J. Randy Forbes

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

Your First Job and American Employment

2014/07/25

Remember with me back to the first day of your very first job. Perhaps you remember the excited and nervous pit that sat heavy in your stomach as you put on your most confident smile and walked inside. Or maybe you remember taking care to iron your uniform to neat perfection. Or maybe you remember realizing, after making your third pot of office coffee for the day, just how entry-level your position was. No matter what you remember about that first day of your first job, I’m sure you remember it clearly. It’s a part of who you are – it’s a part of your story.

Work is a fundamental part of human character. For many Americans, a job is more than a means to a paycheck. A job is hope for a future that is better than today. It’s dignity. It’s an opportunity to better one’s life and the life of a family.

So when we hear talk of jobs reports and see the rising and falling jobs numbers, it’s really more than just national data. Each statistic and each number represents a fundamental part of that person – their dignity and life’s dreams. When employment is high, families thrive, businesses grow, organizations invest in our communities, and our nation experiences prosperity.

Right now in America, the overall employment outlook is a mixed bag of ups and downs. The bottom line? Job creation isn’t moving at the pace it should be in our nation, and there are real concerns about the long-term health of our nation’s economy.

When it comes to jobs, I live by the following principle: government should be an enabler rather than a barrier to economic growth. This means Washington needs to get out of the way and allow businesses the freedom to work, earn, and achieve so they can create jobs. Truthfully, we hear a lot of talk coming out of Washington to that point. At the end of the day, however, it doesn’t matter if the jobs plan is a roadmap or a blueprint, or whether it has a snazzy headline or a #jobs hashtag. What matters is whether Americans see the differences in their communities, right down to the next door neighbor finding employment after a year-long search, or a niece securing a job before graduation, or a spouse receiving a much-deserved and long-overdue promotion or raise. When will we know the jobs outlook is improving in our nation? When Americans can see it in their own stories.

As we work towards that goal, leaders in Washington need to do everything we can to pave the way for economic growth and job creation. The opportunities come up regularly, and the solutions are often very practical. We just need to grab hold of them and start enabling growth.

I have published on my website policies that I champion to revive the American economy and bring more jobs to Americans ­– policies like repealing unnecessary and burdensome regulations to get government off the backs of businesses, overhauling our tax system to one that is simple and fair, and reinvigorating American manufacturing, to name a few.

For example, one of the tangible ways we can achieve economic growth and help create jobs in the Commonwealth of Virginia right now is by addressing misguided regulatory barriers that are blocking economic development initiatives. In a catch-22 of sorts, economic development sites have been held up for years because the developers of the sites have been unable to find a company willing to commit to a site until it is closer to completion. Yet, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) won’t grant permits when the developer doesn’t have a company committed to the site. This type of red tape is unfair and it unnecessarily stifles economic growth. I’ve cosponsored the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act, which would prevent the ACOE from holding up permits just because a developer lacks a committed company. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation will help draw employers and jobs – some to areas that have sustained economic development difficulties for a long period of time.

Another way the government can act as an enabler to growth is to serve as a catalyst between job seekers and employers. In the coming weeks, I’m hosting job fairs in Virginia’s Fourth District to provide information on available employment with area businesses. These fairs are free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about jobs in the area. In addition to meeting with area businesses, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experts on resume writing, interviewing, and job searching. The fairs will be held in Chesapeake on July 28 and in Chesterfield on August 8. More information can be found on my website www.forbes.house.gov.

When America is working, we are prosperous in more ways than one. Let’s work on moving the jobs numbers up – not for national statistics, but for individual purposes.

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Forbes to Host Job Fairs in Chesapeake and Chesterfield with 88 Employers

2014/07/24

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today that 88 area employers are scheduled to attend the job fairs he is hosting in the Fourth District this summer. The job fairs, held in Chesterfield at Lloyd C. Bird High School and in Chesapeake at Greenbrier Middle School, are free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs with area businesses.

