Ryan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

Creigh Deeds

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

Ryan McDougleRyan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

About

Ryan McDougle 1

Source: Campaign page

Ryan’s commitment to public service is influenced by a grounded and humble upbringing. He quickly learned the value of hard work through his mother’s small business, Sandy’s Plants, at a young age. He went on to attend James Madison University before attaining his Juris Doctor degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary.

Upon graduation, Ryan worked as a prosecutor for the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Ryan began his legislative service in the House of Delegates in 2002 and went on to win a special election in 2006 for the vacant 4th Senate District seat, where he currently serves. He is the Chairman of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus and the Senate Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Courts of Justice, Rehabilitation & Social Services, and Commerce and Labor Committees in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee, Ryan plays a unique and critical role in shaping the biennial budget for Virginia.

Ryan currently operates his own law practice, McDougle Law Firm, P.C., in Hanover. When he is not practicing law, working downtown at the Capitol, or visiting with constituents in the 4th District, Ryan spends his time with his wife Dr. Robyn McDougle and their daughter, Reagan

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    McDougle Law Firm, P.C
    2019 to present
  • Prosecutor
    Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
    2019 to present

    Specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary
    2019 to present

  • James Madison University
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Kyler Hedrick, Jordan Stewart

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E501
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7504
Fax: (804) 698-7943

District Office
P.O. Box 187
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone: (804) 730-1026
Fax: (804) 730-1051

Web

Government Page, Facebook, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Ryan T. McDougle (R)45,71463.02%
R. Stanton “Stan” Scott (D)26,65436.74%
Write-In (Write-in)1730.24%
TOTAL72,541

2015 State DelegateArray

Ryan McDougle (R)37,88296.0%
Write-in (Write-in)1,5734%
TOTAL39,455

2011 State DelegateArray

Ryan McDougle (R)37,87997.4%
Write-in (Write-in)9942.6%
TOTAL38,873

Finances

MCDOUGLE, RYAN T has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,971,211.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Chair
   Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Chair
   Senate Rules Committee

Committees

Rules (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Finance
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Broadband Advisory Council
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Code Commission
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
General Assembly Building
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Legislative Support Commission
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Authority, Board of Directors of the
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee W
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Contact Information district04@senate.virginia.gov Legislative Staff Jordan Stewart, Director of Operations; Kyler Hedrick Session Office Pocahontas Building Room No: E501 Senate of Virginia P. O. Box 396 Richmond, VA 23218 Phone: (804) 698-7504 Fax: (804) 698-7943 Email district04@senate.virginia.gov District Office P.O. Box 187 Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Phone: (804) 730-1026 Fax: (804) 730-1051 Senate Connect

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES

Ryan knows lower taxes means more jobs. He has fought for us to keep our hard-earned money throughout his time in public office. He carried legislation that brought an annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday to Virginia, and worked on a budget in 2019 to provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief to Virginians. He will continue to hold the line on lower taxes and protect our paychecks.

Civil Rights

PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

With an “A” rating from the NRA, you can trust Ryan to protect our right to keep and bear arms. He has sponsored numerous bills to both protect and expand our Second Amendment rights. As an avid sportsman himself, Ryan will always stand up for gun owners.

PROTECTING THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES

Ryan will always defend the lives of the unborn. He recently voted against budget proposals that would have given more money to Planned Parenthood and constantly stands up for pro-life bills in the legislature.

Economy

MORE JOBS, STRONGER ECONOMY

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Ryan wants to make it easier to open and grow a business. A thriving private sector leads to job creation and higher employment. Our economy is booming and Ryan believes we should be fostering that growth to bring more jobs to our community.

Health Care

GREATER AFFORDABILITY AND CHOICES IN HEALTHCARE

Virginians deserve better healthcare – and that starts with making it more affordable and flexible. Ryan supports increasing the duration of short-term healthcare plans and allowing Virginians to purchase catastrophic health care insurance to access essential health benefits. Ryan voted against Medicaid expansion and will continue to fight against the restrictive single-payer healthcare plan of Obamacare.

Veterans

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO PROTECT US

Ryan has been and always will be a strong defender of our veterans and our law enforcement. Our men and women in the military and in law enforcement sacrifice so much to protect us and we have a duty to ensure they receive the honor and compensation they deserve for
their service.

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Bryce Reeves 1Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

About

Bryce Reeves

Source: Campaign page

Bryce Reeves is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he was recognized for his academic achievement with the coveted Distinguished Military Graduate designation. Upon graduation, Bryce was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as an Airborne Ranger in the Infantry.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Reeves worked as a police officer and was promoted to Vice-Narcotics Detective for Prince William County in Virginia. For the past 16 years, Reeves has run a couple small businesses with his wife, Anne Reeves.

Reeves served as a grassroots leader and Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee, and in November 2011 he defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat to win the 17th District Senate seat. With his narrow win of 86 votes on election night, Reeves changed the balance of power in the Virginia Senate for the second time since Reconstruction. He was re-elected in November 2015 with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

Reeves currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, overseeing social service, corrections, and alcohol beverage distribution and regulatory matters. He additionally serves on the Courts of Justice, General Laws, Privileges and Elections, Rules, and Joint Rules Committees. In addition to his committee assignments, he was chosen to serve as the Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Military and Veteran’s Caucus. He is currently the Senate representative on the Virginia Military Advisory Council to the Governor (VMAC), the reconstituted Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities (COMIDA), and in 2016 was appointed to the Secure Commonwealth Panel. Bryce is a member of the Board of Veterans Services and the WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and Advisory Council. He serves on the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, the Small Business Commission, and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. He also serves on the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and is a member of the Offender Population Forecast Policy Committee. Additionally, he is also on the advisory board of GOPAC and previously served as Co-Chair of GOPAC’s 2013 Emerging Leaders Summit.

During his time in the General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bryce annually for his pro-business stances. The American Conservative Union Foundation has also recognized Bryce with their Conservative Leader award many times and their Conservative Achievement award.

He has received awards from the Military Officers Association of America and Department of Defense for his work on military and veterans issues. He’s also received the Senator of the Year Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia.

In 2016, the National Rifle Association presented Reeves with the Defender of Freedom Award for his work to restore and expand reciprocity rights in Virginia. He is also A+ Rated with the NRA.

