It’s hard to believe that the year is almost half over! Tomorrow is the beginning of Virginia’s new fiscal year, and that means many of the new laws we passed this past session will come into effect. Likely the most important thing we did that takes effect on July 1, is the biennial budget, which allocates how the Commonwealth will spend more than $160 billion of our tax dollars. Fortunately, after some long, tough negotiations with Senate Democrats, we were able to return about $4 billion to the taxpayers, while still funding our critical needs like schools and law enforcement.
Read more here...
I am very pleased that today the Supreme Court took the opportunity to set aside the Roe v. Wade ruling which contributed to the death of over 60 million babies in the United States over the last 49 years. While this affirmation from the court underscores the reality that there is no explicit constitutional right to take the life of a baby, the responsibility to protect life in Virginia is now left to the state legislature and Governor.
The General Assembly met last Wednesday and voted to send the budget to the Governor, who now has opportunity to offer further amendments.
We were charged with managing a significant budget surplus. The Republican House budget prioritized tax cuts and returning tax dollars to taxpayers. The prolonged negotiations saw the Senate Democrats continue to obstruct and reject some of the good proposals from the Governor and House Republicans, as well as attempting to insert some problematic changes into the budget.
I’m taking this opportunity to report to you on what took place in the 2022 Session of the Virginia General Assembly and how it will affect all of us. While we are still waiting to finalize the Commonwealth’s budget and some key pieces of legislation, I would also like to take a moment to share some accomplishments of our restored Republican majority in the House of Delegates.
Friday marked one month since the beginning of the 2022 General Assembly session, and we’re now over halfway through. All House Bills must be voted out of the House and moved over to the Senate by Tuesday night. It’s a very busy time. Friday we sent 76 bills over to the Senate, and today and tomorrow we will likely send over 240 more.
Here’s a brief summary of where things stand with some topics of interest.
The 2022 Session is well underway and we are excited to update you. Several bills I initiated this year in the House of Delegates are making progress, receiving bipartisan support, and we are working hard to get them passed.
My first bill to pass the House and move over to the Senate was HB 793, which aims to improve VDOT Traffic Incident Management vehicles’ response time to help clear serious accidents and get traffic flowing again.
Also, my bills to require absentee ballots be returned before polls close and amending the Lovettsville town charter reported out of Committees on Friday and will see action on the floor next week.
As of 12 noon tomorrow, the 2022 session of the Virginia legislature will begin with a Republican majority in the House of Delegates, and by Saturday the 15th, Governor-Elect Youngkin, Lieutenant Governor-Elect Sears, and Attorney General-Elect Miyares will be sworn in - you can see the inauguration seating from my Richmond office window!
How did we turn from being a distinctly blue state to having all three statewide offices held by Republicans and the House of Delegates switching to a narrow Republican majority?
There are many things that contributed to this shift. I'll put answered prayer at the very top of the list.
As we look forward to Christmas and the New Year, I know many of you are excited to see positive changes from the new leadership in Virginia. I am as well, as I've never had the privilege of working with a Republican governor and administration!
On Monday, the Commonwealth announced the latest awards of the VATI grants to bring universal broadband service to all currently unserved residents and businesses in Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties!
We're continuing to prepare for the upcoming 2022 session, which will be Jan. 12-March 12, 2022.
And the Northern Virginia Joint Transportation (Virtual) Meeting is tonight!
Today, the Commonwealth announced the latest awards of the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grants to bring universal broadband service to all currently unserved residents and businesses in Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick Counties. Del. LaRock said, “I know it’s been a very long and painful process to bring broadband service to all my constituents in Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties. Over the last 8+ years, I’ve heard from so many constituents about the way lack of reliable internet service has hindered their ability to work, learn and enjoy life in the rural parts of the district I serve. I’ve worked with all the local governments, internet providers, and constituents to try everything possible to bring them affordable access to reliable broadband internet. I look forward to working with all my constituents and the stakeholders in this project to finally bring this long-standing effort to a successful resolution in the coming months.”
First, let me give a huge, belated THANK YOU to all the amazing people who helped us finish our campaign strong. Not only did 25,188 people vote for me to continue serving our district (the most votes I've ever received, and a 7,500+ increase from 2019), but the 58.18% was my 2nd-highest % ever!
As you know, we also saw Republicans take the three statewide races and will likely have a 52-48 majority in the House of Delegates! (two close races are being recounted)
Virginia's citizens voted at a record rate for a Governor-election year, secured a better future for Virginia, and ended the nightmare of the last two years of total Democrat one-party control!
I want to especially thank our Republican volunteers working outside the polling places, and as observers inside the polling places, as well as the hard-working election officials. We had dedicated volunteers working hard for the last year to ensure this year's voting was conducted fairly and by-the-book.
Today is the day we chart a new course for Virginia.
Today is the day we make sure parents are equal partners in education.
Today is the day we make life more affordable for every Virginian.
Today is the day we stand with our law enforcement community.
Today is Election Day, and polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Find your polling place HERE.
A better future for Virginia starts now.