“My hope is that these events will provide forums for employers and potential employees to learn about opportunities that are available in our region,” said Congressman Forbes, “as we continue to work to create prospects for citizens of Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District and for the Commonwealth as a whole."

In addition to meeting with area businesses, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experts on resume writing, interviewing, and job searching.

WHO: 
Congressman J. Randy Forbes
            Area employers scheduled to participate:

Chesapeake:

  • HRSD
  • Liberty Tax Service
  • AppleOne
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Southern Auto Group
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Suffolk Police Department
  • Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy
  • The Dragas Companies
  • Chesapeake Sheriff's Office
  • TFC Recycling
  • Wells Fargo
  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • 41 other area employers

 Chesterfield:

  • Georgia Pacific
  • Lesco
  • Martins Grocery Store
  • Virginia Asset Management
  • Chesterfield Fire and EMS
  • Virginia State Police
  • Chesterfield County Sheriff
  • Food Lion
  • Aflac
  • Evonik
  • 24 other area employers

 

WHAT: A job fair to provide information on available employment with area businesses.

WHEN: 
Chesterfield:                                     Chesapeake:
              Friday, August 8, 2014                     Monday, July 28, 2014
              9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                        9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
Chesterfield:                                  Chesapeake:
                 Lloyd C. Bird High School            Greenbrier Middle School
                 10301 Courthouse Road               1016 Greenbrier Parkway
                 Chesterfield, VA 23832                Chesapeake, VA 23320

Registration for attendees is required. Attendees for Chesterfield may register online at https://chesterfieldjobfair2014.eventbrite.com and attendees for Chesapeake may register at http://chesapeakejobfair2014.eventbrite.com. Employers interested in participating should call Joan Fallon at (804) 318-1363 for Chesterfield or Curtis Byrd at (757) 382-0080 for Chesapeake. Attendees should be prepared to bring their resumes and letters of reference.

 

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Tomorrow: Forbes to Chair Hearing on Future Amphibious Capabilities

2014/07/24

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will chair a hearing on “Amphibious Fleet Requirements” on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

“A robust Navy-Marine Corps amphibious capability is essential for the future of U.S. power projection,” said Chairman Forbes. “Facing a shipbuilding industrial base under pressure, an already undersized amphibious fleet, and the pending start of the LX(R) program, the Navy and Congress must work to sustain this unique Seapower capability for the challenges of the coming decades.”

WHAT:
Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing on “Amphibious Fleet Requirements”.

WHO:
Hon. Sean Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition; Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr., USMC, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9).

WHEN:
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

WHERE:
2118 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

 

 

 

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Tomorrow: Forbes to Speak on Military Innovation at The Brookings Institution

2014/07/23

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will participate in a Brookings Institution event on “The Congressional Role in U.S. Military Innovation: Preparing the Pentagon for the Warfighting Regimes of Tomorrow” on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM. Congressman Forbes will join with Congressman James Langevin (RI-02), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.

“History is filled with militaries being caught flat-footed by changes to modern warfare, or actually resisting the adoption of new technologies needed to succeed on the battlefield,” Congressman Forbes said. “The U.S. Congress has often played a critical role in military innovation, whether the dawn of the aircraft carrier or the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles. America’s future security requires a vigorous Congressional role in military innovation, encouraging the utilization of new technologies and asking the tough questions of our military leaders to ensure a military prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.”

WHAT:
Brookings Institution event entitled “The Congressional Role in U.S. Military Innovation: Preparing the Pentagon for the Warfighting Regimes of Tomorrow.”

WHO:
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee; Rep. James Langevin (RI-02), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee; and Dr. Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research for Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

WHERE:
The Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday: Forbes to Speak on Military Innovation at The Brookings Institution

2014/07/22

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will participate in a Brookings Institution event on “The Congressional Role in U.S. Military Innovation: Preparing the Pentagon for the Warfighting Regimes of Tomorrow” on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM. Congressman Forbes will join with Congressman James Langevin (RI-02), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee.

