Read below for the latest updates on Delegate LaRock's legislation and other matters of interest.
It is with hesitation that, again this week, I sound like a weatherman who only reports bad weather. There are some bad bills which have died, many only to be revived in some alternate form. The budget has some positives, but is jam packed with wasteful spending. All of my bills seeking to lower tolls, improve transportation and improve rural broadband have died at the hands of Democrats who would rather hurt their own constituents than act favorably on a Republican bill.
Monday, February 17, 2020 11:47 PM
Let me explain the meaning of the subject line and put this 2020 Session in perspective.
Over and over, people in Richmond who are veterans to policy making, some I know well and others I don’t, vent their frustration at the overwhelming volume of destructive legislation that is being rammed through the legislative process. Input from experienced stakeholders is routinely ignored, exorbitant costs to public and private entities disregarded, collateral damage and long-term consequences scoffed at; this is hard to witness.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:37 PM
Today was the last day for the House of Delegates to pass House bills, with the exception of the Budget. Here are some examples of the harmful legislation which the new Democrat majority is ramming through already this year.
Taxes: Governor Northam’s massive gas tax increase passed, as did large increases in the Northern Virginia TOT (hotel) and Grantors' taxes - with most of the revenue going to WMATA. Another bill would allow counties to increase taxes for cigarettes, admissions, meals, and lodgings without a voter referendum -- totaling up to $528 million. Another bill would allow localities to enact taxes on plastic bags.
Monday, February 10, 2020 5:04 PM
As we draw close to the midpoint if the 2020 Session, the daily floor calendar gets fuller and fuller. That might be good news if our work product in Richmond would move the Commonwealth in a positive direction. Instead, however, the destructive potential of the Democrat-controlled legislative agenda reaches critical mass and there is confusion and chaos; just like the proverbial dog that chased the car, grabbed a hold of the tire and wouldn't let go even though he was spinning out of control. Republicans are fighting against the relentless push to turn Virginia into a place people from California and New York will be calling the new extreme liberal stronghold.
Sunday, February 2, 2020 4:29 PM
Update: Under Democrat Control, Virginia Free-Falling Farther and Faster Than You Could Ever Have Imagined
We have now wrapped up our fourth week of the 2020 Session, and the free-fall is fully underway. This coming week, we face five very full days as we head toward the deadline for voting on bills that will go over to the Senate.
During the past week, we voted on more than 200 bills on the House Floor, in addition to countless hours of discussion in committees and subcommittees. With all the activity this week, I have several wins to report to you – as well as a few losses after hard-fought battles.
Sunday, January 26, 2020 5:02 PM
-- Tone-deaf Democrat Delegate Calls Them "Bullies"
The third week of the 2020 Session has concluded, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on the latest news from Richmond. This past Monday, January 20th, witnessed an unprecedented gathering of tens of thousands of gun rights activists assembled to assert their Second Amendment rights, as well as to lobby in opposition of gun control measures introduced by the Democrat-controlled House and Senate. I would like to emphasize my appreciation for those of you who took the time to speak with me and my staff on Monday, as well as express my commitment to making Virginia a safer place by protecting the rights of gun owners.
Saturday, January 18, 2020 12:05 PM
We’ve just completed the second week of the 2020 General Assembly Session, and I wanted to provide a quick update on what’s been happening in Richmond. Thank you for the honor and privilege you have entrusted me with. Please keep me and all our elected officials in your prayers, especially these next several weeks.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:35 PM
I headed down to Richmond this morning for what will almost certainly be a very difficult session of the legislature. Once the General Assembly convenes at noon tomorrow, I am prohibited from accepting donations, so I appreciate your contribution today. As the last Republican Delegate in Northern Virginia, I will continue to stand strong for our Conservative principles. Your support will help me keep communicating with you about issues of vital concern to our region.
Friday, January 3, 2020 6:12 PM
I have written a letter to Governor Northam asking him to meet with the wives of the Virginia Guard officers to explain how he specifically plans to take immediate action to deescalate this situation. I have been told by Michaela that this situation is harming careers and undermining the safety and peace-of-mind of families across Virginia.
Friday, December 20, 2019 5:46 PM
As we look forward to the 2020 Session of the Virginia General Assembly, please pray for our Commonwealth. Here are a few updates on issues which may be of interest to you:
- 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions
- Parental Rights - Vaccinations
- Loudoun Schools fundraising for the LGBT extremists, supported by your tax dollars
- Bad Budget Proposals from Gov. Northam
- More bad bills filed - by category
- Merry Christmas from the LaRock Family!
