J. Randy Forbes

J. Randy Forbes


Forbes Releases Statement on Prime Minister Modi's Visit to the United States


Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States:

“Expanding India’s role in the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region should be a priority for the Administration and Congress. Given India’s strategic interests, geographic location, and shared values with the United States, Washington and New Delhi should be natural strategic partners. It is past time to begin the process of expanding areas of mutual cooperation, including realizing the full benefits of the civil nuclear agreement, renewing the Defense Framework Agreement, seeking further ways to expand bilateral and multilateral security cooperation, and working to strengthen coordination on counterterrorism and homeland security issues. In concert with U.S. allies like Japan and Australia, India has an important role to play in balancing against China’s grandiose territorial ambitions and blatant disregard for international norms. The broadening and deepening of U.S.-India ties will be essential for the security of the Indian Ocean Region and the broader Asia-Pacific in the decades ahead.”

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Let’s talk about reliability


Let's talk about the importance of reliability. We rely on our cars to start in the morning when we head off to work. We rely on our refrigerators to keep our food fresh and unspoiled. We rely on our electricity to keep our homes powered. We rely on our phones to connect us to loved ones, whether we are traveling or trying to meet up.

Most of these are modern conveniences that make our lives easier. We could generally continue to function in our lives if they ceased to work. But by and large, we expect these conveniences will be there, providing the benefits that they promised when we bought them.

But what about more serious things we rely on? Like medicine arriving on time? Or doctors making a timely diagnosis? Or pay checks to arrive on schedule? Reliability is an important quality no matter what stage of life someone is in, but it is especially important as individuals get older and find themselves on a fixed income and reliant on the consistency of the federal government that promised certain benefits.

I believe our nation has a duty to fulfill the commitments we’ve made to older citizens, many of whom rely heavily on the promise the federal government made to them decades ago. This is true regardless of whether these older Americans are 100% healthy or find themselves in declining health. After a lifetime of work and service to our communities, Social Security and Medicare should be there for them when they need it.

I also believe that Congress has an obligation to address our nation's fiscal challenges, and I believe it can - and must - be done in a responsible fashion that does not harm seniors or future generations of Americans. I’ve introduced legislation (H.R. 3161) to that end to ensure that money allocated to both the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds can only be used for the purpose for which they were intended.

I’ve also made it a priority to continue working to eliminate fraud in Medicare, oppose access to benefits for those here illegally, provide access to local pharmacies, ensure that healthcare decisions are made between patients and their doctors, instead of bureaucrats in Washington, and prioritize medical research to find cures for diseases like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Why? Because of this simple truth: the extent to which our nation upholds the promises we've made to older people, shows the extent to which we value them. Just as the extent to which our nation upholds the promises we've made to veterans, shows the depth of our gratitude. Keeping our promises is not optional, it's essential.

Beyond keeping promises, we also have an opportunity to help older Americans remain healthy and independent as long as they can.

In October, I will host two free Seniors Toolkit Seminars in Virginia's Fourth District. These seminars provide the most important things older Americans need to know about organizing personal information and financial documents to safeguard themselves in today's digital world. The seminars are free and open to any senior in Virginia's Fourth Congressional District.

Chesapeake:                                                    Chesterfield:
October 10, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30AM                    October 8, 2014 10:00 - 11:00AM
Registration will begin at 10:00AM                       Registration will begin at 9:30AM

Chesapeake:                                                    Chesterfield:
Dr Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center              Tyler's Retreat
2019 Windy Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324               12001 Ironbridge Rd, Chester, VA 23831

Registration is available online for Chesterfield at http://chesterfieldseniors.eventbrite.com and Chesapeake at https://chesapeakeseniors.eventbrite.com.

