J. Randy Forbes

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

Forbes Reacts to Military Compensation Report

2015/01/29

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement on the release of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s final report:

“How we treat those who have worn our nation’s uniform defines us as a country. The compensation and benefits that our servicemen and women have earned, whether competitive pay, a strong military commissary system, robust healthcare options, or the promise of a dignified retirement, are essential to retaining our current personnel and attracting future recruits. Earlier today, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission released a report recommending changes to the compensation and benefits of active-duty and retired military personnel. These recommendations are just that—recommendations. Given the serious national security challenges facing our country, I remain opposed to changes to our compensation system that break faith with our warriors and jeopardize the All-Volunteer Force that has served our nation so ably.”



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Forbes Receives Association of the United States Navy’s

2015/01/28

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, was honored with the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) Legislative Advocacy Award, for his forceful advocacy and tireless work on behalf of a strong Navy.

“For the past six years, the U.S. military has faced devastating cuts, leaving us with a Navy among the smallest since World War I,” said Congressman Forbes. “This shrinking fleet and decreased capabilities comes at a time when threats around the world are increasing every day. It’s time to begin truly rebuilding the greatest military the world has ever known. I am honored to receive this award today, and I will continue to be unwavering in my commitment to this vision, and my dedication to ensuring our sailors are equipped to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”

Bestowed annually, this award is presented to Members of Congress who have been leading advocates for the men and women who wear this nation’s uniform, as well as for rebuilding the strength of the United States Navy.

Founded in 1854, the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) serves as a voice for America’s sailors and a premier advocate for a strong Navy. With over 22,000 members, AUSN works to educate members of Congress and their staffs on issues of importance to the Navy, as well as to care and support service members, veterans, and their families. Learn more about AUSN, here.
 

 

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The Remarkable Collapse of our Trust in Government

2015/01/23

 Do you trust the federal government?

…an overwhelming majority of America doesn’t. That widely accepted belief hasn’t always been the case. In fact, throughout our nation’s history, Americans have generally trusted government all the time or most of the time, according to historical research from Pew Research Center. Americans – for the most part – generally thought the government was there to create positive outcomes for our nation.

Until a certain point.

Last month, the Washington Post featured an article with a Pew chart showing “trust” trend lines. They called it, “The remarkable collapse of our trust in government in one chart.” And the change is remarkable. It can be pinned to a certain period in our American history; beginning in the late 1960s, trust in government plummeted. Since that point, trust has continued to decline.

Today, the general public’s level of trust in government is  near its lowest levels on record. An overwhelming 79% said they trusted government only “some” of the time or “never.”

The Washington Post noted that the change began around the time of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. It’s true, Vietnam and Watergate were tumultuous times for our nation – Americans felt they lacked accurate information, thousands of American lives were lost, and people wondered to what end politicians in Washington would go to achieve their personal and political goals. Certainly, these events were major contributors to Americans’ lack of faith in government.

But there is something else curious about the Pew chart. When you overlay a graph of our gross public debt, the trend lines are similar. Government spending skyrockets. Trust in government plummets.

I wonder the degree to which the two are related – perhaps this is the real truth behind the remarkable collapse in our trust in government.

Across Washington, we have heard some leaders calling for more, bigger government.  They believe government intervention is the answer to fixing most anything ailing our country and our citizens. Government already intrudes into almost every aspect of our daily lives – from our healthcare, to the taxes that we pay on almost everything we touch. Government regulations are stifling our businesses, limiting creativity and innovation, and restricting economic growth. Just ask a small business owner. Just ask a teacher. Just ask a farmer.

In a financial sense, excessive government has caused federal spending to skyrocket. Every year, our federal government spends billions of dollars on duplicative, underutilized, and wasteful programs. Our bloated federal debt brought us to sequestration. It’s caused us to mortgage our children’s future to pay for yesterday’s expenses. In an administrative sense, federal agencies are mismanaged. Whether it is spending on lavish conferences, first-class flights, excessive bonus payments, or special projects agencies decide to fund, taxpayers are weary of the government misusing their hard-earned dollars.  A 2014 Gallup poll indicates that the American taxpayer believes federal government wastes 51 cents of every hard earned dollar they pay in taxes.

In my view, it’s no coincidence that when the federal government grew exponentially – not just in spending, but also in scope – Americans started to doubt their faith in our government.

If we are going to allow ourselves to be mothered by the federal government, shouldn’t we believe that mother knows best? And for that matter, shouldn’t we believe that government has our best interests at heart?

We are individuals and we all have competing interests. It’s hardly possible for government to have every individual’s best interests at heart.  Our Founding Fathers created the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States to provide rules for governing our nation. They were created to protect the people’s rights – not to protect the people from themselves.

