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Boosting Transparency in Government

04/12/2015 | News |

The General Assembly passed legislation this year to increase transparency and accountability in government. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed it. This is unfortunate, and shows that McAuliffe isn't as serious about transparency and ethics reform as his rhetoric suggests.

Let's start with some background.

The attorney general is the commonwealth's top lawyer. He represents the governor, the General Assembly, state agencies and departments. He also is tasked with...

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Governor’s Veto Doesn’t Make Sense for Taxpayers

04/01/2015 | News |

SB1059, a government transparency bill I carried during the 2015 General Assembly session, was one of seventeen bills vetoed by Governor McAuliffe earlier this week. The legislation would have enhanced transparency for the procurement of outside counsel through the Office of the Governor or the Attorney General. It also limits contingency fees paid by the Commonwealth, and, as the article below points out, those fees can be very costly for Virginia's taxpayers. ...Continued »

End of Session Update

03/04/2015 | News |

The 2015 edition of the Virginia General Assembly came to end a day earlier than expected, with the Senate and House both adjourning Sine Die late Friday evening.  We had a very successful session, passing a balanced budget, strengthening ethics reforms, and passing legislation that will keep our college campuses safer.  I would like to share with you some of the high points of the 44-day General Assembly session. 

Budget

Last Thursday, both the House and...

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Virginia's 26th

Virginia's 26th Senate district includes the City of Harrisonburg and the counties of Rockingham (part), Shenandoah, Page, Warren, and Rappahannock.

The Shenandoah and Page Valleys are some of the most beautiful areas in all of Virginia. Rich in beauty, history, and heritage, people from around the world are attracted to the bountiful entertainment and sites right here in the 26th District. It is a great place to raise a family, and I am honored to represent this beautiful and friendly district.

Not sure if you're in the 26th? Find out here, examine a detailed map of the 26th (pdf), or view a map of all of Virginia's state senate districts (pdf).

Facebook Updates


  • It was great to visit the new VA State Police Area Office in Harrisonburg this morning. I appreciate the dedication and hard work of our State Police here in the Valley and across the Commonwealth.
    Posted Tue, May 26.

  • Great seeing so many friends at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in honor of Memorial Day!
    Posted Mon, May 25.

  • As we celebrate this Memorial Day with our friends and family, let us remember the profound sacrifices made by those who came before us.  We have America’s fallen heroes to thank for the freedom and liberty that we cherish and so often take for granted, and today we should pause to remember the service of the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the United States military.
    Posted Mon, May 25.