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6:35 PM
I wish you all the best on this Thanksgiving holiday. We have so much to be thankful to our Creator for, even in times like these when our national and Virginia political environment is turbulent. We are never alone. I'm looking forward to spending the next few days with family, celebrating all of God's many blessings he has given to us. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Thank you for the honor and privilege you have entrusted me with in allowing me to serve as your elected State Delegate.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 11:34 PM
With the election behind us, I've been able to focus more on what the future holds, and preparing legislation for the 2020 session of the General Assembly. As you can imagine, it will be more difficult to implement good policies in the next couple of years, but I'm hopeful that I can continue to make good progress on some of my ongoing efforts.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:32 PM
What’s ahead for Virginia? I will make an optimistic forecast for conservatives. After mourning over unsuccessful contests fades, we will persevere, of that I am certain. The same love of righteousness that causes us to sacrifice so much in the face of horrible odds does not wither when a battle is lost, it will intensify. It is our faith in our Creator, our love for family, and, finally, the freedom that is ingrained in us that will never yield to those who would take away what God has given to us.
Monday, November 4, 2019 5:32 PM
The 2019 election is upon us- tomorrow is the big day! Besides my own campaign, there are several other critical legislative and local races in our area.
We need volunteers to distribute Republican Sample Ballots at polling places from Leesburg to Winchester tomorrow. If you can help out, please let us know.
Thank you again for all your support, and let's all vote, pray and work hard for victory tomorrow!
Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:33 AM
We are less than two weeks from Election Day, so here are 5 things to remember:
1. Please join us for an event Sunday in Winchester...
2. Let us know if you can help...
3. Midnight today- final fundraising deadline...
4. Please pray for our great Commonwealth...
5. Be sure to vote Republican absentee or on November 5th...
Monday, October 7, 2019 6:21 PM
Hope You Can Stop By Next Saturday. Psst: I'll be Disclosing What The President Thinks About My Campaign
Okay, the subject is a bit of a stretch. He hasn't actually said anything yet...
RJ and Judy Hall are opening up their lovely home to help me pull together what we need to finish strong in my reelection campaign.
My dear wife Joanne is helping Judy Hall prepare some yummy appetizers and I promise not to talk long if you stop by.
I hope to see you there.
Details of the event and how to RSVP are here!
Monday, September 30, 2019 7:21 PM
A working group of Del. Dave LaRock, Supervisors Geary Higgins and Tony Buffington and The Hon. Randy Minchew announced today a collaborative effort called the Western Loudoun Telecommunication Initiative.
The focus of the WESTERN LOUDOUN TELECOMMUNICATION INITIATIVE is to expedite expansion of privately-owned telecommunications infrastructure in underserved areas in western Loudoun County.
Monday, September 30, 2019 11:14 AM
This 2019 election is a high-stakes contest, and we are all in. Joanne and I go out with our teams several days a week meeting folks at their homes. We average 8-10 miles walked and hundreds of stairs on any given Saturday because it matters so much that we hold this seat.
Friday, September 27, 2019 11:38 PM
We're entering the final sprint, with less than 40 days to the finish line on Election Day. It's been busy and the events are many. I would be honored to have you join me at RJ and Judy Hall's home just North of Leesburg for some food, fellowship and updates on the campaign.
Friday, September 20, 2019 6:01 AM
During the 2019 General Assembly Session, the Republican-led General Assembly fought tooth and nail against Democrats just to give your money back to you. Anticipating the effect of the Trump Tax Reform, we set aside nearly $450 million for a Taxpayer Relief Fund to give money back to the hard-working families who earned the money in the first place. This decision is a perfect example of how we as Republicans respect your right to keep the fruit of your labor (your money), and will go to bat for you.
Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 AM
Election Day is approaching, and I want to thank the many people who have been so generous to share hard-earned dollars with my campaign. We use that money frugally. As I go to homes around the 33rd District, lots of people are not yet thinking much about the election. With the financial support you send, we purchase the resources we need to draw voters in.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:00 AM
It’s back-to-school and off-to-college time! I’m thrilled to share some great news about Virginia K-12 and higher education. I’ve served on the House Education Committee for five years and seen firsthand the long-term Republican commitment to education -- both quality and safety. This commitment is paying big dividends, and it shows.
Friday, August 2, 2019 3:13 PM
Virginia's annual Tax Free Weekend is running now through 11:59pm Sunday, Aug. 4.
During the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, you can buy qualifying goods such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.
Monday, July 29, 2019 6:29 AM
Did you know that the Virginia General Assembly is the longest-continuously-operating legislative body in the Western Hemisphere? On December 6, 1606, the journey to Virginia began on three ships: the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery. In 1607, 104 English men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement. And so it began. On July 30, 1619, newly appointed Governor Yeardley called for the first representative legislative assembly. This was the beginning of representative government that is now the Virginia House of Delegates. Despite enormous adversity, the settlers stayed the course or died trying.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:28 AM
You may have heard that CNBC just named Virginia the Best State for Business in the Country, a great sign for our strong economy and the future of our Commonwealth.
