The 2016 General Assembly session saw progress on broad-ranging economic development and revitalization efforts. I was proud to co-sponsor HB834 and HB846, the Growth Opportunity “GO” Virginia bills, which will create new economic incentives to stimulate more development and to bring more jobs to our communities. As you know, our ports continue to be an economic engine for our region and for the Commonwealth. I am particularly proud that the budget included $350,000,000.00 in new investments to expand the Port of Virginia’s operations in Norfolk. This long-overdue investment will ensure that our region benefits from significant new trade opportunities, economic development, and new career opportunities, all of which are tied to our ports.
In 2016, I was appointed to the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee, which hears numerous development and zoning issues. I have worked to eliminate government red tape and make it easier for those who want to invest and strengthen our economy to do so.
In 2017, I was appointed to the Finance Committee. During my time on that committee, I have sought to reduce tax burdens on working families and businesses alike. We have created incentives for additional economic development as it is essential that we keep Virginia competitive and able to attract new business investment to our state.
In 2018, I was appointed to the powerful Commerce and Labor Committee. On this committee, I work to balance the need to reduce burdensome regulations with the need to protect consumers from predatory companies.
In 2020, I was promoted to Vice-Chair of the House Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee, and placed as Chairman of the statewide land use subcommittee. I was appointed Chairman of the House Labor and Commerce subcommittee on healthcare and insurance. I was also appointed Chairman of the House Finance subcommittee on state and local tax policy. In these positions, I am responsible for reviewing thousands of proposals and pieces of legislation that come before us. In every step of the way, I work to balance industry and worker protections, making sure we can both have a vibrant and expansive economy but also ensuring that every worker has decent pay, access to quality healthcare coverage, and is protected from injury.