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Speaker Gilbert Appoints Del. O’Quinn Deputy Republican Leader

Speaker Gilbert Appoints Del. O’Quinn Deputy Republican Leader

Earlier today, House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert appointed Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Washington, to serve as Deputy Republican Leader for the 2023-24 General Assembly.

Statement of Speaker Todd Gilbert:

“It’s more critical than ever that Southwest Virginia continues to have a strong voice as part of our leadership team. Israel O’Quinn has proven himself time and time again to be an able leader in not only his community, but also in our Republican caucus and on the floor of the House. I look forward to working with him and the rest of our Republican team as we continue the fight for common-sense solutions to improve the lives of every Virginian.”

Statement of Deputy Republican Leader Israel O’Quinn:

“It’s an honor to once again have been appointed to serve on our House Republican leadership team. Working with Leader Todd Gilbert, Chair Amanda Batten, and Whip Michael Webert, we will promote policies that will make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family and we will also oppose legislative overreach. I’m proud to represent Southwest Virginia and believe every part of our Commonwealth should have a seat at the table.”

 

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House Republican Caucus Elects 2024-25 Leadership Team

House Republican Caucus Elects 2024-25 Leadership Team

The House Republican Caucus elected their leadership for the 2024-2025 House Of Delegates at their organizational meeting Sunday.

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, was elected Republican Leader, Del. Amanda Batten, R-James City County, was re-elected Caucus Chair, and Del. Michael Webert, R-Fauquier, was re-elected Republican Whip.

Del. Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“I’m honored that my colleagues have once again put their trust in me to lead our Republican team for the coming term. I look forward to working with our caucus to advance our shared Republican values and serve as a check on the worst far-left policies put forward by the incoming Democratic majority.”

Republican Caucus Chair Amanda Batten issued the following statement:

“Our caucus might be the minority, but it is quite literally the largest possible minority. We will not be shy in working to curb the extreme, far-left agenda that we expect the new Democratic majority to push forward.”

Republican Whip Michael Webert issued the following statement:

“House Republicans are headed into the upcoming General Assembly Session united, and focused on holding the line against the California-style, far left agenda House Democrats have promised to advance.”

House Republican Caucus Elects 2024-25 Leadership Team

Statement of Speaker Todd Gilbert on Governor Youngkin’s Overdose Executive Order

Statement of Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah

“When Republicans say ‘parents matter,’ it’s not just lip service. Parents should and must be involved in every aspect of their children’s education, especially in matters of safety. It shouldn’t require an Executive Order to ensure that parents are told when a child overdoses on a dangerous drug at school. Should the voters of Virginia see fit to give us another two years in charge of the House of Delegates, legislation mandating this parental notification will be a top priority for our caucus.”

 

House Republican Caucus Elects 2024-25 Leadership Team

Statement of House Republican Leaders on Passage of 2023 Budget Amendments

Statement of Speaker Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah

“The budget amendments we sent to Governor Youngkin are commendable in that they provide relief for Virginians struggling with rising costs of everyday expenses due to failed federal policies.

“And while it provides some help for hard-working Virginia families, it doesn’t do enough. Had Senate Democrats not been terrified of their primary voters, we could have made historic reforms to our income tax system that would have put more money back into the pockets of those who need it most. Those who make minimum wage don’t belong in Virginia’s highest tax bracket.

“Nonetheless, I am proud that our Republican conferees held firm on putting more money back into Virginians’ pockets and expanding the standard deduction. I specifically want to commend Delegates Karen Greenhalgh and John McGuire for their hard work to expand the tax break for retired veterans to all ages, a change long overdue to support those who served our country and Commonwealth.

“I look forward to working with Governor Youngkin and our Senate colleagues next year to craft a two-year budget that provides significant help for families dealing with skyrocketing costs.”

Statement of Majority Leader Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City

“I want to thank our budget conferees for standing firm and ultimately prevailing on delivering tax relief for Virginians. The budget package that we passed today not only includes tax relief that should alleviate rising costs for families, veterans, and small businesses, but also makes significant investments to restore excellence in public education.

“I am especially pleased with the significant economic and workforce investments in Southwest Virginia. For instance, the budget includes $10 million for the engineering and design work needed to develop a new inland port in Southwest Virginia.

“Overall, an additional $200 million for business-ready site development will help Virginia become a more attractive destination for businesses to operate, grow, and create jobs for Virginians.”

Statement of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach

“I want to commend our entire House negotiating team for the hard work they did over the past few months. As this General Assembly comes to a close, I’m proud to say that we’ve put $10 billion in our public schools, the most in Virginia’s history, supported the highest-ever balance in our Rainy Day and reserve revenue funds, and more resources for water quality improvement than ever.

“We also secured $1 billion in tax relief for hard-working Virginia families, dedicating significant new resources to getting our children back on track after the pandemic, and bolstering our mental health system to get troubled Virginians the help they need when they need.”

House Republican Caucus Elects 2024-25 Leadership Team

Speaker Gilbert: We’re Closer Than Ever to Real Help for Virginia Families

House Speaker Todd Gilbert issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is encouraging, and I thank Chairman Knight, the House and Senate conferees, and staff for their hard work over these past six months.

“While the conferees have reached a deal to present to the General Assembly, both chambers of the legislature and the public still need to review a final agreement. Additional discussions regarding a potential special session will also need to occur over the coming week.

“We’re closer than ever before to providing real tax relief to Virginia families who are being squeezed by inflation and other skyrocketing costs, and providing historic levels of support for our schools.”