J. Randy Forbes

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

How the Port of Virginia Works: An Explainer

2015/04/13

67 million tons. That is the total amount of cargo that the Port of Virginia moved in 2014 at a value of roughly $71.4 billion. The incredible thing about those impressive numbers is that they provide only a small glimpse into the value that our ports provide to the Fourth District, the Commonwealth, and the entire country.  Every day, our ports move cargo in and out of Virginia, bringing goods and supplies to shop owners, farmers, manufacturing companies, warehouses, retail stores, and more. They allow businesses to meet their growth goals, better serve customers, and move agricultural products. But how exactly does the Port of Virginia work? And what are all of its benefits to the Commonwealth?

Here is what you need to know about the Port of Virginia:

What is the Port of Virginia?

                (Photo by Tom Saunders, VDOT)

The Port of Virginia is a collection of terminals and logistics operations that receive and transport cargo goods to and from markets around the world. Although the Port mainly transfers consumer goods, its deep-water harbor supports the world’s largest naval base, and a robust shipbuilding and ship repair industry.

The Port is considered Virginia’s gateway to international commerce. 30 international shipping lines provide direct service to and from Virginia, connecting those shippers’ goods to an interconnected system of highways, railroads, waterways and airways.

Where are Virginia’s ports exactly?

There are seven total terminals that make up the Port of Virginia: Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminal, Virginia International Gateway Terminal, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Port of Richmond, Virginia Inland Port, and Craney Island.
                                                             
(Photo source: PortofVirginia.com)

These terminals are located at strategic points throughout the Commonwealth, with several in and around Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District.

The Port of Virginia is one of the busiest ports on the east coast, processing over 2.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units, which are a standard-size shipping container) in 2014, roughly 13% of the east coast market share (second only to New York City’s 32% and Savannah, Georgia’s 18%).

What do Virginia’s ports do for our economy?

The Port is a major employer and economic driver for the Commonwealth. In Fiscal Year 2013, the Port of Virginia brought in over $60 billion in revenue to the Commonwealth.  Additionally, nearly ten percent of the Commonwealth’s total resident workforce is linked to Virginia’s port terminals, and the Port has played a key role in helping to attract over 700 internationally-owned companies (and over $4 billion in international investments) to Virginia.

“The Port of Virginia is having positive effects on spending, employee compensation, employment and taxes,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, in a news release. “As the port grows, so do its benefits to the businesses and taxpayers of Virginia.”

What makes Virginia’s ports so appealing to shippers?

Virginia’s ports are well known to shippers around the world because Virginia’s centrally located, ice-free harbors are only 18 miles (a short 2.5 hour sail) from open sea. The Port also has 50-foot-deep channels, some of the deepest on the East Coast, and is the only East Coast Port with authorization to dredge its channels to 55-feet. This puts Hampton Roads and the Commonwealth at an advantage over other ports because Virginia is able to receive some of the largest cargo ships in the world -- when other states or ports cannot.  The Port is also one of the most technologically advanced in the world, housing one of only two fully-automated terminal facilities in the United States and can process over one-million TEUs a year.
                                                      
(The fully-automated Virginia International Gateway terminal is able to stack over 1 million containers nearly 18 inches apart. Photo source:Journal of Commerce)

Where do goods go once they arrive at the Port?

Virginia’s ports are supported by a highly effective inland transportation system, from ground transportation to rail. In 2014, 63% of cargo in the Port was moved by truck, 33% was moved by rail, and 4% was moved by barge. The Port of Virginia boasts a total of 30 miles of on-dock rail, which streamlines the process of moving cargo from ships to rail.
                                                      
(Source: PortofVirginia.com)

Because of the Port of Virginia’s rail infrastructure, it is able to connect to businesses across the United States. Norfolk Southern and CSX – two of the nation’s biggest railroads – run goods from Virginia’s ports across large swaths of the United States.

What are the major issues facing Virginia’s ports?

