Julius D. “JD” Spain, Sr.


Community Leader | Veteran | Democrat

I’m Julius D. “JD” Spain, Sr., originally from Conway, South Carolina, and a 26-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. I retired from active duty in December 2016. During my military career I served both in combat and diplomatic assignments in Brussels, Belgium at NATO Headquarters. In early 2009, my family and I moved to Arlington, Virginia.

After returning to Arlington, I served as a Department of Defense Congressional Fellow to the U. S. Senate; as a Senior Advisor at the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affairs in the Pentagon; as an Investigator with the Federal government and currently working as an Analyst for E3/Sentinel, LLC headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

“Trustworthiness, Character, Integrity, and Leadership are what people in the 49th value most.” 

Through-out my career and as an adult, I’ve always been focused on the well-being of others. I’m a life-long member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), I joined at the age of 15 and am currently the Arlington Branch NAACP President.

As an Arlington community activist and leader, I’ve served as the leader of Arlington Lodge #58 located in the historic Nauck Community in Arlington, where I was instrumental in having the organization recognized by the Arlington County Historical Preservation Board with an historical marker; I also served on the Board of Directors for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, where our mission is to dispense charity, promote family values and endeavor to significantly aid in the uplifting of humanity. I served as a Commissioner on the Arlington County Civil Service Commission; as Precinct Captain, Arlington County Democrats; a Member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 139, Arlington; Recipient of the Legion of Merit Military Award; Recipient of US Senate Congressional Record; a Member, Penrose Neighborhood Association and a Member of the Nauck Civic Association.

I’ve been married to Adriana for over 26 years, we met in California when she served on active duty in the Marine Corps. Adriana is proud of her Mexican heritage and moved to Houston, Texas with her parents and siblings when she was 15 years old. Adriana and I are the proud parents of three children all of whom graduated from Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia. Their oldest child is a recent graduate of The College of William and Mary and two are attending school at Northern Virginia Community College and The New School- Parsons School of Design, New York, respectively.