In related news, we learned this week that Virginia ended FY2019 with a $778 million surplus, most of which will be sent back to taxpayers this fall. This is great news for Virginia’s middle-class families. This surplus means that Virginia taxpayers will get their $110 or $220 rebate checks in October, as planned.
Saturday, July 6, 2019 11:04 AM
On this Independence weekend I am preparing for the July 9th Special Session called by Governor Northam. He is wasting $50,000 a day for the sole purposes of hammering away at our constitutionally protected right to self-defense and scoring political points.
I'll be pushing to protect the right to protect self and family even in public buildings.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 11:30 AM
The new 2.1% Regional Gas Tax for the I-81 Corridor goes into effect July 1, 2019. The I-81 Committee will begin meeting soon to prioritize and plan about $2 billion in projects to be completed over the next ten years, starting with the projects included in last year's plan. And with new dedicated funding for the corridor, our Congressional representatives are working to bring additional funding to make more improvements even faster!
Friday, June 28, 2019 4:24 PM
My Democrat opponent is bringing in lots of out-of-state money and it looks like she has volunteers from out-of-state canvasing for her already.
So if you find the thought of NOT having Dave LaRock on your side in the 2020 session unBearable, please help me fight back to hold this seat.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:21 PM
Governor Northam has set the date of the Special Session for Tuesday, July 9th. The terrible shooting incident that occurred in Virginia Beach is still painfully fresh in everyone’s mind, especially the 12 families that lost loved ones.
How much thought went into this? Probably about as much forethought as he gave before offering to do the Moonwalk in a press conference. If only his wife had let him do it!
Monday, June 17, 2019 4:00 PM
Delegate Dave LaRock, Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, Delegate Tim Hugo and other co-patrons of Virginia’s landmark transportation reform legislation, House Bill 2 (HB 2) from the 2014 session, sent a letter to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on Friday, outlining concerns that the CTB’s action this year on directing state transportation funding violates the legislative intent of HB 2 and other legislation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:33 AM
You're not going to believe this!
Remember Del. Kathy Tran? The Fairfax Democrat who sparked a worldwide firestorm when she tried to pass a bill that would allow a woman to request an abortion for virtually any reason even as she was going into labor?
You would have thought my opponent, Mavis Taintor, might have realized this extreme anti-child bill is a bad idea.... NOPE! Some people are just tone deaf.
Friday, May 24, 2019 2:27 PM
After spending most of January and February looking out for you in Richmond as your elected delegate, I've been back home working intently to untangle the state road funding boondoggle that is shortchanging our region in a big way. It’s been busy; because, as you probably know, I am the last Republican delegate representing Loudoun County. I have been nominated by the Republican party to run for re-election, so I will be working hard campaigning this summer.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:31 PM
Broadband facilitates business activity, education, entertainment, healthcare, and other vital services available through the internet. Meeting with the public in this broadband town hall, and others in the future, will help identify and address the need to deploy broadband into all rural areas in the district. I hope constituents will come out to this event to be updated on the efforts to extend broadband throughout the district and to share insights on their needs and ideas.
Monday, May 13, 2019 2:45 PM
In January of this year, the Northam administration announced their recommendations for another two years of state funding for transportation projects. Unfortunately, they recommended sending 92% of the money allocated in Northern Virginia to transit projects. A public hearing on these funding allocations will be held tonight, and I intend to voice my objections to the recommended project list and demand the monies be disbursed on a revised and fair set of recommendations, and hope many others will do the same!
Friday, May 3, 2019 3:46 PM
Delegate Dave LaRock and Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser announced today that they will be hosting a “Broadband Town Hall Meeting.” The event will take place at the Carver Center in Purcellville, with doors opening at 6:30pm, and formal presentation and discussion from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
The event will bring state and local elected officials together with the public and representatives of broadband providers in the area.
Friday, April 26, 2019 12:20 PM
As you know, I've opposed the tolls on I-66 Inside the Beltway (ITB) ever since Gov. Terry McAuliffe first proposed them in 2015.
Over the first two years of the program, while about $17 million in new bus service in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax has been funded with the I-66 ITB tolls, a lot of projects with, shall we say, "less obvious" benefits have also been funded.
Allocation of the next year of your toll money to various projects by the NVTC will be up for public input at two upcoming meetings. Once again, there is a good possibility that millions of dollars will go to program admin, advertising (trying to get people to abandon their cars for transit) and buying bikes.Read more here...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:47 PM
"Northern Virginia’s notorious congestion will not go away if 70% of the estimated benefit of projects comes from Land use, Economic Development, and Accessibility; with another 18% from Environment,” said Del. Dave LaRock. “I am pressing for a thorough revision to the Smart Scale process to significantly increase the weighting of congestion relief and get this rating program fixed and functioning so our precious dollars benefit drivers and not developers.”