We must grapple with the ever increasing size, scope, and spending of government. We must restore faith in government by restoring the proper function of government. We must work to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren, and rebuild confidence that the American dream is still achievable. Government will never be the one to solve our problem. If we are to restore trust in government, we need to give power back where it belongs – with the people. Read More

Bipartisan Virginia Delegation Expresses Support For 11 Aircraft Carrier Fleet

2015/01/21

WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and U.S. Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Bobby Scott, Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, Gerry Connolly, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Dave Brat, Don Beyer, and Barbara Comstock wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing their continued support for the 11 aircraft carrier fleet in advance of the release of the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal. 

In 2014, the House and Senate Armed Services Committee secured full Fiscal Year 2015 funding for the refueling and overhaul of the USS George Washington (CVN-73). In making the case for maintaining the 11 aircraft carrier fleet beyond 2015, Virginia delegation members cited the ability of aircraft carriers to respond rapidly throughout the world to military and humanitarian crises.

“The deployment of our carrier fleet to numerous conflict zones across the globe last year further demonstrates why we must continue to invest in this critical capability to ensure future military capacity and flexibility,” the Virginia delegation members wrote. “Most recently, the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) was critical in responding with strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and later assisted humanitarian relief efforts on Mt. Sinjar…Whether in the Asia-Pacific region or responding to continued strife in the Middle East, our national leaders and combatant commanders require carriers to meet the threats in today’s world.”

Delegation members concluded by noting the uncertainty and budgetary constraints imposed by sequestration, and committed to working tirelessly in a bipartisan manner to reduce its harmful impacts.   

Full text of the letter is below:

 

 

The Honorable Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301


Dear Secretary Hagel,

            We write to you regarding the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget, and to express continued support for the 11 aircraft carrier fleet, consistent with the statutory mandate and national security requirements.

            The Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act and Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act fully funded the USS George Washington (CVN 73) refueling and complex overhaul, imparting a strong signal of congressional intent to maintain the statutory requirement of an 11 aircraft carrier fleet.  We applaud the Department of Defense for taking the initial steps to maintain the 11 aircraft carrier fleet beyond 2015 through funding of the refuel and complex overhaul of the USS George Washington (CVN 73).  As Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated in October 2011, “There's a law that we got to have 11 carriers. It's like gravity - it's not just a good idea, it's the law.” 

            Aircraft carriers continue to be the “flexible force,” and the most proven way for our Armed Forces to respond rapidly throughout the world to military and humanitarian crises.  Carriers are the centerpieces of both defense and diplomatic policy, allowing the free flow of trade as well as a visible demonstration of force around the globe.  The deployment of our carrier fleet to numerous conflict zones across the globe last year further demonstrates why we must continue to invest in this critical capability to ensure future military capacity and flexibility.  Most recently, the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) was critical in responding with strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and later assisted humanitarian relief efforts on Mt. Sinjar.  When North Korea again threatened its neighbors in July by launching missiles, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) responded to deter any further escalation. As China continues to build a modern and regionally powerful Navy, maintaining an 11 carrier fleet is a vital aspect to our Asia-Pacific strategy. Whether in the Asia-Pacific region or responding to continued strife in the Middle East, our national leaders and combatant commanders require carriers to meet the threats in today’s world.

            We understand the uncertainty and constraints imposed by sequestration, and will work tirelessly in a bipartisan manner to reduce its harmful impacts.   Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to working closely with you on this matter.

Sincerely,

 

 

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Forbes' Statement on the President's State of the Union Address

2015/01/20

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) released the following statement in response to the President's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:

“Many Americans tuned out of tonight’s speech, because they feel this President has been tuning them out for the past six years. Americans are ready to light up the economy; the President is ready to jack up tax rates.  Americans are ready to secure borders; the President is ready to secure amnesty.  While Americans watch threats around the world growing ever stronger, the President has allowed our military to grow ever weaker. Unfortunately the Administration and most of Washington still do not realize that too many Americans feel their country is slipping through their fingers.  With a new American Congress, we now have a new opportunity to rebuild the military, recharge the economy, and reestablish the rule of law. Now it’s time to get to work.” Read More

The Heroes Behind Our Heroes

2015/01/19

Andrea Sawyer of Colonial Heights, VA, takes her husband to all of his medical appointments as often as three or four times a week. At one point, he required all-day safety supervision at home. Although his conditions have improved greatly, there are still multiple medications and appointments to manage.
 