It starts with your vote.
It starts with you.
If you haven’t already voted, please do so today. We can end the nightmare of the last two years of total Democrat control.
Glenn Younkin's final rally of the campaign is at the Loudoun Fairgrounds tonight at 8pm!
Tomorrow, we have the chance to choose a new direction for Virginia.
If you haven’t voted already, make a plan to vote tomorrow. You can find your polling place by clicking here. Please join me in voting for our entire Republican ticket!
A better future for Virginia starts tomorrow.
It starts with your vote.
It starts with you.
Winning is about attitude; remember this clip?
Glenn Youngkin is our coach and our Brock all rolled into one (If you watched the video you know what I mean). He is offering us a chance to make a monumental course correction, to move Virginia forward, a change in direction that many had given up on.
The only question left is this,
"Are we serious enough about winning to get in the game in the last few days and take this to the end zone?"
Do not assume someone else will do this.
There is a lot of competition for volunteers between now and Election Day evening. PLEASE PLUG IN. Here's how:
I hope to see you at our event tomorrow!
We've added even more special guests for the afternoon:
Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Winsome Sears
Republican Party of Virginia Chairman, Rich Anderson!
Both are also former members of the Virginia House of Delegates!
I hope to see you at our great event this Sunday! It looks like the weather is going to be just right. Please join us for chili, cornbread, apple cider, s'mores and more!
We've added even more special guests for the afternoon (see below)!
I'm looking forward to seeing you on October 24 for a great afternoon of family fun, food and fellowship!
We've had to postpone our "Fall Fun Day" in Western Loudoun County by a week due to scheduling conflicts.... but it will be worth it:
Our special guests for the afternoon are leaders in the efforts to bring accountability to our Loudoun School Board - Ian Prior of Fight for Schools and local residents Angela and Tanner Cross.
I'm looking forward to seeing you on October 24 for a great afternoon of family fun, food and fellowship!
Only 9 days until our great "Fall Fun Day" in Western Loudoun County! I'm looking forward to seeing many of you for a great afternoon of family fun, food and fellowship!
- Bring a salad, dessert, some chili, or your favorite recipe.
- Invite your friends and neighbors to join us
- If you can help with games, set up, or other activities, let us know
- Sign up or ask any questions: RSVP@VoteLaRock.us
Thanks to you all for offering to jump in and secure the win for the 33rd District and for our great Youngkin - Miyares - Sears Republican ticket.
Here's where we could really use some help:
1. Walk with us in the Round Hill parade this Saturday
2. Commit to help make our Fall Family Get Together a big success
3. We are going out into neighborhoods on foot and by phone
Rally at 4pm today in Ashburn supporting Excellence in Education and welcoming Loudoun's new resident, Matt Walsh!
Save the date for a family, fun and fresh air event in Western Loudoun supporting Delegate Dave LaRock's re-election Sunday, October 17th, 2-5pm - details and special guest to be shared soon!
Over 1,100 voters have already cast their ballots in the 33rd House of Delegates district - please get out to vote early! For more details on locations, times and more, visit my website here: https://www.votelarock.us/vote
A new batch of my yard signs are on their way - request yours here!
Please sign up to make calls and drop off brochures as we battle my opponent's Campaign of Lies.
And last, but not least, this Thursday at midnight is the end of our important September fundraising period - my opponent has out-raised me, so I hope you'll help me have the resources I need to get the truth to voters!
Today, I just cast my ballot, voting early in-person. I hope you are planning to do the same.
For more details on locations, times and more, visit my website here: https://www.votelarock.us/vote
We can win, but we need you to get out and vote as soon as you can. I've voted early, and I hope you will too.
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
P.S. Don’t take a chance. This election is too important. Vote early in-person. In 2017, control of the House of Delegates came down to a random drawing when a House of Delegates campaign ended in a tie. Your vote matters!
I'm sure your social media feeds are full of friends' pictures of their kids heading back to school for the fall. And I'm happy to see them, especially since the last school year was so difficult, with the COVID-19 shutdowns, etc..
Unfortunately, some of what our students will be learning in public schools isn't the reading, writing, math, science, etc. that you'd expect. Instead, most school districts are engaged in indoctrination on politically- or socially-charged topics, something that I have worked to prevent.
I want to thank the people I meet at their front door for making it very clear what’s on their minds. At the top of the list is this question, “Who can we trust to keep us safe?”
There is good reason to question how safe we are in Virginia.
When re-elected, I will work with our Republican team to undo the horrendous laws that put us, our children, and our property at risk.
We will do our absolute best to keep you safe as we face COVID-19 challenges and by keeping well-paid, well-trained first responders on the job. We will work to protect your business, your school, your job, and your freedom.
This week was "2021 Special Session 2" of the Virginia General Assembly. The only real business the Governor and Democrats allowed us to take up was spending about $4.3 Billion in federal ARPA money that the state has received in recent months.
Shortly after the House of Delegates recessed Thursday afternoon, the Governor announced that he is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees in the Executive Branch. I immediately drafted and sent an email citing federal law and challenging him on the legality of such an action, but have not yet received a response.
