WHO RANDY IS:
Honesty. Commitment. Hard-work. These are the principles that Randy grew up with in Chesapeake, VA. And they are the same principles that set him apart today as a Member of the United States House of Representatives, and gained him a reputation for solution-based leadership and a commitment to common sense – which is anything but common in Washington, DC.
Randy was raised as the second child in a working class family. His father was a World War II veteran and his mother a homemaker. In the midst of partisan bickering in Washington, Randy has remained true to his hometown values and never forgotten the people he serves. In fact, he came to Congress with a history marked by the values of hard work that his father taught him. He worked his way through Randolph-Macon College through a series of jobs, graduating in 1974 as valedictorian. He then pursued his law degree from the University of Virginia. After graduating from law school, he began his career in the private practice of law helping small and medium-sized businesses. In 1989, Randy was elected to the Virginia General Assembly where he served first in the House of Delegates and then in the Senate.
Today, Randy still lives in Chesapeake, Virginia and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. A typical Sunday morning will find him either teaching the Sunday school class he has lead for 20 years at Great Bridge Baptist Church, or sitting on one of the pews with his wife Shirley, who he's been married to since 1978. Randy and Shirley have four children and three grandchildren, which Randy personally regards as his greatest achievement.
WHAT RANDY STANDS FOR:
Solutions-based leadership. Randy has rejected the Washington mentality of political rhetoric with no action, and has instead focused on solutions-based leadership to tackle some of our nation’s biggest issues like government spending, energy challenges, the economy, tax reform, transportation and immigration. Groups as diverse as the US Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP, the National Taxpayers Union, and the American Farm Bureau Federation have all recognized the work Randy has done in Congress - a testament to his independent problem-solving and focus on bipartisan solutions.
Serving those who serve. Randy has become a nationally-recognized champion of our men and women in uniform and one of our nation’s most forceful advocates for a strong national defense. As Chairman of the Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, he has fought tirelessly to support our troops at every stage of their service - from ensuring they have the capabilities and cutting edge equipment they need to fight an ever-changing enemy, to keeping our promises to our veterans once they come home. Randy’s service to our men in women in uniform has earned him the highest civilian awards offered by both the United States Army and the United States Navy.
Common sense conservative principles. A leader in the fight against job killing regulations and out of control spending, Randy has been named “Hero of Taxpayers” and is 1 of only 17 members of Congress to vote against all stimulus and bailouts under both Presidents Bush and Obama. Randy has introduced legislation to tie Member salaries to government spending - the more lawmakers spend, the less make. Randy has supported legislation to create an optional flat tax, to audit the Federal Reserve, to rein in our nation’s debt, and to amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget. The American Conservative Union consistently ranks him among the most trusted conservative voices in Congress.
Real solutions = real growth = real jobs. While Randy’s legislative proposals have received significant national attention, bringing jobs and economic development to Virginia has been a hallmark of his service in Congress, and, as Chairman of the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus, he has made Hampton Roads a top destination for high paying technology jobs. In recognition for his work to support small businesses and create jobs, Randy has been awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the NFIB, as well as the Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of the Enterprise” Award.
Holding the Administration accountable. Serving as a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, Randy is on the frontlines in the fight to stop executive overreach and the growing governmental abuses – from NSA surveillance of citizens’s metadata to the IRS’ inappropriate targeting of organizations based on their political beliefs. He believes limited government is effective government.
In God we still trust. As Founder and Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, Randy is a leader in the fight to stop the removal of faith from the public square -- protecting the First Amendment's guarantee that we have freedom to live our lives according to our moral convictions, free from government coercion.
Citizenship is a privilege, not a right. Randy has worked to protect American workers by calling for aggressive and intentional enforcement of our immigration laws and stricter border security. He has been forefront in the fight against amnesty, and holds that the cornerstone to any successful immigration reform must be the enforcement of current immigration laws, and the securing of the border.
WHY RANDY SERVES
Randy serves for a simple reason: he loves this nation and he believes that – just as it is worth fighting for on the frontlines – this country is worth fighting for in our communities and in the halls of Congress.
“It's an honor to serve and represent the people of the Fourth District of Virginia; one that I am grateful for every day. I have made constituent service a priority for my office, because I understand the difficulty of dealing with a federal government that often seems to be too unwieldy, and lacks common sense. One of my greatest privileges is to be in the fight for the national security of our country, and to protect the men and women who serve in our military with such dedication and selflessness. Providing them with the best resources and support possible is not just a duty, it's an honor. And I remain committed to the fight for what is on the minds of so many of my constituents: preserving their jobs and creating economic opportunity for them, their children, and their grandchildren in the Commonwealth and across our nation.” – Randy Forbes