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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.

Hugo Elected Caucus Chair

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Richmond, VA (April 21, 2010)–Today, the Virginia House Republican Caucus voted unanimously to elect Delegate Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) to serve as the Republican Caucus Chairman. The position, previously held by former Delegate Sam Nixon, was left vacant when Nixon resigned to become Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA). “As recognized leader within the Caucus, Tim … Read More

House GOP Efforts on Offshore Oil & Gas Pay Off

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The Federal Government removed another barrier to development of Virginia’s offshore energy resources today, vindicating efforts led by the House Republican Caucus to enhance Virginia law on exploration and development and to dedicate revenue realized from future development to transportation. See Speaker Howell’s statement on this news.

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

Speaker, O’Bannon, Janis Release New Film at War Memorial

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Today at the Virginia War Memorial, Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) joined caucus members Del. John O’Bannon (R-Henrico), chairman of the War Memorial’s board of trustees, and Del. Bill Janis (R-Henrico) at a new conference releasing volume II of Virginians at War, a DVD, produced by the War Memorial. (Check out the Speaker’s remarks) Virginians at War advances the War Memorial’s … Read More

Lohr Named Ag Commissioner

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Gov. Bob McDonnell announced his appointment of Delegate Matt Lohr as the next Commissioner of of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) (see Gov. McDonnell’s press release). Speaker Howell commented on Lohr’s announcement: Matt Lohr is a talented, hard-working and respected leader on agricultural and farming issues, which makes him an exceptionally fine choice for this important … Read More

Republican Successes as 2010 Session Ends

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As the House adjourned sine die, Speaker Howell issued a press release on the many legislative successes of the House in the 2010 session. The State Budget contained many of the key accomplishments of the session, including rejection of former Governor Kaine’s 17 percent income tax hike, and a reduction in state spending for the first time in recent memory. … Read More

Republicans Highlight Success at Session Midpoint

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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and House Majority Caucus Chairman Samuel A. “Sam” Nixon, Jr. (R-Chesterfield) today highlighted the many legislative successes so far by members of the Republican Majority Caucus through the halfway point of the 2010 Session of the Virginia General Assembly.  The announcement comes at the 2010 session’s midway mark, commonly referred to … Read More

House Passes Civil War Site Preservation Fund Bill

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Today, the House passed House Bill 717, establishing the Civil War Site Preservation Fund. Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) proudly joined Del. Chris Peace (R-Hanover) in sponsoring this legislation, which provides for the continuation of a fund begun with the Speaker’s leadership in the state budget in 2007. The Civil War Preservation Trust honored the Speaker with its 2007 State Leadership … Read More