News and Events

Freedom Rally with Glenn Younkin,

Winsome Sears

Jason Miyares

Glenn Younkin and the rest of the statewide ticket will be visiting Gloucester for a Freedom Rally this Saturday, August 21 at noon.  The event will take place at The Gloucester Institute.  The event will be private but free, and we fully expect to max out attendance, so it is very important that those interested in coming RSVP here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/166506331921.  See you there!

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Hanover County Reagan Dinner – September 11

The Hanover County Republican Committee will host its Reagan Day Dinner on September 11, 2021.

The HCRC is pleased to have Mike Gonzalez – Guest Speaker & Author on Political Policy Presents: Countering Critical Race Theory and the Leftist Agenda.

Click HERE for ticket information.

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1st District Committee’s Resolution on Anti-Racism

On April 7, 2020 the 1st Congressional District Republican Committee issued the following anti-racism resolution:

Anti-Racism Res (final)

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1st District Committee’s Resolution Regarding the State Central Committee

RESOLUTION_121220

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Rob Wittman Wins 8th Term Representing Virginia’s First Congressional District

MONTROSS, VA — Congressman Rob Wittman (R, VA-01) yesterday won Virginia’s First Congressional District Race for re-election to his eighth term against opponent Qasim Rashid.

Wittman’s win is a clear victory for the people of the region as he is the Commonwealth’s senior-most Republican, serving as Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. He has a long history of environmental, broadband, infrastructure, defense, and veteran related wins in Congress, both legislatively and through funded projects. His experience, vision, and personal connection to the district proved to be what the people of Virginia’s First District wanted and needed in the People’s House.

Wittman has represented the First Congressional District since winning a special election in 2007 filling the seat vacated following the passing of Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis. Congressman Wittman has dedicated his life to the selfless service of his family, friends, neighbors, and all people in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wittman delivered the following remarks after his victory, in which he lays out his plan for the future of VA-01, the Commonwealth, and the nation, gives his sincerest thanks to the people of the First District, and reiterates his commitment to service, hard work, and complete representation of all people in our region.

Scroll below to read Wittman’s remarks as prepared for delivery in full:

Good evening.

Tonight, it is with great humility that I’m honored to say I will once again be serving the people of America’s First District in Washington in the 117th Congress. To the people of the First District, I thank you.

I want to thank my family, my wife Kathryn, my supporters, and the people of the First District for their tremendous work this year. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, I am extremely grateful for your support of my endeavors to once again serve the First District in Washington. Most importantly, I want to thank God for the guidance and strength He provided to us all through this year.

I also want to thank my opponent for a spirited race; I wish him, his family and staff the absolute best as they transition into the next chapter of their lives. It is now time for our region and our nation to come together as one America.

To say this year has been unprecedented is an understatement. To say that we are facing difficulties at nearly every turn is only beginning to understand the challenges facing our nation:
From a nuclear-strike-capable and ever-growing Chinese Navy to an emboldened and marauding Russia; to a lack of high-speed broadband coverage to a lack of freight and commuter rail capacity; to an economy still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 to families wondering how they will pay for their medical bills. We don’t need to look far to find the difficult and the challenging.

Recently, the words of founding father, patriot, and native of the First Congressional District, Patrick Henry, have been on my mind:

“They tell us that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? … Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?… We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power.”

He spoke these words during his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, in late March of 1775.

The colonists were facing seemingly insurmountable odds. They were considering the then-unheard-of act of Independence. And yet they persevered. In the face of those odds — in the face of the dark times that followed — in the face of bleak winters and hot summers — the American spirit shone through. The United States — Americans — prevailed.

The same question posed by Patrick Henry can be asked of our nation now as we face the uncertainty of the coming weeks and year: When shall we be stronger?

I am looking to our future, and I remain steadfastly hopeful. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, folks of the First District have proven their resiliency. We have proven our ability to care for one another — to utilize the resources we need to manage these times — to ask for help when we need it and provide help when we can. It is this spirit that will see us through.

It is with this same spirit — the spirit of our founders — the spirit of our neighbors and families who have seen us through these times — it is with this spirit that I will return to Washington to serve you.

As we face challenges ahead, I will continue to work tirelessly for you and for all people of the First District.

As we look to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, I’ve called on my colleagues in Congress to provide additional relief to Americans who need it most.

I have joined a discharge petition to release millions of dollars in aid to small businesses.

I supported vital relief bills earlier this year — I believe we must continue to provide targeted relief to the people who need it, rein in wasteful spending, and eliminate unfocused programs.

I will continue to call on my fellow Members in Congress to do the same and more.

I’m proud to report that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recently announced a new plan to expand and modernize our fleet to outpace our competitors and adversaries. This is something which I’ve advocated on behalf of for years.