Monday, April 1, 2019 4:17 AM
On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly returns to Richmond for the Reconvened Session.
One of the measures Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has sent down for our consideration comes at the request of Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin): a budget amendment that would end the punitive practice in Virginia of suspending a driver’s license for unpaid court fines and fees. This initiative seeks to strike a meaningful balance between ensuring accountability within our laws and providing a common-sense path for hundreds of thousands of Virginians toward redemption.
Friday, March 29, 2019 11:34 AM
I just found out that Governor Northam vetoed the one life-saving measure to pass through the Virginia legislature in the 2019 session. First, thank you to all those who have put me in a position to fight for innocent life. My budget amendment prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions which target not just any helpless baby, but specifically babies who MAY have a disability. I was thrilled when it passed the House and Senate, as Virginia taxpayers have been paying for about 25 of these abortions each year.
Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:46 PM
Democrats are pushing another set of policies which harm everyone, especially low-income families.
Some would have us believe, that without sweeping, costly changes to how we live our everyday lives, we will not survive. These are the schemes of climate alarmists.While fear may be a strong motivator, truth is the enemy of the climate alarmist scheme. Several Democrat Delegates promoted a Virginia version of the Green New Deal. Republicans defeated it.
My friend, Del. Charles Poindexter, passed two bills which I co-patroned to block Gov. Northam from wasting taxpayer dollars by dragging Virginia into horrible agreements with liberal Northeastern states. Gov. Northam vetoed those bills.
Friday, March 8, 2019 2:24 PM
How do we get to the point where elected officials are promoting repulsive acts such as infanticide?
How could a young mother introduce and advocate for legislation removing restrictions on abortion up until a baby is being born?
Are we so close to the tipping point where we cannot pull back from the destructive, extremist, illogical push into socialism?
Sunday, February 17, 2019 11:31 PM
The 2019 General Assembly session is entering its final week! It’s hard to believe the session is almost over, but let me say it has been an honor once again serving you in the House of Delegates. Even though it's our last week, we still have a lot to do. There are have hundreds of bills to vote on and send to the Governor’s desk, plus conferees are making final adjustments to the budget.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 6:30 PM
What a week last week was in the General Assembly. The 2019 session is nearly at our halfway mark, known as crossover! The House has completed Committee action on its own legislation (except the budget) and we are making progress on several key issues and will soon begin considering legislation passed by the Senate. Last week was a very busy one for my legislation, as I presented over a dozen bills and budget amendments in various subcommittees and committees, and on the floor.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 11:11 PM
33rd District Update: Week Two - SCC and 20th Circuit Judges, 2nd Amendment, Teachers, Autism and More!
The 2019 General Assembly session is in full swing now as the first pieces of legislation have already passed the House! This is our short session and things always seem to move so much faster during the 46-day session. Our Republican team is focused on protecting taxpayers from a hidden middle class tax hike, Defending our 2nd Amendment rights, and advancing pro-business policies. My first bill is headed to the House floor, and I introduced numerous bills and budget amendments of interest to the 33rd District this week as well.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 11:34 AM
It is the beginning of a new year and that means that the General Assembly Session is here. We gaveled into the 2019 Session in Richmond on Wednesday of this week. I am excited for the year we have ahead of us.
This session is a non-budget year which means it is a short session of only 46 days. But I expect we will be just as productive as we are in budget years.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 2:59 PM
Please help support me, the endangered Northern Virginia Republican Delegate. Once the General Assembly session opens tomorrow, I will be prohibited from fundraising until February 24th. Meanwhile, my opponent will be free to solicit unlimited funds from her out-of-state friends, family, and liberal interest groups. Don't wait, or it may be too late. Please donate before midnight.
Monday, December 31, 2018 2:35 PM
In the 2018 session of the Virginia Legislature, we got a glimpse of the extreme anti-business, anti-family policies that will go forward if we do not maintain and rebuild our narrow Republican majorities.
As Virginia elections are increasingly influenced by liberal national interest groups and big donors, running a successful grassroots campaign requires more support from folks like you.
Losing stinks, so let's win!
Thursday, December 20, 2018 3:13 PM
We've nailed down the locations and times for my upcoming 2019 Campaign Kick-off events in Frederick, Clarke, and Loudoun Counties.
I've been working hard for you over the last several years and I hope to have your continued support. Click on the images below for details on the three events we have planned- I hope to see you at one or more of these!
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 3:39 PM
Five years ago, when I first ran for the House of Delegates, we pitched this idea:
“The people of the 33rd House District deserve conservative leadership they can trust.”
