Current Position:Chair of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Republican Candidate: Corey Stewart is a 2018 candidate to be the United States Senator for Virginia.
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Corey Stewart is currently the At-Large Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors in Prince William (PWC) – the 2nd largest and fastest growing county in Virginia. In the 2017 Gubernatorial primary, Corey shocked the nation by massively outperforming every poll, coming within 1.2% of defeating the establishment candidate, who outraised him by 5-1. Corey unapologetically stands with President Trump and will fight for his America First Agenda. Corey will fight to defeat political correctness, protect Virginia’s history, crack down on illegal immigration, and stand up to the Washington elites. During his tenure as At-Large Chairman, Corey has cracked down on illegal immigration, protected the 2nd Amendment, and fostered pro-growth economic policies that have led Prince William County to be the top-ranked county for job growth in the Commonwealth.
Corey is best known for implementing the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration, resulting in the county turning over almost 8,000 criminal illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), leading to a 48.7% drop in violent crime.
As a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Corey led the charge to remove all county fees associated with the concealed carry permit — the first locality in Virginia to do so. Corey has kept taxes and spending in Prince William low, saving residents $205 million, and securing a AAA bond rating status for the county — one of only 36 such jurisdictions in the nation. Prince William County is ranked the #1 locality in job growth in Virginia and #3 in the nation.
Corey successfully navigated the passage of the largest tax cut in the history of the county leading to a 30% lower tax bill than any other county in Northern Virginia. Small business is a priority for Corey – who cut in half the time to permit a business.
Strong Leader and Winner
Corey has led as a strong conservative and continues to win by larger margins in a county won by Obama twice and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Winning 4 times, Corey is the only Republican to win countywide since 2009. In 2015, Donald J. Trump tapped Corey to lead his Virginia campaign. Corey is a leader and fighter in the Trump movement.
In the 2017 Republican Gubernatorial Primary, Corey won 7 out of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts including the 10th and the 11th, which are majority Democrat districts in Northern Virginia. Stewart won Prince William County with 60% of the vote and came within less than 200 votes of winning Loudoun County. Stewart dominated in the Shenandoah Valley, Southside, and Southwest regions— winning over 75% of the cities and counties.
Corey will never back down
When faced with enormous pressure from the mainstream media and Republican establishment, Corey stuck to his guns and led the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in the nation. As a U.S. Senator, Corey Stewart will never back down to pressure from lobbyists, special interest, the media, or even others within his own party.
Corey was born in Minnesota to a working class family. Corey’s father worked his whole life as a longshoreman and instilled in Corey a hard work ethic at an early age. When Corey received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, he was the first member of his family to graduate from college. Corey then earned his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Corey now works as an International Trade Attorney with his own practice.
Corey and his wife of 22 years, Maria, reside in Woodbridge, VA, with their two sons, Isaac and Luke. Corey is 100% pro-life and he and his family are parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Woodbridge, VA.
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 2013
Stewart unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in the 2013 election. In a seven-person race, Stewart was eliminated in the third round of voting in the Republican convention, losing to E. W. Jackson.
Trump presidential campaign, 2016
In December 2015, Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that he had chosen Stewart to chair his campaign in Virginia. Stewart has been an outspoken proponent for Trump in national media, and continued to support Trump even as other Republican officials disavowed him after various controversies, including the Access Hollywood scandal. In June 2016, the Republican Party of Virginia selected Stewart to co-chair its “Team Virginia” field and communications campaign, alongside former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.
Stewart drew controversy in July 2016 when he blamed “liberal Democrats” including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for the spree killing of police officers in Dallas, Texas.
On October 10, 2016, amid reports that the Republican National Committee was withdrawing resources from the Trump campaign to focus on down-ballot races, Stewart joined a pro-Trump women’s demonstration in front of the Committee’s Washington, D.C.headquarters. Following the protest, Stewart was fired by Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon to “placate” RNC ChairmanReince Priebus, who was reportedly “infuriated” by Stewart’s actions. Days later, the RNC and the Trump Campaign announced that they were withdrawing from Virginia, again drawing the ire of Stewart, who blasted the decision as a betrayal of the grassroots and “totally premature.” Despite his firing, he continued to support Donald Trump.
Governor of Virginia, 2017
At the Virginia State Republican Convention on April 30, 2016, Stewart announced his intent to run for Governor of Virginia. Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University called Stewart “on the very conservative end” of the Republican candidates for governor in 2017.
In December 2016, Stewart announced that his campaign would give away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for Christmas to highlight his support for gun rights.