I will be a vocal advocate as we look to implement this plan in the coming years. Through my leadership role on the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, I will do my utmost to increase shipbuilding and provide for our military members.

This year, I have continued my work to improve access to broadband services, building upon the work I have undertaken over the past decade.

I firmly believe that we will see more done in the next two years than we have in the past ten. Much of that is thanks to the joint work I have done with stakeholders, elected officials, and members of the Administration over the past several years.

I will continue to support localities as they apply for grants and work with providers to allow our localities to fully capitalize on the technology of the 21st Century. Rest assured, I will continue to push my colleagues and the Administration to act swiftly on my legislation to bridge the digital divide.

In the same vein, I currently have a bill before the House aimed at relieving congestion on our roadways, providing greater capacity for commuter and freight rail traffic.

The Long Bridge Act of 2020 will allow for the construction of a new Long Bridge across the Potomac to increase rail capacity throughout the mid-Atlantic. If this bill is not passed this year, it will be one of the first bills I reintroduce in the 117th Congress.

In conjunction with this bill, I advocated for a successful US-DOT grant application from the Port of Virginia to increase their rail terminal capacity to boost our region’s economy.

I will continue these efforts through advocacy for public-private partnerships and increased funding opportunities in the coming years.

This year drastically changed every aspect of our lives, and changed the way our campaign was run. It could not have been possible without the incredible work of my staff and volunteers throughout 2020.

I want to say a very special thank you to my Chief of Staff, Carolyn, for her outstanding work for the people of the First Congressional District at every level of engagement. I cannot express enough her tireless efforts for the people of our region.

I also want to thank my Campaign Manager, Nathan, for his work directly engaging with folks and stakeholders around our region, to help ensure that all people in the First District have their voices heard.

I have an amazing campaign team – Tiphanie, Joey, Brent, Reeve, Christie, Rob, Ashlee, and Sandy. They worked incredibly hard and I am so appreciative for all that they do.

Thank you as well to:

  • my District Director in my Congressional Office, Joe;
  • my Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff in my Congressional Office, Brent;
  • my Congressional Director of Operations, Jordan;
  • my Communications Director in my Congressional Office, Erika;
  • and Kim, our Digital Director for the campaign.

Thank you to the entirety of my Congressional DC Office staff – Max, John, Chris, Curran, Jacob and Sarah – for their immeasurable work legislatively.

Thank you to my Congressional District Office staff – Chris, Karen, Christina, Cheryl, and John  – from Mechanicsville, Stafford, and Tappahannock for their work serving the people of our region directly.

And an important thank you to all the campaign staff and volunteers who helped in so many ways throughout this year — without your work tonight would not have been possible.

Folks who know me know I don’t shy away from hard work.

From my time on the tomato farm, to the fishing boat, to college and the Corps of Cadets, to the Virginia Department of Health, local offices, and in Congress — I have always worked with the same spirit of resolve and service that was instilled in me from a young age.

Throughout this year, I safely visited several locations around our region, talking with folks from all walks of life — from Prince William to Mathews, from Stafford to James City, from Reedville to Mechanicsville — The people I have interacted with have the same work ethic that I do.

We want to roll up our sleeves and get things done to help our communities.

It’s because we grew up here. We know what it takes to help each other, and that is why I am so proud to serve you in Washington. We have hard work ahead of us, but I’m committed to working for you.

I say it often, and it’s something I believe firmly: the people of our region — our friends, neighbors, coworkers — are the greatest people in the United States of America.

Thank you for the opportunity to once again serve you in Washington. May God bless you, may God bless the Commonwealth of Virginia, and may God bless our great United States of America.

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Middlesex County Elephant Tracks

MCRC - Elephant Tracks October 2020
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“Wittman’s Sampler” – October 8, 2020

Don’t Miss the Wittman’s Sampler:

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

6:30 to 8:00 pm

Piankatank Ruritan Club

7138 Buckley Hall Rd, Hudgins, VA 23076

$100 per person for VIPs of Wittman
$50 per person for Supporters of Rob Wittman
$25 per person for Friends of Rob Wittman

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Middlesex County Elephant Tracks

MCRC - Elephant Tracks August - September 2020

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Congressman Wittman and Rashid Square Off in First Debate

Congressman Wittman and his opponent held their first debate on August 20th. Below is a summary of some of their positions on key issues published in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Congressman Wittman favors initiatives by localities on many of the issues while his opponent favors a one-size-fits-all approach coming out of Washington.