When I ask for your support to keep me working for you, you'll hear me say "Promises Kept and Results Delivered". It is exciting when it's delivery time!
One of the biggest challenges facing the people and businesses of western Loudoun County is the need for high quality and affordable access to the internet. I've been working on this issue for a long time, so it is rewarding to see the pieces of the puzzle coming together.
When I ask the people of the 33rd District to reelect me, I want them to know that I work very hard and deliver results. For the past two years, our one-party system has shut down some excellent Republican initiatives to the detriment of this House District and the Commonwealth overall.
One of the challenges that matters the most to our District is one that drew me into public service; that is the need to get people where they need to go and back without the nightmare of gridlock.
It is a huge moment when a project is completed, proving that when we listen to you and work together, we get things done.
Many of Virginia’s public four-year colleges are notifying students, claiming that COVID-19 “...Vaccinations will be REQUIRED for all students….” this fall. Universities do not appear to be offering exemptions to this policy for pregnant, nursing, COVID-19-recovered or any other individuals.
Fortunately, Virginia law allows persons to opt out of mandatory vaccination requirements based on MEDICAL and RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS.
The lesson of the last two years is clear: we cannot allow Democrats to have full control in Richmond! Virginia Democrats have taken full advantage of their majority in the House and Senate, and a Governor who signs what they send him. These bills are passing on party-line or near party-line votes.
But the one-party control is about to end!
People across the political spectrum are realizing these extreme policy shifts are bad.
The campaign to retake the House is underway. I’m counting on you to make this November the turning point. Please join the team that is set to retake the House of Delegates and win all three statewide offices.
If you registered to be a delegate to the Republican state convention, you will soon be selecting three candidates who will be the Republican team entrusted with the enormous and crucially important task of retaking the positions of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.
My preferences for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, and a few observations that have influenced my decisions, are below.
Tomorrow at noon, the Virginia General Assembly reconvenes to act on amendments by the Governor. As with most of the bills passed by the Democrat-dominated legislature, the Governor’s actions reflect an extreme agenda which defies common sense. In many cases he proposes to make horrible bills even worse.
Due to the Biden administration withholding the 2020 Census data, I will be running this November, possibly for a 1-year term, in the current 33rd House of Delegates District. All 100 Delegate Districts, as well as the 40 Senate Districts and 11 Congressional Districts, will be reapportioned later this year or early in 2021. I look forward to seeing many of the constituents from Winchester to Leesburg as I campaign one final time in the current district.
As of March 10th, I am officially the Republican candidate for the 33rd District House of Delegates. I am ready to dig in and win this seat and win Virginia back in November!
I have a Democrat opponent that calls himself “…a pragmatic centrist with a D next to my name.” He hosted a fundraiser this past weekend with the worst Virginia Attorney General ever, Mark Herring. He will be well-funded by the usual mix of radical local leftists and wealthy out-of-state people and organizations that want to silence my conservative voice.
Last night, the 33rd House of Delegates Republican Legislative District Committee announced that Delegate Dave LaRock is officially the Republican nominee, as no other candidates filed to run in the June 5th Convention, which will now be cancelled. LaRock, a Loudoun father, grandfather and small businesses owner, has represented the district since January 2014.
Del. LaRock said, “It’s a tremendous honor to have the support of the Republicans of the 33rd District. I look forward to continuing to advocate for individual liberty, efficient government, and common-sense solutions to our everyday issues. I promise the people of the district to continue listening, working, and engaging on issues affecting everyone in the district and the Commonwealth. Serving the last 8 years under Democrat governors, I’ve worked hard to bring forward bipartisan solutions, while providing the best possible constituent services to the residents of the 33rd House District.”....
We are (hopefully) almost done with the 2021 Special Session, which is really just finishing up the work of the Regular Session. Unfortunately, most of the legislation being sent to the Governor is very bad for the Commonwealth, but there are a few good bills moving forward....
Here are the latest updates on Critical Race Theory, Back to School - But When, Schools in the Budget, Bad Bills Passing, Green Energy Policies, Inviting Election Fraud, and more.
PLEASE BE AWARE--The Loudoun County School Board, this coming Tuesday, February 9, 2021, will be considering a policy change that is heavy-handed and of questionable legality, seeking to force vaccinations of school children AS A CONDITION OF IN-PERSON SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.
We're now 21 days into the 2021 General Assembly session, and I want to take a moment to update you on what’s happening in Richmond.
Early this morning, I presented my HB 2243 Home instruction and private school tax credit legislation to create an individual, nonrefundable income tax credit for the next five years for parents who pull their children out of public schools to begin home-schooling or private schooling. Right on cue, a teachers union representative spoke against throwing parents and students a lifeline. Read more below about how teachers unions are blocking our efforts to provide students with the education they deserve.
First, thank you for the tremendous support you sent in response to our last email. It is appreciated more than I can express. Thanks also to those who are praying for the President and for me and all the other leaders who are under attack. In addition to people reaching into their pockets, many have reached out by email, phone, Facebook messages, texts, etc., to encourage me and my family to be strong and to stay the course.
