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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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An Energetic and Positive Campaign

11/07/2014 | News |

Shortly after noon today Ed Gillespie told supporters that while close, the margin in his race for the United States Senate is not quite close enough.  It’s not the outcome we hoped for, but it’s also one that none of the political pundits expected.  Despite being outspent two to one and being down 29 points when he first got in the race, Ed Gillespie “shocked political prognosticators by making a race of an election some saw as a runaway.”  But he didn’t shock...

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  • Kicking off National Night Out at Court Square in Harrisonburg this evening before heading over to Front Royal for their National Night Out festivities and family night at the Warren County Fair! #VASen26
    Posted Tue, Aug 04.

  • I was in Strasburg this evening to meet with the local Powhatan Ruritan Club. I discussed our efforts in the General Assembly to combat the pervasive problem of human trafficking, as well as the recent lawsuit attacking Virginia’s commonsense voter ID law, which I sponsored in 2013.I’m looking forward to continuing my travel across the 26th District as I meet with voters and discuss the issues that are important to the residents of the Shenandoah Valley. Tomorrow night, I’ll be in Harrisonburg for “National Night Out” before heading over to Front Royal for the Warren County Fair.
    Posted Mon, Aug 03.

  • I had the honor of starting out the day in Dayton this morning for their annual Muddler race. This event supports our local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Virginia Wounded Warriors Program. The profound sacrifices made by the men and women of the Shenandoah Valley were honored in a special way this morning.From there, I joined Delegate Steve Landes and Bridgewater Mayor Hallie Dinkel at the grand opening of Bridgewater’s new farmers market where I couldn’t resist picking up a peanut butter pie!
    Posted Sat, Aug 01.