Don Beyer

Don Beyer


Current Position: US Representative for US House District 8 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A


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Source: Government page

Don began his career in public service in 1989, when he was first elected as Virginia’s 36th Lieutenant Governor alongside Governor Douglas Wilder. He became the first champion for Virginians with physical and sensory disabilities, chairing a disabilities commission for eight years that has become a central responsibility of subsequent lieutenant governors.

While leading Virginia’s Poverty and Welfare Reform Commission, Don was credited with passing the state’s landmark welfare reform legislation, which has served as a model for federal reforms.

As Chair of the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, he helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Rep. Beyer was Virginia’s Democratic nominee for governor in 1997.

After leaving office, Rep. Beyer spent fourteen years as Chair of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, a highly successful high school dropout prevention program, and was active for a decade on the board of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

As an active leader in Democratic politics, Don served as: the Virginia Chair of both the Clinton-Gore and Kerry-Edwards campaigns, the Treasurer and Virginia Chair for Howard Dean, Finance Chairman with Mark Warner’s Forward Together campaign, and Mid-Atlantic Finance Chair for President Obama.

In 2009, President Obama nominated Don to serve in his administration as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He used his position to advocate for stricter sanctions to compel Iran to begin nuclear disarmament discussions. As Ambassador, Rep. Beyer was integral to US Department of Justice efforts to halt the abuses of Swiss bank secrecy by wealthy Americans.

Don Beyer was inaugurated on January 6, 2015 to his first term as a Member of Congress serving Virginia’s 8th congressional district, representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County.

Don has spent the past 40 years building his family business into a successful, community-based collection of retail automobile dealerships, including nine franchises and five manufacturers. Inspired by a summer job at a car dealership in 1974.

He is a graduate of Williams College and Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He was also named a Presidential Scholar by President Lyndon Johnson.

Don has four children, Clara, Grace, Don, and Stephanie, and two grandchildren, Ava and Will. He and his wife Megan live in Alexandria, Virginia.


Work Experience

  • Co-Owner
    Beyer Automotive Group
    2019 to present

Volunteer Experience

  • Board Member
    Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
    2019 to present
  • Board Member
    American Cancer Society
    2019 to present
  • Chair
    Alexandria Community Trust
    2019 to present
  • Board Member
    Jobs for Virginia Graduates
    2019 to present
  • Board president
    Youth for Tomorrow,
    2019 to present
  • Board Member
    DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
    2019 to present
  • Board Member
    Jobs for America's Graduates
    2019 to present


  • BA, Economics
    Williams College
    2019 to 1972


  • Grand Award for Highway Safety (2019)
  • James C. Wheat Jr. Award for Service to Virginians with Disabilities (2019)
  • Earl Williams Leadership in Technology Award; (2019)
  • Thomas Jefferson Award for 2012 from American Citizens Abroad (2019)
  • Leaders for Democracy Award by the Project on Middle East Democracy. (2019)
  • Community Integration Leadership Award for Community and Public Service (2019)
  • Community Engagement Award (2019)


Beyer and his wife, Megan, have two children, Clara and Grace. In addition, he has two children, Don and Stephanie, from a previous marriage,[39] and two grandchildren.

Membership & Affiliation

  • American International Automobile Dealers Association.
  • National Volvo Retailer Advisory Board




Washington, DC Office
1119 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4376
Fax: (202) 225-0017

District Office
5285 Shawnee Road
Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: (703) 658-5403
Fax: (703) 658-5408


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Source: Wikipedia

Beyer was the northern Virginia coordinator of the successful Gerald L. Baliles campaign for governor in 1985. In 1986 Baliles appointed Beyer to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. (The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is responsible for overseeing the Virginia Department of Transportation and allocating highway funding to specific projects. It consists of 17 members, including the Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner, Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and 14 citizen members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Virginia General Assembly.)

Beyer was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1989, beating Republican state senatorEdwina P. Dalton. He was re-elected in 1993, beating Republican Michael Farris 54-46 percent, as Republicans George Allen and Jim Gilmore were elected on the same ballot asGovernor and Attorney General, respectively.

Farris’s close connection to conservative leaders such as Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalitionand Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum, as well as his adherence to the Quiverfull movement stirred deep-seated feelings and led some prominent Virginia Republicans such as U.S. Senator John Warner to support Beyer rather than Farris.[citation needed]

During his tenure as lieutenant governor, Beyer served as president of the Virginia Senate. He chaired the Virginia Economic Recovery Commission, the Virginia Commission on Sexual Assault, the Virginia Commission on Disabilities, the Poverty Commission and was co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, an outgrowth of the Chamber of Commerce. He was active in promoting high-tech industries, and lead the fight to eliminate disincentives in the Virginia Tax Code to high-tech research and development.

