Meet Aaron Rouse

Aaron was born and raised in Virginia Beach. He attended First Colonial High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Rouse was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft and also played for the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals. After retiring from the National Football League, Rouse returned home to Virginia Beach to begin his career in public service. He served as a coach and a mentor before founding Rouse’s House, a nonprofit organization that serves to establish education as the foundation for today’s youth, with a primary goal of exposing youth and families in the community to a broader world of learning. On November 6, 2018, Rouse was elected to the Virginia Council as an at-large member. He enjoys outdoor activities and currently resides in the heart of Virginia Beach with his wife Jennifer, and son and daughter. Now, Aaron is running in the Special Election to be Virginia Beach and Norfolk’s next State Senator from the 7th District. 

Additional Community Involvement & Recognition:

  • Vice Chair, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Changemaker of the Year Award, Volunteer Hampton Roads
  • Class of 2021, CIVIC Leadership Institute Hampton Roads
  • Virginia Tech Athlete of the Year 2021
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, Morning Star Baptist
  • 2020 African American Creative Community Series Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, ACCSD
  • Excellence in Service Award, AKA Sorority incorporated
  • History Maker Award, Virginia Beach NAACP 2019