There is a witch hunt underway seeking to punish any and everyone who rejects the pernicious lies that mis-characterize and condemn President Trump's dedication to our country and the patriotic motives of people who support him.
The 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened this week in Richmond. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session.
The 2021 campaign is off and running and the long knives are coming out already. Let me introduce you to four politically ambitious elected officials. They are DEMANDING that I resign immediately because I support President Trump and they despise President Trump.
In order to keep this seat and continue being your sensible conservative voice in Virginia government, I must raise some serious money. I cannot accept donations while in session. The 2021 General Assembly session starts Wednesday at noon.
I continue to work and pray for America to return to God and to the principles of America’s founding, so that our status as ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ may be renewed."
I'm having numerous bills drafted for the 2021 session, but the Speaker says each Delegate will only be allowed to file 7 bills....
Yesterday, Governor Northam justified his new curfew edict by quoting his mothers advice, but here's what real analysis shows; meanwhile, I am a plaintiff on a lawsuit currently seeking to end the Governor's unconstitutional executive orders....
I have been working along with others who are researching possible irregularities in Virginia and actions that could be needed and possible....
You can apply to be a citizen member of the Commonwealth's new Redistricting Commission....
March for Trump Rally in Washington, DC - Saturday, December 12....
Governor Northam has declared that this Sunday evening, he intends to lock the Commonwealth back down and limit all indoor and outdoor gatherings to 25 people, with no regard for building capacity! Hours after the announcement, a document was posted that did clarify that "Individuals may attend religious services of more than 25 people subject to [numerous] requirements:"
Come one, come all, patriots! To our Stand for Freedom Rally this Sunday afternoon. We'll have family fun, a barrel train, food trucks, music, speakers, etc.! We're gathering together to rally support for our president and protest what looks like it may be an attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election. And of course, here in Virginia, we have to be preparing to defend our liberty in the upcoming 2021 legislative session.
Join us for a Rally and Trump Train tomorrow to send a loud and clear message that there is unwavering support for President Trump as he and his team work to ensure that the American people, not the media, are the ones who choose our next president in a free and fair election.
Polling places across Virginia open at 6 am, and about half of registered voters in the Commonwealth still haven't voted yet! Please make sure your friends and family make a plan to vote tomorrow!
CAN YOU GET IN THE GAME & HELP FOR A FEW HOURS AT THE POLLS?
No experience necessary! Can you help us make sure people get to the polls, and receive a Republican Sample Ballot? If you can help, and haven't already signed up, please let us know!
I'm contacting you about a very time-sensitive and important matter, the constitutional amendment on the ballot this year. If you and others approve the amendment on Election Day, that would change the way we draw lines for Virginia Senate and House districts as well as congressional districts after each census. I hope you will vote "yes" on Amendment 1!
Voting is now open at locations all around the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Along with the candidates for office, there is a critical vote Virginians will be taking -- Amendment 1 to bring redistricting reform to Virginia.
The voter registration deadline is October 13; deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 23, and last day to vote early in-person is October 31. Any registered voter is able to vote now, either in-person or by mail. Voting hours at registrar's offices and satellite locations, sample ballots, and more information is on my website at https://www.votelarock.us/vote
We are now in the midst of the Special Session. I filed legislation to protect Virginians' health and safety by allowing effective COVID-19 treatment with Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), legislation ensuring that vaccines are not forced on those who have health or religious conflicts, including vaccines that could be unsafe or unethical, a bill to limit the Governor and Commissioner of Health's orders, a Resolution calling for them to be ended immediately, and a Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability bill to prevent unions from sheltering bad cops.
Our local law enforcement is under a lot of stress right now. I appreciate all they do, putting their lives on the line to serve and protect our communities. This Saturday, I'm participating in an event in Berryville. Local citizens have organized this event as a way to honor our local law enforcement and thank them for their service to all of us. Any member of the public who wants to express appreciation to our friends in blue is welcome to attend, free of charge. We do have a special guest joining us, you won't be disappointed!
- Saturday, August 8th
- 5 PM – 7 PM
- Chet Hobert Park VFW Pavilion
- 255 Al Smith Cir Berryville, VA 22611
Virginia’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Muhammad Norman Oliver, stresses “health equity” but is denying to Virginians, including those with very limited resources, the ability to obtain affordable, safe, and successful COVID-19 treatments readily available in many foreign countries with limited resources.
I wrote to Dr. Oliver yesterday, urging him to reverse his ban on treatment with Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), noting, “The mortality rate from COVID-19 … are far higher per 100,000 population than in many other countries that use HCQ widely.”
In a spectacular message to the court, Liberty University sides with the Tigges family in their legal battle against Governor Northam.
On July 18th, the Tigges family is hosting a fundraiser; everyone is invited, details here.
“…the Governor believes that he can act alone, and that his powers are virtually unlimited…” With your help this lawsuit will put him in his place.
