Kathy Byron

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

Kathy Byrone serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee).

Jennifer Woofter

Current Position: Business consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kathy Byron 1Kathy Byron

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

Kathy Byrone serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee).

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

Kathy Byrone serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee).

About

Kathy Byron

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Kathy J. Byron has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 22nd legislative district, since being first elected in 1997.  As Delegate, Kathy represents portions of Bedford, Campbell, and Franklin Counties, and the City of Lynchburg.  She serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee), Unemployment Compensation Commission, American Legislative Exchange Council (where she serves on the Communication and Information Task Force), Joint Commission On Science and Technology, Manufacturing Development Commission, and she chairs the Health Insurance Reform Commission and also the Broadband Advisory Council.

Kathy married  Jack Byron in 1973, and currently has three children and five grandchildren. She is a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. She and her husband owned and operated a small business together  for over 26 years.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small business owner (retired)

Education


  • Bucks County Community College, PA

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1953
  • Place of Birth: Abingdon, PA
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: John T.
  • Children: Amy Manzi, John, Jr., and Joe

Membership & Affiliation

Virginia Board of Workforce Development
Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Research and Development Committee (chairman)
Joint Commission on Science and Technology
Manufacturing Development Commission
Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission (chairman)
Unemployment Commission
Broadband Advisory Council (chairman)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Dexter Gaines
Administrative Assistant During Session: Gena Barker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1022

District Office
P.O. Box 900
Forest, VA 24551
Phone: (434) 582-1592

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Kathy Byron (R)14,39068.96%
Jennifer K. Woofter (D)6,45230.92%
Write In (Write-in)250.12%
TOTAL20,867

2017 State DelegateArray

Kathy Byron (R)19,01496.18%
Write In (Write-in)7563.82%
TOTAL19,770

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

BYRON, KATHY J has run in 10 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,227,013.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology
Finance

Subcommittees

Chair: Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Chair: Finance – Subcommittee #1
Finance – Subcommittee #3
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Taxes

Virginia’s taxes are not too low, and I have been a consistent and steadfast voice against raising them.
Higher taxes are intended to fund a larger, more intrusive government, and I have opposed efforts to raise
taxes. We don’t need tax increases in order to fund essential government functions like education, public
safety and transportation. Moreover, we cannot grow or economy or successfully compete for industries with higher taxes on families and businesses. I will continue to support funding vital services while working to keep taxes low.

Economy

Central Virginia needs quality jobs, and I’ve made economic growth and workforce development the centerpiece of my work as your Delegate. I have successfully worked to expand workforce training and development programs in our region to ensure that our citizens have the skills they need to compete for quality jobs in today’s competitive economy.

I have also worked to attract new industries to our region and supported measures to help our existing businesses grow. I am committed to fighting for policies that keep business regulations to a minimum, allowing our businesses to flourish and grow, and create more jobs for Virginians.

Education

Our children deserve safe schools that focus on fundamentals like reading, math and science. To ensure that the educational needs of every child are being met, I support strong performance accountability standards for our schools. One size does not fit all when it comes to educating a child, so I support initiatives that will allow parents greater choice in selecting educational options for their children.

Health Care

am adamantly opposed to President Obama’s federal takeover of our health care. Health care proposals based on bureaucracy and one-size-fits-all approaches diminish the quality of care and decrease affordability. Further, government control over our health care tramples upon the rights of individuals and families. Health care options that allow greater choice and flexibility, like health care savings accounts options and allowing small businesses the ability to offer affordable plans free from excessive mandates are far superior – and more affordable – than the options being forced upon us by Washington.

Safety

We must strengthen public safety in our communities to combat the new threats that face our citizens. I have been a leader in promoting legislation that keeps up with the changing nature of crime, including cyber-crime. I have successfully sponsored multiple measures to protect citizens from the growing crime of identity theft, making Virginia a national model in fighting this growing crime. And because we need to be vigilant in protecting our children, I successfully sponsored legislation increasing penalties for those who sexually abuse children and for those who stalk them on the Internet.

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Jennifer WoofterJennifer Woofter

Current Position: Business consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Business consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

For more than a decade, Jennifer has run her own business, helping organizations save money and increase profitability through better management of environmental and social risk. She has personally worked with more than 100 businesses in the United States and around the world to eliminate abusive labor conditions in the supply chain, reduce harmful pollution from manufacturing facilities, and partner with communities to create vibrant local economies.