Reeves holds a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from George Mason University. He completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Sorensen Candidate Training Program. In 2013, Bryce also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bryce has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife Anne and their two children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Full Service Provider Of Insurance And Financial Products

Education


  • University of Virginia

    Sorensen Political Leaders Program

  • M.P.A., Public Administration
    George Mason University
  • BS
    Texas A&M University

Awards

Source

  • GOPAC 2012 Emerging Leader Award
  • Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Champion of Justice Award, 2012
  • VA Chamber of Commerce Economic Competitive Award, 2013
  • Co-Chair for GOPAC Emerging Leaders Program, 2013
  • GOPAC Advisory Board, 2014
  • Conservative Leader Award by the American Conservative Union Foundation, 2012 & 2013
  • Virginia Bicycling Federation Award, 2014 & 2015

 

Personal

Born in California on November 28, 1966
Married Anne K. Reeves
Baptist

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Mark A. Snesavage, Christopher H. Snider,Sam Azzarelli

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E521
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7517
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 7021
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
Phone: (540) 645-8440

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Bryce E. Reeves (R)34,49451.58%
Amy J. Laufer (D)32,17648.11%
Write-In (Write-in)2080.31%
TOTAL66,878

2015 State SenatorArray

Bryce Reeves (R)24,51962.1%
Ned Lee Gallaway (D)14,91537.8%
Write In (Write-in)530.1%
TOTAL39,487

2011 State SenatorArray

Bryce Reeves (R)22,61550.2%
Robert Edward Houck (D)22,38949.7%
Write In (Write-in)800.2%
TOTAL45,084

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

REEVES, BRYCE E has run in 4 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,509,387

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Rehabilitation and Social Services (Chair)
Courts of Justice
General Laws and Technology
Privileges and Elections
Rules

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Criminal Sentencing Commission
Joint Rules
Juvenile Justice, Advisory Committee on
Military Advisory Council
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
Small Business Commission
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Veterans Services, Board of
World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

From a young age, Bryce Reeves heard the call to serve his fellow man.

As an Army Ranger, a front-line narcotics and vice detective, a leader in his church, a coach and a mentor to our youth, Bryce knows how to lead from the front and has always put service above self.

It should come as no surprise that Bryce serves so selflessly – his dad, brother and five of his uncles all wore the uniform of our country – fighting to defend our freedoms and our way of life.

Public service is in Bryce’s blood.

A small business owner, fiscal conservative, husband and father, today his service continues as a Virginia State Senator.

A PROVEN RECORD FOCUSED ON OUR PRIORITIES

In only his second term, Bryce has listened to our concerns and championed real issues that impact working families. That’s why he led the effort to reduce income taxes in the Commonwealth and successfully protected more than 421,000 concealed carry permit holders, protecting Virginians’ 2nd Amendment rights.

His actions have helped create more than 23,000 new private sector jobs and he continues to push for tax cuts and tax reform to spur economic growth while streamlining laws and regulations that reduce the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth.

A COMMONWEALTH AT A CROSSROADS

Bryce knows Virginia is at a crossroads.

All three statewide office holders are political insiders, liberals focused on increasing the size of government and raising taxes to pay for their beloved bureaucracy.

These same politicians are hurting our economy – making the Commonwealth last in job creation in the mid-Atlantic in 2015 – and attacking the conservative values that have defined Virginia for generations.

A REAL PLAN TO PROTECT VIRGINIA FAMILIES

Bryce knows faith and family is the foundation of every successful endeavor and that government must be dedicated to protecting not just our rights but our values as well.

He knows Virginia should be first in job creation. That’s why every session he fights to reduce burdens on local businesses and entrepreneurs to create the climate where companies thrive and grow.

And Bryce knows working families can’t afford higher taxes. He’s proposed common sense solutions to return fiscal discipline to state government that starts by reducing spending – not increasing taxes – and focuses on priorities like education, transportation and economic growth. He’ll continue his fight to eliminate unfunded mandates and oppose any expansion of Obamacare and Medicaid to protect taxpayers.

A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF US

  • Service above self.
  • A common sense plan to protect Virginia working families.
  • The values to ensure a bright future.

Join Bryce Reeves and his campaign to restore Virginia – for this generation and the next.

Governance

Service Above Self

Bryce proudly served our nation as an U.S. Army Ranger. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Bryce returned home and continued his dedicated public service as a narcotics and vice detective. Now, as a leader in his church, a coach and mentor to our youth, and current State Senator, he is a trusted leader who always puts service above self while providing strong leadership within his community.

Protecting Taxpayers

As a principled conservative, Bryce fights for Virginia taxpayers. He has consistently helped balance the state budget without raising taxes by stopping Obamacare and Medicaid expansion. He knows working families can’t afford higher taxes, and he will always fight to ensure lower tax rates in the Commonwealth. He’s cut millions of dollars of wasteful spending out of the budget–to include WiFi in state parks.

Civil Rights

Preserving Our Rights

An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Bryce shares our values and will always defend our 2nd Amendment rights.  He opposes new gun control measures that infringe on the rights of hunters and law abiding gun owners. Last year, he stood strong against the liberal politicians in Washington, DC and Richmond when they tried to strip away the rights of over 421,000 law abiding concealed carry permit holders.

Protecting Our Families

As a husband, father and mentor to youth, Bryce has always made protecting and defending families a top priority. He believes family and faith are the foundation of every community. He has fought to protect our religious liberties and the rights of the unborn.  He’s also focused on making childcare facilities safer for our children, and pushed for quality educational opportunities at a price that families and taxpayers can afford.

Economy

Creating Jobs and Growing Our Economy

As a small business owner, Bryce knows government doesn’t create economic growth and jobs – people do. He has seen first-hand how government regulations and red tape hurt job growth. With the Commonwealth’s natural resources, hard-working people and location, Bryce believes Virginia should be first in the nation in job creation. That’s why as State Senator, he always supports a private sector approach to get government out of the way, and allow our small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs and grow our economy.

Veterans

Supporting our Veterans and Law Enforcement

Our veterans and law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedoms. Bryce knows that we must do everything possible to ensure we protect and support them. He has worked to provide academic credits for service members to ensure they are able to continue their education and helped create 22,000 jobs for veterans. Bryce works closely with our Law Enforcement community across the Commonwealth to ensure they have the tools and funds to keep Virginians safe and secure.

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Emmett Hanger 1Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

About

Emmett Hanger

Source: Campaign page

24th District Virginia State Senator Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.

As a life-long Republican and resident of Augusta County, Emmett first served as Commissioner of the Revenue and then in the House of Delegates. Now as Senator, Emmett has earned a multitude of leadership positions, including being named Senate Finance Co-Chair, a budget conferee, and Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance subcommittee.