Overall, the Port of Virginia is a strong link in Virginia’s economic chain. Recently, the Port has seen increased cargo traffic as a result of an improving economy and a West Coast port slowdown that drove traffic to the East Coast.

Today, the Port is focused on retaining the increased cargo traffic and making appropriate preparations for increased international shipping, trade, and transport.  Two key elements of this equation are the continuation of dredging efforts to reach a channel depth of 55 feet, maintaining the Port’s competitive advantage over other East Coast Ports racing to deepen their own channels, and expanding terminal operations to Craney Island to help meet rising container volumes and consumer demand.  In order for Virginia to stay competitive as an economic hub, the Port must continue to innovate and enhance its operations.
             

Looking ahead….

Virginia’s ports boast a future bright with potential for continued growth, productivity, and even greater value to Hampton Roads and shippers across the globe. With the Panama Canal expansion on the horizon, a significant boost in the amount of cargo moved through the canal and between hemispheres is expected. That’s why I serve on the Congressional Panama Canal Expansion Caucus, to assist in positioning the Port of Virginia to take advantage of this enormous opportunity for economic growth. The preparation of the Port of Virginia to handle this expansion and the post-panamax ships signals our commitment to a new era in global commerce – making the Port of Virginia an even more attractive option for shippers around the world. Virginia’s ports represent an important piece of our future and, with our commitment and support, we can help to ensure it will be a bright one. Read More

Forbes Releases Statement on ONI Report on Chinese Navy

2015/04/13

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, released the following statement on the Office of Naval Intelligence’s recent report on the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN):

“ONI’s report makes clear that China is acting decisively to alter the military balance in the Asia-Pacific in its favor while simultaneously asserting its territorial claims in an increasingly destabilizing manner,” Congressman Forbes said. “The active deployment of a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile on both surface and undersea platforms, qualitative advances in its naval forces across multiple domains, and the steady expansion of coast guard assets to push territorial claims against China’s neighbors indicate a continued effort to alter the regional status quo through the threat of military coercion. The United States, its allies, and partners must continue to advocate a regional order based on freedom of access, peaceful dispute resolution, and adherence to internationally-agreed upon norms.” 





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Forbes Releases Statement on New 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan

2015/04/06

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the Navy’s new 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan:

“The Navy’s updated shipbuilding plan presumes that the next Administration will significantly increase shipbuilding funds to meet minimum navy requirements. It is obvious that the Navy still isn’t getting the resources it needs to secure our interests as a maritime nation. I remain extremely concerned that sequestration and the lack of additional resources for our future national sea-based deterrent threatens to scuttle key elements of the shipbuilding plan. In light of the alarming growth of our competitors’ capabilities and capacity, it is critical that we begin the process of moving our Fleet’s curve lines to better meet the challenges ahead.”

 

 

 

 

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Beware of these Scams

2015/04/03

Your phone rings. The caller ID reads “Internal Revenue Service.”  It’s the IRS calling to tell you that you owe taxes.  The agent on the phone provides their name and badge number, and the agent provides the last four digits of your Social Security number as verification. The agent tells you the amount of taxes that you owe, threatens consequences of the failure to pay back taxes such as loss of business license or jail time, and takes any questions you may have.  Next, they provide you with details on how to pay your back taxes through debit card or wire transfer.

Now the question ­– is the IRS agent real or fake?

The answer is: fake. This is the scenario of one of the latest consumer scams, which has many Americans sending their hard-earned dollars to the “IRS” only to find out that they have fallen victim to financial theft.

I shared this scenario last year. Unfortunately, it’s still one of the top reported consumer scams in the United States. In fact, tax-related identity theft was the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2014, while the number of complaints from consumers about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013, according to FTC statistics.