He is also credited with writing the original welfare reform legislation in Virginia.

Beyer was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1997, losing in the general election to Republican Jim Gilmore. He served as Finance Chairman for Mark Warner’s Political Action Committee, “Forward Together” and as the National Treasurer for the 2004 presidential campaign of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. Following Dean’s withdrawal from that race, he served as chairman of the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign in Virginia.

Beyer as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

During 2007–08, he endorsed and campaigned extensively for presidential candidate Barack Obama,. He served as chairman of the Mid Atlantic Finance Council of Obama for America campaign, and served on the campaign’s National Finance Council.

He was appointed by the Democratic National Committee to serve at the 2008 DNC Convention on the Credentials Committee.

Following the 2008 election, President-elect Obama asked Beyer to head up the transition team at the Department of Commerce.

Obama nominated Beyer for the post of United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on June 12, 2009. In December 2010 Beyer attracted public attention when it was reported that he had warned the Swiss government against offering asylum toWikileaks publisher Julian Assange. In March 2013 Beyer received the Thomas JeffersonAward from American Citizens Abroad. The award is presented annually by ACA to recognize State Department individuals who have rendered outstanding service to Americans overseas. Beyer was recognized for organizing a series of town hall meetings where American citizens overseas could voice concerns and opinions to officials of the State Department. He resigned as ambassador in May 2013.

Trump Administration Oversight

Beyer is a frequent critic of the Trump administration. On April 13, 2017, Beyer was the first lawmaker to call for senior White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to lose his security clearance after it was revealed that he had omitted numerous contacts with foreign nationals from his security clearance application. In June 2017, Beyer renewed his call, sending a letter signed by more than 50 other House Democrats demanding the White House immediately revoke Kushner’s clearance, citing national security concerns.

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Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Don Beyer (D)247,13776.10%
Thomas S. Oh (R)76,89923.68%
Write In (Write-in)7120.22%

2016 US Representative

Don Beyer (D)246,65368.4%
Charles Alan Hernick (R)98,38727.3%
Julio Gracia ()14,6644.1%
Write In (Write-in)9830.3%

2014 US Representative

Don Beyer (D)128,10263.1%
Micah Kenyatta Edmond (R)63,81031.4%
Gwendolyn Joyce Beck ()5,4202.7%
Jeffrey Scott Carson (L)4,4092.2%
Gerard C. Blais, III ()9630.5%
Write In (Write-in)3760.2%

Source: Campaign


BEYER JR, DONALD STERNOFF has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,652,096.

Source: Follow the Money



Committee on Natural Resources
Committee on Science, Space and Technology (Vice Ranking Member)
Joint Economic Committee


Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Subcommittee on Federal Lands
Subcommittee on Research and Technology
Subcommittee on Oversight
Subcommittee on Space

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia


and from Government Site 

Fair Representation Act

Link to article

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced the Fair Representation Act, a bill which would enact a series of measures designed to reform congressional elections.

“The Fair Representation Act is designed to restore the faith which so many Americans have lost in our political system,” said Rep. Don Beyer. “This bill would ensure that every voter has their voice represented in Congress, and make real progress towards bipartisan focus on getting results for the American people.”

Rep. Beyer was joined by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), co-leads on the bill, as well as speakers from FairVote and Third Way.

“The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to improving congressional elections in American history,” said Rob Richie, the executive director of FairVote. “It creates an impartial, national standard that gets at the core of FairVote’s mission: Giving voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.”

The Fair Representation Act would move US House elections into multi-member districts drawn by independent redistricting commissions, and elected through ranked choice voting. The multi-member districts would be effective in states apportioned six or more seats in the House, and would elect three to five Representatives each, depending on the size of the state. Taken together, these three measures would incentivize congressional candidates to appeal to a broader range of voters.

“No single reform would create more opportunities for women and people of color from across the spectrum to compete in fair elections,” said Cynthia Terrell, founder of Representation2020. “It is central to our vision of how we achieve parity for women in congressional elections.”

Full text of the bill may be found here, and more resources, including factsheets and FAQ’s, are available from FairVote here.


Source: Government

Press Releases

In the News

Opinion Pieces





Beyer at Ways & Means Hearing on Crumbling Infrastructure
Published on March 6, 2019

YouTube Channel

Other Videos

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer on RCV and multi-member districts
Published on April 13, 2018

#TuningIn Millennial Voters
Published on September 20, 2016


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