Five years later, I’m glad to say there is plenty of proof that my team and I work very hard and have a lot to show for it, and most important, my constituents, the people who put me in this job, know they can trust me.
My campaign will be holding a campaign kick-off fundraising event in each of the three counties I serve.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 3:57 PM
I want to give you a quick heads-up regarding two meetings this evening, and one next week, in Loudoun County which include issues of concern to many in our community.
- Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting at 5pm this evening; agenda includes modification of the firearms ordinance
- Loudoun County School Board Legislative & Policy Committee: 5:30pm this evening Meeting of to discuss "clarifying" controversial language pertaining to homeschooling under the Religious Exemption law.
- Dec. 11, 4:00pm Meeting of full Loudoun County School Board to possibly include a vote on closure of two Western Loudoun community schools.
Friday, November 30, 2018 3:03 PM
Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation notified Del. LaRock and other local leaders that widening of I-81 between Exit 313 (Rt. 17/50/522, Millwood Pike) and Exit 317 (Rt. 11, Martinsburg Pike) will be recommended for funding at the December 4-5 meeting of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB)
Read more here....
Monday, November 26, 2018 4:28 PM
On November 13th, the Loudoun County School Board adopted their legislative agenda for the upcoming General Assembly 2019 session. They adopted some policy positions that should concern all of us. Please email the entire School Board, and call your at-large and district school board members today and ask them to reconsider the legislative program. This action would need to be taken at their meeting tomorrow. You can also speak to the school board during the public comments period of their meeting at 6:30 p.m. on November 27 at 21000 Education Court, Ashburn.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:26 PM
Senator Richard Black, Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser and I invite you to a “Western Loudoun Transportation Town Hall Meeting.” The event will take place at the Carver Center in Purcellville, with the formal presentation and discussion 6:30- 8:30pm.
The meeting's primary emphasis will be on planned improvements to Rt. 7, Rt. 9, Rt. 287 and Rt. 7-Business that impact the daily commutes of Western Loudoun residents, particularly those in the Towns of Purcellville, Round Hill and Hamilton.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:33 AM
I want to bring your attention to two important opportunities today and tomorrow to learn about, and provide input on, important transportation projects in the 33rd District.
Two long-overdue projects, one on each end of the 33rd District, are at key decision points, and we need you to support improvements!
Click below for more information on the proposals and how you can help them move forward.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:39 PM
Hurricane Florence is making her way to the East coast later this week. The current track of this storm is very likely to cause significant issues in Virginia.
Here in the Northern Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley, the current forecast is improving, but we could see widespread flooding, damage to roads and infrastructure and major power outages. The time to start preparing for this storm is now.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:27 PM
Understanding American history requires going deeper than names and dates. Our courageous Founding Fathers pledged to risk "...our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor..." because they understood freedom and where it comes from; understanding why is very important for us today.
On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, which had been written largely by Thomas Jefferson. Though the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd, from then on, the 4th became the day that was celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 11:39 AM
Tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors (BoS) will consider a proposal from Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) to amend the Loudoun County ordinance dealing with the discharge of firearms, which will effect both hunting and shooting. If this passes, there are likely to be serious consequences.
Friday, May 4, 2018 1:47 PM
Last night, Del. Dave LaRock was the only Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) member to vote against the plan to spend I-66 Inside-the-Beltway toll revenues. The NVTC voted to fund 15 projects, including two projects which scored only 8/100 and 13/100 on the total benefit criteria set by the NVTC, $400,000 to “manage” the program, over $500,000 for bike racks and bike sharing, and $750,000 in “outreach” propaganda to try to convince people to use transit.
Friday, April 20, 2018 6:23 PM
House Speaker Kirk Cox has announced his appointment of Delegate Dave LaRock to serve on the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability. Del. Dave LaRock said, “This additional role will allow me to provide further oversight to ensure that transportation agencies and funds are used to best meet the needs of our Commonwealth. Under Republican leadership, we have made great progress reforming transportation in the Commonwealth, and I look forward to further improvements.”
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 4:51 PM
Yesterday, Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed Del. LaRock’s HB 1167, a bill to allow greater efficiency in voter roll maintenance. The Governor’s veto statement, however, shows that he was either misled as to the bill’s effect, or is trying to make it difficult and time-consuming for local registrars to clean up voter rolls. The vetoed legislation was supported by the Voter Registrars Association of Virginia.
Monday, March 12, 2018 1:24 PM
The House of Delegates adjourned sine die Saturday, but without an agreement on a new two-year state budget. The House of Delegates passed a resolution Friday, applying to Governor Ralph Northam to convene a Special Session of the General Assembly to continue work on the budget.
