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.