1st Disrict race_1st debate summary

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Extension of Article XII to the State Party Plan – Electronic Meetings and Alternate Convention Methods

On April 18th, the State Central Committee amended the State Party Plan with Ariticle XII to allow Official Committees to conduct electronic meetings to accomplish their business during the COVID-19 emergency. The amendment also allows alternate methods of conducting our conventions while the Governor’s executive orders remain in place.

These are temporary measures put in place to allow the RPV to conduct its business and nominate candidates for office during the health emergency. Article XII expired on July 28, 2020.

At the August 1st State Central Committee meeting, 1st District Chair Bob Watson proposed the amendment be extended through December 12, 2020 to give units the authority to meet electronically if they need to. Many of the typical meeting venues are not allowing large groups to gather at their facilities during the pandemic. In addition, extending the amendment gives the RPV unambiguous authority to hold the unassembled convention on August 15th. The extension of the amendment passed unanimously.

Article XII-final

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New Kent Back the Blue Rally – August 8, 2020

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One Nation Under God Rally – August 8, 2020

The One Nation Under God Rally will be held in the King George High School’s parking lot  10100 Foxes Way, King George, VA 22485,   The rally that will be held from 10:30-12:00 on Saturday 8 August 2020.  There will be Speakers and music. See you there

One Nation Rally

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Middlesex County Elephant Tracks

MCRC - Elephant Tracks January - July 2020

 

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Article XII to the State Party Plan – Electronic Meetings and Alternate Convention Methods

On April 18th, the State Central Committee amended the State Party Plan with Ariticle XII to allow Official Committees to conduct electronic meetings to accomplish their business during the COVID-19 emergency. The amendment also allows alternate methods of conducting our conventions while the Governor’s executive orders remain in place.

These are temporary measures put in place to allow the RPV to conduct its business and nominate candidates for office during the health emergency. Article XII expires on July 28, 2020.

Article XII-final

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Delegate Amanda Batten’s Wrap-Up of the 2020 General Assembly Session

Batten-WrapUIp-031220

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Lancaster County Republican Committee 2020 Reagan Dinner (Postponed)

The Lancaster County Republican Committee will hold its 23rd Annual Reagan Day Dinner at the Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club in Kilmarnock on March 22.  They have a great dinner lined up with Gov George F. Allen as the Keynote speaker  and Rep. Rob Wittman as the Guest of Honor.  In addition, the Lancaster committee has invited all of the candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate (Dan Gade has already accepted), our Republican currently-serving and former elected officials and all of our RPV colleagues.

LCRC Reagan Day Dinner Flyer_2020

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER AND RSVP HERE

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District Chairman’s Statement on RPV Chairman’s Race

Statement_RPV Chairman Race

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Middlesex County Republicans 2nd Amendment Event!

MCRC - January 18-29-20 events for 2020 (1)

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Resolution Concerning the Chairman, RPV

Resolution_121419

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Middlesex County Elephant Tracks

MCRC - Elephant Tracks September-October 2019

 

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Beyond The Tracks – Middlesex Republican Committee Commentary

MCRC - Beyond the Tracks September - October 2019

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Northumberland County Tusk and Trunk Newsletter

Tusk-TrunkSEP2019

 

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Middlesex County Republican Committee Red, White and Blue BBQ – October 13, 2019

 

MCRC-BBQ & Rally 2019

 

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Lancaster County Republicans Host Local Candidates September 16, 2019

 

LCRC flyer_meet_greet_091619

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Northumberland County Annual Oyster Roast  October 5, 2019

NCRC oyster roast 2019

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Gloucester County Republicans Open 2019 Campaign Office

GCRC PRESS RELEASE_GOP HQ 2019 Ribbon Cutting

 

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Northumberland Tusk and Trunk Newsletter

Tusk-TrunkJULY2019

 

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Congressman Wittman Announces He Will

Seek Re-Election in 2020

2020 Announcement_Wittman

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Middlesex County Elephant Tracks

MCRC - Elephant Tracks June 2019

 

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State Central Committee Affirms Scott Wyatt as the Nominee in the 97th Legislative District

On June 22nd, the RPV State Central Committee (SCC) approved a resolution with a vote of 56-17-3 that affirmed the 1st District Committee’s ruling on an appeal heard on May 20th from Scott Wyatt, who was seeking the nomination in the 97th House District. In passing the resolution, the SCC affirmed that Scott Wyatt is the official nominee.

22jun19 SCC Ruling Wyatt

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Northumberland County Tusk and Trunk

Tusk-Trunk JUNE2019

 

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Chairman’s Statement – 97th LDC Appeal

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Middlesex County Elephant Tracks

MCRC - Elephant Tracks April - May 2019

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News from Northumberland

Tusk-TrunkMAY2019 (1)

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An Evening with Tom Davis – May 20, 2019

Please join the Honorable Thomas M. Davis, III, the Mathews County Republican Committee, neighboring Republican Committees in the First District, and invited guests at a very special event on Monday, May 20, 6:30 pm at the Piankatank Ruritan Club for an evening of politics and political updates as a precursor to the upcoming elections.

