About Dawn

Full Name: Dawn Marie Adams, DNP, ANP-BC, CHC
Family: Margaret "Maggie" Constante


  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Old Dominion University

  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Practitioner,
    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Virginia

  • Bachelor of Science, James Madison University

  • West Springfield High School (Springfield, VA) Class of 1982

Delegate Dawn M. Adams is a doctoral prepared nurse practitioner with nearly thirty-five years of diverse clinical and administrative health care experience. Currently a small business owner, author, former university educator and state administrator.

Her committee assignments in 2019/20 are Privileges and Elections | Health, Welfare and Institutions | General Laws.  Her subcommittee memberships are Health, Welfare and Institutions (Chair) - Health Professions Subcommittee | General Laws - Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee | Health, Welfare and Institutions - Health Subcommittee | Privileges and Elections - Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee | Privileges and Elections - Gubernatorial Appointments Subcommittee

Dawn’s legislative focus is Healthcare, particularly around issues affecting elderly and vulnerable populations and creating solutions to drive down the costs of healthcare, protecting and preserving the Environment, quality affordable Education and creating Infrastructure toward building healthier communities through better policy. She is also interested in eliminating language within the current code of Virginia that is outdated and current law that can be enforced indiscriminately.

Dawn and her partner of 16 years, Maggie, live in the Fan district with their therapy dogs, Ferdinand and Sebastian and their 20-year-old Norwegian Forrest cat, Scrappy.

Delegate Dawn M. Adams is a nurse practitioner elected to the General Assembly in 2017; representing the 68th House District which includes Chesterfield, Henrico, and the city of Richmond.

Organizational Endorsements

Virginia Education Association



The Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education rolled out the first in a series of recommendations supporting incumbent legislators during the union’s annual Delegate Assembly in Richmond. Delegate Dawn M. Adams of the 68th House District was recommended by the VEA Fund on Friday, March 29, because she has consistently voted for legislation considered vital and important by the members of the VEA over the past two General Assembly sessions.

Dr. Dawn Adams wants to talk to you about health care. She’s worked as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, access to care researcher, health advocate, and most recently as the Director for the Office of Integrated Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

After winning a historic election in 2017, in which she became the first openly lesbian woman to serve in the Virginia House, Delegate Dawn Adams quickly got to work. She — along with Flippable candidate Delegate Gooditis and our Virginia alums — passed Medicaid expansion, bringing coverage to over 400,000 Virginians. In addition to expanding Medicaid, Delegate Adams supported other health-centric measures, including establishing the Commission for Healthy Virginia to identify health and wellness options for Virginians. She also co-patroned several pro-democracy bills during the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions, including measures to establish an independent redistricting commission, absentee voting, and early voting.

VA Blue Wave is a partnership between a coalition of Virginia grassroots activists and EveryDistrict PAC that has been raising funds since early 2018 for a select group of Virginia legislative districts.

Individual Endorsements

Carol B.

retired NP

"I have known Delegate Adams for the last several years. As a freshman Delegate, she was and is uniquely qualified as a Doctorally prepared Nurse Practitioner to analyze, develop, and support legislation that increases access to affordable, quality health care for all Virginians, which she did in the last Session. She continually is involved with constituent issues as noted by her many activities and events in her District. She should be returned to the General Assembly again."

Cynthia M. Fagan 


"Delegate Adams is a well-respected colleague that I have known professionally for over a decade. She is an authentic leader who is very much committed to public service. I have witnessed firsthand her commitment to her constituency with engagement, active listening and seeking differing viewpoints to policy solutions. As a nurse, she brings a systems-oriented approach to problems for efficient and effective policy making."

Eileen O’Grady


Mclean Virginia

"Having known Dr. Dawn Adams for over a decade, I can say without reservation that Virginia is fortunate  to have her serving in the House of Delegates. She is razor sharp smart, thoughtful, honest and practical and brings an evidence base to all that she does. She is passionate about improving health care and reducing violence. As a nurse with a doctorate, she knows how to talk to people from all walks of life and works harder than any legislator I have seen. Most importantly, she is un-corruptible. She operates from a deep sense of integrity"



Delegate Dawn M. Adams:

Pocohantas Building

900 E. Main Street, Room E426

Richmond, VA 23219

​Office: 804-698-1068



Adams for Delegate:

PO Box 25331

Richmond, VA 23260​

(804) 420-2357‬ 

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