Current Position: Virginia State Senator from 2016 - Senate District 1
Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including all of the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, Hampton, Suffolk, James City County and York County. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.
During his tenure in the legislature Monty has worked to protect seniors from fraud, ensure opportunity for veterans and military service members transitioning to civilian life, improve mass transit throughout the Peninsula and strengthen cybersecurity laws. Monty’s work to improve and protect our quality of life in Hampton Roads has earned him various awards, including a 100% score three years in a row from the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club as well as the “Solid as Rock” award from the Virginia Education Association in 2015.
No stranger to community service before he took office, Monty has been volunteering and supporting our community for nearly two decades. He has worked to help Child Development Resources of Williamsburg, an organization that provides resources to pre-K children. He is a strong supporter of the College of William and Mary and serves on the university’s Challenge 1 Strategic Planning Committee. He was formerly Chairman of the William and Mary Athletic Educational Foundation. In 2002, William and Mary awarded him the Young Alumni Service Award.
Monty also serves on the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Board, The Statewide Advisory Board for the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, the Executive Board of Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, The Board of Directors for the Triangle Arts and Culture League, and the Advisory Board of Literacy for Life. He sponsors an annual College Creek cleanup to remove debris and trash from a portion of the creek.
Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in the real estate and financial sectors as well as more than a decade with VISA in fraud and risk management.
Monty is a 1989 graduate of William and Mary where he earned a BA in government. He lives in the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Williamsburg with his wife, Pamela, who works at the College of William and Mary. They have two daughters Taylor Anne (9) and Hawley (7).
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
State Senate General Election in 1st District, 2016
|Democrat||T. Montgomery Mason||49,251||58.1%|
|Republican||Thomas Richard Holston||31,740||37.4%|
|Independent||John Bernard Bloom||3,534||4.2%|
State Senate Primary Election in 1st District, 2016
|Democrat||T. Montgomery Mason||3,498||57.4%|
|Democrat||Shelly Anne Simonds||2,590||42.5%|
House of Delegates General Election in 93rd District, 2015
|Democrat||T. Montgomery Mason||8,910||54.7%|
|Republican||Lara Shearin Overy||7,354||45.1%|
House of Delegates General Election in 93rd District, 2013
|Democrat||T. Montgomery Mason||12,132||52.1%|
|Republican||Michael Bowen Watson (inc.)||11,094||47.6%|
Monty has been working to bring good, high paying jobs to our community. Working with the V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) he is making sure that we can attract and retain highly skilled and qualified workers and keep them on the Virginia peninsula. His work in the General Assembly has earned him the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Chamber of Commerce.
The Mason plan
Invest in small businesses so they can create jobs and help our area thrive and grow.
Provide funding to grow the tourism industry by supporting small businesses that promote tourism.
Continue to work with and support the Economic Development Authorities, local Chambers of Commerce, and local governments promoting economic expansion opportunities in the region.
We must always support seniors who have paved the way for the successes we have today. Monty is committed to making sure more seniors can get in-home services and to keep property taxes low so more seniors can stay in their homes. Monty has fought for harsh penalties for those who take advantage of our senior citizens by committing computer and telephone fraud. He has also promoted legislation giving the state the authority to shut down any senior facility that is not properly licensed. Monty has been a champion of seniors and fighting to do what is right.
A thriving transportation system is critical to a well-balanced economy. Monty has been instrumental in bringing the topic of transit to the forefront on the Peninsula. He has coordinated with other public officials to hold community meetings on transit and is working to expand public transit in the region. He has worked closely with Hampton Roads Transit and WATA to push for more attention to this issue. He is currently working with area officials to provide transit to Lackey Free Clinic, which treats more than a thousand low-income patients each year but is located three miles from the nearest bus stop.
Mason has fought to increase funding for our roads to reduce traffic congestion and commute times. Monty is focused on keeping the momentum to get the third leg of the I-64 expansion funded and built. Monty will continue to work to improve our roads and reduce commute times.
Education is the lifeblood that drives our economy. Monty has championed Standards of Learning reforms, which will improve the quality of all the schools in our community, and help our kids, no matter where they live or their economic background.
Monty will continue to fight to expand Pre-K so that all children are prepared when they enter the school system and given the same opportunity to succeed. He led the fight to eliminate the bureaucratic grading scale that unfairly targeted many Peninsula schools. Monty understands the importance of history to our region, and worked to place a representative of Colonial Williamsburg on the Standards of Learning Commission.
Our Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom deserve to be treated with dignity, honor, and respect when they come home. Monty has helped to expand employment opportunities for veterans by working with V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) to help employers find veterans for job openings. He is working across the aisle to expand the number of V3 certified companies on the VA peninsula to keep our veterans in the area and expand our workforce!
Monty helped lead the way to pass a bill to ensure that children of active duty service members receive the best education possible. He has also fought to allow National Guard and active duty servicemen and women based in Virginia to receive in-state tuition.
Monty worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs and Community College System to pass legislation to allow veterans to count their military training towards classes that they take. This will standardize the audit acceptance process and allow veterans to get the most out of their GI Bill benefits.