CBS19: Thousands respond to survey on lawmaker stock trading


Thousands of Virginians say lawmakers should not be making decisions regarding the buying, trading or selling of stocks while they serve in Congress.

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger launched an online survey one week ago to hear from constituents on this topic.

According to a release, more than 3,200 people responded, and 93 percent of those respondents oppose allowing lawmakers to buy, trade or sell individual stocks while in office.

“I firmly believe that Members of Congress and their spouses should be prohibited from buying, trading, or selling stocks while serving in elected office,” said Spanberger. “I want Congress to take concrete, proactive steps to avoid even the potential perception of self-dealing, and it is clear that thousands of Virginians share this sentiment. Over the last week, my constituents have agreed that lawmakers should be prohibited from unfairly informing their own investment decisions and expressed their support for our legislation to remove these opportunities for impropriety.”

Spanberger recently reintroduced her TRUST in Congress Act, which would require members of Congress, their spouses and dependent children to put certain investment assets into a qualified blind trust during their tenure in office.

To respond to the survey, click here.

Recent Posts

Feb 21, 2024

Spanberger Announces Sixth Annual Congressional Art Competition, Invites Virginia High School Students to Submit Artwork

The Winner’s Artwork Will Be Displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for One Year Alongside Winners from All 50 States WOODBRIDGE, Va. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today invited high school students from Virginia’s Seventh District to submit original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Every year, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives […]

Feb 16, 2024

ICYMI: Spanberger Hosts Virtual Telephone Town Hall Focused on Issues Facing Virginia Veterans & Military Families

During Thursday’s Interactive Event, the Congresswoman & Representatives from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services Were Joined by More Than 4,100 Virginians WOODBRIDGE, Va. — On Thursday, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger hosted an open, public telephone town hall focused on issues facing Virginia’s Veterans, military families, and caregivers. During the event, Spanberger was joined by representatives […]

Feb 16, 2024
Economy & Jobs

TWO WEEKS: Spanberger Sounds Alarm As Clock Ticks On Potential Government Shutdown

**DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO: Spanberger Urges Speaker Johnson to Work with Both Parties to Fund Federal Government as Potential Government Shutdown Looms** WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement marking two weeks before a potential government shutdown that would hurt Virginia’s economy. Since September, Congress has passed several short-term, stopgap funding measures […]