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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. 


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).

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  • I also enjoyed the trip up to Rappahannock County this afternoon for their 9th annual Independence Day celebration! pic.twitter.com/5nJdCtC5NW
    Posted 5 Jul
  • Thanks to everyone who came out to Stanley tonight and made the longest parade in the Shenandoah Valley a success! pic.twitter.com/AfuOUrG4QO
    Posted 5 Jul
  • Great turnout tonight in Harrisonburg for our local Republican candidates! #happy4th #July4th pic.twitter.com/Z6rRY6E6t5
    Posted 4 Jul
  • Today is more than just a casual celebration; it's a commemoration of the triumph of liberty over oppression... bit.ly/1LJk5Dk
    Posted 4 Jul
  • Kick off your 4th of July weekend by revisiting the vision of the Founding Fathers in this great article from @NRO... nationalreview.com/article/420615…
    Posted 3 Jul

Facebook Updates

  • Thanks to everyone who came out to the Town of Stanley this evening and made the longest parade in the Shenandoah Valley a success for Team Obenshain!
    Posted Sat, Jul 04.

  • Local Republicans are ready for the Harrisonburg parade! Thanks to all the volunteers that came out to support the candidates.
    Posted Sat, Jul 04.

  • From my family to yours, happy Independence Day!
    Posted Sat, Jul 04.