Richmond, VA- The 2017 General Assembly has commenced for the next 45 days and lawmakers will be addressing the many challenges that remain to help advance Virginia and its economy. Governor Terry McAuliffe will be detailing his agenda for his final General Assembly of his term and Delegate Ron Villanueva from the 21st House District and Senator Siobhan Dunnavant from the 12th Senate District of Virginia have been tapped by the House and Senate leadership to give the Republican response to the Governor’s agenda and describe the Republican initiatives for the session.
Here is the official response:
Delegate Ron Villanueva had this to say, “As our economy continues to recover, Virginia continues to face many challenges and with our Republican leadership we will focus on repairing our economic development programs to help create more jobs and opportunities for all Virginians. We will reduce regulatory burdens that strangle small business, reform welfare from fraudulent spending so that the most needy Virginians receive the care they need, combat the opioid and heroin addiction, continue to improve in education, and invest in areas that will strengthen communities. We will balance the budget without raising taxes and prioritize spending on core functions including education, public safety, health and human resources, and transportation.”
Delegate Ron Villanueva represents parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. In 2015, Ron became the youngest chairman to be named to the House Transportation Committee and serves on the House Commerce and Labor and House Science Technology Committees. Ron is completing his fourth term and also serves as the Bio-science and Technology Caucus Chairman and Tourism Caucus Chairman. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Ron served on the Virginia Beach City Council focusing on smaller and efficient government, budget reform, job creation and economic development. Ron is a small business owner and a 44 year resident of the 21st House District.
Ron has announced his re-election efforts and will be on the ballot in June 2017.