He is very involved in all aspects of the legislature but has become an ardent supporter of all matters dealing with education, mental health, and the environment. He holds several positions on national organizations such as the Southern Legislative Conference and the National Conference of State Legislators.

Emmett is the former Commander of the Harrisonburg National Guard and obtained the rank of Captain in the US Army as an Infantry Officer. He and his wife Sharon have five grown children and enjoy lots of family time focusing on their 15 grandchildren.

The 24th District stretches from parts of Culpeper County, all of Madison County, parts of Rockingham County, and all of Augusta and Greene Counties, including the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Commercial Real Estate

Education

  • B.S. in Management and Economics; M.B.A.
    James Madison University

Personal

Born in Staunton, Virginia on August 2, 1948
Married Sharon Hanger

Membership & Affiliation

Church of the Brethren, Member

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Holly Herman

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E507
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7524
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 2
Mount Solon, VA 22843-0002
Phone: (540) 885-6898

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R)46,89071.02%
Annette H. Hyde (D)18,73328.37%
Write-In (Write-in)3970.60%
TOTAL66,020

2015 State SenatorArray

Emmett Hanger (R)34,98097.9%
Write In (Write-in)7652.1%
TOTAL35,745

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

HANGER JR, EMMETT W has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,596,788.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Finance (Co-Chair) Rehabilitation and Social Services
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Local Government
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

STATE BUDGET

In my role as Co-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a major amount of my time is spent working on the budget; first the Senate version and then working with my House colleagues on the final General Assembly budget. The state budget drives all the rest of our state government and it is my responsibility to be prudent, pragmatic and a good steward of our tax dollars and the programs and policies they fund. All year long the Senate Finance Committee meets to discuss and evaluate policy and budget concerns to ensure we focus on core services, and then other initiatives that work to improve the lives of all our citizens, protect our environment and put Virginia in a position to grow both with jobs and economic opportunities.

TAX REFORM AND SPENDING

Tax reform and the whole issue of Virginia’s budget, including how we raise money from our citizens and how we decide the appropriate levels of taxation and expenditures at the state and local level is very contentious in today’s political environment.

One of the problems, it seems to me, is that political consultants rather than political leaders have taken control of the process and the way to get elected now is to promise reduced taxes and increased spending at the same time. Obviously, this line of thought doesn’t work in reality. Yet this has been exemplified by the federal government which continues to run deficits, borrow more money, and rob from the social security trust fund.

At the state level the options are not as plentiful. You can increase debt, rob from various funds, and work on efficiencies in providing services, but ultimately, by Constitutional mandate, our budget must be balanced. Unfortunately that budget can be partially balanced by shortchanging the localities and forcing the local governments rather than state government to be the ones who must raise taxes or reduce services. When the budget is balanced on the backs of local government budgets, the less affluent rural areas of the state and inner cities are generally the losers.

As a conservative Republican, I am a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility. I recognize though, however politically unpopular, that the term fiscal responsibility may or may not mean lowering taxes and it may or may not mean reducing spending; but it always should mean providing necessary services in as an efficient manner as possible and within the constraints of a balanced budget.

I pledge to continue to work to ensure that as Virginians we pay only those taxes that are necessary to support desired levels of core services. If we are to completely eliminate any existing unfair tax, such as the car tax or the estate tax, and I do support eliminating both, then we need to insure that we have alternative resources to adequately support core services.

Civil Rights

GUN RIGHTS

As a rural legislator, I have long been a leading advocate for the protection of 2nd Amendment rights. From consistently opposing legislation intended to chip away at gun owner rights, to patroning key legislation to afford statewide protection of this constitutional right, I am regarded as a leader in the Senate on this issue.

I successfully patroned the important, overarching preemption legislation that prohibits localities from going farther than state law allows with gun restrictions. I also successfully patroned the concealed carry allowance in restaurants that serve alcohol for those legally permitted to carry concealed with the caveat that they don’t drink while carrying in the restaurant. And I have patroned legislation to protect the personal information of gun owners from public disclosure. I have an A rating by the NRA and am proud to be endorsed by them consistently over the years. I am also proud to be co-chair of the Sportsman Caucus in the General Assembly.

As for “Constitutional carry” (which is really allowing anyone to carry concealed without a permit and the appropriate training and screening), I do not believe our current application process to carry a concealed weapon is flawed. I am not hearing reports of long lines, unnecessary denials of the application, or any complaint that would justify changing a process that is working to ensure responsible owners are able to carry concealed weapons legally. I do believe because of my in-depth work in the mental health arena that this simple process helps to weed out someone who may have a mental health concern or a behavorial or criminal issue that would make it inappropriate to carry (like a domestic abuser or known drug dealer who hasn’t been charged and found guilty). The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association has gone on record supporting my position as a safety issue for citizens and their deputies. If they pull someone over with a legal permit, they know that person has gone thru the process to carry concealed, if there is no permit they will know there has been no cursory check of their credentials. I do not think we need to change a system that is working for legal concealed carry.

Again, I fully support the Second Amendment but just as with the First Amendment basic common sense comes into play. Just as the First Amendment doesn’t permit you to yell “fire” in a movie theater, the Second Amendment doesn’t prevent us from having some simple steps to ensure the rights of gun owners while providing a layer of protection from those who may be mentally impaired or otherwise not be eligible to legally carry a concealed weapon. And this doesn’t impact open carry at all which remains legal, so again for me common sense wins out.

I will continue to support the protection of our Second Amendment Rights. In a world today where so many are working to curtail or end our gun rights, I believe my stance of common sense legislation to ensure the protection of those Second Amendment rights is a good place to be.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Social issues, and in particular, matters of faith, are areas where I cannot compromise. I am and always have been a strong Pro-Life Christian. I believe the dignity of life should be protected and honored from conception until natural death. Much has been in the news this session regarding abortion and simply put, I remain an ardent Pro-Lifer and my record, dating all the way back to my early work for our very first “parental consent” laws, demonstrates my commitment to my beliefs and values for human life. Some people have tried to say that my support of expanding access to Medicaid for our lower income Virginians compromises my position and that cannot be further from the truth. Providing quality health care for Virginians ensures all life is valued, rather than valuing only the lives of those who can pay for healthcare.

I cannot in good conscience support any proposition that allows someone to make a decision about whether someone else should live or die, no matter how early in the womb or late in life, which is based on some supposed issue of choice or personal convenience.

