoring younger service people and service to her community, Susan is uniquely qualified to take Ron Villanueva to task for serving the Tea Party agenda in the General Assembly. Susan believes that our elected representatives should be partners, rather than obstacles, to the success of our communities. Susan wants to represent the working men and women who too often feel neglected by a political system in which big corporations and partisan agendas hold undue influence.

My Goals

During the my first session in the Virginia General Assembly I want to offer voters the option of no-excuse absentee voting, and I want to work to reverse the assault on women’s health rights.

My DFA Values

The people of this district have been my neighbors for almost 20 years. I cannot walk into a local coffee shop without someone recognizing me and telling me what troubles them. My campaign message is one of inclusion and fairness for everyone. It is my sincere desire for all Virginians to have access to a strong education system, the ability to make health care decisions on their own, and the opportunity to earn a livable wage for an honest day’s work. Because of my career in the Navy, I have been blessed with a stable retirement, good health care, and a college education. I want to ensure those same opportunities are available to everyone in my district and state.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I believe that the best way to run a campaign is to talk to the people who I am asking to represent. I began my campaign right on the cul-de-sac that I live on. I went and talked to each of my immediate neighbors about my desire to represent them in the General Assembly. Our conversation centered on me listening to what they expect from their state legislators. As I ended each of my neighborly chats I invited each family to continue the conversation in the future with the issues that are important to them.

I began my door-to-door campaign in one of the Chesapeake neighborhoods in the 21st House District. I introduced myself to people in an area of the district where I am not as well known, so that they learn about me the person, not just a candidate.

Voice support


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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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