Mrs. Sawyer’s husband suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress (PTS) as a result of his military service in Iraq. During his service, Mr. Sawyer served in mortuary affairs.  He served overseas in the Department of Defense mortuaries in Tallil and Balad, Iraq, and stateside at Dover Port Mortuary, Dover Air Force Base.  While in Iraq, he sustained blast related injuries.
 
For the Sawyers, their toughest journey was not during his deployment, but after Mr. Sawyer returned home. It was a long road to his diagnosis of severe PTS and TBI.  During that time, Mr. Sawyer needed 24-hour-a-day supervision – someone to manage his medications, take him to the doctor, ensure he was safe at home, and monitor his mental health. But it wasn’t the Department of Veterans Affairs or Tricare or representatives from the Department of Defense who stepped in to fill that role.
 
It was Mrs. Sawyer. At 34 years old and with a first- and second-grader at home, she became the primary caregiver to her husband.
 
She’s not alone.

 All across the nation, behind our wounded heroes, there is another army of heroes: veteran caregivers. These are the spouses, parents, family members, and volunteers who provide regular care to those who have served our nation. Many family members of veterans eventually find themselves in this role, especially as their loved ones age. However, since 9/11, those in need of care have become younger and younger. According to the RAND Corporation, there are 1.1 million caregivers specifically serving veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
For families of wounded warriors, the difficulty of military service doesn’t stop at the battlefield or even at retirement. After the initial shock of formal diagnoses, many families struggle just to make ends meet. Before Mr. Sawyer required 24-hour care, Mrs. Sawyer taught middle school and high school students for 13 years. She quickly realized that it was impossible to keep her job and care for Mr. Sawyer the way he needed. She left her job, and their income was cut in half. At that point, they found that there were little to no resources available to support caregivers of wounded warriors.
 
The Sawyers decided to take the system head on. Mr. Sawyer focused on rediscovering his life purpose, taking on new side projects where he could spend time outdoors. He became dedicated to working aggressively with his doctors to manage his PTS and TBI. Instead of returning to teaching middle school and high school, Mrs. Sawyer now teaches other wounded warrior families how to navigate the complicated red tape at the VA and how to manage life as a caregiver. She testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and submitted written testimony to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs about necessary policy reforms surrounding military service members and mental health. Little by little, the Sawyers have become more comfortable in their new roles at this phase in their lives.
 
The role of veteran caregivers, like Mrs. Sawyer, is one to be applauded. As the VA faces backlogs and waitlists and scandals, veteran caregivers remain steadfast. They are standing in the gap, supporting veterans. They truly carry out the sacred mission charged by Abraham Lincoln, to care for him who shall have borne the battle.
 
At the same time, the role of the veteran caregiver highlights the stark need for updated policies and initiatives designed to support our military heroes when they return home, as well as to support those who provide our heroes with regular and necessary care. One such example is the caregivers’ guide that Andrea Sawyer worked on, along with Military Officers Association of America and many others, to create a helpful and targeted resource for veteran caregivers: http://www.moaa.org/caregiver/. The work veteran caregivers provide is often little known. Many of our wounded warriors struggle from mental health issues or brain injuries that aren’t easily noticed by neighbors or coworkers. But the caregivers are there, often serving quietly behind the scenes.
 
As we hear stories like Mrs. Sawyer’s, we are reminded of the work we have left to do in Washington. It is more than a duty. It is an honor to serve those who have made such enormous sacrifices in the service to this nation.
 
We are also filled with appreciation. To our veteran caregivers, thank you. You are the unsung heroes. You serve on a different kind of front line. For your service, we are grateful. Read More

Congressman Forbes Names Senator Lankford Co-Chairman of Congressional Prayer Caucus

2015/01/15

           

WASHINGTON, DC—Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, today named Senator James Lankford (R-OK) co-chairman of the Prayer Caucus.The Caucus works to protect the fundamental human right of religious freedom andguards the right of individuals to pray and practice their faith freely.

This announcement comes the day before Religious Freedom Day,a time to recognize the important role of religious freedom in our nation’s founding. Each President has made aReligious Freedom Day proclamationfor the past 24 years.

“The Congressional Prayer Caucus has worked successfully to advocate for and protect values that are fundamental to the fabric of our nation, and I’m honored to serve as co-chairman,” said Lankford. “ThisCaucus has worked together on a bipartisan basis to preserve the presence of religion, faith, and morality in the marketplace of ideas. It is vitally important that Congress respects these values in public policy, as well as culture.”

Lankford becomes the first Senator to join the Caucus since its founding in 2005, making the Caucus bicameral.Lankford first joined the Caucus after his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.