In addition, I want to clarify misinformation out there about state dollars allocated for preventing unwanted pregnancies. If we can prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring in the first place, then we can obviously decrease the abortion rate. To argue otherwise is frankly out of touch with where we are today as a society. Specifically, any TANF monies directed by the state to Planned Parenthood are the same that we provided to Free Clinics, hospitals, and health centers for Long-Acting Contraceptive Devices (LARCs) to be used to prevent pregnancies. This funding was specifically geared to assist low-income Virginians who otherwise may not have access to, or money for, contraception. And to be clear, Medicaid expansion doesn’t increase the abortion rate because that is federal money restricted by the Hyde Amendment so for anyone to say my work to expand health care services to our working poor is a pro-abortion effort then they are completely off base and have a lack of knowledge of how the state and federal programs work.

I work to protect all life and am Pro-Life. This issue is part of my core beliefs and principals. I will always support and vote to protect the unborn in the same vein that I dedicate much time to ensuring the health and care of the disabled and elderly. Every life is precious and a gift from God. It is our responsibility as leaders in the General Assembly and in our communities to protect and cherish human life.

As a Christian, I believe my life, though pitted by errors and shortcomings, should be patterned after the example of Christ. I try to guide my decisions based on biblical instruction including the Ten Commandments and I believe strongly our form of representative democracy cannot survive, at least in a manner that is efficient and affordable, unless the majority of our citizens are “Godly” people and are willing and capable of assuming their role as responsible citizens in a free society.

I have patroned and supported restrictions on abortions long before it became a dominant “Republican” theme. I continue to maintain that while the state and faith-based communities should provide support and a safety-net for those in dire circumstances, it remains the ultimate responsibility of the individual to provide for themselves and the welfare of their family.

Democracy

REDISTRICTING

I have worked for several years now to end the partisanship in our redistricting process. This is not “my” seat; the seat I represent in the VA Senate is the “people’s” seat. I am elected to serve them, represent their ideas, and as I have been given opportunities to rise in leadership I believe I also must use that power to make sure the election process is fair and equitable. I patroned a bill establishing the Virginia Citizens Redistricting Commission as a Constitutional Amendment.

A 10-member bipartisan commission responsible for establishing legislative and congressional districts was the combined work of a dedicated group of bipartisan community leaders and I am pleased to have worked with OneVirginia2021 and Senator Mamie Locke on this initiative. The initial bill didn’t pass but I am Chief Co-Patron of a bill that remained alive (SJ306) in hopes we can pursue an end to gerrymandering; though I do think this bill was not as comprehensive as my initial legislation, I want to make sure we have an open, transparent process with as little politics involved as possible.

The bill has passed and because it is a Constitutional Amendment it will also need to be voted on and passed again next session before going to referendum, but that should set us up for improvements prior to the next mandated redistricting in 2021. I am committed to passing legislation that puts an end to gerrymandering, is fair and transparent and takes politics out of the process.

Education

I am a strong supporter of public education. My wife is a long-time elementary school teacher (recently retired) and all my children have gone through our public schools.

Judge by my actions rather than my words though. When I first ran for office, I was advised to always say that I supported education. Seemed kind of silly to me, but sometimes that is exactly how shallow politics is these days. Who in the world would go around saying that they were opposed to education? Well, that dynamic is a little different now. Candidates will tell you they support education, but you have to dig deeper if you want to move beyond the rhetoric.

There are now at play those that seek to undermine public education. In that regard, be cautious of anti-tax and libertarian groups that are fond of calling our public schools, “government schools”. No question our public schools face challenges, but we need to deal with the problems rather than allowing the elitists and anti-government types to dictate standards and expectations for the average Virginia working family and their children.

I have been active in promoting academic excellence in Virginia’s schools. I sponsored legislation to create and then chaired for several years the Commission on Educational Accountability. We are improving our Standards of Learning to mandate less testing and more flexibility, and if we continue to foster a cooperative relationship between the state and local governments here in Virginia, we will be able to continue to address the educational needs of the Commonwealth.

Virginia has a history of quality in education for K-thru-12 instruction and for our schools of higher learning. This includes both public and private institutions. A couple of influences outside of the classroom need to be addressed though. First, we must as a society work on returning to the more stable influences at home that are the hallmark of a strong family bond and we need to insist the federal government observe its constitutional limitations. We also need Pre-K services to ensure kids come prepared to learn and we must provide sufficient funding for our classrooms and better pay for our teachers to keep the best and brightest teaching our kids.

I have been active on all these issues and will continue to work on all elements of ensuring quality educational opportunities for all our kids, including career and technical training, advanced learning opportunities, and programs and assistance to deal with challenges in the classroom such as autism and dyslexia. Every child matters and our public schools are the key to their future success.

Environment

On issues concerning the environment and conservation I take back seat to no one and consider myself to be a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. I have a record of leadership and strong support for programs designed to preserve and protect open space and clean air and streams. I have been at the forefront of our efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and have served as Chair of the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission.

I have lead the expansion and improvement of our state park system, with which even its lean funding has been ranked tops in the nation. And I have worked to control urbanization in vital farming communities and stressed smart-growth initiatives. I am proud to have helped in creating an incentive program for conservation easements that is serving as a model for the nation.

I am a strong proponent of common sense conservation practices and best management practices (BMPs) and I remain committed to efforts to protect and preserve Virginia’s natural resources, but at the same time, I am equally committed to preserving individual property rights and a positive climate for the businesses that create opportunities for Virginia’s working families.

Health Care

This issue seems to fit well here, between my comments on being a Christian who values all life and my thoughts on taxes and spending….

I served as Chair of MIRC, the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission, and we have made significant reforms to Virginia’s program over the past six or more years. We then took those savings and reinvested them back into our healthcare system to assist more people and shore up our services. I remain committed to reforming our healthcare delivery system and ensuring the viability of a fiscally sound and productive healthcare system in Virginia.

We have made progress in closing the healthcare coverage gap by expanding Medicaid with a Virginia specific plan to provide a work requirement and “skin in the game” for those now eligible for services. Our action now allows many more of the working poor, many veterans, and some disabled citizens to get care through a primary care physician rather than showing up at an emergency room where the cost is the most expensive and is often passed on to those of us with healthcare insurance.

We have been able to redirect back here to Virginia over $2.5 Billion a year in taxes that Virginians are mandated to pay because of the Affordable Care Act. We have been able to address the tremendous unmet needs for funding and policy in the areas of mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders by directing care and dollars where needed. The overall rate of growth in healthcare spending is unsustainable. We will continue to make reforms to address this otherwise, most of us will be unable to afford insurance in the future.

