Frank Wagner

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Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

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About

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Source: Campaign page

Frank Wagner is a senior member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the Seventh Senate District, which includes the western half of Virginia Beach and northeastern Norfolk. Prior to serving in the Senate, Frank served in the House of Delegates.

Frank Wagner is a job creator and entrepreneur. He is the former President of Davis Boat Works, Inc., a premier small boat repair firm in Newport News that Frank founded.  The company’s principal customer is the US Defense Department. Frank knows firsthand how important military spending is to our local economy and how important it is that Virginia is economically competitive in our global economy.
Frank Wagner is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering. In the United States Navy, Frank served as a diving and salvage officer and an engineering duty officer. Frank is a tireless champion for military service members, veterans and their families.

Frank Wagner is a Republican because he believes that Republican ideals and conservative principles are the best approach for creating a government and economy that creates good-paying jobs, keeps our families, communities and Nation safe and protects our God-given freedoms.

Frank Wagner has many important legislative accomplishments. In response to the Obama Administration’s EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, during the 2015 Legislative Session Frank introduced – and the Governor signed into law – legislation to freeze the base rates on our electric bills through 2020. Because of Frank’s legislation, our electricity rates are about the same as 2008 and are 19% below the national average. This same legislation also requires Dominion to build a 400 megawatt solar power facility in Virginia – a real win for the environment and Virginia’s solar power industry. In 2006, Frank’s legislation required Virginia to adopt Virginia Energy Plan – a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including clean coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear, alternative fuels coupled with conservation and energy efficiency measures. The ultimate goal of the plan is to achieve energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. A recognized subject matter expert, Frank has testified before Congress on energy matters and has spoken at a variety of national and international energy conferences.

Frank Wagner is a key leader in the development of the Commonwealth’s transportation policy. In 2013, Frank was a driving force behind passage of the Commonwealth’s landmark transportation bill, HB 2313. As the Senate’s lead conferee , Frank’s tireless efforts to find compromise and work collaboratively with his colleagues in the House of Delegates made it possible for the first major transportation plan to pass the legislature in almost 30 years.

In 2014, Frank Wagner introduced and won passage of legislation to create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Composed of the chief elected officers of the governing bodies of the 14 localities in Hampton Roads, two senators, three delegates, and four nonvoting ex officio members the new law moves the responsibility for approval of projects and the priority of such projects pursuant to the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund from the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Frank is Vice Chairman of the HRTAC and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Frank Wagner is involved in numerous charitable causes and enjoys being a part of our community. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and scuba diving. He has 4 adult daughters and 2 grandchildren. Frank was raised in Arlington, Virginia, and he moved to Virginia Beach in 1982 while serving in the Navy. Frank and his wife Lucille live in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach and they attend Haygood United Methodist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Vicki Wilson

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Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E504
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7507
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 68008
Virginia Beach, VA 23471
Phone: (757) 228-3333
Fax: (757) 244-7866

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2015 State SenatorArray

Frank Wagner (R)18,26653.9%
Gary Thomas McCollum (D)15,43445.5%
Write In (Write-in)2080.6%
TOTAL33,908

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

In the News

Northam appoints GOP Sen. Wagner to be deputy lottery director

Continuing a tradition of lawmakers transitioning into pension-fattening state jobs, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach — one of four Republican senators who helped Democrats pass Medicaid expansion in 2018 — as deputy director of the Virginia Lottery.

Wagner, who sponsored rate-freeze legislation for Dominion Energy in 2015 and who placed third in a three-way GOP primary for governor in 2017, opted not to run for re-election this year in his Virginia Beach-based district.

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Senator Frank Wagner Gun Rights Liberty University Debate
Frank Wagner for Governor
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Frank Wagner is a senior member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the Seventh Senate District, which includes the western half of Virginia Beach and northeastern Norfolk. Prior to serving in the Senate, Frank served in the House of Delegates.

Frank Wagner is a job creator and entrepreneur. He is the former President of Davis Boat Works, Inc., a premier small boat repair firm in Newport News that Frank founded.  The company’s principal customer is the US Defense Department. Frank knows firsthand how important military spending is to our local economy and how important it is that Virginia is economically competitive in our global economy.
Frank Wagner is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate with a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering. In the United States Navy, Frank served as a diving and salvage officer and an engineering duty officer. Frank is a tireless champion for military service members, veterans and their families.

Frank Wagner is a Republican because he believes that Republican ideals and conservative principles are the best approach for creating a government and economy that creates good-paying jobs, keeps our families, communities and Nation safe and protects our God-given freedoms.

Frank Wagner has many important legislative accomplishments. In response to the Obama Administration’s EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, during the 2015 Legislative Session Frank introduced – and the Governor signed into law – legislation to freeze the base rates on our electric bills through 2020. Because of Frank’s legislation, our electricity rates are about the same as 2008 and are 19% below the national average. This same legislation also requires Dominion to build a 400 megawatt solar power facility in Virginia – a real win for the environment and Virginia’s solar power industry. In 2006, Frank’s legislation required Virginia to adopt Virginia Energy Plan – a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including clean coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear, alternative fuels coupled with conservation and energy efficiency measures. The ultimate goal of the plan is to achieve energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. A recognized subject matter expert, Frank has testified before Congress on energy matters and has spoken at a variety of national and international energy conferences.

Frank Wagner is a key leader in the development of the Commonwealth’s transportation policy. In 2013, Frank was a driving force behind passage of the Commonwealth’s landmark transportation bill, HB 2313. As the Senate’s lead conferee , Frank’s tireless efforts to find compromise and work collaboratively with his colleagues in the House of Delegates made it possible for the first major transportation plan to pass the legislature in almost 30 years.

