J. Randy Forbes

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

Forbes Leads Members in Urging Navy to Keep Bibles in Lodging Facilities

2014/08/27

Washington, DC - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), led 25 Members of Congress in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, urging that donated religious materials remain in the guest rooms at Navy Lodge facilities. Last week, it came to light at the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) had issued a memo for the removal of Bibles currently in Navy Lodge guest rooms after NEXCOM received a complaint. After significant pushback, however, the Navy announced that the decision was being reconsidered.

The letter acknowledges the Navy’s announcement that the Bibles will be replaced, pending review, and requests confirmation that the Bibles have in fact been replaced. The Members note, “The mere presence of a Bible or other religious text—texts which are typically placed out of sight in a nightstand drawer—coerces no one. The Establishment Clause does not require that you remove the Bibles from the guest rooms.”

“I am concerned that military officials have repeatedly capitulated to demands by organizations that seek to scrub the military of all references of faith,” stated Congressman Forbes. “I am glad that the Navy has indicated the Bibles will be returned. The Constitution prohibits the government from coercing its citizens in their religious beliefs; it does not require that all vestiges of faith be scrubbed from view.”

Congressman Forbes is the Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan group of over 100 Members of Congress committed to defending America’s heritage of religious freedom. More information on his work protecting the religious liberties of our servicemembers is available, here.

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Forbes Releases Statement on Fort Lee Shooting

2014/08/25

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement on the shooting at Fort Lee, Virginia:

“This morning we were saddened by the frightening news out of Fort Lee but relieved that the perpetrator has been disarmed and there were no additional injuries. I commend Fort Lee leadership, the workforce and law enforcement for their effective response to this incident. My office is in close communication with Fort Lee and I stand ready to assist the leadership of Fort Lee and surrounding communities as the investigation of this incident begins.”


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Forbes to Tour Manufacturing Plants in the Fourth District

2014/08/13

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today that he will be conducting a tour of manufacturing companies in the Tri-Cities/Richmond area on Wednesday and Thursday, August 20-21, 2014, to meet with the employees and business leaders who serve as the engine behind this key industry in the Fourth District.

“Reinvigorating American manufacturing and strengthening the companies that are in the U.S. and the Fourth District by creating a national manufacturing strategy, reducing burdensome regulations, and lowering tax burdens, is essential to the economic future of our country, as well to maintaining the rich manufacturing legacy of the Fourth District,” said Congressman Forbes. “I remain committed to doing all that I can to ensure government acts as an enabler to economic growth rather than a barrier.”

Congressman Forbes has received the National Association of Manufacturers’ Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence in recognition of his work to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing base. He has also been awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” Award by the National Federation of Independent Business and the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his work on behalf of businesses.

 WHO: Congressman J. Randy Forbes

 WHAT:A tour of manufacturing plants in the Fourth District

 WHEN: August 20-21, 2014

 WHERE: Congressman Forbes will tour a variety of manufacturing plants, including Honeywell International, Inc., Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation, RockTenn, and MeadWestvaco. He will also be visiting the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and participating in an industry roundtable discussion.

For more information, please contact Hailey Sadler via email at hailey.sadler@mail.house.gov.

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Sussex County

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm, at the Sussex County Government Center, 20135 Princeton Road, Sussex, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Southampton County

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm, at the Southampton County Office Center, 26022 Administration Center Drive, Courtland, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Smithfield

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm, at the Blackwater Regional Library, 255 James Street, Smithfield, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Suffolk

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, at theSuffolk Visitor Center, 524 North Main Street, Suffolk, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Emporia

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 201 S. Main Street, Emporia, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Franklin

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm, at City Hall, 207 West Second Avenue, Franklin, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Greensville County

2014/08/01

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that a representative from his office will hold open office hours on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm, in the County Administrator’s Conference Room, 1781 Greensville County Circle, Emporia, VA.

Curtis Byrd, District Director, will be available to provide assistance with a variety of constituent services and discuss issues facing the region.

While an appointment is not needed, visits will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Constituents who need further information or special accommodations may contact Congressman Forbes' District Office in Chesapeake (757) 382 - 0080.

 

 

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randyforbes.house.gov

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Armed Services

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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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Scott Rigell

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Robert Hurt

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