Monday, March 5, 2018 12:54 PM
As we enter the the final week of the 2018 legislative session, I'm amazed by how quickly time has passed. The General Assembly descended on Richmond during January's bitterly cold winter weather. Now, as we look toward adjournment, the trees are blooming and spring is just around the corner. I'm continuing to represent the interests of 33rd District residents as we finalize action on my legislation and all the other bills. Yet-to-be-determined is whether the House and Senate will be able to come to agreement on the budget, before our scheduled adjournment this Saturday. Read more here...
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 2:30 PM
Yesterday, a multi-million-dollar, pro-Dominion-Power, so-called “Grid Transformation and Security Act of 2018” passed the Virginia House of Delegates 65-30. Comments by some of the Republican Delegates opposing the revamped scheme reminded listeners that the State Corporation Commission (SCC) is in charge of, and very capable of, regulating Dominion, and that meddling with SCC oversight in the past has not gone well for rate payers. I applaud the 30 Delegates who stayed true to the people of Virginia when facing the proverbial giant, and made a sincere attempt to unwind the 2015 rate freeze.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:52 AM
Let me tell you, it has been a wild ride these last few days in Richmond; Metro funding, House budget with Medicaid expansion, gun rights and transgender rights, just to name a few things. I’ll share a few thoughts, a few links, and let you know you can count on me to keep working to make the best of it all.
Many of the same issues that are whirling around the nation are in front of the General Assembly as well. Here’s a quick look at some of the big issues and where I stand.
Friday, February 9, 2018 2:12 PM
Last night, a House subcommittee killed Del. LaRock’s bill which sought to provide relief from the Northern Virginia toll nightmare put in motion by the McAuliffe administration.
“With tolls north of $40 one way on I-66 inside the beltway, taxpayers are being forced off a road they’ve paid for; we’re seeing this road become Lexus lanes for the wealthy. The fact that people from inner suburbs and Washington, DC get a free ride while my constituents are paying tolls up to $50 one-way Leesburg- to-Washington makes me furious.”
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:02 PM
We are about 4 weeks into an 8.5-week session. One week from tomorrow is the day when all legislation must cross over from the House to the Senate if it is to go forward in the 2018 Session of the VA Legislature.
The House has already passed several major pieces of legislation, and we look forward to that work continuing.
So far, three of my bills have passed the House, and several more are still being considered in the House.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:04 PM
Legislation put forward by House Transportation Committee vice-chair Del. Tim Hugo (R- Fairfax) and Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) to provide desperately-needed toll relief for Northern Virginia commuters passed the House Transportation Committee this morning on a 21-1 vote.
Hugo, LaRock and Black, as well as many other Northern Virginia Republican legislators, have opposed the McAuliffe I-66 Inside the Beltway toll plan since the proposal was first announced in March of 2015.
Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:21 PM
Senator Richard Black and Delegate Dave LaRock, both of Loudoun County, today announced filing of legislation which would provide desperately-needed toll relief in Northern Virginia. If successful, HB 1489 will reduce tolls on Interstate 66 Inside the Beltway (ITB) and the Dulles Toll Road (DTR)....
Saturday, January 13, 2018 5:09 PM
The 2018 General Assembly session has been officially gaveled in! We will tackle important issues such as healthcare, the opioid crisis, funding Metro, and the teacher shortage across Virginia. The election cycle lasted longer than anyone expected, but now there is a lot of work to get done, and that work began this week. House Republicans have laid out the “Practical Solutions to Everyday Issues” agenda, prioritizing the real problems people talk about at home.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 7:42 PM
As Northern Virginians prepare for the holiday season, a time when family budgets are often stretched, drivers on I-66 faced the shocking reality of the McAuliffe I-66 toll plan as it was rolled out. If it had been April 1st, the shock might have faded to amusement at the thought of a toll pushing north of $30 for less than a ten mile stretch of their drive on I-66 inside the beltway, but not so for the commuters who rely on I-66 to get to work; road rage might have been a better description of how drivers felt.
Monday, November 13, 2017 1:01 PM
As you’ve probably heard, our Virginia election was heavily influenced by money coming from out-of-state to support Democrat challengers.
Now some close House races are being challenged, and Democrats are hiring teams of lawyers to undo what is now a 51-49 Republican majority in the House.
Holding the majority is extremely important as it will allow Republicans to have far more strength to oppose attempts to advance policies that Virginia is far better off without. I hope you will consider supporting the legal team who will defend the 51-49 Republican majority.Read more....
Friday, November 10, 2017 12:31 AM
Delegate Dave LaRock, re-elected this week to a third term in the Virginia House of Delegates, is pleased to announce progress towards funding of two 33rd District transportation projects.
LaRock, a member of the House Transportation Committee, has worked to reform transportation funding in a way that prioritizes long-overdue congestion-relief and safety improvements.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 12:20 AM
“I offered to continue serving the people of the 33rd District, and I am very pleased the voters have decided to keep me on the job.