“As the Congressional Prayer Caucus continues to expand by including both Members of the House and Senate, I am pleased to announce Senator James Lankford will now be serving as our co-chairman,” said Forbes. “Throughout his service in Congress, Senator Lankford has demonstrated a staunch commitment to protecting the constitutional right of religious freedom, and fighting for the ability of all Americans to freely exercise and live by their religious beliefs. Freedom of conscience is part of who we are as a nation, and I look forward to working together with Senator Lankford to preserve this fundamental freedom.”

The Congressional Prayer Caucus exists to recognize the vital role that prayer by individuals of all faiths has played in uniting us as a people, and in making us a more generous, more cooperative, and more forgiving people than we might otherwise have been; and also to support Members in using the legislative process to continue to protect religious freedom so that our nation may continue to draw upon and benefit from this essential freedom.

During the 113thCongress, Forbes and former Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) served as the co-chairmen. For the 114thCongress, the Prayer Caucus maintains a bipartisan group of more than 80 Members.The Caucus started in 2005 when Forbes gathered a small group of Members of the House who began meeting in Room 219 of the Capitol to pray for our nation.

 

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Forbes Available for Comment Following State of the Union Address

2015/01/13

Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) will be available for comment following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday – January 20, 2015. Congressman Forbes will be available immediately following the conclusion of the speech.

To arrange an interview with Congressman Forbes, please contact his Communications Director Hailey Sadler at (202) 225-6365 or Hailey.Sadler@mail.house.gov to schedule a time. Upon request, Congressman Forbes can also provide a live television comment immediately following the President's address that may be obtained via satellite at a designated feed time for stations to record, edit, and package.

 

 

 

 

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A Worthy Fight

2015/01/12

There’s a sense of pride among those who work and live there. It’s a linchpin in an operation that is bigger than itself. Locally, it is a key hub for economic development. The surrounding communities value it as a trusted partner and contributor to the well-being of its neighbors. Globally, it is a leader in logistics for both the private and public sectors.

And in 2005, it came really close to being shuttered. You wouldn’t know it today, but ten years ago Fort Lee – the vibrant military base tucked south of Richmond and nestled in the Tri-Cities region – was targeted for closure through the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. At the time, the surrounding communities were gearing up for an economic blow, and naysayers said there was no point in fighting the closure. Closure is imminent, they said.

We disagreed. We saw a critical need for Fort Lee’s mission and envisioned a valuable future for the military base. So we fought. I, along with my Fort Lee Advisory Board and Tri-Cities elected officials, worked hard to position Fort Lee to come out better than ever. We succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.

Fort Lee doubled in size. 12,000 new jobs were added to the surrounding community. The Defense Supply Center Richmond remained open and vibrant.  Since 2005, the federal government has invested over $400 million into the region.  I’m proud of our fight for Fort Lee, because it was a mission worth saving.

Fort Lee is now laser-focused on defense logistics and home to several important U.S. Army commands. The U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Center trains Army personnel and helps develop the Army’s doctrine. The logistical triad of U.S. Army Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation Schools trains Army personnel who specialize in supplying, arming, and moving the warfighter so they can execute their missions around the globe. The Army Logistics University is a composite campus for military and Department of Defense logistics leader education. This “state of the art” learning center provides professional military education, civilian education, and joint, multinational, and interagency education supporting America’s Army logistics leaders of today and tomorrow. The Defense Contract Management Agency manages Pentagon contracts with the purpose of providing the best return for taxpayer dollars. The Defense Commissary Agency operates the 241 defense commissaries worldwide that serve our men and women in uniform and their families by providing reasonably-priced goods at a convenient location.

Behind our men and women on the front lines, behind our responses to global crises, and behind those defending freedom around the globe are supply chains – critical logistics systems making sure we move people where they need to be, and supplies get where they need to go. Respected Navy Vice Admiral Oscar C. Badger II once said, “Logistic considerations belong not only in the highest echelons of military planning…but may well become the controlling element with relation to timing and successful operation.” A quick glance back in history shows his words to be true – armies are most often destroyed because their supply lines have been cut off.

For the Army of the future, quality logistics is the secret weapon – and Fort Lee is the logistics capital in the defense world. But all of this hard work, all of this capability we have built for the Nation, is now under threat as massive sequestration cuts prepare to attack our defense budget. As part of this, the Army is being forced to cut tens of thousands of soldiers, and possibly several thousand from Fort Lee. This isn’t occurring because a new national security strategy has called for them, but because arbitrary defense budget cuts have demanded they be made. I voted against sequestration cuts to our national security and have fought relentlessly to reverse them every day since, including introducing H.R. 733 that would remove the Department of Defense from sequestration. As a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee, and as a Subcommittee Chairman, I will continue to deliver the message that we simply cannot afford to dismantle the greatest military the world has ever known. Particularly at a time when, from Europe to Russia to the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, the world is only becoming more dangerous.

