May 2019 District Update
Memorial Day is nearly here, and with that the start of summer. It won't be long before the kids are out of school. But that doesn't mean our team has stopped working for the 15th District. Here's a sampling of what we've been doing this month.
It was truly a privilege to be on hand to remember the sacrifice of a fallen son of Page County this week, as we dedicated the Compton Creek bridge on U.S. 340 in Rileyville to the memory and honor of the late Sgt. Richard Brumback.
Richard Brumback volunteered for the Marine Corps in 1940, and fought for our country for three years in the Pacific theater. Sgt. Brumback was killed during World War II during the Solomon Islands campaign. He died in the jungles of Bougainville, scouting a safe location for his platoon.
Had it not been for the efforts of his niece Teresa, this well-deserved honor may never have happened. Thank you, Teresa, for your hard work and letting me be a part of this special event.
I'm also pleased to report that Lord Fairfax Community College has broken ground on the new Jenkins Hall project at their Luray campus. Our team worked hard to get more funding into the state budget for this project, as well as increased annual funding for career and technical education there.
The amazing efforts on display by this community are going to lead Page County to an even brighter future. Thanks as well to my colleague and State Sen. Mark Obenshain for being a great partner for the people of Page!
Up in Northern Virginia, pro-abortion group NARAL decided to give Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, an award for her horrifying late-term abortion bill.
Democrats don’t seem to have learned anything from the massive backlash this bill generated. The video of Delegate Tran defending her extreme bill has been viewed millions of times and has generated one of the most significant shifts toward pro-life support in our nation’s history. Early-term abortion is controversial. Late-term abortion is not. Our entire Republican team in Richmond is committed to ensuring that bills like this never become law.
On a brighter note, it was my honor to welcome the Senior Class of Shenandoah County's Central High School to Mr. Jefferson's Capitol last week. We talked about state government, representative Democracy, and how important their involvement is to the future of our Commonwealth.
I got to preside over the Chamber as the students voted using the official House of Delegates electronic voting board on a critical piece of legislation: "Shall the politician continue talking, or shall we adjourn and continue our trip to King's Dominion?
Sadly for me, the vote was nearly unanimous, but I'm told they had a great time on the roller coasters up in Doswell!
Finally, as we approach Memorial Day, please take time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom is not free, and we are blessed to live in an country where so many have answered the call to service to protect us all.
As always, if I can be of any help to you or your family in dealing with your government in Richmond, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your voice in Richmond!