Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jill Vogel Endorsed by Commonwealth's Attorneys from across Virginia

February 23rd, 2017

WARRENTON, VA – Today, Senator Jill Vogel, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, announced the support of 27 Commonwealth’s Attorneys across Virginia.

Vogel spoke to the importance of this announcement:

"I am honored to earn the support of such extraordinary people who do the most challenging work to protect the Commonwealth and our citizens," said Senator Jill Vogel. "They are dedicated public servants and I am proud of the relationships that I have built with Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys over the years. As lieutenant governor, I will continue working with VACA and its members to ensure our Commonwealth’s Attorneys have the resources necessary to uphold justice while seeking innovative, reform-oriented solutions designed to reduce recidivism."

With this announcement, Vogel has solidified her standing as the leading advocate for public safety and smart approaches to criminal justice issues in Virginia’s race for lieutenant governor. This strong showing of support builds upon Vogel’s field-leading total of 32 endorsements from Sheriffs across the Commonwealth who also recognized her strong record of legislative accomplishments and steadfast commitment to public safety.

As a result of her work in the Senate, Vogel has previously been named as the “Champion of Justice” by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys as well as the “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia State Police.

“Jill Vogel is a passionate advocate for issues important to Virginia's Commonwealth's Attorneys and she has a proven record of leadership on our behalf, said Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney William “Billy” Davenport. “Jill has spent years working with law enforcement on a variety of criminal justice issues. In that time, she has truly distinguished herself as a committed, accessible, and solutions-oriented legislator focused on fixing problems and getting things done. I am proud to strongly endorse her campaign for lieutenant governor.”

The 27 Commonwealth’s Attorneys endorsing Jill Vogel for lieutenant governor are

  • Joel Branscom – Botetourt County
  • Christopher Russell – Buena Vista City
  • Nathan Lyons – Carroll County
  • William "Billy" Davenport – Chesterfield County
  • Michael Newman – Danville City
  • Ann Baskervill – Dinwiddie County
  • Vince Donoghue – Essex County
  • James Fisher – Fauquier County
  • Ross Spicer – Frederick County
  • Patricia Watson – Greensville County and Emporia City
  • Tracy Martin – Halifax County
  • R. E. "Trip" Chalkley - Hanover County
  • Andrew Nester – Henry County
  • Jan Smith – Lancaster County
  • Chris Billias – Lexington City and Rockbridge County
  • James Plowman – Loudoun County
  • Kenneth Alger – Page County
  • Robert "Bryan" Haskins – Pittsylvania County
  • Richard Cox – Powhatan County
  • Arthur Goff – Rappahannock County
  • Donald Caldwell – Roanoke City
  • Amanda Wiseley – Shenandoah County
  • Colin Stolle – Virginia Beach City
  • Brian Madden – Warren County
  • Nathan Green – Williamsburg City and James City County
  • Marc Abrams – Winchester City
  • Gerald Mabe – Wythe County

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Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Legislative Session: Week 4

96th District, Virginia House of Delegates                                           February 3, 2017

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P.O. Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 804-698-1096
Fax: 804-786-6310
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Amanda Johnston
Today marks the 24th day of this year's short 46-day legislative session. By next Tuesday, February 7, the House and Senate must complete all work on their respective legislation, with the exception of the budget bills. This deadline is referred to as Crossover.

What does this mean? In short, we are now working long days to finish reviewing all House bills. Our daily floor sessions are growing longer as we hear bills that have made it through the committee process. Conversely, committee meetings are growing shorter as fewer House bills remain to be reviewed.

As a reminder, any individual is able to attend a subcommittee or committee meeting in order to speak in support of or in opposition to bills. Public input is a critical part of the legislative process, and I encourage you to pay close attention to bills being presented in Richmond. If you feel strongly about a bill, please consider traveling to Richmond to testify in committee. Additionally, you may view all House floor sessions online at This year's floor sessions are archived for easy reference.
House Bill 1876: protecting minors
During this year's session, I again introduced commonsense legislation to protect the privacy of minors. Currently, public library records are subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. These requests can compel libraries to provide information about all library card holders--including children. In contrast, public school libraries are authorized to withhold this private information. As a mother of five and a grandmother of seven, I understand firsthand the need to protect children. My House Bill 1876 passed in subcommittee and committee and will next be heard on the House floor.
Another busy week
Although I spent most of my week either in committee meetings or on the House floor, I had the opportunity to catch up with a number of visiting groups. Among those who traveled to Richmond were representatives of the following:
  • James City County Board of Supervisors
  • James Madison University
  • NASA
  • Old Dominion University
  • Thomas Nelson Community College
  • United Methodist Church
  • Virginia Community Health Workers
  • Virginia Institute for Marine Science
Visiting with the president and students of Thomas Nelson Community College

I was honored to be recognized by the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society for my efforts to preserve the Virginia Aviation Museum collection

Please continue making me aware of your legislative priorities. I may be reached by email at or by phone at 804-698-1096. If you prefer to visit, my office is located in Room 403 of the General Assembly Building at the corner of 9th and Broad Streets.

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