The Governor is threatening to continue current or even more mandates and restrictions, including facemasks and even forcing an unsafe vaccine, indefinitely, perhaps as long as he remains in office.
These lawsuits are our best option to reign in his overreach into every area of our lives and businesses.
I have heard from many of my constituents about how the 2020-2021 school year will look for our students and teachers. With the second half of the 2019-2020 school lost due to the ongoing pandemic, many are eager to see their children back in the classroom this fall. Reopening our schools during this pandemic will require safeguards to ensure the health and safety of our children, teachers, and other support staff.
I understand that there were many difficulties with the way the spring classes were conducted, and that while some of those issues are hopefully improved upon this fall, many families are considering home, private or virtual schools for the fall, which are great options for many families. I see two clear top priorities:
- Come up with a workable plan for those who are healthy and ready for a 5-day-in-person school week
- Make expansion of high speed affordable internet to under-served areas the highest priority at all levels
I’d like to remind you that most laws passed in the 2020 Session become effective on July 1, 2020. I prepared a summary by category, which was mailed out in May. Many of these laws should not have passed, and are likely to be struck down by court challenges. I'm the last Republican Delegate representing Northern Virginia, working to undo these bad laws. Please help keep me on the job by donating before our deadline tomorrow, midnight, June 30.
A perfect storm is an event in which a rare combination of circumstances drastically aggravates the event. Virginians were rightly optimistic last year when CNBC found Virginia to be the “Best State for Business” in the nation. Since then, the new Democrat majority in Richmond has put in motion a tsunami of horrendous new laws, which become effective on July 1, 2020. As businesses, which have not already closed for good, struggle to recover from the COVID pandemonium, the next wave is about to happen. Governor Northam signed these anti-business laws after imposing the draconian unconstitutional COVID Executive Orders on businesses.
I’ve worked across party lines to reduce tolls on the Dulles Greenway and am working with Loudoun County in their efforts on this important priority.
I’m happy to announce that the Loudoun Board of Supervisors took my recommendation to install a travel time electronic sign on Rt. 7 west of the Greenway to help drivers compare Rt. 7 and Greenway travel times.
Last session there was strong support for tightening control of Greenway tolls, however Western Loudoun Sen. John Bell and a few other NoVa Democrats undermined the efforts after paying lip service in reelection campaigns.
This COVID-induced tyranny has gone way too far. How much longer will we sit idle when businesses’, individuals’, and churches’ rights are trampled, and while protesters and rioters are given a pass?
Lawsuits were filed today asking a Federal court and the Virginia Supreme Court for relief.… the lawyer representing my constituent in this case is not only one of the best in this area of law, but is a sitting Democratic Senator from Fairfax County, Chap Petersen!
I have drafted a letter to the Virginia Board of Health that gives a snapshot of an argument that correctly challenges Governor Northam’s Executive Orders and asks the Virginia Board of Health to take a couple of important steps.
First, under the law, the Virginia Board of Health is empowered to deal with health emergencies. That has not played out. Instead, just two men have taken control of every business, religious organization and household in Virginia; just two men, the Governor and the State Health Commissioner. That must end immediately.
I just want to send a quick reminder of today's local elections, as well as one reason why these local elections are more important than ever before.
Today, May 19, elections are being held for Mayor and Town Council in Berryville, Hamilton, and Round Hill. (Middleburg is also holding their elections today, but is not in the 33rd House District). Only residents within town limits are eligible to vote.
I hope you are coping well in this difficult situation the Coronavirus and Gov. Northam's actions have placed us in. Here are some updates on what I've been doing, as well as what you can do to help.
- Sign my Petition to Re-Open Virginia and Loudoun
- Pastors - email me to sign onto the Religious Liberty letter
- Read and share my Op-Ed in the Loudoun Times Mirror
- Attend the Re-Open Loudoun rally at the Loudoun County Government Center tomorrow, Friday morning, from 9-12
One need look no further than Virginia’s flag to be reminded that historically the people of the Great Commonwealth of Virginia do not tolerate tyrants, big or small; tyrants are eventually put in their place....
As protests of patriotic Americans rise up across the country, demanding government back down and allow people to exercise good judgement and reopen, I sincerely hope and pray people will take to the streets in Virginia, peacefully, to let their voices be heard in protest to this unbearable tyranny and in defense of their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May we sustain President Trump’s call to “Liberate Virginia”, while maintaining common-sense precautions.
As of this morning, Virginia's COVID-19 statistics are 35,459 people tested, 4,509 cases, 772 hospitalizations, and 121 deaths. Those stats are tragic, and represent many lives changed and lost, but there are even bigger numbers to be concerned about. Yesterday morning we learned that over 300,000 Virginians have lost their jobs in the last three weeks alone (March 15-April 4).
I hope you and your families are managing as well as can be expected in these trying times. I want to update you on my actions in response to the health and economic crisis, as well as some resources which are available to individuals and businesses. 160,000 of our friends and neighbors in the Commonwealth lost their jobs in the two weeks between March 15-28, and countless more this week. Virginia’s biennial budget proposes significant spending that is non-essential and that must be curtailed. We need to stop any additional taxes and regulations that would stall a recovery.
