Gear Resigns from House

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Delegate Tom Gear (R-Hampton), resigned, effective today, from the House of Delegates, creating a vacancy in District 91. The Caucus wishes Delegate Gear the best as he continues to deal with Multiple Sclerosis and supports close family members suffering from major illnesses. The Daily Press has coverage of Delegate Gear’s career of public service. Because the General Assembly is not … Read More

Ron Villanueva on Governor’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Board

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Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virgiia Beach) will support Governor Bob McDonnell’s efforts to increase state contracts with small, woman, and minority-owned businesses as part of the newly-appointed Governor’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Board. In addition to serving in the House, Del. Villanueva is executive vice president at SEK Solutions, a growing small business headquartered in Virginia Beach. He brings private sector and … Read More

Virginia’s Lessons for America: Speaker Howell on WRVA

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Catch Speaker Howell’s interview on WRVA’s Jimmy Barrett show. Filling in for Jimmy, guest host Congressman Randy Forbes and the Speaker discussed the lessons Washington can learn from Virginia: The no-tax-increase way from a $4.2 Billion deficit to a balanced budget How to foster a pro-business, pro-jobs economy As well as the sure-fire method to stop job creation—create uncertainty for … Read More

GOP Line Up for June 15 Special Elections Set

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With House District 27 Republicans’ selection of Roxann Robinson as their nominee, the GOP line up for the two June 15 special elections is set. Robinson, who will run in Chesterfield’s HD 27, joins Tony Wilt, nominee in HD 26, as the Republican ticket for June 15. The special elections were called to fill vacancies caused by the resignation of … Read More

Speaker, Delegates Ware and Oder appointed to Governor’s Reform Commission

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Today, Governor Bob McDonnell announced the members of his Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring (see press release). Speaker Howell and Delegates G. Glenn Oder (Newport News) and Lee Ware (Powhatan) will serve on the Commission, chaired by Fred Malek, founder and chairman of Thayer Capital Partners in executing the charge the Governor has set for the Commission, “We must … Read More

McDonnell releases $500M in Transportation Bonds Authorized by Speaker’s 07 Bill

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Speaker Howell led the way in passing bond authority in 2007 to enhance Virginia’s transportation infrastructure. Today, Governor McDonnell authorized the sale of $500 million in bonds this May as the first part of a six-year, $2.2 billion program to support projects throughout the Commonwealth. Check out details in the Governor’s press release.

Governor Calls June 15 Special Elections

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Gov. McDonnell issued writs ordering special elections on June 15 in House District 26 (Harrisonburg and Rockingham County) and House District 27 (Chesterfield) to fill the vacancies created by the resignation of Delegates Sam Nixon and Matt Lohr. Nixon resigned to become the Commonwealth’s Chief Information Officer, leading the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). Lohr resigned to become Commissioner of … Read More

Governor Signs GOP Delegates Jobs Bills

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Governor McDonnell traveled to the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon today to sign key job creation and economic development bills, many of which were carried by Caucus members: Del. Sam Nixon’s HB 523, which provides capital gains tax relief for investments in science and biotech startups. Del. Jim LeMunyon’s HB 792, which makes relocating to Virginia easier for businesses … Read More

Nixon to lead VITA as Commonwealth’s new Chief Information Officer

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Gov. Bob McDonnell named Del. Sam Nixon (R-Chesterfield) to be the Commonwealth’s new Chief Information Officer, leading the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA), effective April 5. In making the appointment, McDonnell said, “Sam and I served together for twelve years in the House of Delegates. During that time I came to greatly admire and respect Sam’s intellect, character and understanding … Read More