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08/07/2015 | News |

I am honored to announce that I am joining Scott Walker’s team as his Virginia Campaign Chairman. After eight years with Barack Obama in the White House, the American economy is stagnant and burdensome regulations are crippling small businesses. The Obama-Clinton foreign policy doctrine has left our friends to fend for themselves, our enemies unchecked, and the world a more dangerous place. We simply can’t afford eight more years of irresponsible liberal...

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Agriculture Under Attack

07/13/2015 | News |

I recently attended a regional meeting of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) where local county officials and legislators talked about the regional economy and about agriculture being the lifeblood of the Shenandoah Valley region. Augusta, Rockingham, Page and Shenandoah Counties are four of the top five agriculture-producing counties in the state. Agriculture is our number one industry in Virginia, and it's continued vitality is essential to the...

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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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Promoting a safer Virginia

02/27/2015 | News |

As the 2015 General Assembly session comes to an end, I want to applaud my colleagues for the historic passage today of SB 1188, my legislation which creates the first ever standalone sex trafficking statute in Virginia. The bill will now go to the Governor for review, and it is my hope that he will sign it. 

SB 1188 is critical to protecting victims and giving law enforcement the necessary tools to combat the pervasive problem of sex trafficking.  I especially...

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Legislative Update: Session is Underway

01/22/2015 | News |

Greetings from Richmond!  With week two of the 2015 General Assembly session underway, I would like to provide a quick recap of all that happened in week one.  Although it was a short week, with session officially kicking off last Wednesday, we had a lot packed into a three-day period.  As bills begin making their way through committees, the pace will pick up and the days will get longer.  This year is what’s commonly referred to as a “short session,” being that...

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The Governor’s At It Again

01/15/2015 | News |

Last night, both chambers of the General Assembly convened with other government leaders to hear the Governor’s annual “State of the Commonwealth” address.  This longstanding tradition serves as an opportunity for Virginia’s highest-ranking public official to recognize past achievements and lay out a vision for the future of the Commonwealth.

Terry McAuliffe did plenty of the former but very little of the latter! Instead of a forward-thinking vision, the...

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  • Congrats to ValleyHealth on their new Emergency Department/Medical Building at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. What a great facility this is to serve the needs of the Shenandoah County community.
    Posted Wed, Jun 15.

  • I was honored to present a Senate memorial resolution today to the family of Henry “Ted” Graves. Ted made tremendous contributions not only in Page County—specifically Luray Caverns, but throughout the Shenandoah Valley and across the Commonwealth.
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  • It was a gorgeous day to join Sec. Todd Haymore and Rockingham County officials for the latest VTC LOVEwork unveiling at Showalter’s Orchard in Timberville.
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