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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM...”Great job - you are a hero - you’re fired!”


Dear Friends,

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom plaque in the House of Delegates chamber

During the COVID pandemic, Virginia saw a level of tyranny that was astounding.

Governor Northam acted with total disregard for the law and trampled God-given rights. He closed churches, businesses, and schools.

Following Northam’s lead, many businesses and universities were no better, attempting to force people to vaccinate, wear masks, and stay home, with a few exceptions.


As I ask for the privilege of continuing my service in the General Assembly as Senator from the 1st Senate District, I want you to know how hard we work to make sure people are treated fairly and government honors our rights.


And if people and businesses are mistreated, you can be sure I’ll work to amplify their voices and demand justice.


The Federalist Recognizes Dave LaRock Standing up for Religious Freedom

The Federalist: Virginia AG Probes Mounting Religious Discrimination Cases After Hospital Revoked Covid Jab Exemptions

When nurses were being fired for exercising their choice to rely on natural immunity to Covid and not be vaccinated, some hospitals decided to regard last year’s heroes as disposable.

From The Federalist:

Del. Dave LaRock addressed Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office in a letter last spring citing widespread discrimination against constituents choosing a religious exemption to the Covid-19 vaccine. Investigating the issue further, LaRock found that Inova health care workers who had been terminated for refusing the vaccine had not been offered reasonable accommodations, as required by federal law.

“These workers are being threatened with denial of unemployment benefits as employers misrepresent these terminations as voluntary,” LaRock wrote.

“Most, or perhaps all, of these workers who have chosen a religious exemption are being punished and discriminated against for a decision based on deeply held beliefs in direct violation of the protections contained in our Virginia Constitution and various statutes.”

LaRock has documentation that employees fired due to denied religious exemptions may have had unemployment benefits withheld.


The Federalist: Un-vaxxed UVA Health Care Worker Who Clocked Overtime Covid Hours Was Denied Religious Exemption And Fired

Dr. Sheppard reached out to me for help and we went to bat for her. Not only were her rights being violated, The University of Virginia was tossing out an extremely valuable employee whose work as a medical doctor undoubtedly saved lives.

Again, from The Federalist:

“In 2019, Chelsea Sheppard was saving lives and instructing medical students at the University of Virginia (UVA). When the pandemic hit, she would take on extra shifts and follow all the university’s health requirements.

“I worked for two years through the pandemic,” she said. “I worked overtime. I followed all of the rules. I wore masks on campus...”

Del. Dave LaRock has been hearing from health care workers across the commonwealth — dedicated, well-trained, and experienced workers who were lauded as “heroes” during the pandemic and then, like Sheppard, terminated after being denied religious exemptions to the vaccine.

Taxpayer dollars, LaRock noted, are being used to fight against at least one Virginian “wrongfully terminated” after refusing an employer-mandated vaccine for deeply held personal convictions.

In recent years a huge portion of my time has been spent protecting Virginians from unconstitutional abuse of power.

Please keep me on the job, so I can keep making sure the government works for the people - not against them.

Thank you for your support, and I hope you will click here to join my efforts to make our communities and Commonwealth a better place for us all!

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Thanks again for the honor of serving you. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you!

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email my office at 540-751-8364 or You can also follow me on Twitter @DaveLaRock4VA and my Facebook page to keep up to date. I'm also now on MeWe and Telegram.


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