In a letter sent to Governor Northam Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Delegate Dave LaRock asked the Governor to amend the budget and delay enactment of numerous other bills which add costs and regulatory burden to businesses and residents.
The letter made these recommendations:
1. Reduce essential spending across the board and tie all non-essential spending to revenue benchmarks.
2. Delay enactment of ALL measures which add to cost of living or doing business in Virginia, and ALL unfunded mandates to local governments.
As you no doubt have seen, there’s a great deal of concern in our community regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), the respiratory illness that began in Wuhan, China and has now spread around the world. The Governor has issued a state of emergency for our Commonwealth and laid out additional steps Virginia is taking to limit the spread of the virus.
Currently, there are 45 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, including five in Loudoun County. One Virginian has died from the virus, in James City County.
Before I dive into this summary of the homestretch week of the 2020 Session, let me make it perfectly clear where we stand. We have lost many battles this session, but this is a war that will continue, and I trust you to be as committed as I am to pressing ahead to retake the ground we've lost, or as the meme says, never give in!
URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Also: War On Religion --- Preschool-to-Prison-Pipeline --- Business and Climate Change
This has been a full week! Our second-to-the-last week is wrapped up and we have covered the spectrum on issues - from guns to religious liberty to property rights. It’s been the usual uphill battle, but we have had a few moments of reprieve when moderates left the liberal camp to come alongside the conservative side of the aisle.
As I press on in this final lap, I hope you too will keep engaged with the issues before the General Assembly. We still have several important matters to address, including redistricting, massive tax hikes, and the state budget, that will greatly impact our Constitutional and God-given rights.
It is with hesitation that, again this week, I sound like a weatherman who only reports bad weather. There are some bad bills which have died, many only to be revived in some alternate form. The budget has some positives, but is jam packed with wasteful spending. All of my bills seeking to lower tolls, improve transportation and improve rural broadband have died at the hands of Democrats who would rather hurt their own constituents than act favorably on a Republican bill.
Let me explain the meaning of the subject line and put this 2020 Session in perspective.
Over and over, people in Richmond who are veterans to policy making, some I know well and others I don’t, vent their frustration at the overwhelming volume of destructive legislation that is being rammed through the legislative process. Input from experienced stakeholders is routinely ignored, exorbitant costs to public and private entities disregarded, collateral damage and long-term consequences scoffed at; this is hard to witness.
Today was the last day for the House of Delegates to pass House bills, with the exception of the Budget. Here are some examples of the harmful legislation which the new Democrat majority is ramming through already this year.
Taxes: Governor Northam’s massive gas tax increase passed, as did large increases in the Northern Virginia TOT (hotel) and Grantors' taxes - with most of the revenue going to WMATA. Another bill would allow counties to increase taxes for cigarettes, admissions, meals, and lodgings without a voter referendum -- totaling up to $528 million. Another bill would allow localities to enact taxes on plastic bags.
As we draw close to the midpoint if the 2020 Session, the daily floor calendar gets fuller and fuller. That might be good news if our work product in Richmond would move the Commonwealth in a positive direction. Instead, however, the destructive potential of the Democrat-controlled legislative agenda reaches critical mass and there is confusion and chaos; just like the proverbial dog that chased the car, grabbed a hold of the tire and wouldn't let go even though he was spinning out of control. Republicans are fighting against the relentless push to turn Virginia into a place people from California and New York will be calling the new extreme liberal stronghold.
Update: Under Democrat Control, Virginia Free-Falling Farther and Faster Than You Could Ever Have Imagined
We have now wrapped up our fourth week of the 2020 Session, and the free-fall is fully underway. This coming week, we face five very full days as we head toward the deadline for voting on bills that will go over to the Senate.
During the past week, we voted on more than 200 bills on the House Floor, in addition to countless hours of discussion in committees and subcommittees. With all the activity this week, I have several wins to report to you – as well as a few losses after hard-fought battles.
-- Tone-deaf Democrat Delegate Calls Them "Bullies"
The third week of the 2020 Session has concluded, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on the latest news from Richmond. This past Monday, January 20th, witnessed an unprecedented gathering of tens of thousands of gun rights activists assembled to assert their Second Amendment rights, as well as to lobby in opposition of gun control measures introduced by the Democrat-controlled House and Senate. I would like to emphasize my appreciation for those of you who took the time to speak with me and my staff on Monday, as well as express my commitment to making Virginia a safer place by protecting the rights of gun owners.
We’ve just completed the second week of the 2020 General Assembly Session, and I wanted to provide a quick update on what’s been happening in Richmond. Thank you for the honor and privilege you have entrusted me with. Please keep me and all our elected officials in your prayers, especially these next several weeks.
I headed down to Richmond this morning for what will almost certainly be a very difficult session of the legislature. Once the General Assembly convenes at noon tomorrow, I am prohibited from accepting donations, so I appreciate your contribution today. As the last Republican Delegate in Northern Virginia, I will continue to stand strong for our Conservative principles. Your support will help me keep communicating with you about issues of vital concern to our region.