In March 2017, Stewart admitted that he and his campaign had been editing his Wikipedia page since at least May 2014 to remove unflattering information and add positive spin, through at least two registered accounts. On the same day, during a Reddit AMA, Stewart called his GOP primary opponent Ed Gillespie a cuckservative, agreed with a questioner that asked if Bill Clinton was a rapist, and wrote “CONFIRMED!” to a questioner who asked if Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe “is a cuck.” Virginia GOP chairman John Whitbeck rebuked the remarks, calling some of Stewart’s language “racist,” and noted that the term “cuckservative” is “used by white nationalists.”
In May 2017, while speaking at Temple Rodef Shalom in Fairfax County, Stewart blamed progressives in the United States for an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents throughout the United States. Stewart claimed that “Today most of the anti-Semitic bigotry is not coming from the right. It’s coming from the left. We have to face it.” Stewart then gave examples of pervasive anti-semitism on the left. and sexism lobbed at Democrats.
In April 2017, Stewart compared the removal of Confederate statues to the atrocities committed by ISIS. He posted on Twitter, “It appears ISIS has won. They are tearing down historical monuments in New Orleans now too. It must end. Despicable!” In his defense of Confederate monuments, he compared “those who wanted to remove the statue to tyrants and Nazis.” Without Confederate symbols, he said at another event, “we lose our identity.”
During the campaign, Stewart distinguished himself among Virginia politicians by not condemning the whites supremacists who marched in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Stewart said that the counterprotesters at the rally were to blame for “half the violence” and he condemned fellow Republicans who expressed disapproval of the white supremacist march. During the campaign, Stewart was endorsed by Richard Hines of Save Southern Heritage, a voluntary association of individuals who revere the south, southern history and southern heritage. Stewart accepted the endorsement.
Stewart consistently defended the Confederate flag and Virginia’s slave-owning “heritage,” while voicing opposition to any removal of statues honoring Confederate figures. At the Old South Ball in Danville, Virginia, he proclaimed that “It’s the state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. That is our heritage. It is what makes us Virginia.” He also claimed that the Confederate flag was totally unrelated to racism or slavery. “I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag,” Stewart said. “That flag is not about racism, folks, it’s not about hatred, it’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage. It’s time that we stop running away from our heritage.”
On June 13, Stewart narrowly lost the primary to Gillespie, garnering 155,466 votes (42.5%) to Gillespie’s 160,003 (43.7%).
Following the primary, Stewart remained critical of Gillespie, calling him “boring” and claiming that “nobody cares” about Gillespie’s immigrant ancestry. Stewart later endorsed Gillespie and campaigned for the Republican Party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor,Jill Vogel.
United States Senate election, 2018
On July 15, 2017, Stewart announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine. He promised a “very vicious, ruthless race,” claiming that Republicans “are looking for a more aggressive populist candidate.”
In December 2017, it was reported that the Republican Party of Virginia leadership was “maneuvering with help from the national GOP” to block a potential Stewart nomination. On December 5, 2017, Stewart received the endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University. Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon expressed support for Stewart, with Bannon having previously referred to Stewart as the “titular head of the Trump movement” in Virginia. After Stewart won the Republican nomination in June 2018, it was widely reported that Republican lawmakers feared that Stewart’s rhetoric would adversely impact other Republicans in the state. Former Republican lieutenant governor, and neverTrump advocate, Bill Bolling said, “I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served. Every time I think things can’t get worse they do, and there is no end in sight.”
In a tweet on December 8, 2017, Stewart drew criticism for reviving the birther conspiracy by suggesting that former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson’s yearbook were forgeries.
Following a vote in the Virginia House of Delegates to expand Medicaid in February 2018, Stewart led an event outside the Virginia State Capitol where he held up rolls of toilet paper and called Republicans who voted for the measure “flaccid” and “garbage.” When asked to clarify his comments by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Stewart replied, “I’m suggesting I feel sorry for their wives.” The move brought strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Delegates. Among those who condemned Stewart’s remarks was Republican Delegate Glenn Davis, who referred to Stewart in a speech on the House floor as a “charlatan whose record doesn’t match his rhetoric.” Davis’ speech drew bipartisan applause from the chamber.
Stewart stirred controversy in June 2018 when it was reported that he had praised and paid far-right commentator Paul Nehlen. In January 2017, Stewart described Nehlen as one of his “personal heroes” and said he was “inspired” by Nehlen’s attempt to oust House Speaker Paul Ryan in a Republican primary. Nehlen had previously made anti-Muslim comments and promoted fringe conspiracy theories. Nehlen had suggested that Muslim neighborhoods in Europe should be bombed, said that “9/11 would’ve been a Wonderful #DayWithoutImmigrants,” and claimed that the Clintons had killed multiple people. Nehlen would later go on to make anti-Semitic comments. In June 2018, Stewart said that he no longer considered Nehlen to be one of his heroes.