Internet and telephone consumer scams that result in identity or financial theft are becoming more sophisticated and they are often unidentifiable at first blush. Here are three recent scams to be aware of, according to the Better Business Bureau's Top Ten Scams of 2014:

The Grandchild Emergency Scam

Scammers call pretending to be a grandchild who was arrested and robbed and needs money ASAP. They start by saying "Grandma? Can you hear me ok?" They'll wait for the grandparent to say a grandchild's name ("Justin? Is that you sweetheart?"). Scammers then use emotional pleas to ask for money. For instance, they might say, "Please don't call my parents - I know they will be mad at me, but I need help and you are the only person I could turn to to bail me out. I need $5,000 for bail." They'll provide instructions for wiring money. Typically, these scams target older individuals who are likely to help a grandchild with no questions asked.

The Tech Support Scam

Scammers use phone call or internet pop ups on your computer. They claim to be an individual from Microsoft, Apple, or another tech company. They tell you that they received an alert that there are errors that need to be repaired on your computer. They will attempt to get remote access to your computer in order to "repair" the bug. These scams often happen at a workplace, where you may be more inclined to share information with a tech support group.

The Click Bait Scam

Scammers use popular news, like breaking news stories, celebrity images, or other enticing stories to bait you to click on a video or photograph. The click leads you to unintentionally download malware to your computer.

So how can individuals protect themselves against scams such as these? In this day of technology, consumers must learn to be vigilant in sharing and protecting personal information no matter what the platform. The following steps may help in protecting you from a scam:

First, verify the person you are speaking with or the link you have received is who he, she, or it claims to be. In all of the instances above (and with most telephone and internet scams), the scammers request personal information over a non-secure site (your mobile device, a website, or over the phone). Often, institutions have policies that state they will never request personal information by email, text, or social media. When in doubt, hang up and call the institution or agency using a phone number listed on an old bank statement, from an official website, or other trusted document. If the request is legitimate, the person will be able to direct you to an agent for assistance.

Second, don’t send money to someone you don’t know. Agencies like the IRS usually first contact people by mail about unpaid taxes. Again, calling the agency using a phone number from a trusted source will help verify an appropriate method for any necessary payments. If you use online auction sites (like eBay), the FTC recommends using a payment option that provides protection, like a credit card.  If a caller says that they are someone you know, the FBI recommends calling another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate. The FBI also recommends never wiring money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail because, "wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you can’t get it back." http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/april/grandparent_040212

Third, learn how to keep your personal information secure online and offline. The FTC has tips for anything from securing your Social Security number to keeping your mobile devices secure: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0272-how-keep-your-personal-information-secure.

Finally, stay up to date on the latest scams. If you suspect you’re the target of a scam, do a quick search through Google or another search engine to see if something similar has been reported in the news. The Federal Trade Commission regularly posts scam alerts on its website. You can sign up to receive scam alerts by email, too:http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

If you think you may have fallen victim to a scam, report the incident to the FTC at http://www.ftc.gov/complaint. Also, report scams to your state Attorney General. In Virginia, those complaints can be filed at http://www.oag.state.va.us/index.php/citizen-resources/consumer-protectionRead More

Why National Defense is more than a line in the budget

2015/03/31

Recently, I attended a briefing in which military officers and intelligence experts sought to explain the various national security crises confronting the United States. The information itself was not particularly new- the brutality of ISIS, Russia’s adventurism in Eastern Europe, and China’s continued military advancements and regional provocations are well-known. However, what especially caught my attention was the sheer number of experts, representing nearly every region of the world, appearing before us to explain the serious security problems impacting their area of responsibility. This reaffirmed for me a disturbing trend over the last several years: not only is the international situation becoming increasingly dangerous, but that instability is becoming more and more global. 

The proliferation of national security challenges facing our country, from aggressive regional powers to transnational terrorists, should remind us of an essential Constitutional responsibility that too many in Washington have recently chosen to overlook: providing for the common defense. Ensuring that the United States military is capable of protecting our country and guaranteeing our liberties is not merely another line in a budget: it is the core responsibility of the Federal Government. 