Just as Fort Lee leadership, local elected officials, and I worked together in strategic partnership to bring Fort Lee to where it is today, I believe that same partnership can carry us through the challenges we face tomorrow. This is a worthy fight ahead of us. Because, as we move forward in addressing the growing threats of today’s world, Fort Lee’s leadership and logistical knowledge will be essential in meeting our national security demands around the globe.

Fort Lee is a national leader in ensuring a strong defense and a secure America. America’s national security is dependent on Fort Lee – and we must remain as committed as ever to ensuring its enduring success. Read More

The One New Year’s Goal Our Nation Needs

2015/01/05

At the beginning of a new year, we stand at the cusp of possibility. We have the chance for a fresh start. And though the start of the New Year may not bring with it a completely blank slate, it at least offers an opportunity to recalibrate. We find ourselves considering where we’ve been in the year before and what we want to become in the year ahead.

For many people, myself included, this recalibration manifests itself in the form of goals. This year as I thought of goals for myself, I also found myself thinking of the goals I would set for our nation. I thought of economic policy goals, national defense goals, goals for our budget, and many others. Those are all important legislative issues that touch mainstays of our society. But if there were one overarching goal I could set for our country – one that reaches across industries, legislative policies, and national issues – it would be this:
 
To be a nation that builds instead of a nation that repairs.

 
America comes from a steep tradition of building. Out of chaos, uncertainty, and the desire for freedom, the first generation of Americans built a country based on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Since that point, our history has been sprinkled with stories of incredible builders. Jonas Salk constructed a vaccine for polio – and produced a medical breakthrough for humanity. Henry Ford built the concept of a moving assembly line – and changed the face of American manufacturing. Andrew Higgins built the LCVP boat – and gave our military the ability to transport thousands of soldiers to open shore, ultimately leading us to victory in World War II. NASA built the Apollo rocket program– and we put a man on the moon. The Wright Brothers built an airplane – and opened a new way of travel that spans the globe. 

Behind those feats was a national government cheering and mobilizing in support of those innovations. We celebrated huge national successes. We witnessed defining moments in history.

We haven’t seen that government in quite some time. Instead of being the entity to help propel innovation, the federal government is holding it back.

There is a simple reason: resource allocation. The federal government is so focused on repairing broken policies that it has little time to think towards the future. Instead of thinking of ways to encourage innovative discovery, the federal government is repairing mistakes in the implementation of the healthcare law, the effects of sequestration, badly strained political relationships, a myriad of scandals, an out of control deficit, and an overall dysfunctional government.  In other words, the federal government is playing defense, rather than playing offense. It’s putting out fires instead of lighting the way to the next defining moment.

Yet through it all, American individuals and businesses have continued to build. Steve Jobs and his company built a computer, and an iPod, and an iPhone – and changed the way we communicate. Dr. Francis Collins and his team of scientists mapped and sequenced the human genome – and advanced biological knowledge of human health. Larry Page and Sergey Brin built Google – and changed the way we look for information.

The American propensity to build continues to sustain us and launch us forward. That value is deeply engrained in our society, and I believe American individuals and businesses will always look for ways to build a better future for themselves.

But imagine what could be done if our goal was for an American government that builds instead of one that repairs? What if our government had the capacity to create the best possible environment for innovators, so that they can be more agile, creative, and efficient? There is a clear way to do this: by giving individuals and businesses the tools necessary to innovate and excel, and by cutting the red tape that is choking vital American industries. The federal government can build America by simply getting out of the way and empowering individuals and businesses - not the federal government - to do what they do best.

We could encourage a renewed emphasis on math and science education for our students, so they can maintain our competitive edge as they enter the workforce and eventually become the driving strength behind our economy. We could lift the weight of government bureaucracy off the shoulders of our manufacturing industry to create opportunity for increased global competitiveness, national innovation, and an increase in American jobs. We could be on the frontiers of new medical breakthroughs by reinvesting in our medical research infrastructure, putting patient first, and choosing medical innovation over medical regulation. We could put medicine in the hands of researchers rather than bureaucrats. The potential is limitless.

Here at the beginning of 2015, we stand at the possibility of possibilities. The most important goal we can set is one that empowers Americans to do what we’ve always done best. I want to be a nation that builds. Read More

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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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Dave Brat

VIRGINIA's 7th DISTRICT

Morgan Griffith

VIRGINIA's 9th DISTRICT

Barbara Comstock

VIRGINIA's 10th DISTRICT

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