Thank you to the people of the 33rd District for the extraordinary honor of being your Delegate. I look forward to continuing to serve you, and deliver solid results for you.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 2:30 PM
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of the 33rd District for the last four years. It has been a pleasure meeting people as my family and I have spent countless days talking to voters at their doorsteps, community, schools and businesses. Some are cheerful times like the County Fairs, others much more serious, such as meetings focused on battling the opioid crisis. Today, I'm meeting voters again at polling places across the 33rd District.
Thank you again for your support, and please vote for me and the rest of our Republican team before 7pm today!
Friday, November 3, 2017 2:01 PM
You're invited to join me a "Get Out The Vote" rally with Ed Gillespie and our other Republican candidates at 5pm today at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. If you haven't had a chance to meet Ed yet on his previous visits to the area, now's your chance.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:00 AM
I’m excited to be in the home stretch of the run-up to Election Day 2017. This will be one for the record books as liberal interest groups dump unbelievable amounts of cash into campaigns and attempt to push Virginia in the wrong direction using outrageous tactics.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:57 PM
Voting is now underway, and if you will not be able to vote on Election Day, please get by your County's Voter Registration office and vote absentee in-person; they are open the next two Saturdays. Absentee voting eligibility info is here, and locations and hours are listed below:
Friday, September 29, 2017 10:22 PM
My opponent out-raised me nearly 3:1 last reporting period, and we can't allow that to continue. I've been working hard, visiting constituents at their homes and hosting events in our communities, but I need your help before Saturday at midnight, when the last meaningful fundraising deadline arrives.
Monday, September 25, 2017 4:58 PM
We are about 6 weeks from Election Day and I want to share with you what I see shaping up. You may have heard that the Democrats pulled out all the stops trying to win recent special elections around the country. It’s pretty clear what is happening here in the 33rd District and across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:02 PM
I hope to see you next Thursday, Sept. 28th, at my Frederick County Campaign Cookout! Please come and enjoy good home-cooking. We had a great turnout in Berryville on the 7th, and are looking forward to an even bigger crowd in Frederick County! If you haven't already done so, please RSVP to help Joanne plan on how much homemade oven-baked BBQ chicken to make!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:52 PM
Time flies. In just about 75 days we’ll choose a team of leaders for Virginia. To win, I need your support. We are hosting two family events; one in Clarke County and one in Frederick County.
At the Clarke County Kickoff, Delegate Michael Webert has agreed to join us. Del. Webert (R-18th) manages his family’s farming operation in northern Fauquier. Also, I’m glad to let you know, one of the founders of CFACT, Craig Rucker, will be with us as well. Craig and his team at CFACT recently released the documentary, Climate Hustle.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:29 PM
This week, national Democrat leaders came to Berryville and gave a shout-out to my opponent, who was there supporting their liberal agenda. Their flawed answer is more government, more taxes, less freedom. History makes it clear government intrusion stifles the economy. A $15/hr. minimum wage, more federal government meddling in health care and higher education, and other liberal ideas won't bring economic growth.
Instead, I and other Republicans support reforming taxes, regulations, education, and more to improve our economy and opportunity for all Virginians. Earlier this week, I received a 100% rating from the NFIB. The differences between my opponent and me are clear.
Monday, July 3, 2017 4:10 PM
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, a holiday Americans also call Independence Day, allow me to frame some of the efforts I make on behalf of my constituents in light of the spirit which led to the birth of our great nation.
America’s Declaration of Independence boldly proclaims, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Friday, June 30, 2017 10:28 AM
The 2017 General Assembly adjourned at the end of February. Throughout the 46-day session, we considered thousands of bills. Most of the bills that ultimately passed and were signed by the Governor will go into effect on July 1.
Every year, the General Assembly publishes a comprehensive list of bills that are likely to affect your everyday life. You can read the full list, as well as more about my legislation that passed, and many bills that passed the General Assembly, but were vetoed by the Governor, here.
Monday, June 26, 2017 5:22 PM
With Terry McAuliffe in the Governor's Mansion, Virginia’s annual economic growth has been below 1.5 percent; in 2014 we saw 0.2 percent economic growth, making Virginia #48. Under McAuliffe, Virginia has dropped from 1st to 6th in Forbes' ‘Best States for Business’, and from 7th to 12th as rated by Chief Executive. All this while many solid reform initiatives died with the stroke of Gov. McAuliffe’s veto pen. And his only idea is to follow other states who now regret hitching their wagon to the floundering Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 3:02 PM
The Left is fighting mad. With the help of their media accomplices, outraged liberals are unleashing a furious onslaught to put conservatives in their place. You’ve probably heard there are some pretty far left challengers and I have one. Last week, there were many more voters in the Democrat Primary than in the Republican Primary, even in the 33rd House District!