Wondering where important information or papers are shouldn’t be a burden for our seniors or those who help take care of them.  And wondering whether the government will come through on its promises is not something that should keep our older citizens, our veterans – or any Americans – up at night. Reliability must be a core pillar of our country's governance, along with efficiency, effectiveness, and responsibility. It's more than a nice idea - it's an obligation of the government to the people it serves – and something they should be able to rely on. Read More

Forbes Holds Seniors Toolkit Seminars in Chesterfield and Chesapeake


Washington, DC - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) is hosting a free Seniors Toolkit Seminar on October 8th and October 10th, in Chesterfield and Chesapeake, Va. The seminars are free and open to all seniors in the Fourth District who are interested in gaining insight and information into organizing their personal information and financial documents, as well as safeguarding their important information in today’s digital world.

Congressman Randy Forbes, all interested constituents in the Fourth District.

WHAT: Seniors Toolkit Seminars

WHEN: Chesapeake:                                        Chesterfield:
October 10, 2014, 10:30 – 11:30AM                 October 8, 2014 10:00 - 11:00AM 
Registration will begin at 10:00AM                   Registration will begin at 9:30AM

Chesapeake:                                     Chesterfield:
Dr Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center       Tylers Retreat
2019 Windy Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324         12001 Ironbridge Rd, Chester, VA 23831

Registration for attendees is required. Attendees for Chesterfield may register online at http://chesterfieldseniors.eventbrite.com. Attendees for Chesapeake may register at https://chesapeakeseniors.eventbrite.com. For assistance with any questions or concerns, constituents may call Congressman Forbes’ Chesterfield office at (804) 318-1363 or his Chesapeake office at (757) 382 – 0080.

Congressman Randy Forbes has received the “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” Award from the 60 Plus Association for his strong support of seniors. Learn more about Congressman Forbes’ work on behalf of our nation’s seniors, here. Download a copy of the Organizational Toolkit, here


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Forbes Receives Award for His Support of The Farming Community


Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) has been awarded the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for the 113th Congress from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). This award is in recognition of his work on behalf of the approximately 357,000 individuals employed in agriculture in Virginia.

“The farming industry is not only a foundational pillar to our economy, it is also part of the very fabric of our lives in the Fourth District of Virginia,” said Congressman Forbes. “Our region’s rich agricultural heritage is a treasure to the people of the Fourth District as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will continue to stand up in support of our nation’s agricultural producers. It is an honor to receive this award.”

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia has over 46,000 farms, with nearly 90% of those being owned and operated by individuals or families. The agriculture industry as an economic impact of $52 billion annually and provides nearly 311,000 jobs in the Commonwealth and, together with agriculture and forestry, is Virginia's number one industry.

The Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national, and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character.

Congressman Forbes also received the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for the 110th, 111th, and 112th Congress, and regularly meets with his Farmers Advisory Board, a group of various members of the agriculture community, to discuss the needs and goals of the farm community in the Fourth Congressional District. Read more about Congressman Forbes’ work on agricultural issues, here.

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The real story of the man who carried the maps


The real story of the man who carried the maps
By Congressman Randy Forbes
September 19, 2014  

“…I was the man that carried the maps…”

That’s how William Loncaric described his role the day they stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy. Of course, his role was much more than that. That day, American troops needed first and foremost to coordinate the sections of infantry and artillery as they stormed onto the beaches. They needed to direct location information to the Air Force. They needed to designate positions and command troops on the beach. And they needed maps to do it.  

So William Loncaric was the man that carried the maps, but he was also the carrier of the answer to all the tactical moves.

Today, when you glance at an old black and white photograph of a young, uniformed Loncaric, he looks straight at the camera with a half-smile. It’s as if Loncaric knows when he tells people he was the one “that carried the maps,” that it’s only the beginning of the story.  

Many veterans have stories like William Loncaric. They can recount with astounding detail their biggest moment, when their training and a command synced and they acted with resolve. They remember the moment that they came to know the meaning of courage more personally than any military creed or patriotic song could profess. They remember the sacrifices they made on behalf of freedom. And they remember the promises our nation made to them as a thank you for reducing our threats, keeping us safe, and taking the promise of freedom across the globe.

What an incredible privilege we have to treat our veterans like the heroes that they are. Above all, our veterans should be the beneficiaries of a functioning, efficient, government.  