For the past several years, Administration officials and many elected representatives have treated our national defense budget like a faucet that one can turn on and off.  In the process, they’ve attempted to put band-aids over any leaks. But the problem with this is that a strong national defense is not something that can be turned on with the push of a button. The devastating cuts imposed by sequestration have not only severely impacted our military’s training and readiness; they have made it nearly impossible for our services to plan for the future. Over the long run, these cuts threaten the military’s ability to deter potential aggressors, prevent unnecessary wars and, if absolutely needed as a last resort, prevail in a conflict. 

But don’t just take my word that we are rapidly approaching a crisis for national defense. The Chiefs of our military services have all warned of the dangers facing their organizations due to unnecessary and harmful budget cuts. The Commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific warns that, should the United States Navy continue to shrink, we risk becoming merely a regional rather than a global power. Other Combatant Commanders have sounded similar alarms.

Unfortunately, the budget recently introduced by President Obama fails to solve this impending crisis. As the leaders of the Army and Marine Corps recently told me, this budget can merely prepare the military for the conflicts of the previous decade rather than readying it to meet future threats. To truly reverse these trends, policymakers must start investing in the type of military this country requires – both today, and tomorrow.

To begin with, defense must be removed from sequestration. I recently asked the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, what the impact of sequestration will be on our military. He replied that it would be “devastating”. I could not agree more, and it is essential that Congress and the Administration begin working together before further harm is visited on our men and women in uniform.

But while ending sequestration for defense will begin the process of rebuilding our military, it is not enough to prepare us for the challenges of the future. The rise of China, the resurgence of Russia, and the rapid progress of Iran towards a nuclear weapon have shown that the traditional American advantage in technology is not guaranteed. We must continue to invest in research and development, and encourage the types of innovative, unconventional thinking that gave us stealth technology, guided missiles like the Tomahawk and advanced satellites. The investments we make today will ensure that our children and grandchildren continue to enjoy the freedom and security we have enjoyed.

Ultimately, national defense is about the men and women who choose to wear our nation’s uniform. They will fight to defend this nation, no matter what. The real question is whether we will adequately equip and empower them to accomplish their mission, both now and in the decades to come. Congress holds the purse strings. And it’s time we made a wise, long-term investment in the future security of our nation. It’s not just about what we should spend, it is about what we must spend. Because if we get defense wrong, nothing else matters. Read More

Press Release: Forbes Leads Letter to Navy on Religious Protections for Military Chaplains

2015/03/30

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, led over 30 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, and Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Chief of Chaplains for the Navy, urging the Navy to reinforce policies currently in place that protect military chaplains’ freedom to practice their religion according to the tenets of their faith.

In the letter, Members expressed concern over the chilling effect cases like that of Chaplain Wesley Modder have on the ability of servicemembers and chaplains to freely exercise their faith. Chaplain Modder’s commanding officer requested that he be Detached for Cause based on an investigation report initiated by complaints about his religious views.

“As a reassurance to chaplains, sailors, and the public, we would like confirmation as to what steps the Navy is taking to reinforce the policies and protections in place for servicemembers and chaplains to freely exercise their religiously-informed beliefs,” Members wrote, “including the freedom of chaplains to adhere to the tenets of their faith as they perform and provide in all aspects of their ministry, including in counseling sessions.  We also request information as to how the Navy has been implementing the conscience protections passed by Congress and what training has been provided to chaplains, JAG officers, Equal Opportunity officers, and commanding officers.”

The letter also inquires into the specific case of Chaplain Wesley Modder, requesting an outline of the process and timeline of the investigations being conducted, to ensure they are conducted in accordance with the laws protecting a chaplain’s right to express and conduct him or herself according to religious beliefs. 

The full text of the letter can be found, here.

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Forbes: Will Administration Risk American Lives Against Terrorists Exchanged for Bergdahl?

2015/03/25

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement on the desertion charges filed against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

“As the charges against Sgt. Bergdahl move forward in our military justice system, the question remains whether this Administration is prepared to put more American lives at risk to pursue the terrorists who were released from our custody in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl? I find it unconscionable that this Administration was willing to release five sworn enemies of this country and potentially place more American lives at risk when these terrorists inevitably resume their war against the United States. That more American military personnel will likely be in jeopardy because of this prisoner exchange is simply a tragedy.”