I was pleased to work alongside Senate and House colleagues of both parties to accomplish this improvement to our Medicaid program that will benefit hard working Virginians. I will always stand with anyone willing to make bold moves to address these needs because it impacts all of us, our budget, and my personal beliefs tell me it is the right thing to do.

Infrastructure

BROADBAND

So much of our work and play relies on access to the internet and unfortunately not everyone has fast, reliable service. In fact, some don’t have connectivity at all in parts of Virginia. This is an issue I have been working hard on and am in a unique position to assist with because of my work as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the VA Rural Center. Broadband is one of their major focuses.

Additionally, I have successfully carried budget amendments and advanced mapping and technology efforts over the years and I am working with the Governor’s Chief Broadband Advisor to appropriate funding and integration to increase the availability and affordability of broadband throughout the Commonwealth. The current budget included $4M each year for broadband and we added an additional $15M in the second year to bring second year funding to $19M for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative to accelerate broadband investment in rural and unserved areas.

TRANSPORTATION

We need to continue laying plans to address all transportation policy in a statewide, comprehensive manner. There is no question, based on current policy; that we do not have adequate revenue coming into the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for existing needs. Our future planning must focus on innovations in mass transit and possible alternatives to traditional construction and maintenance programs as well.

Improvements to the safety and capacity of Interstate 81 have been needed for years. For the past two sessions I attempted to advance legislation to dedicate a funding source to make these improvements a reality through an increase in the wholesale gas and diesel tax, where the burden would be put on all who travel our roads. There also were several tolling bills that failed to advance this session and because the differing funding mechanisms could not be agreed upon during session, we were unable to advance any specific additional funding sources to make these critical safety and capacity needs on Interstate 81. Then the Governor came back with a multi-layered, complex bill of increased taxes and fees and the legislators along the I-81 corridor agreed it didn’t go far enough to bring about improvements while being too complex and not a comprehensive plan.

Though the Governor’s plan passed, we still have lots of work to do to address the best way to fund and construct the improvements and I will be working with stakeholders, other legislators and the Governor to make that happen. Transportation is a core service of government and we must be willing to make the hard choices of funding safe roads over the political pressures of the “no-tax” groups and industry organizations that balk at paying their fair share. At the same time, we must be comprehensive in our approach and the roll-out of construction. I am committed to seeing the improvements take place in the immediate time-frame and will continue to work on statewide solutions.

AGRICULTURE

With two counties in this Senate District being the first and second largest agricultural communities in the Commonwealth, agriculture is our history and I believe it is also a vital, thriving part of our future. After sponsoring a resolution to create a task force on farmland preservation a number of years ago, I have been involved legislatively in promoting programs to not only preserve farmland, but to preserve farming as a viable business throughout the Commonwealth. I have played a role in the development of farmland transition and of agriculture vitality programs, the establishment of the Office of Farmland Preservation, purchase of development rights programs, efforts to repeal the estate tax, the creation of a cabinet level Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, as well as numerous initiatives aimed at the promotion and protection of various areas of the agriculture industry.

Agriculture in its broadest sense including crop and livestock farming, forestry and the seafood industry have long played a vital role in not only Virginia’s economy, but in defining Virginia traditions and our quality of life.

I have been honored to be the recipient of many awards from the Agribusiness industry and conservation groups and serve on the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. I remain committed to protect this vital part of Virginia’s past, present and future prosperity.

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Creigh Deeds 1Creigh Deeds

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

About

Creigh Deeds

Source: Campaign page

Senator Creigh Deeds represents the 25th Senate District, which includes the counties of Albemarle (part), Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Nelson, and Rockbridge, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Charlottesville, and Lexington. He serves on three Senate standing committees:

  • Courts of Justice
  • Privileges and Elections
  • Transportation

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Sen. Deeds with the Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award for his efforts to reform mental health, and the American Psychological Association Practice Organization named him the 2015 State Legislator of the Year Award. His advocacy work has also been acknowledged by NAMI – Virginia and the Psychiatric Society of Virginia. For his work on behalf of crime victims, he was awarded the Warren Stambaugh Award from Virginians United Against Crime. He also has received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia Delegate of the Year, and the Virginia Association for Parks Legislator of the Year. His legislative work and accomplishments have also been recognized by the Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors, Virginia Education Association, BikeWalk Virginia, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, and the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

Senator Deeds attended Virginia’s public schools and graduated from Bath County High School in 1976. After completing undergraduate work at Concord College, he received his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1984.  Senator Deeds is a lawyer in private practice and lives in Bath County with his wife, Siobhan. He has four children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • B.A.
    Concord College
    1980
  • Juris Doctor
    Wake Forest University School of Law
    1984

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on January 4, 1958
Married Siobhan Deeds

Membership & Affiliation

  • Millboro Presbyterian Church

Contact

Legislative Staff: Tracy Eppard

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E503
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7525
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 5462
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5462
Phone: (434) 296-5491
Fax: (434) 296-5949

Web

Government Page, Government Page, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

House of Delegates

Deeds won election to the Virginia House of Delegates 1991 by defeating incumbent Emmett Hanger in a 57%–41% victory. This started a nine-year career in the Virginia House of Delegates.

In the House of Delegates, Deeds introduced several legislative proposals, including introducing Megan’s Law to the Virginia General Assembly, which was passed in 1998. Other legislation promoted by Deeds include environmental protection and anti-drug laws. In 1994 Deeds supported and was a major co-sponsor of George Allen’s initiative to abolish parole for those convicted of a felony.

State Senate

Deeds won a special state senate election in 2001 to succeed Emily Couric, who had died of pancreatic cancer. During Deeds’ Senate tenure, legislation that Deeds proposed includes:

  • SB150 – Requires that direct recording electronic devices be equipped to produce a contemporaneous paper record of each vote that can be verified by the voter and used in recounts. (2006)
  • SB891 – Requires the board of visitors of each public two-year and four-year institution of higher education to provide reduced in-state tuition rates for the children of faculty and staff members employed by the institution, effective for the 2008–2009 academic year. (2007) Not enacted, rolled into SB982 and left in the Senate Finance Committee.[17][18]
  • SB34 – Increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from age 70 to age 75. (2008)
  • SB669 – Permits ABC agents to check the national criminal database when conducting background checks on prospective licensees. (2008)

Deeds was also a proponent of a Senate resolution to close Virginia’s gun show loophole, and made public appearances to generate support for the measure.