It’s no secret, however, that our government is falling short in supporting the 22 million veterans who supported our nation through sacrifice and service. VA wait lists, delays, and abuses have had their fair share of headlines. It’s a systemic problem nationwide. The federal government likes to make these issues complicated – issuing reports and establishing working groups with no real objective or motivation to solve the problems.

But the issue is actually quite simple: Americans care about our heroes. We want to do everything we can to give our veterans the tools they need to succeed in their jobs, invest in their families, and manage their health.  

That means if the VA can’t provide medical care to our veterans, we need to get them care at a private doctor. That means if our veterans and taxpayers have lost confidence in the promises the government has made to them, we work to restore it. That means if our veterans have experienced trauma, we provide programs for counseling and care. That means if there is a backlog on claims, we make realistic efforts to eliminate it. 

These are issues ripe for commonsense solutions from Congress. That’s why I have made it a purpose to continually bring them to the table, cosponsoring and supporting legislation addressing those issues, as well as many others. I will stay in the fight to make sure our veterans receive the benefits they have earned and deserve.   

Our veterans had a mission, and now we have a mission to serve them. Let’s be the ones who answer boldly to define the tactical moves. Let’s be the guide for positioning the VA to be efficient and resourceful. Let’s be the ones to carry the maps. Read More

Forbes Recognized for His Commitment To Small Businesses


Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) was awarded today with the “Guardian of Small Businesses” Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association. Congressman Forbes received this distinction for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small business owners in the 113th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. Forbes for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “The record shows that Rep. Forbes is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress. This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

“Small businesses are where you find both the heart of America and the engine that drives our economy," said Forbes. “By reducing the crushing regulatory and tax burdens that are on the backs of small businesses today, we not only allow them to expand, innovate, and create jobs, but also to light up our economy and push the country forward. That is my priority, and I will continue to fight to create an environment where government is an enabler of – not a barrier to – economic growth. It is an honor to be presented with this award.”

Guardian awards are given to U.S. Senators and Representatives who vote favorably on key small business issues at least 70 percent of the time. Congress Forbes holds a 100% rating with the NFIB in the 113th Congress.

The NFIB, founded in 1943, is the nation’s largest small business advocacy group. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the NFIB represents the consensus views of its 600,000 members in Washington and all 50 state capitals. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com

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My dad taught me these 3 valuable things


Sometimes the best advice doesn't come from a book, from a microphone, from behind a desk in Washington, or even from people who are leaders in their field. Sometimes the best life lessons are found deep in the roots of where we came from. My dad passed away years ago, but I carry with me the lessons he taught me. Three in particular shape my perspective day after day:

Little things make big things happen.
Back when I was young, I remember we needed to build a new shed. Those were the days before stores like Home Depot or Lowes existed. Brand new lumber was expensive, so folks often reused materials that others in the community didn't need. That summer, Dad and I used the boards from an old abandoned barn – pulling them down one by one, ripping out the nails, and taking off the tin and straightening it to reuse. We hauled our supplies back to the house and got to work. I don’t know how much of a help I really was, but I chose to stay beside Dad the entire time working alongside him.

The sun was hot that day, and sweat beads formed on our faces. I stood there and handed him every nail that went into that shed – one by one. Dad made me feel proud of my work. Even though I just handed him nails, he always emphasized how we built the new shed “together.” He taught me that when you’re willing to do hard work, even in the little things, big things come together.

Honor your commitments
. As a young man, my father carried a pocket-sized Bible in his chest pocket. Shortly before the Normandy invasion in 1944, he prayed for God’s protection and promised God that if he made it home, he would make sure his family attended church every Sunday. Well, he made it home and he kept that promise.  I cannot remember a Sunday that Dad did not take my mother, my siblings, and me to church – even when we were away on vacation. I now have my Dad’s pocket Bible. It is one of my most treasured possessions, and it serves as a strong reminder of my dad’s service to his country.  But it also serves as a visual representation of my dad's unwavering resolve to keep his commitments.

Today, I place great value on my family and my faith, undoubtedly because of my dad’s example. Those lessons of commitment bleed into all areas of my life, driving my daily defense of faith, family, and freedom.