Tom Davis­­­­—one of America’s foremost experts on political demography and America elections—has accepted our invitation to share his expertise on election politics, how the political playing field has changed over the past years, the political relationship between northern Virginia and the rest of the Commonwealth, the electoral college, and a host of other current issues.

Tom Davis’ invitation to join us in Mathews is part of our pre-election outreach plan to communicate with political partners in adjoining districts. We are pleased to be able to sponsor this exciting event and hope you will join us.

We will convene for coffee and dessert at 6:30, and Tom will begins his remarks at 7:00 p.m.

There is no cost to this event. You are invited to bring a neighbor or a like-minded colleague for this “inside baseball” view of politics!!

Please RSVP by April 25, 2019 to MathewsGOP@gmail.com.

Cordially,

Fulton J. Wood, Jr., Chairman

Mathews County Republican Committee

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Official Call for Party Canvass

Prince William County Board of Supervisors 

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

 

The Prince William County Republican Committee is holding a Party Canvass from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, for the purpose of nominating a Republican candidate for: Supervisor on the County Board of Supervisors in Brentsville, Coles, Gainesville, Neabsco, Occoquan, Potomac, Woodbridge Districts, and Chairman.

The official notice with details about where to vote is below.

PWCRC Party Canvass Call_020819

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Rob Wittman Wins 6th Term!

Congressman Rob Wittman won re-election on November 6th with 55% of the vote over his opponent’s 45% of the vote.

Rob sent out a post election note, which is quoted below. Congratulations, Rob and we are proud to have you represent us in the 1st District!

“Thank you for all your support throughout this campaign. We won Tuesday night because of you.  The highest honor of my life is serving as the Representative for the First District, and I am grateful to be given the opportunity to return to Washington to work on your behalf.

I want to thank all of my staff and volunteers for their countless hours of work getting our message out and for ensuring victory today.  There is so much more work to be done to continue improving our District and our nation. I am so grateful to the constituents of the First District for again putting their trust in me, and I look forward to another two years of service.

As I return to the fight, I am glad to have you standing with me.

Thank you,

Rob Wittman”

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New RPV Chairman Elected on September 8th

Congratulations to Jack Wilson, who was elected as the new RPV Chairman on September 8th. Jack has served as the 4th District Chairman for the past several years and has been active in Virginia politics for over a decade.

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1st District Approves Resolution Opposing Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

The 1st Congressional District Republican Committee approved a resolution opposing Medicaid expansion in Virginia. The resolution was sent to all Republican state senators, and delegates who have districts within VA-01.

The resolution is here:  Medicaid Resolution_051218

You can also read about the resolution in The Bull Elephant.

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Prince William County Republican Committee Lincoln-Reagan Dinner – March 17, 2018

The Prince William County Republican Committee will hold its 29th Annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club, Gainesville, VA. The program details and reservation information can be found at this link:

PWCRC Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

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Lancaster County Republican Committee Reagan Dinner – March 18, 2018

The Lancaster County Republican Committee will hold its annual Reagan Day Dinner on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Indian Creek Yacht Club in Kilmarnock, VA. The flyer with the details and payment information is below.

Reagan Day Flyer 2018 _LCRC

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1st District Veteran’s Forum

Who: Congressman Rob Wittman; Mike Carr, Deputy Director, VA Benefits Assistance Service; and Lawrence B. Connell, Acting Medical Center Director, Washington D.C VA

The purpose of this forum is to offer 1st District Veterans an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Veterans Administration and Congressman Wittman about VA benefits and services.

When: February 17, 2018

Time09:30AM-11:30AM
Where: Dale City VFW 14631 Minnieville Rd, Dale City, VA 22193 Hall B
RSVP to Karen Klotz by February 14, 2018
Karen.klotz@mail.house.gov, or 540-659-2734

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 2018 1st District Convention Canceled

The 1st District Convention, which was scheduled for April 7, 2018 has been canceled. The purpose of the convention was to elect a new district chairman and transact any other business properly brought before the convention. Chairman Bob Watson was the only properly filed candidate for chairman as of the filing deadline; therefore, in accordance with the Official Call, the convention was canceled, and Chairman Watson was declared elected as the next district chairman. He will serve as Chairman for the next 2 years (2018-2020).

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2017 Governor Candidate Performance by Congressional District

Below is a chart that depicts how each of the candidates for governor performed in each Congressional District. You can find this chart and other informative election statistics at vpap.org.