Attorney General campaign

In 2005, Deeds and John Edwards—a Virginia state senator from Roanoke—each announced that they planned to run for Attorney General of Virginia in the Democratic primary. Edwards later decided not to run, leaving Deeds as the sole candidate for the Democratic nomination for the office.

In the general election campaign, running against Republican nominee Bob McDonnell, Deeds ran on his record as a moderate Democrat who supported gun rights, strong punishment for criminals, and the death penalty. Deeds’ stance on gun control included supporting a ban on semi-automatic firearms, but that did not prevent him from earning the endorsement of the NRA, which cited his patronage of a state constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right to hunt. McDonnell outspent Deeds by almost three million dollars (McDonnell spent $5,962,067 to Deeds’ $3,103,585); $2,084,089 of McDonnell’s campaign contributions were funneled through the Republican State Leadership Committee, exploiting a loophole in state law that was closed by the General Assembly shortly after the election.

The initial result of the vote was 49.96%–49.95%, with Deeds behind by fewer than 350 votes. Due to the closeness of the race’s outcome, Deeds asked for a recount. Judge Theodore Markow of Richmond set the recount for December 20, 2005, a date so close to the inauguration that invitations to the event were mailed without a name for the attorney general to be inaugurated. The recount reaffirmed the earlier outcome, and McDonnell became attorney general.

Gubernatorial campaign

Deeds announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for governor on December 13, 2007. At the end of a close three-way race against former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and former State Delegate Brian Moran, Deeds won by a large margin, taking about 50 percent of the vote in the June 9, 2009, Democratic Primary. He again faced McDonnell, the Republican nominee, in the November 2009 general election. McDonnell was selected at his party’s nominating convention. Deeds lost the gubernatorial race by a wide margin to McDonnell, 41.25% to 58.61%.

 

Recent Elections

2015 State SenatorArray

Creigh Deeds (D)34,41997.2%
Write In (Write-in)9842.8%
TOTAL35,403

2019 State SenatorArray

R. Creigh Deeds (D)44,77867.50%
Elliott M. Harding ()21,31932.14%
Write-In (Write-in)2420.36%
TOTAL66,339

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

DEEDS, R CREIGH has run in 9 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $21,631,108.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Appointments

Criminal Justice Diversion
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Service System Structure and Financing
Small Business Commission
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Economic Opportunity for All Virginians

Creigh Deeds understands that we must invest in our education system for our communities to succeed and prosper. He supports technical education and workforce training, knowing both are essential to maintain and enhance employment opportunities across Virginia. Creigh knows that investing in our infrastructure is vital to growing our economy.

Education

Public Schools and Higher Education

During Creigh Deeds’ years in the General Assembly he has been a leader for our children, our public schools, and our colleges and universities. He supports smaller class sizes, early childhood education, classroom technology, vocational training, and increased teacher salaries.

Creigh understands that we must work to ensure no school, no teacher, and no student is left behind as they strive to meet Virginia’s high academic standards.

Creigh recognizes that our system of higher education needs additional funding for increased student enrollment, competitive faculty salaries, and state of the art facilities.

Environment

Conservation and Environmental Protection

Creigh Deeds led the fight to conserve open spaces and our rural landscapes, while promoting efforts to plan for growth and protect our clean air, clean water, and natural environment. The Nature Conservancy and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia awarded him special recognition for his legislation to reinvigorate the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. With us, he will remain vigilant in keeping a safe and beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Health Care

Affordable Access to Quality Health Care

Creigh Deeds was the chief sponsor of legislation to help elderly and disabled Virginians afford the rising costs of prescription drugs. He supports efforts to hold HMOs accountable when their actions hurt you or your family’s health. Creigh has voted to expand health insurance for low-income children and to require coverage for basic and preventive care. He will continue the fight to curb managed care abuses and to increase access to health care services in underserved areas.

Safety

Public Safety

As a former prosecutor and member of the House Courts of Justice Committee, Creigh Deeds has fought to keep our families safe. He was the chief patron of Virginia’s “Megan’s Law” to protect children from sexual predators and also introduced legislation establishing the Amber Alert Program in Virginia. Creigh is a forceful advocate for our hard-working police officers, sheriff’s and deputies, firefighters and emergency response personnel. Virginians United Against Crime presented him with the “Warren Stambaugh Award” for his legislative work.

Creigh is committed to cracking down on home methamphetamine labs that endanger our communities, keeping our communities safe from gang violence, and strengthening our laws to keep children safe.

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Mark Obenshain 1Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

About

Mark Obenshain

Source: Campaign page

For Senator Mark Obenshain, fighting for our rights isn’t just a job—it’s a calling.

Growing up in a home in which the discussion of politics was standard fare around the dinner table each night, the son of the man often dubbed the architect of the modern Republican Party of Virginia, Mark developed a passion for politics and a zeal for public service early in life, and he has emerged as one of the Commonwealth’s leading champions of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.

Mark has been politically active practically his entire life. He has served as the chairman of two Republican committees, has been a delegate to every Republican state convention since 1980, and was a member of Virginia’s delegation to the 1980 Republican National Convention, which nominated Ronald Reagan. Mark has worked on the campaigns of virtually every Republican nominee for state and local office since he began practicing law in Harrisonburg in 1987, and he serves as the President of the Richard D. Obenshain Foundation, named after his father, which provides the Republican Party of Virginia with the building that is its permanent home.

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

In his professional life, Mark is the founder of the Obenshain Law Group. Mark has practiced law in Harrisonburg and in Central Virginia for over thirty years, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of legal matters.

In addition to his law practice and service in the Senate, Mark is active in a variety of civic, community, professional, and political organizations. In 1994, Governor George Allen appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment, which established the framework for Allen’s comprehensive welfare reform program and served as a blueprint for federal welfare reform two years later. He subsequently served as a member of the Commission on Welfare Reform and the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, where he was one of the charter members, working to identify inefficiencies, eliminate waste and fraud, consolidate duplicative functions and agencies, and make government more citizen-friendly.

In his own community, Mark served as a member of James Madison University’s Board of Visitors, and also served on the boards of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation, Mercy House, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.

