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Since being elected in 2007, I have worked hard for common sense solutions to fix our roads, clean up the Chesapeake Bay, improve our children's education, and ensure a better quality of life for our citizens.

One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes. This will help businesses expand or locate to our area, and will provide more job opportunity and increase our revenue. Likewise, our quality of life will improve so we can spend more time with our families and less time commuting to work.


  • Member, Senate of Virginia 2008 - present

  • Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County 2004-2005

  • Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County 2005-2007

  • Attorney, Westmoreland County School Board 2006 -2012

  • US Marine Corps Reserve 1984 - 1992   


  • Woodland Academy 2002 - 2007 (past Board Chairman)

  • Trustee, Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Dept. 1999 - present

  • Board of Directors, George Washington National Memorial Foundation

  • Bay Trust Company

  • Westmoreland Advisory Board, Bank of Lancaster

  • Board of Directors, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital

  • Northern Neck Land Conservancy


  • Westmoreland County Public Schools (1982)

  • Virginia Wesleyan College (1988)

  • International Law of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

  • T.C. Williams School of Law (1991)


  • Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources, Chairman 

  • Courts of Justice, Vice-Chairman

  • Finance  

  • Commerce and Labor 

  • Rules 


  • Child Support Guidelines Review Panel

  • Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

  • Committee on District Courts

  • Freedom on Information Advisory Council

  • Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula Public Education Consortium

  • Public/Private Partnership Advisory Commission

  • Rappahannock River Basin Commission

  • State Water Commission

  • Indigent Defense Commission


  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee

  • NCSL Environment Committee

  • NCSL Human Services and Welfare Committee

  • SLC Agriculture and Rural Development Committee

  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (2011 Governor's Appointment)

  • Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission


  • 2010 Virginia Sheriffs' Association,Legislator of the Year

  • 2011 Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Legislator of the Year

  • 2011 American Conservative Union "Defender of Liberty"

  • 2013 ACU Conservative Award

  • 2013 Virginia Chamber, Advocate in Legal Reform

  • 2013 Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Legislative Leadership Award 

  • 2014 Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Child Advocate Award 

  • 2014 Friend of the Virginia Small Family Farmer Award for SB 51 "Freedom to Farm" 

  • 2014 Sierra Club, Leadership Award 

  • 2014 Virginia Retail Merchants Association, Legislator of the Year 

  • 2014 Virginia Chamber, Champion of Free Enterprise 

  • 2016 Virginia Chamber, Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business Award 

  • 2017 Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Legislative Leadership Award 

  • 2017 Virginia State Police, Legislator of the Year 

  • 2017 Sierra Club, Outstanding Achievement for Leadership on "Orphan" Oil and Gas Wells 

  • 2017 American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, Senator of the Year 

  • 2018 Virginia Circuit Court Clerks, Legislator of the Year 

  • 2018 Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Legislator of the Year 

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