Congressman Forbes raised this issue with then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on June 11, 2014.

 

 

 

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Press Release: Forbes Announces 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/03/24

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) invites all interested high school students to participate in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. According to a tradition which began in 1982, this annual art competition offers high school students from the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia, and across the country, an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the United States Capitol.

“The Congressional Art Competition reinforces the important role of fine arts curriculum in our schools, and provides an excellent opportunity for budding artists to showcase their talent and the results of their efforts,” Forbes said. “I am proud of the skill and hard work of our Fourth District students, and look forward to seeing their creativity once again this year.”

Every year, each Member of Congress is given the opportunity to choose one piece of art from their Congressional District to display in the Cannon Tunnel, a path tread by many visitors and Members of Congress as they make their way to the U.S. Capitol Building. The winner from the Fourth District will also be invited to Washington, D.C. to meet Congressman Forbes and attend the annual unveiling ceremony this summer.

Last year’s winner from Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District was Sarah Crockett of Midlothian. Her award winning self portrait is pictured here.

Guidelines and information packets are being sent to all high schools in the Fourth Congressional District. Students wishing to participate must submit their artwork no later than Wednesday, April 22, 2015. All entries must be sent to one of Congressman Forbes’ district offices in Chesterfield or Chesapeake.

Additional information is available on Congressman Forbes’ website at http://forbes.house.gov/constituentservices/artscompetition.htm, including official guidelines and information.  Students may also contact Meggie Trusty in Congressman Forbes’ Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-6365 for more information

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Today: Forbes to Chair Seapower Hearing on New Maritime Strategy

2015/03/18

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will chair a hearing on the “Naval Cooperative Strategy” on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

“The new Maritime Strategy is a unique opportunity to speak holistically about U.S. naval power and to encourage a culture of strategic thinking inside the Navy,” Congressman Forbes said. “The Navy has used this Strategy to make important progress and I look forward to continuing a discussion on how we can best position the service for the future.”

WHAT:
Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing on the “Naval Cooperative Strategy”.

WHO:
Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel, USCG, Deputy Commandant for Operations; Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell, Jr., USMC, Assistant Deputy Commandant for Combat Development & Integration and Deputy Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and Rear Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, USN, Acting Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans & Strategy (N3/N5).

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

WHERE:
2118 Rayburn House Office Building



 

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Forbes to Carter: Administration Putting IRS, EPA Above National Security

2015/03/18

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, today questioned Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on the President’s threat to veto legislation that removes defense spending from sequestration.

“Secretary Carter has admitted that sequestration is devastating to our national defense. Yet the President has threatened to veto legislation removing defense from sequestration. I find it simply unconscionable that the Administration is jeopardizing our national security in order to avoid cuts at the Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and other domestic agencies,” Congressman Forbes said. “The United States military should not be held hostage by the Administration.”




 

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Placed prominently on the wall of Congressman Randy Forbes’ Washington office is a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence surrounded by portraits of the fifty-six founding fathers who signed the document asserting our nation’s freedom. Frequently when Randy is in our nation’s capital, he can be found personally escorting constituents through his office to tell the story of how this powerful document and its signatories serve as reminder of the sacrifices that were made during birth of our nation and the weight of responsibility on elected officials to preserve the freedom for which so many have fought and died.

Since his constituents elected him to Congress in 2001, one of Randy’s key priorities has been to protect and defend our nation. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Randy is responsible for the research, development, acquisition, and sustainment of Navy and Marine Corps programs as well as the Air Force’s bomber and tanker fleets. Randy’s position is central in developing the nation’s long-term strategies to meet our future security needs. As a result of his work on behalf of our military, in 2009, Randy became one of only a few individuals to have been honored with the highest civilian award offered by both the United States Army and the United States Navy.