Mark and his wife Suzanne have two children, Anne Tucker and Sam, and they are active members of Harrisonburg’s First Presbyterian Church

Experience

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
    Obenshain Law Group

Education

  • JD
    Washington and Lee University School of Law
    1987
  • BA
    Virginia Tech
    1984

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on June 11, 1962.
Married Suzanne Speas

Membership & Affiliation

  • First Presbyterian Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Tracy Eppard

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E503
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7525
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 5462
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5462
Phone: (434) 296-5491
Fax: (434) 296-5949

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Obenshain has accumulated a conservative voting record since his election to the Shenandoah Valley’s 26th state senate district in 2003. Obenshain’s 2003 victory was a 68-32% win over former Harrisonburg mayor Rodney Eagle for an open seat.

In the Senate, Obenshain is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources, Courts of Justice, Local Government, and the Privileges and Elections Committee. For fundraising and organizational purposes he is a member of the conservative Republican Senate Victory PAC. In 2007, Obenshain easily won reelection over Democrat Maxine Hope Roles 70-29 percent. Obenshain ran for re-election unopposed in 2011. Obenshain was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Virginia, losing to Democrat Mark Herring in the 2013 Election and formally conceding on December 18.

Miscarriage reporting bill

During his run for attorney general in 2013, Obenshain was criticized for a bill he introduced in 2009 which would have required women who had miscarriages without medical attendance to report it to authorities within 24 hours. Obenshain explained that he introduced the bill in response to the case of a Virginia woman who threw her dead newborn baby’s body into the trash, and was trying to create a bill to allow law enforcement to prosecute a woman in that circumstance. However, the legislation that emerged “was far too broad, and would have had ramifications that neither he nor the Commonwealth’s attorney’s office ever intended,” and after being unable to resolve the problem of women potentially being prosecuted for miscarriages, he withdrew the bill and stated that he is “strongly against imposing any added burden for women who suffer a miscarriage, and that was never the intent of the legislation.”

The bill, as proposed by Obenshain, would have required that when a fetal death occurred without medical attendance upon the mother at or after the delivery or abortion, the mother or someone acting on her behalf, within twenty-four hours, report the fetal death, location of the remains, and identity of the mother to the local or state police or sheriff’s department of the city or county where the fetal death occurred. The bill also specified that no one should remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement officials or the medical examiner, and that a violation of the statute would constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Mark Obenshain (R)36,99864.88%
April Dorothea Moore (D)19,94834.98%
Write In (Write-in)750.13%
TOTAL57,021

Finances

OBENSHAIN, MARK has run in 6 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,822,183.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice (Chair)
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Finance
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Interstate 81 Commission
Judicial Council of Virginia
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Reapportionment Joint Committee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

My Legislation

I invite you to review the legislation I have introduced since taking office. Click any session for a complete list of bills I patroned that year: 20042005200620072008200920102011201220132014, and 2015.

Governance

Holding the Line on Taxes

Our families already pay too much in taxes – on average, more than they spend on food, clothing, and shelter combined. In these economically trying times, higher taxes and fees would be particularly devastating. In the Senate, I have opposed higher taxes while looking for ways to reduce wasteful spending. If the Commonwealth cannot fund its top priorities, it has no business spending taxpayer dollars on other pet projects. I have been a consistent voice for a government that focuses on core services and lives within its means, and I will continue to be an advocate for maintaining the low taxes that have made Virginia consistently one of the best states in which to do business.

Government Reform

If we are to continue to provide quality services while keeping the tax burden low, we must be willing to challenge traditional notions about the way things have always been: why this program is needed, whether that program is an effective means of affecting its intended policy goal, if this service could be provided through the private sector, or that one should even exist at all.

I have worked to cut through the red tape, and I am proud to support government reform efforts ranging from the privatization of the state’s liquor monopoly to the reform of our costly and outmoded state procurement policies. As your senator, I continue to work for real reform of state government, because I know that we have an obligation to spend taxpayer money wisely, and that is not a charge I take lightly.

Civil Rights

Protecting Private Property Rights

As co-patron of successful legislation defending the property rights of all Virginians against the Kelo-era expansion of government’s eminent domain power to encompass such nebulous categories as economic development, I have been at the forefront of the property rights battle here in Virginia. I will continue to work to enshrine eminent domain reform in the Constitution of Virginia, standing with the people of this Commonwealth against governmental attempts to chip away at these rights.

Defending Second Amendment Rights

I believe strongly in the preservation of our gun rights in Virginia and have worked hard to uphold these rights. As a sportsman myself, I seek to protect our rich tradition of gun ownership here in the Commonwealth.

Education

Better Schools for Virginia’s Children

Education is one of the most basic responsibilities of government, and I will continue to make it one of my top priorities. I recognize that state government has an important role to play, but also know that the best decisions are made “on the ground” in our local school divisions and not by bureaucrats in Richmond. I believe that the Commonwealth has long spent too much money on central office administration of our schools and too little in the classroom, where it directly affects our students. I have been a leading proponent of providing local school divisions with the flexibility they need to put state education funding toward their most urgent priorities – not the pet projects of legislators or bureaucrats in Richmond.

Environment

Promoting Energy Independence

I know that there is no one single answer to providing for our nation’s long-term energy needs, and just as importantly, I know that it is not the responsibility of government to pick winners and losers. Virginia is poised to be a leader in energy production, and it is exciting to see the Commonwealth on the forefront of such advances as clean coal, wind energy, biomass research and production, and offshore drilling. I stand in strong support of Virginia’s efforts to tap the significant oil deposits along Virginia’s outer continental shelf in an environmentally sensitive manner, and I will work to ensure that Virginia continues to welcome these many and varied approaches to energy independence.

Infrastructure

Improving Transportation

Like other parts of Virginia, our region has sustained major growth and our roads are being stretched beyond capacity.  In Richmond, I have fought to keep transportation spending equitable and efficient for the Valley. While opposing new taxes on Virginia’s families and businesses, I have advocated dedicating a portion of future revenue growth to our Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). I have supported proposals that would permanently dedicate an additional ½ penny from the sales tax to the TTF as well as a majority of the revenue realized from the privatization of ABC sales and royalties from offshore drilling.

Safety

Strengthening Public Safety

As a member of the Senate of Virginia, I have worked hard to provide law enforcement and judges with the tools they need to put criminals behind bars and to enhance penalties for gangs and drug felons. My bills have targeted the drug dealers and internet predators that would prey on our children as well as those who pose threats to our families through domestic violence and by repeatedly violating the terms of protective orders.

