Growing up in California, Frank Principi was raised with a strong sense of public service, often spending summers with family members who were campaigning for public office and fighting economic and social injustice in the South. Coming to Washington, D.C. during a college internship, Frank knew he was “home.” Frank returned to the National Capital Region to serve as a Legislative Assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives, Energy & Commerce Committee, and has called Woodbridge home since 1989.
Frank became immersed in his new community, and was elected as Woodbridge Magisterial District Supervisor in 2008, championing his vision for a “New Woodbridge.” This vision centers on smart development, better transportation and strong neighborhoods as a catalyst for improving the quality of life and economic vitality for all who reside in the district. Frank works closely with area residents through town halls, HOA meetings, advisory groups, and the Woodbridge Civic Association to ensure that this vision continues to meet the needs of his constituents.
Under Frank’s leadership, more than $1.5 billion in private and public investment is currently transforming New Woodbridge. Projects include widening of Interstate 95 and Route 1, undergrounding of utilities, improved utility infrastructure and the addition of new crosswalks and traffic lights with countdown timers. Also underway is a 50-mile network of sidewalks, bike paths, trails and boardwalk to make Woodbridge a more walkable community.
To address classroom overcrowding, the investment has also resulted in the construction and planning of one new elementary school, complete reconstruction of a second school and 29 new classrooms to be built between 2015-2019. Woodbridge residents will also benefit from new school sports fields, field lighting and park restroom facilities. These revitalization efforts have been accompanied by nearly 1,000 new jobs in Eastern Prince William.
This progress also comes with an appreciation of the area’s history and natural resources, such as regular community clean-ups, environmental restoration of Cows Branch and Powells Creek, Neabsco Creek Boardwalk, opening of the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge, and completion of the Woodbridge section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Frank also works to ensure continued preservation and enjoyment of Belmont Bay and the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers, and has been a strong voice for better state oversight of the coal ash pond closures at Possum Point. He has also championed the continued preservation of the County’s oldest home, Rippon Lodge, where plans call for building of the Prince William Museum (showcasing our other historic properties).
Frank serves in a number of leadership roles in the region, in organizations such as Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Emergency Preparedness Council, Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission, and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. He also serves as a Steering Committee member on the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Export Initiative, which islaying the groundwork for businesses in Prince William County and other DC area municipalities to increase their share of global markets as a way of diversifying and strengthening the regional job market and economy.
Frank is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington’s “Program For Social Change,” a Fellow at George Washington University, and holds a B.A. in American History and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He and his family are members of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge. His twin daughters Ana, a competitive gymnast, and Diana, a competitive swimmer, attend Virginia Tech.