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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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Lessons from a Hidden Tax Increase

10/28/2014 | News |

Virginians are about to experience a gasoline tax increase — one that has, until now, avoided public notice.

Last year, the Virginia General Assembly passed the first transportation overhaul since 1987. While I strongly support transportation improvements for the commonwealth, I did not vote for the transportation bill in part because of how it is funded.

Part of the plan is paid for by assuming that Congress would pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA),...

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“Four Pinocchios” for the Post on Photo ID

09/26/2014 | News |

We live in the age of the fact checkers. There’s PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and of course the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker.” But when the media itself gets it wrong, who will fact check the fact checkers?

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that over 450,000 voters lacked proper identification to cast ballots in Virginia. That’s a shocking number—so let’s take a look at it, Fact Checker style.

About 450,000 voters in Virginia may lack the proper...

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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).

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Facebook Updates

  • As we pause to give thanks for all the blessings in our own lives, Suzanne and I want to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We are looking forward to spending...Continued » Posted Thu, Nov 27.

  • I want to thank both the Arlington County Republican Committee and the Loudoun County Young Republicans for having me earlier this week. It was refreshing to see the energy and enthusiasm from grassroots activists in Arlington and Loudoun County who are committed to growing the Republican Party. In my remarks, I discussed the importance of reaching out to voters in every corner of the Commonwealth, because I know that our conservative message can, and will, resonate in places like Northern Virginia if we continue to work hard and seek out every possible vote.
    Posted Fri, Nov 21.
  • I enjoyed touring the Montevideo Middle School this morning as part of “Take Your Legislator to School” Month.  We are so fortunate to have such great teachers,...Continued » Posted Thu, Nov 13.