I have written a letter to Governor Northam asking him to meet with the wives of the Virginia Guard officers to explain how he specifically plans to take immediate action to deescalate this situation. I have been told by Michaela that this situation is harming careers and undermining the safety and peace-of-mind of families across Virginia.
As we look forward to the 2020 Session of the Virginia General Assembly, please pray for our Commonwealth. Here are a few updates on issues which may be of interest to you:
- 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions
- Parental Rights - Vaccinations
- Loudoun Schools fundraising for the LGBT extremists, supported by your tax dollars
- Bad Budget Proposals from Gov. Northam
- More bad bills filed - by category
- Merry Christmas from the LaRock Family!
I wish you all the best on this Thanksgiving holiday. We have so much to be thankful to our Creator for, even in times like these when our national and Virginia political environment is turbulent. We are never alone. I'm looking forward to spending the next few days with family, celebrating all of God's many blessings he has given to us. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Thank you for the honor and privilege you have entrusted me with in allowing me to serve as your elected State Delegate.
With the election behind us, I've been able to focus more on what the future holds, and preparing legislation for the 2020 session of the General Assembly. As you can imagine, it will be more difficult to implement good policies in the next couple of years, but I'm hopeful that I can continue to make good progress on some of my ongoing efforts.
What’s ahead for Virginia? I will make an optimistic forecast for conservatives. After mourning over unsuccessful contests fades, we will persevere, of that I am certain. The same love of righteousness that causes us to sacrifice so much in the face of horrible odds does not wither when a battle is lost, it will intensify. It is our faith in our Creator, our love for family, and, finally, the freedom that is ingrained in us that will never yield to those who would take away what God has given to us.
The 2019 election is upon us- tomorrow is the big day! Besides my own campaign, there are several other critical legislative and local races in our area.
We need volunteers to distribute Republican Sample Ballots at polling places from Leesburg to Winchester tomorrow. If you can help out, please let us know.
Thank you again for all your support, and let's all vote, pray and work hard for victory tomorrow!
We are less than two weeks from Election Day, so here are 5 things to remember:
1. Please join us for an event Sunday in Winchester...
2. Let us know if you can help...
3. Midnight today- final fundraising deadline...
4. Please pray for our great Commonwealth...
5. Be sure to vote Republican absentee or on November 5th...
Hope You Can Stop By Next Saturday. Psst: I'll be Disclosing What The President Thinks About My Campaign
Okay, the subject is a bit of a stretch. He hasn't actually said anything yet...
RJ and Judy Hall are opening up their lovely home to help me pull together what we need to finish strong in my reelection campaign.
My dear wife Joanne is helping Judy Hall prepare some yummy appetizers and I promise not to talk long if you stop by.
I hope to see you there.
Details of the event and how to RSVP are here!
A working group of Del. Dave LaRock, Supervisors Geary Higgins and Tony Buffington and The Hon. Randy Minchew announced today a collaborative effort called the Western Loudoun Telecommunication Initiative.
The focus of the WESTERN LOUDOUN TELECOMMUNICATION INITIATIVE is to expedite expansion of privately-owned telecommunications infrastructure in underserved areas in western Loudoun County.
This 2019 election is a high-stakes contest, and we are all in. Joanne and I go out with our teams several days a week meeting folks at their homes. We average 8-10 miles walked and hundreds of stairs on any given Saturday because it matters so much that we hold this seat.
We're entering the final sprint, with less than 40 days to the finish line on Election Day. It's been busy and the events are many. I would be honored to have you join me at RJ and Judy Hall's home just North of Leesburg for some food, fellowship and updates on the campaign.
During the 2019 General Assembly Session, the Republican-led General Assembly fought tooth and nail against Democrats just to give your money back to you. Anticipating the effect of the Trump Tax Reform, we set aside nearly $450 million for a Taxpayer Relief Fund to give money back to the hard-working families who earned the money in the first place. This decision is a perfect example of how we as Republicans respect your right to keep the fruit of your labor (your money), and will go to bat for you.
Election Day is approaching, and I want to thank the many people who have been so generous to share hard-earned dollars with my campaign. We use that money frugally. As I go to homes around the 33rd District, lots of people are not yet thinking much about the election. With the financial support you send, we purchase the resources we need to draw voters in.
It’s back-to-school and off-to-college time! I’m thrilled to share some great news about Virginia K-12 and higher education. I’ve served on the House Education Committee for five years and seen firsthand the long-term Republican commitment to education -- both quality and safety. This commitment is paying big dividends, and it shows.
Virginia's annual Tax Free Weekend is running now through 11:59pm Sunday, Aug. 4.
During the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, you can buy qualifying goods such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.
Did you know that the Virginia General Assembly is the longest-continuously-operating legislative body in the Western Hemisphere? On December 6, 1606, the journey to Virginia began on three ships: the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery. In 1607, 104 English men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement. And so it began. On July 30, 1619, newly appointed Governor Yeardley called for the first representative legislative assembly. This was the beginning of representative government that is now the Virginia House of Delegates. Despite enormous adversity, the settlers stayed the course or died trying.