“History is filled with militaries being caught flat-footed by changes to modern warfare, or actually resisting the adoption of new technologies needed to succeed on the battlefield,” Congressman Forbes said. “The U.S. Congress has often played a critical role in military innovation, whether the dawn of the aircraft carrier or the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles. America’s future security requires a vigorous Congressional role in military innovation, encouraging the utilization of new technologies and asking the tough questions of our military leaders to ensure a military prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.”

WHAT:
Brookings Institution event entitled “The Congressional Role in U.S. Military Innovation: Preparing the Pentagon for the Warfighting Regimes of Tomorrow.”

WHO:
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee; Rep. James Langevin (RI-02), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee; and Dr. Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research for Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

WHERE:
The Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

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Humanity’s Greatest Accomplishment

2014/07/21

At the time, and perhaps still today, many regarded it as one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments. In those days, Americans lived in fear of being struck by a disease that left its victims crippled and paralyzed. At the peak of its outbreak, upwards of 50,000 people were impacted each year. The disease didn’t discriminate in its victims. Children, adults, and even an American president faced the realities of the dreadful disease. Americans clamored for a solution.

Yet, steady and focused behind a laboratory door at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, a man researched, toiled, and experimented. He tested and tried. He failed and tried again. He devoted his research to finding that one cure – the one that would ease the fears of thousands of Americans.

In 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk’s research trials produced a breakthrough for humanity: a vaccine for polio that was deemed safe and effective, and thus available to a public in desperate need of treatment and medical morale.

Salk’s success behind those laboratory doors points us to the brilliance behind the feat: medical research and discovery.

Although perhaps not to the same nationally-focused degree as with polio, our nation faces the reality that similarly dreadful diseases have taken their toll on individuals for far too long. Diabetes, cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress, and a host of others – they are devastating to the people who live with them every day. Yet, we have had few recent “game changing” breakthroughs that we can point to as a nation.

The United States is one of a few nations in the world that is equipped to lead the charge in ushering in another one of humanity’s greatest medical accomplishments. What do we have going for us? The proven ability to kindle scientific potential into medical transformation. Young people being inspired to pursue science, medicine, and innovation, and the access to remarkable tools at a very young age. American scientists eager to lead a new era in medical discovery.

But when those scientists step behind their laboratory doors, we cannot send them empty-handed and expect astonishing returns. Yet, that is what we’ve done, clamoring for solutions but unwilling to prioritize medical innovation. Medical research is an engine of America’s competitiveness and an inspiration of hope for millions of Americans. However, it requires resources and intention. Just as with any long-term investment, we cannot neglect it and expect valuable returns in the future.

Where do we begin?

Let’s start by putting patients ahead of politics. Our first step must be prioritizing funding for medical research that will provide the most benefit to patients in the most efficient manner possible. Of course, any opportunity for medical research comes with great responsibility. From a budget vantage point, we have to ask tough questions: Are we making wise decisions? Is the research providing meaningful results? Are individuals directly benefiting from the research? By adjusting our federal spending priorities to research initiatives that bring immediate impact to the lives of Americans, we’ll approach research budgets responsibly, save billions in healthcare costs, and usher in a new era in American medical discovery.

Next, let’s choose medical innovation over medical regulation.  The FDA process is too long and too bureaucratic. It stifles medical research. Our medical system will be successful when it’s modeled on innovation, driven by technology, and intent on discovery rather than slow, encumbering government red tape.

Let’s put medicine in the hands of researchers rather than bureaucrats. We need to get out of the business of buying into government-run “solutions” that only intensify the problem through higher taxes and less choice in our individual lives, and only get us deeper into debt.

Let’s find new ways to cure old diseases. Common sense drug repurposing is already underway in many disease areas, like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, depression, and sleep disorders. Encouraging drug repurposing is a critical avenue for discovering ground-breaking ways to combat - and ultimately cure - these devastating diseases.