In a time of broken government and stale ideas, Randy has focused on legislative solutions that have proven to be refreshing alternative to the status quo. His much-hailed New Manhattan Project for Energy led the Wall Street Journal to ask: “Why is Randy Forbes all alone? … The surprising thing is that there aren’t 100 Randy Forbes out there, issuing similar calls to arms to seize this moment and finally cure the country’s oil addiction.” The Virginian Pilot, similarly, commented: “Outrage won’t solve the nation’s energy troubles, or safeguard jobs. For that, you need something else, something Forbes is displaying: Leadership.”

Randy has rejected Washington political rhetoric and has instead focused on solutions-based leadership to tackle issues such as economic recovery, health care, tax reform and government spending. In health care, Randy has introduced proposals to protect seniors and individuals with preexisting conditions from health insurance cancellation, to harness the potential in ethical stem-cell research, and to double the investment the federal government is making in research to cure diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. His work has earned him the award, “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights.” In addition, Randy has introduced legislation to improve efficiency in government agencies, and he has been named a “Hero of Taxpayers”. Instead of abandoning sound fiscal policy in the face of economic challenge, Randy was one of only 17 Members of Congress to vote against each stimulus and bailout package under both the Bush and Obama Administrations.

Randy founded and chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus and has led this group of bipartisan Members in national efforts to protect prayer and our nation’s spiritual history. He is known as a skilled orator on the Judiciary Committee and, as the former Ranking Member of the Crime Subcommittee, Randy is often called upon to lead the debate on national issues such as gang crime or immigration reform. As founder and chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, Randy has introduced legislation to combat Chinese espionage and is frequently tapped as a national commentator on Sino-American relations. Groups as diverse as the US Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP, the National Taxpayers Union, and the American Farm Bureau Federation have all recognized the work Randy has done in Congress – a testament to Randy’s independent problem-solving and focus on bipartisan solutions.

While Randy’s legislative proposals have received significant national and local attention, Randy’s commitment to improving quality of life for his constituents has been the hallmark of his career in Congress. Randy places a high-priority on partnering with community leaders and elected officials of all political persuasions to bring about greater economic prosperity, increased educational opportunities, safer communities, and improved local transportation and infrastructure for the Fourth District. His work to position Fort Lee through the last BRAC round led to the arrival of nearly 12,000 jobs in the Chesterfield/Tri-Cities area and his work as founder and chairman of the Congressional Modeling & Simulation Caucus has elevated Hampton Roads as a premier destination for high-paying tech jobs.

Working in Washington has not changed Randy’s enthusiasm for serving those that elected him. Richmond Times Dispatch noted Randy has “earned a reputation for constituent service” for his ability to cut through red tape and for his unparalleled constituent communications. Randy publishes a weekly email newsletter with over 85,000 subscribers that includes commentary and as well as factual information on the issues before Congress.

Randy has long worked under the belief that transparency is a key condition of good government. In addition to his unparalleled work to inform and solicit input from his constituents, Randy was one of the first members of Congress to publish appropriations requests to his website, causing the Richmond Times Dispatch to call him, “an admirable example for openness.” His website was selected by the Congressional Management Foundation as one of the best websites in Congress and was specifically commended for offering constituents a “clear understanding of his work in Congress”.

A life-long resident of Virginia, Randy began his career in private law practice helping small and medium-sized businesses and ultimately became a partner in the largest law firm in southeastern Virginia. From 1989-2001, he served the Commonwealth of Virginia in the General Assembly. As a member of the House of Delegates, he served 7 years, quickly establishing himself and serving as the Floor Leader until his election to the State Senate in 1997. One year later, he became the Senate Floor Leader. He served in the State Senate for 3 1/2 years, until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Randy graduated from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake in 1970. He was valedictorian of his 1974 class at Randolph-Macon College. In 1977, Randy graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Randy attends Great Bridge Baptist Church, where he has taught adult Sunday school for over 20 years. He was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia where he still resides with his wife Shirley. He and Shirley have been married since 1978 and have four children: Neil, Jamie, Jordan, and Justin.


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