Additionally, I have focused on the pervasive problem of human trafficking, which is one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprises, where children are kidnapped and forced into a life of slavery and prostitution. It is our responsibility to protect society’s most vulnerable and there is a pressing need for legislation that addresses these heinous acts. The Commonwealth of Virginia is one of only two states that lack a comprehensive human trafficking statute, and the time to act is now.

As co-patron of legislation that would create a stand-alone human trafficking felony, I recognize the responsibility we have to protect society’s most vulnerable. This stand-alone felony would give law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to go after these heinous offenders. We have made great strides in recent years in combating trafficking, but we must remain diligent in these efforts. I will continue to fight to keep our communities and families safe as your State Senator.

Protecting Valley Values of Faith and Family

Deep faith and strong families are the foundation for our lives in the Shenandoah Valley. I have patroned legislation to require public libraries to install filtering software to protect families and children from exposure to pornographic material on library computers. I have also fought to punish internet predators who seek to victimize young children online. I believe in the sanctity of innocent human life and will stand strong to protect the rights of Virginians from those who would drive all references to God and faith from the public square. I will continue to work to promote our Valley Values for the preservation of our heritage and our children’s futures.

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Richard Stuart 1Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth’s Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

About

Richard Stuart

Source: Campaign page

Since being elected in 2007, I have worked hard for common sense solutions to fix our roads, clean up the Chesapeake Bay, improve our children’s education, and ensure a better quality of life for our citizens.

One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes. This will help businesses expand or locate to our area, and will provide more job opportunity and increase our revenue. Likewise, our quality of life will improve so we can spend more time with our families and less time commuting to work.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney
    Westmoreland County
    2004 to 2005

Awards

  • 2010 Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Legislator of the Year
  • 2011 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Legislator of the Year
  • 2013 ACU Conservative Award
  • 2013 Virginia Chamber Advocate in Legal Reform
  • 2013 Virginia League of Conservation Voters
  • Legislative Leadership Award (SB1291)

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

  • Woodland Academy 2002 – 2007 (past Board Chairman)
  • Trustee, Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Dept. 1999 – present
  • Board of Directors, George Washington National Memorial Foundation
  • Bay Trust Company
  • Westmoreland Advisory Board, Bank of Lancaster
  • Board of Directors, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
  • Northern Neck Land Conservancy

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Taylor B. Stephens, Devon Gooch

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E611
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7528
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 1146
Montross, VA 22520
Phone: (804) 493-8892
Fax: (804) 493-8897

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Richard Henry Stuart (born January 6, 1964) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in November 2007. He currently represents the 28th district, made up of six counties and parts of two others in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and northern Piedmont, plus part of the city of Fredericksburg.

In February 2018, Stuart gave a speech praising Robert E. Lee, provoking Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who normally presides over the Virginia Senate, to walk off the podium rather than preside over the Senate during the speech.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Richard H. Stuart (R)40,19357.44%
Qasim Rashid (D)29,69642.44%
Write-In (Write-in)800.11%
TOTAL69,969

2015 State SenatorArray

Richard Stuart (R)30,18795.4%
Write in (Write-in)1,4464.6%
TOTAL31,633

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

STUART, RICHARD H has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,017,805.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Finance
Rules

Appointments

District Courts, Committee on
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Indigent Defense Commission, Virginia
Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commission on
Water Commission, State

OTHER COMMISSIONS, BOARDS, ETC:

  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Environment Committee
  • NCSL Human Services and Welfare Committee
  • SLC Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (2011 Governor’s Appointment)
  • Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Governance

Protecting Taxpayers

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Richard Stuart has been one of the strongest voices for fiscal responsibility in Richmond. He has consistently put forth recommendations in balancing the state budget without raising taxes, and is willing to stand up to reckless policies from either party. Richard was a key player in the 2019 Virginia tax reform giving back $1 billion to taxpayers.

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment

Having served in the United States Marine Corps and as an avid hunter, Richard is strong supporter of the our 2nd Amendment rights. As our state senator, Richard will continue to ensure these rights are upheld by the Virginia General Assembly. Richard has continuously fought for the rights of law abiding concealed carry permit holders.

Education

Coming from a family full of teachers including his wife, mother, and sister-in-law, Richard Stuart understands that a great teacher can make a lifetime of difference in every child’s life. Public education is the backbone of the community, and  Richard is committed to recruiting and retaining the best teachers so that our children can excel. As our State Senator, Richard Stuart has advocated for teacher pay increases and ensuring the legislature does not pass unfunded mandates to the schools. Richard also understands the importance of higher education.  In the Senate, he has continuously been a supporter of the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant and has fought for greater transparency in tuition rates.

 

Environment

Conservation

As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, Richard has been a strong voice for conservation and keeping the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways clean. Richard has fought to prevent certain areas of Virginia from further polluting the Potomac River. Furthermore, he has put forth legislation to protect the sustainability of groundwater and control fracking.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Families should not have to plan their day to day lives around congestion. Time spent sitting in traffic means time away from our families, diminished productivity for businesses, and loss of the quality of life that makes living in Virginia so great. As our State Senator, Richard Stuart has recognized the unjust method of the state’s  prioritization of transportation project. This is why he has fought to revise the system so that more funding is given to the Stafford and Fredericksburg regions. Richard has also been a strong advocate to allow shoulder access on I-95 during rush hour, with a change expected soon. Finally, Richard has stood for finding new ways to dedicate funding to transportation without raising taxes.

Smart Growth

As our State Senator, Richard Stuart will continue to use his experience as a land use attorney to reduce sprawl and maintain the character of our communities and quality of life. Transportation and infrastructure needs must be addressed as we grow – not after we have out grown them! This is why he has put forth legislation allowing greater flexibility in the process for determining impacts to be addressed when counties are considering an application for development. Richard has also fought for expanding broadband access to rural areas of the Commonwealth.

Safety

Safe Communities

As a former prosecutor, Richard Stuart has worked hard as our State Senator to strengthen our judicial system, and enact laws to keep our streets and communities safe. He has worked to try to strengthen Virginia’s protective orders and help those who have been domestically abused. Richard understands the growing concerns of our children in schools. This is why he has worked on legislation to ensure there is a school security officer and school nurse at every Virginia public school.

Veterans

Active Duty Military and Veterans

Richard Stuart values the sacrifices of our active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. As Virginia has one of the largest active duty and veteran populations in the country and having served in the Marine Corps himself, Richard remains focus on providing employment and educational opportunities for service members and their families.

Defending Virginia Values

As a husband and father, Richard Stuart believes family and faith set the foundations of our community, state, and country. Richard has consistently fought for measures protecting religious liberties and right to life.

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