During the campaign, Stewart sought and received the support of the Public Advocate of the United States, an anti-LGBT group which advocates for conversion therapy and ties homosexuality to pedophilia. The founder of the group has falsely claimed that Obama is a “child molester” and promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.Stewart pledged to the group that he would oppose “‘Transgender Bathrooms’ legislation and regulations – which have the effect of encouraging and protecting pedophiles”. Stewart also agreed that “public schools should be “prevented from brainwashing elementary school children with the Homosexual Agenda.” Stewart indicated support for overturning Obergefell v. Hodges (the Supreme Court that ruled bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional), requiring that schools teach that there are only two genders and granting Christian businesses the right to not service same-sex weddings.
On June 12, 2018, Corey Stewart won the Republican Primary. Stewart will face Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine, in a match-up of two Minnesotan-born Virginians. Upon winning the primary, Stewart said he had a “mandate” to “kick Tim Kaine’s teeth in”.
Our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is under attack. That is unacceptable.
Corey will defend Americans’ Second Amendment rights by fighting to remove any unconstitutional restrictions already in place and pro-actively ensuring this right is safely protected going forward.
Since the right to self-defense is God-given, Virginians should not have to ask permission to exercise that right. National Concealed Carry reciprocity legislation would make that a reality, and help protect against future attacks on the Second Amendment by liberals, the media, and the federal government.
Corey will support the passage and cosponsor S. 446 — the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.
Corey is 100% pro-life, believing that every life is precious and needs to be protected from the moment of conception. This is not an issue to which Corey will only give lip service. He will work to defund Planned Parenthood and fight for tougher restrictions on abortion.
It is the duty of legislators to protect those who cannot protect themselves. He will not only defend the right to life but will fight for it.
Defense & Security
With over 800,000 veterans in the Commonwealth, Virginia is home to more veterans than all but a few states. Our veterans have fought to protect our homeland, so taking care of our veterans and their families will be priority number one for Corey.
Given the sacrifices our veterans make, the Veterans Administration can and should do as much as it can to make sure Virginia offers a place for them to land after they complete their service to our nation. Corey will be a steadfast fighter in every veteran’s corner.
Public Safety is government’s #1 responsibility, but too many politicians refuse to stand up for our law enforcement officials. Corey will have their backs. Our law enforcement officers should have the resources they need and the respect and pay they deserve.
Corey will put American families’ safety first, just as he has done in Prince William County. In Prince William, crime has been reduced to its lowest level in 24 years- with violent crime dropping by 48.7 %.
Economy & Jobs
Virginia was once one of the best states for business and job growth. Recently, the Commonwealth has lost thousands of jobs to other states — jobs Virginians desperately need. We can no longer afford this steep decline.
Corey will focus business growth in Virginia by working to reduce federal corporate taxes to compete with other states like North Carolina – bringing jobs back to the United States. And he’ll slash through Washington’s regulatory hurdles and red tape to make the United States more welcoming to businesses, just like he did in Prince William County, which is ranked the #1 locality for job growth in Virginia and #3 in the nation.
Lowering taxes is the key to prosperity. America deserves to have the lowest tax bill of any nation on earth.
He’s done it before. Corey produced the largest tax cut in the Prince William County’s history and has kept residents’ tax bills 30% lower than surrounding counties, averaging $161 lower adjusted tax bills than they were 10 years ago.
Corey strongly believes parents need to be in charge of their education and will work to give them as many choices as possible including vouchers – that create competition that is good for all schools. He will work to remove D.C.’s bureaucracy from the equation, and return all purview over education back to Virginia
Energy & Environment
Corey will work to gain independence from foreign oil and foster the development of America’s natural resources including nuclear, solar, wind, and fossil fuels.
Republicans have control of the U.S. Senate and they’ve broken their 8-year promise of repealing Obamacare in whole or in part. Corey will fight to repeal the whole bill and by replacing Tim Kaine, the U.S. Senate will have the one vote it needs for full repeal.
Obamacare is causing millions of Americans to lose their jobs, their doctors, their health insurance, and premiums are at a meteoric rise. Obamacare has failed. Corey will work to expand Health Savings Accounts, allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, and make healthcare more affordable, and free enterprise centered.
Rampant, unchecked illegal immigration threatens America’s security, jobs, and tax dollars.
In Prince William County, Corey led the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration – resulting in over 7,500 criminal illegal aliens being turned over for deportation.
Corey will fight illegal immigration, amnesty, and ban sanctuary cities as boldly as he did in Prince William County. Every illegal immigrant arrested should be deported – no questions asked. Stewart will work side-by-side with the Trump Administration to make that happen. As U.S. Senator, Corey Stewart will oppose any form of amnesty, and he won’t back down to establishment pressure.
Corey will stand by President Trump and fight to fund and build the border wall. Corey will work to find necessary means to fund the border wall.
Washington Post Local Interview
Published: June 6, 2017 By Corey Steward