2019 Session Wrap-Up
A wise man once said 'No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.'
Which is why I'm pleased to report that Governor Northam has finally completed all his veto actions, bringing a formal end to the 2019 session. And I'm proud to say we've accomplished a great deal for the Shenandoah Valley.
We fought off tax hikes, and cut personal income taxes. We cut more than $1 billion in proposed new state spending, and we raised teacher pay -- without dipping into your wallet. We improved the security of our schools without resorting to gun control.
I've included some highlights (and unfortunate low-lights) of the session below.
As always, if I can be of help to you or your family, please don't hesitate to reach out. It is the honor of my life to serve as your voice in Richmond, and I'm committed to seeing that our Valley values are heard loud and clear in Mr. Jefferson's Capitol.
Standing Strong for Life
If I could choose one moment this session of which I was most proud, it would have to be this exchange with Del. Kathy Tran.
Democrats were doing their best to pass a bill that would have allowed abortion up to the moment of birth. Democrats had tried it before, but no one had ever asked them the hard questions.
By the time the firestorm died down, polling showed a 17-point swing toward pro-life views. What we learned was simple -- once people hear what these 'pro-choice' laws are really about, they oppose them.
Standing for Victims of Violence
Unfortunately, we weren't able to enact everything you asked us to. I worked across the aisle with Democrats to create real protections for women against domestic abusers. For the first time, repeat abusers would get 60 days in jail, and victims would have two months to move on with their lives. Sadly, Governor Northam vetoed this common-sense bill.
As I told the press corps in Richmond, it's tragic that the Governor chose to start his political rehabilitation on the backs of abused women. Rest assured, we're not done fighting for this bill.
We also passed legislation that would have held dealers of dangerous opioids responsible for the lives they take by peddling their poison. But once again, Governor Northam said no. We need a Republican governor in Richmond!
This session might be remembered most for what we managed to stop as much as what we managed to accomplish. Democrats tried to put a right to abortion in the Virginia Constitution, allow felons still in jail to vote, ban "assault weapons" and standard-capacity magazines, and start overturning the hard work we did to make dangerous criminals serve their full sentences.