We stand on the brink of incredible potential. We’ve laid the groundwork to catapult America forward as a resounding leader in medical discovery. Scientists and researchers stand ready with plans etched for clinical trials. We’ve worked to inspire young students to take the reins in the research field. The question is whether we can carry that potential over the finish line and into applications that directly benefit the lives of Americans and others around the world.

What will humanity’s next greatest medical accomplishment be? I can’t be sure, but I know I want America leading the charge.  Read More

Forbes Announces Job Fairs in Chesapeake and Chesterfield

2014/07/16

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today that he is hosting two job fairs in the Fourth District in this summer. The job fairs, held in Chesterfield at Lloyd C. Bird High School and in Chesapeake at Greenbrier Middle School, are free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs with area businesses.

“A job is more than a means to a pay check,” said Forbes. “A job is hope for a future that is better than today. It’s dignity. It’s an opportunity to better your life and the life of your family. My hope is that the job fairs this summer will serve as a catalyst for employers and potential employees to form constructive working relationships and to learn about jobs and opportunities available in the Fourth Congressional District.”

In addition to meeting with area businesses, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with experts on resume writing, interviewing, and job searching.

WHO:
Congressman J. Randy Forbes
            Any Fourth District constituents

WHAT:
A job fair to provide information on available employment with area businesses.

WHEN:
Chesterfield:                                   Chesapeake:
               Friday, August 8, 2014                  Monday, July 28, 2014
               9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.                     9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Chesterfield:                                Chesapeake:
                 Lloyd C. Bird High School          Greenbrier Middle School
                10301 Courthouse Rd                 1016 Greenbrier Parkway
                Chesterfield, VA 23832               Chesapeake, VA 23320

Registration for attendees is required. Attendees for Chesterfield may register online at https://chesterfieldjobfair2014.eventbrite.com and attendees for Chesapeake may register at http://chesapeakejobfair2014.eventbrite.com. Employers interested in participating should call Joan Fallon at (804) 318-1363 for Chesterfield, or Curtis Byrd at (757) 382-0080 for Chesapeake. Attendees should be prepared to bring their resumes and letters of reference.

 
 
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Virginia Delegation Call For Consideration of Joint Base Langley-Eustis For New Air Force Facility

2014/07/16

In a joint letter, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner, Tim Kaine and Congressmen Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Scott Rigell and Rob Wittman urged Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James to consider Virginia’s Joint Base Langley-Eustis as a location for the future Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC). Locating the new facility there would help minimize the impact of 742 positions being eliminated at Langley-Eustis as part of the Air Force’s consolidation plans announced this week.

“Virginia is more connected to the military to any other state,” the members wrote. “We believe the existing infrastructure, military-friendly environment, and close proximity to major commands and other Service installations, make it an ideal location for this headquarters.”

“Virginia has been disproportionately impacted by the Air Force’s recent nationwide reductions in personnel,” the letter continues. “Locating the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center in Virginia will minimize the impact to Airmen and Air Force civilians and their families, while also minimizing Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses.”

Full text of the letter is below:


July 15, 2014

The Honorable Deborah L. James
Secretary of the Air Force
1670 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1670


Dear Secretary James:

As you complete your Air Force Management Headquarters Review, we request that you consider Virginia as a premier location for the future Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC). Virginia is more connected to the military than any other state, and we believe the existing infrastructure, military-friendly environment, and close proximity to major commands and other Service installations, make it an ideal location for this headquarters. We are confident that Joint Base Langley-Eustis will prove to be the ideal location to minimize costs, leverage a transformational history, and reap the benefits of co-located tenant commands.

Virginia has been disproportionately impacted by the Air Force’s recent nationwide reductions in personnel. Of the 3,459 positions being eliminated by the Air Force Management Headquarters Review, 734 will come from the National Capital Region in addition to the 742 lost at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Locating the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) in Virginia will minimize the impact to Airmen and Air Force civilians and their families, while also minimizing Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses.

