Virginia State Senate District 17
2019 Race Update: Amy lost 48.11% to 51.58%
Amy Laufer most recently served two terms on the Charlottesville City School Board. She is Founder and board member of Virginia’s List, which is a PAC that supports Democratic women running for State Office.
Amy is originally from a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. She is one of eight children and first generation college graduate. She fully supported herself in college by working several jobs including packing fish in Alaska. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a BS in Geology, she worked for Great Lakes Research Facility as a water analyst. She then realized a life dream by becoming a US Peace Corps Volunteer in a small town in Jamaica.
After the Peace Corps, Amy decided to become an educator. She was admitted into Columbia University-Teachers College and graduated with a MA in Secondary Science Education. She taught middle school science at a school right next to the World Trade Center. Amy evacuated the school with her students on 9/11. At the end of the school year, Amy moved to Charlottesville, to follow her soon to be husband, Aaron, whom she met in the Peace Corps.
Aaron is from Charlottesville and attended UVA for undergraduate and graduate school. After she moved to Charlottesville, Amy worked at Louisa Middle School as a math and science teacher. After a year, she transferred to Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville.
Amy stopped working outside the home when her second child was born with major medical needs. In addition to supporting her children, she also volunteered in the community. She was appointed to the Commission on Children and Families and was an active member at her children’s preschool and synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel. Eventually, she become PTO chair of her children’s elementary school.
She was first elected to Charlottesville City School Board in November of 2011 and then reelected. She was Vice Chair and Chair of the School Board from 2012-2016. She ran for Charlottesville City Council and won the Democratic nomination in June, 2017 and then lost the general election, November, 2017.
Amy attended UVA’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leaders Program and Emerge VA Bootcamp. After her experience, she decided to start a PAC dedicated to Democratic women called, Virginia’s List in 2014. Virginia’s List has helped dozens of women running for State office, including the 11 women that won the House of Delegates in 2018. She is currently helping to train women across the Commonwealth to run for School Board.
Amy and her husband Aaron live in Charlottesville, where they are raising their three active children, Hannah, 14, Adam, 13 and Henry, 11. Amy enjoys travelling, walking their dog Skyler, doing Zumba, and reading.