Full Name: Dawn Marie Adams, DNP, ANP-BC, CHC


  • 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)


Family: Margaret "Maggie" Constante, Ferdinand & Sebastian

Residence: The Fan

Dr. Dawn M. Adams is a certified adult nurse practitioner, Delegate in the Virginia House for District 68, small business owner, educator, and author. She is the only openly lesbian member of the General Assembly and first and only member of the LGBTQ community to be elected outside of Northern Virginia. She is also the only Democrat in the General Assembly practicing in the field of Medicine. 

She earned her Doctorate of Nursing practice from Old Dominion University (2013) where she earned the "Scholar Award" and her research focused on access to care barriers in the United States. She earned her BSN (1986) from James Madison University, MSN (1989) from the University of Virginia and a post-graduate certification as an ANP (1999) from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dawn has thirty-five years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, and has been a pioneer nurse practitioner each role. After earning her Doctorate in Nursing she was asked to teach Health Policy in the Doctorate Program for the School of Nursing at Old Dominion University. There she redesigned the curriculum and subsequently taught for four years. Simultaneously, she was hired by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to redesign the health delivery system for individuals with developmental disabilities across the state and was made Director of the Department of Integrated Health. She is currently the sole owner and operator of a small telemedicine business dedicated to alternative approaches to pain and life management, including the integration of medical cannabis.

She has spent her career as a fierce patient advocate, educator, and more recently a policymaker. Originally elected in 2017, she handily won a three-person primary and unseated a ten year incumbent due to widespread grassroots involvement. She was re-elected in 2019 and is a leader for healthcare policy for the Democratic caucus.

As a legislator with the Virginia House of Delegates her committee assignments include Health, Welfare and Institutions, where she is also Chair of Health Profession, General Laws, and Privileges and Elections. She was recently appointed to the Joint Commission on Health Care, the Disability Commission, the Committee on Coal and Energy, and the Joint Subcommittee on Block Grants. Dr. Adams will begin her tenure as a Board Member for the Virginia Diabetes Council in September 2020.