Listening is a way towards wisdom.
My dad and I kept busy doing a lot of things together. But on late summer nights, after dinner, often the whole family would gather on our small screened-in-porch to talk as the sun went down. Sometimes an aunt or uncle would drop by; other times my grandparents would be there. They would talk about neighborhood news, church going-ons, politics -- mostly ordinary things, but it was good to sit there listening and to be together. Part of the family. And, sitting there on the porch as the dusk faded into night, I learned the value of listening and observing. Sometimes taking a moment to pause gives us the best perspective and sometimes we find the best answers simply by listening.

As life in America becomes more elaborate and complex, I like to think back to the simple lessons I learned from my dad. They were the building blocks of my character – the values that still guide me today. Perhaps someone influential in your life taught you life lessons that helped form your character. I’m convinced that our nation could gain a lot by applying these lessons today. If we did, I think we would be reminded that the reason our nation became great is not merely because we had visionary leaders or eloquent elected officials. Our nation became great because of everyday Americans like my dad -- Americans who have pride in their work, place value on honesty, character, and commitment, and who pass those lessons on to their children. And that is the reason we are still great today.

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It Keeps Going


The school buses pull away, the squeaking sound of rubber soles on hallway tile fades to quiet, the fluorescent lights flicker off, and the parking lot empties. But their work doesn’t stop.

It keeps going.

It keeps going into the afternoon when they stop by the supply store to pick up die-cuts for the new science unit on insects. It keeps going when they attend a faculty and staff meeting on the protocol for emergency evacuation procedures. It keeps going when, after eating dinner and putting their own children to bed, they pick up the phone or laptop to contact parents to discuss anything from student behavior issues to learning milestones. It keeps going when they log required hours for professional development. It keeps going when they collaborate with fellow educators. It keeps going when they write recommendation letters for students’ college applications.

At 3:30 p.m. when the dismissal bell rings, America’s teachers are still going.  Their work doesn’t stop at the classroom door. In fact, it doesn’t even stop at the school building doors. According to a 2012 report from Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, America’s teachers work on average a 53-hour work week. All across the country, teachers spend over 10 hours a day focused on our children. They make incredible commitments and sacrifices to our students, to their profession, and to our nation’s education system. Many of those hours go unnoticed.

But their commitment is about more than just hours in a day. It’s about the difference that they make in our world.  I’m fortunate to have spent time with many teachers: through my own children’s time in public school, with members of my staff who taught, and from visits with teachers around the Fourth District. Overwhelmingly, those teachers tell me that the extra commitment they put into their jobs is simply second nature to them.  They do it because they care about the children they instruct, and they want to make a difference in their lives.

Our teachers are fighting for our children. They need parents and local, state, and federal leaders in their corner fighting for them. They need access to high quality resources. They need to be encouraged to reach personal and professional goals that give them the motivation to continue to excel. While salaries and benefits are not determined at a federal level, they do need practical things from the federal government like tax deductions for the personal money they spend for their classrooms and access to grants for innovative teaching. And, often, what they need most from the federal government is the autonomy to decide what strategies work best and what lessons meet the unique needs of their students, rather than one-size-fits-all standards. That’s why I’m supporting a bill, H.Res.476, which denounces the federal government coercion of states into adopting the Common Core standards, and restores and protects state authority and flexibility in establishing and defining student academic standards and assessments.  While there is much our government needs to do to fight for teachers, let’s not forget that often, our teachers just need an email simply saying “thank you.” Many educators have told me of the strength and encouragement they find from that one late-night email from a parent expressing gratitude for what they had done for a child.

As we embark on another school year, let us keep in mind the many hats our nation’s educators wear. They are teachers, yes. But they are also visionaries. They are encouragers. They are enforcers. They are coaches. They are counselors. They are the heroes in the lives of our children. Their diligence contributes to our children’s successes, and they deserve our support and appreciation.

They may never brush shoulders with world leaders or appear on national television, but America’s teachers are the ones who are changing the world - one child at a time.

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


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


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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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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