You may have heard that CNBC just named Virginia the Best State for Business in the Country, a great sign for our strong economy and the future of our Commonwealth.
In related news, we learned this week that Virginia ended FY2019 with a $778 million surplus, most of which will be sent back to taxpayers this fall. This is great news for Virginia’s middle-class families. This surplus means that Virginia taxpayers will get their $110 or $220 rebate checks in October, as planned.
On this Independence weekend I am preparing for the July 9th Special Session called by Governor Northam. He is wasting $50,000 a day for the sole purposes of hammering away at our constitutionally protected right to self-defense and scoring political points.
I'll be pushing to protect the right to protect self and family even in public buildings.
The new 2.1% Regional Gas Tax for the I-81 Corridor goes into effect July 1, 2019. The I-81 Committee will begin meeting soon to prioritize and plan about $2 billion in projects to be completed over the next ten years, starting with the projects included in last year's plan. And with new dedicated funding for the corridor, our Congressional representatives are working to bring additional funding to make more improvements even faster!
My Democrat opponent is bringing in lots of out-of-state money and it looks like she has volunteers from out-of-state canvasing for her already.
So if you find the thought of NOT having Dave LaRock on your side in the 2020 session unBearable, please help me fight back to hold this seat.
Governor Northam has set the date of the Special Session for Tuesday, July 9th. The terrible shooting incident that occurred in Virginia Beach is still painfully fresh in everyone’s mind, especially the 12 families that lost loved ones.
How much thought went into this? Probably about as much forethought as he gave before offering to do the Moonwalk in a press conference. If only his wife had let him do it!
Delegate Dave LaRock, Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, Delegate Tim Hugo and other co-patrons of Virginia’s landmark transportation reform legislation, House Bill 2 (HB 2) from the 2014 session, sent a letter to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on Friday, outlining concerns that the CTB’s action this year on directing state transportation funding violates the legislative intent of HB 2 and other legislation.
You're not going to believe this!
Remember Del. Kathy Tran? The Fairfax Democrat who sparked a worldwide firestorm when she tried to pass a bill that would allow a woman to request an abortion for virtually any reason even as she was going into labor?
You would have thought my opponent, Mavis Taintor, might have realized this extreme anti-child bill is a bad idea.... NOPE! Some people are just tone deaf.
After spending most of January and February looking out for you in Richmond as your elected delegate, I've been back home working intently to untangle the state road funding boondoggle that is shortchanging our region in a big way. It’s been busy; because, as you probably know, I am the last Republican delegate representing Loudoun County. I have been nominated by the Republican party to run for re-election, so I will be working hard campaigning this summer.
Broadband facilitates business activity, education, entertainment, healthcare, and other vital services available through the internet. Meeting with the public in this broadband town hall, and others in the future, will help identify and address the need to deploy broadband into all rural areas in the district. I hope constituents will come out to this event to be updated on the efforts to extend broadband throughout the district and to share insights on their needs and ideas.
In January of this year, the Northam administration announced their recommendations for another two years of state funding for transportation projects. Unfortunately, they recommended sending 92% of the money allocated in Northern Virginia to transit projects. A public hearing on these funding allocations will be held tonight, and I intend to voice my objections to the recommended project list and demand the monies be disbursed on a revised and fair set of recommendations, and hope many others will do the same!
Delegate Dave LaRock and Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser announced today that they will be hosting a “Broadband Town Hall Meeting.” The event will take place at the Carver Center in Purcellville, with doors opening at 6:30pm, and formal presentation and discussion from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
The event will bring state and local elected officials together with the public and representatives of broadband providers in the area.
As you know, I've opposed the tolls on I-66 Inside the Beltway (ITB) ever since Gov. Terry McAuliffe first proposed them in 2015.
Over the first two years of the program, while about $17 million in new bus service in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax has been funded with the I-66 ITB tolls, a lot of projects with, shall we say, "less obvious" benefits have also been funded.
Allocation of the next year of your toll money to various projects by the NVTC will be up for public input at two upcoming meetings. Once again, there is a good possibility that millions of dollars will go to program admin, advertising (trying to get people to abandon their cars for transit) and buying bikes.Read more here...
"Northern Virginia’s notorious congestion will not go away if 70% of the estimated benefit of projects comes from Land use, Economic Development, and Accessibility; with another 18% from Environment,” said Del. Dave LaRock. “I am pressing for a thorough revision to the Smart Scale process to significantly increase the weighting of congestion relief and get this rating program fixed and functioning so our precious dollars benefit drivers and not developers.”
On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond for the Reconvened Session.
One of the measures Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has sent down for our consideration comes at the request of Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin): a budget amendment that would end the punitive practice in Virginia of suspending a driver’s license for unpaid court fines and fees. This initiative seeks to strike a meaningful balance between ensuring accountability within our laws and providing a common-sense path for hundreds of thousands of Virginians toward redemption.