Joint Base Langley-Eustis has been a pioneer of air power, with a proven track record of implementing changes, from revolutionary F-15 Eagle technology to the premier location of the F-22 Raptor. With these recent reductions, Langley will have additional capacity to host the new AFIMSC. By staging AFIMSC at the same base as Air Combat Command, Air Force base managers can directly liaise with warfighters to ensure that they provide the best possible support and ensure the close alignment between mission support and operations.

We look forward to shortly reviewing the possible locations for basing AFIMSC. We request that the Air Force promptly provide all information regarding current plans to and criteria for candidate locations of AFIMSC, to include the projected timeline and costs associated with such a move, expected savings, scoring criteria, and the anticipated impact on the current workforce.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working with you on this matter.


Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott
U.S. Congressman Randy Forbes
U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman
U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell

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Tomorrow: Forbes to Chair Hearing on Future of Unmanned Carrier Aviation

2014/07/15

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, will chair a hearing on “Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Requirements Assessment” on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

“The future of the aircraft carrier depends on developing a carrier air wing with the right combination of attributes to project U.S. power in the decades ahead,” Chairman Forbes said. “I strongly believe that unmanned platforms will be an integral component of that air wing, with the range, stealth, and strike capacity that enables the carrier to remain the indisputable centerpiece of U.S. power projection around the globe. I look forward to the opportunity to hear the Department’s perspective on the UCLASS program and also from our distinguished panel of bipartisan witnesses.”

WHAT:
Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing on “Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) Requirements Assessment”.

WHO:
Panel One: Mr. Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for a New American Security (CNAS); Mr. Robert Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments (CSBA); Mr. Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, Defense Policy and Arms Control Section, Congressional Research Service (CRS); and Mr. Bryan McGrath, Managing Director of the FerryBridge Group LLC. Panel Two: Mr. Mark Andress, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance; Vice Adm. Paul A. Grosklags, USN, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition; and Brig. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, USAF, Director of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council.

WHEN:
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

WHERE:
2212 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

 

 

 

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Forbes Statement on Navy Moving Forward on USS George Washington Refueling

2014/07/10

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released a statement praising the Navy’s decision to begin releasing funds for the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the USS George Washington (CVN-73):

“I am pleased that the Navy has listened to the Congress and has begun reversing its efforts to reduce our aircraft carrier force at a time of growing instability around the world,” Chairman Forbes said. “It is simply delusional to believe that the United States can remain the world’s dominant naval power while simultaneously dismantling the principal instrument of that power, the aircraft carrier. The Navy has reversed a potentially disastrous decision that, according to the Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, would have seriously compromised U.S. security interests.”

Below is excerpted from the remarks of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley at a hearing of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee on July 10, 2014:

This subcommittee is keenly aware of these extraordinary challenges posed to Navy shipbuilding and modernization, made most clear by this year’s budget submission, which unfunded the 2016 Refueling Complex Overhaul of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).We are today making every effort to replan near-$7B required across the Future Years to Refuel the Carrier plus maintain its airwing, manpower and support.We’ve released the balance of advance procurement funding for 2014 to continue planning efforts in order to best maintain our options and retain skilled labor at the shipyard while we await determination by Congress regarding sequestration in 2016.Yet, this also increases the pressure on other programs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6365
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randyforbes.house.gov

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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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Rob Wittman

VIRGINIA's 1st DISTRICT

Scott Rigell

VIRGINIA's 2nd DISTRICT

Robert Hurt

VIRGINIA's 5th DISTRICT

Bob Goodlatte

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Eric Cantor

VIRGINIA's 7th DISTRICT

Morgan Griffith

VIRGINIA's 9th DISTRICT

Frank Wolf

VIRGINIA's 10th DISTRICT

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