Central Virginia needs quality jobs, and I’ve made economic growth and workforce development the centerpiece of my work as your Delegate. I have successfully worked to expand workforce training and development programs in our region to ensure that our citizens have the skills they need to compete for quality jobs in today’s competitive economy.
I have also worked to attract new industries to our region and supported measures to help our existing businesses grow. I am committed to fighting for policies that keep business regulations to a minimum, allowing our businesses to flourish and grow, and create more jobs for Virginians.
Our children deserve safe schools that focus on fundamentals like reading, math and science. To ensure that the educational needs of every child are being met, I support strong performance accountability standards for our schools. One size does not fit all when it comes to educating a child, so I support initiatives that will allow parents greater choice in selecting educational options for their children.
I am adamantly opposed to President Obama’s federal takeover of our health care. Health care proposals based on bureaucracy and one-size-fits-all approaches diminish the quality of care and decrease affordability. Further, government control over our health care tramples upon the rights of individuals and families. Health care options that allow greater choice and flexibility, like health care savings accounts options and allowing small businesses the ability to offer affordable plans free from excessive mandates are far superior – and more affordable – than the options being forced upon us by Washington.
We must strengthen public safety in our communities to combat the new threats that face our citizens. I have been a leader in promoting legislation that keeps up with the changing nature of crime, including cyber-crime. I have successfully sponsored multiple measures to protect citizens from the growing crime of identity theft, making Virginia a national model in fighting this growing crime. And because we need to be vigilant in protecting our children, I successfully sponsored legislation increasing penalties for those who sexually abuse children and for those who stalk them on the Internet.
Virginia’s taxes are not too low, and I have been a consistent and steadfast voice against raising them.
Higher taxes are intended to fund a larger, more intrusive government, and I have opposed efforts to raise
taxes. We don’t need tax increases in order to fund essential government functions like education, public
safety and transportation. Moreover, we cannot grow or economy or successfully compete for industries with higher taxes on families and businesses. I will continue to support funding vital services while working to keep taxes low.
Traditional Values & Our Rights
As Delegate, I have been a strong voice for our traditional values, fighting for the values of faith in God, personal integrity, and stronger families. From sponsoring legislation cracking down on child pornographers to Virginia’s constitutional amendment to protect marriage, I have been a leader in the effort to fight those who want to advance the liberal social agenda. After twenty seven years of fighting to protect the health and dignity of women going to abortion clinics, I sponsored the successful amendment to require state oversight of abortion clinics in Virginia. I have also successfully supported bills that protect innocent human life and require a moment of silence in our schools.
I have been a steadfast supporter of property rights and our Second Amendment Rights.