She began her career and political experience as a staffer for the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, where she worked on bipartisan issues of fraud, waste, and abuse in government agencies, civil service reform, and regulations oversight.

Today, Jennifer runs her consulting business in Lynchburg and continues to consult for large companies. In addition, she is a facilitator for Co.Starters, a nationwide program building entrepreneurial ecosystems and an adviser with the Small Business Development Center. To date, she has trained more than 30 entrepreneurs in Central Virginia.

Actively involved in the local community, Jennifer has served as a board member for the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities (JRCAH) since 2015. In 2017, she helped show that the arts contribute $10.8 million dollars annually to the local Lynchburg economy. She is also a facilitator for Bridges to Progress, a multi-year initiative to build economic vitality in under-served areas of the region. Jennifer sits on the Lynchburg City School’s Equity Task Force and is the co-chair of ROSEL’s List, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying, mentoring and electing women to positions of leadership in Central Virginia.

Jennifer is a tireless advocate for Virginia families, first as a foster parent and now as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer in the foster care system. She lives in Lynchburg with her husband and their three children in a historic home with a mini-farm out back. They can frequently be found fostering puppies and kittens from the Lynchburg Humane Society.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Staffer
    US Senate Committee and Governmental Affairs
  • Facilitator
    Co.Starters
  • Board Member
    James River Council for the Arts and Humanities

Volunteer Experience

Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer in the foster care system

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Jennifer Woofter for Virginia
    PO Box 722
    Lynchburg, VA 24505
    Phone: 434-381-0858

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

    Politics

    Finances

    Source: Follow the Money

    Issues

    Governance

    Redistricting Reform

    Both Republicans and Democrats do it: once they get into power, they deliberately manipulate the legislative district boundaries to stay in power. It’s called gerrymandering, and it’s got to stop. Citizens should pick their representatives, not the other way around. It’s a conflict of interest for the legislature to draw its own district lines, which is why we need to move to a nonpartisan, independent process.

    Getting Money Out Of Politics

    We deserve elected officials who will fight for our communities, not simply vote for laws that benefit corporations who write the biggest check. We need to rewrite Virginia’s campaign finance laws, which are currently among the most lax in the nation. In the meantime, we’ve made the decision not to take campaign contributions over $2,500 from corporate PACs or registered lobbyists. And we don’t take any contributions from publicly-regulated utilities, where conflict of interest is especially problematic. See our campaign finance disclosures here.

     

    Democracy

    Getting Smart on Gun Sense

    There are few topics more polarizing than gun rights. But studies show that we are more united than meets the eye. There are plenty of commonsense steps we can take right now to reduce unintended gun violence. Things like tax breaks for gun safes, restraining orders that stop domestic abusers and those in mental crisis from getting guns, and universal background checks. These issues have wide support across party lines.

    Economy

    Living-Wage Jobs

    We have record low unemployment across Virginia, but too many of our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. We don’t need more jobs, we need better jobs. That means targeted investments to create living-wage jobs right here in Central Virginia — especially those with annual salaries of at least $50,000 that don’t require a 4-year college degree. If those jobs happen to be part of the new green economy (like renewable energy), that’s icing on the cake.

    Education

    Next Generation Education

    An estimated 65 percent of elementary school kids today will ultimately work in jobs that don’t exist yet. We need education pathways (like an emphasis on STEAM, innovation and entrepreneurship) that prepare them for a rapidly changing future. Affordable and accessible higher education is one way to get there – whether that’s in a 4-year degree program, at a community college, or in a technical training or apprenticeship program. And it all starts by fully funding our public school system.

     

    Health Care

    Affordable Access to Healthcare

    A single medical emergency shouldn’t drive a family into bankruptcy. The costs of routine medical procedures shouldn’t be shrouded in mystery. Patients fighting cancer shouldn’t have to drive more than 75 miles round trip for radiation treatment. Expanding access to Medicaid last year was a huge step forward for Virginia families, but we need to do more to improve the delivery, quality, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of today’s healthcare.

    Expanding Broadband Internet Access

    With 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic flowing through Northern Virginia, it’s time to make reliable broadband access a reality across the entire Commonwealth. The slow pace of broadband expansion is a drag on local economic development and hurts our ability for innovation in areas like education and telemedicine. Without significant and aggressive investment in broadband, we can’t compete.

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