J. Randy Forbes

J. Randy Forbes

VIRGINIA's 4th DISTRICT

Forbes to Tour Manufacturing Plants in the Fourth District

2014/08/13

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

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

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

 WHO: Congressman J. Randy Forbes

 WHAT:A tour of manufacturing plants in the Fourth District

 WHEN: August 20-21, 2014

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

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

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Sussex County

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Suffolk

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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How many times are you taxed a day?

2014/08/01

Meet Lindsay. She’s an energetic 34-year-old mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She and her husband, Todd, don’t make a ton of money, but they are comfortable. They drive a safe, fuel-efficient car and they own a home.  They buy groceries at Martin’s. Most of the time Lindsay uses coupons so she can afford those pesky expensive things like razor blades and laundry detergent. They buy their kids new toys and clothes on occasion, but they look forward to the yearly hand-me-downs from Lindsay’s sister. Lindsay tries hard to manage her money and expenditures well. Yet, every day ­– several times a day – she doles out money to Uncle Sam.

When Lindsay wakes up in the morning, she flips on the light and taxes are levied on the electricity she is using. She walks to the bathroom, turns on the water to brush her teeth. She is taxed on the water as it comes out of the faucet. She’s taxed again as the water swirls down the drain.

Lindsay heads downstairs to make breakfast for her children. She pulls out bread for toast, jelly, blueberries, and milk. She also pulls out a couple of snacks to throw in her purse – they have a morning of school supply shopping ahead of them. As she looks at the items lying across her kitchen counter, she realizes she paid taxes on all of them at the grocery store.

Lindsay loads up her kids in the family car. As she starts the ignition and adjusts the rearview mirror, she is reminded that she has been taxed on her Virginia license plate that gives her the privilege to drive her car. On her way to Target, Lindsay stops at the gas station to fill up her tank.  Between pumping her gas and making silly faces at her kids through the window, she notices the little sign on the gas pump that reminds her that she is not only being taxed locally on this fuel, but must also pay the state and federal gas tax.

At Target, Lindsay stands in front of a mammoth display of colored notebooks and yellow #2 pencils. She drops items in her cart, cross-checking them against the school-provided list and saying repeatedly to her daughter, “No, we can’t buy the purple sparkle back pack.” She rolls her eyes at the fact that she will pay taxes on these school supplies ­– her family will be out of town on tax-free back to school shopping weekend.

As she gets back in her car, Lindsay’s phone rings. It’s her husband reminding her to schedule routine maintenance on the car. As she chats with him, she’s taxed on the airwaves for the privilege of using her cell phone. And when her car maintenance is complete, she will be taxed on the parts she purchased at her mechanic’s shop.

As Lindsay and her children arrive back at home, she shuttles the Target bags into the house and steps back outside to pick up the mail. She sighs as she walks back inside, noticing that the house needs a fresh coat of paint, the yard desperately needs mowing, and how it would be really nice to have some landscaping done to spruce up the place. There’s just not enough money to do it now.

Lindsay turns on the TV to let her children watch an episode of their favorite show on Nickelodeon. As she flips the channel, she remembers the line item on her cable bill that reads “taxes and fees.” She’s taxed just to let her kids watch TV.

Lindsay heads over to the kitchen table to open the mail. It’s the real estate tax assessment, credit card offers, and her paycheck for her part-time job. Finally. But 35% – 40% of it is gone. The federal income tax, FICA, and state income tax have reduced her paycheck to what seems like almost nothing, especially after half of it will go to pay the babysitter.

Lindsay steps outside her back door and onto her deck, trying to relax without being taxed on one more thing in her life. As she lets the sun hit her face, the family dog, Bowser, rounds the corner and sits next to her feet. She reaches down to rub Bowser’s head and her fingers catch his collar. The tags jingle around Bowser’s neck. Lindsay remembers that she paid taxes simply so her family could own a pet…

Lindsay’s day is probably not far off from each of our days. Daily, Americans are hit with taxes from the moment we wake to the moment we go to sleep. When the “tax raisers” in Washington talk about raising our taxes, they always talk about just one of the many taxes we pay, and suggest that increases will not be so bad. What they miss – and what you and I feel – is not just the single tax, but the cumulative weight of all the taxes we pay, a weight that is strangling most ordinary Americans.

Our tax system is complex and confusing. It discourages job growth and overall competitiveness, and it discourages every day Americans who want to live their lives without the stress of Uncle Sam knocking at their doors. That’s why it is concerning when leaders in Washington talk about increasing taxes in order to spur economic growth and address federal debt. Americans are left wondering “how much more can I be taxed?” That’s why their response and mine is often, “enough is enough!” 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Franklin

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Emporia

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Smithfield

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Greensville County

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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Forbes Announces Office Hours in Southampton County

2014/08/01

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

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

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

 

 

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NEXT WEEK: Forbes to Host Job Fair in Chesterfield

2014/08/01

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) is scheduled to host a job fair in Chesterfield on August 8th. The job fair, held at Lloyd C. Bird High School, is free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs with area businesses.

“My hope is that this event will provide a forum 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:
           - Georgia Pacific
           - Lesco
           - Martins Grocery Store
           - Virginia Asset Management
           - Chesterfield Fire and EMS
           - Virginia State Police
           - Chesterfield County Sheriff
           - Food Lion
           - Aflac
           - Evonik
           - And other area employers

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

WHEN:
Friday, August 8, 2014
             9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Lloyd C. Bird High School
               10301 Courthouse Road
               Chesterfield, VA 23832

Registration for attendees is required. Attendees may register online at https://chesterfieldjobfair2014.eventbrite.com .Employers interested in participating should call Joan Fallon or Ronald White at (804) 318-1363. Attendees should be prepared to bring their resumes and letters of reference.

 

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2135 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6365
Fax 202-226-1170
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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