In 2014, Frank Wagner introduced and won passage of legislation to create the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Composed of the chief elected officers of the governing bodies of the 14 localities in Hampton Roads, two senators, three delegates, and four nonvoting ex officio members the new law moves the responsibility for approval of projects and the priority of such projects pursuant to the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund from the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Frank is Vice Chairman of the HRTAC and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Frank Wagner is involved in numerous charitable causes and enjoys being a part of our community. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and scuba diving. He has 4 adult daughters and 2 grandchildren. Frank was raised in Arlington, Virginia, and he moved to Virginia Beach in 1982 while serving in the Navy. Frank and his wife Lucille live in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach and they attend Haygood United Methodist Church.

Political Career

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In August 2016, Wagner announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor in 2017. He lost the primary election on June 13, 2017, placing in third and last behind Corey Stewart and Ed Gillespie. He ran on the slogan “One veteran, one businessman, one Virginian, one choice.”

Committees

Commerce and Labor (Chair)
Finance
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Commissions

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Autism Advisory Council
Chesapeake Bay Commission
Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Manufacturing Development Commission
Southern States Energy Board
Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
Water Commission, State
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

Election Results

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Campaign Finance

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Policy Positions

From Campaign website

Education

All of Frank’s children attended Virginia Beach City Schools. Frank Wagner’s youngest daughter has a learning disability and she recently graduated from Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. Frank has always been a champion for our public schools, our teachers and for comprehensive, smartly-designed education reform. During the 2013 state legislative session, the General Assembly dramatically reformed the Standards of Learning test schedule for younger students. At the 2014 Special Session of the General Assembly, we had to cut $2.4 Billion from state spending to balance the budget. Importantly, K-12 education was spared any cuts. During the legislative session in Richmond, Frank enjoys meeting with visiting Virginia Beach and Norfolk students.

Frank has supported increased higher education spending for new college and university buildings, updated science labs and supported increasing the number of higher education students that can be enrolled in Virginia’s colleges and universities.   We have an excellent system of higher education in Virginia and as a member of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee Frank Wagner has made it a priority to support education in the Commonwealth.

Energy

Frank is best known for his visionary Virginia Energy Plan, legislation that passed in the 2006 Virginia General Assembly session. This legislation directs the Commonwealth to create a comprehensive plan for the development of energy resources, including clean coal, oil, natural gas, wind, solar, tide, current, geothermal, nuclear, alternative fuels coupled with conservation and energy efficiency measures. The ultimate goal of the plan is to achieve energy independence in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. He has spoken at a variety of national and international energy conferences and has testified before Congress on energy matters.

• SB 505 Natural gas; incentives for expanded use as transportation fuel, report.
• SB 512 Solar equipment; certified pollution control equipment and facilities.
• SB 514 Virginia Energy Plan; postpones due date for quadrennial updates.
• SB 519 Natural gas utilities; upstream supply infrastructure projects.

Jobs and State Economy

As an entrepreneur and businessman, Frank is very familiar with the needs of our area. Frank understands first hand how Virginia’s lawmakers directly effect job creation and fights to keep Virginia a pro-business state. As the President of Davis Boat Works, Inc., a premier small boat repair firm in Newport News, VA, Frank works directly with our local military and understands first hand how important the military is to our local economy.

  • SB 516 Private employment; preference for veterans and spouses of certain veterans.
  • SB 515 Domestic international sales corporations (DISC); exempt from income taxation.
  • SB 261 Creation of Manufacturer’s Development Commission.

Transportation

Of all the issues that confront many of us everyday, our frustration with the transportation network here in Hampton Roads is right at the top of the list. Way back in the mid-1990s, Frank led the fight to remove the tolls from what was then called Route 44 and is today called I-264 in Virginia Beach. Since then, Virginia Beach has been toll free.

In 2013, Frank led the effort in the Senate to finally forge a highway funding solution to tackle the real culprits of traffic congestion in Hampton Roads. In 2014, Frank’s legislation created the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). This body is responsible for determining how we will spend the additional transportation dollars generated in Hampton Roads to fix the traffic problems in Hampton Roads. Frank serves as the Commission Vice-Chairman and chairs HRTAC’s Finance Committee. The creation of the HRTAC:
• enables the Hampton Roads community to tackle transportation gridlock and develop a more efficient transportation system;
• provides the people of Hampton Roads the tools and the power to tackle many of these problems without relying on state or federal bureaucracies; and
• empowers all of us to get involved in solving our ongoing transportation challenges because the decision-making powers rest locally.

HRTAC will determine which construction projects to fix first. One of the projects At or near the top of Frank’s list is widening the exit lanes from I-64 West onto I-264 East into Virginia Beach. This improvement will reduce congestion and improve the daily commute for thousands of Virginia Beach residents. The completion of two other local highway projects will also improve our ability to move around our community. Frank worked very hard to secure the state funding for the widening of the Lesner Bridge on Shore Drive and for the intersection improvements at Kempsville Road and Princess Anne Road.

Frank believes that transportation is one of the largest challenges facing Hampton Roads and is passionate about working in our community to find cost-effective and practical solutions.  To learn more about HRTAC or to get involved, please visit their website at HRTAC.

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VA Senator Frank Wagner on SB1098

2/5/29

VA Senator Frank Wagner on SB 1355

Regular Session- 2/5/19

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Senator Frank Wagner Gun Rights Liberty University Debate
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