On the other hand, I've been working hard to bring real results to our district. You know you can trust me to provide the Rock-Solid Leadership we need in Virginia.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 5:26 PM
On Saturday, Delegate Dave LaRock and his sidekick “Tax Pig” took part in the Round Hill Hometown Festival parade and Lovettsville’s Mayfest. LaRock used those events to launch a public information campaign alerting Loudoun residents that significant public outcry is needed to prevent a 1% regional sales tax to fund a gaping hole in the Metro budget (est. $7.5 billion over ten yrs.). According to Del. LaRock, a region-wide sales tax would place a hugely disproportionate burden on Virginia, and especially Loudoun County.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:46 AM
On Tuesday, Delegate Dave LaRock met with Purcellville Mayor Kwasi Fraser to congratulate Purcellville on being awarded nearly $95,000 in Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) disaster grant funds for damages sustained during Winter Storm Jonas.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 11:54 AM
I hope you’re ready for summer because it’s getting hot out there. Just like you, my family and I are looking forward to a great summer.
For us, its campaign time again. So we’ll be attending many parades and events over the next few weeks. I hope to meet many constituents in person. There is important work yet to be done. Rest assured, I’m ready and willing to continue working hard for you.
Friday, May 5, 2017 12:00 AM
Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, Coalfields Expressway, and Rt. 460 which would spend billions of dollars without fixing congestion. Here we are four years later, and where do we stand? We are seeing big progress.
Friday, March 31, 2017 2:55 PM
As you may know, there is a lot of frustration among liberal Democrats (redundant?) and they are channeling that into efforts to flip seats in our Virginia House of Delegates from red to blue. We are at the end of March and, so far, I have two Democrat challengers who are attending meetings, forming their game plans and raising money to win the right to represent you in Richmond. I need to make sure my supporters vote, and I must identify and motivate new voters in order to beat the Democrat turnout machine this November. The current financial reporting period ends midnight, March 31st. It takes money to run a winning race! One mailing costs $7,000! I want to continue to defend, affirm and advance our shared values in the General Assembly!
Monday, March 27, 2017 8:35 PM
Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed Del. Dave LaRock’s House Bill 2092, which would have required any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Recently, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for collecting over $100,000 in benefits – all while her husband was earning $1.5 million per year as an attorney in D.C.!
Friday, March 24, 2017 1:23 PM
Delegate Dave LaRock responds to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s veto of House Bill 1605, a bill passed by the House and Senate that would establish Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) for special needs and low-income students.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:45 PM
Last week, an Arlington woman was arrested on four counts of welfare fraud for collecting over $100,000 in benefits – all while her husband was earning $1.5 million per year as an attorney in D.C.! My HB 2092 requires any applicant for public assistance to undergo a full review of death records, incarceration status, employment status, lottery winnings, and all income. Gov. McAuliffe should sign my bill to help prevent this type of welfare fraud!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:32 PM
Thank you for the privilege of representing you, the people of the 33rd House District, (the best district in the Commonwealth, BTW). Below is a post-session recap of overall progress, followed by some measures I applied much of my energy to passing.
We adjourned sine die Saturday, completing our work on time. This year, the House of Delegates worked tirelessly to strengthen Virginia’s economy to help middle class families, improve our education system so all children have the opportunity to succeed, and chart a responsible fiscal course for the future. We continue to offer a positive governing vision for our Commonwealth.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:17 PM
Seeking to address the need for stability in Virginia transportation funding, the House and Senate passed House Joint Resolution 693. The House finalized passage Saturday morning just one hour before the close of session with a vote of 71-23, accepting a minor amendment made by the Senate Privileges and Elections committee. Passing this resolution is the first step in a three step process before an amendment to the Virginia Constitution can become law. Resolutions are not subject to veto by the governor. An amendment must pass the legislature in identical form in two consecutive sessions and then be approved by a simple majority of voters in a statewide referendum.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 12:01 AM
Following a vote in the House Rules Committee today, Delegate Dave LaRock’s Campus Free Speech Resolution is headed for a floor vote in the Virginia House of Delegates. HR 431 is designed to ensure free expression at Virginia’s public university systems. The Resolution advises public institutions of higher education to protect free speech.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:48 PM
Today, the Virginia State Senate voted 21-19 to pass House Bill 1605, which will establish Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts for children with special needs and those in low-income families. After numerous hearings in the House and Senate, legislators asking for help for children who are sometimes ill-served in a public school setting, won the day. The Governor will decide if this will become law in Virginia.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:40 PM
Before launching into a general session overview, I'll mention that today I filed the Campus Free Speech Resolution. Following similar efforts around the Country, this targets the taxpayer-funded universities in Virginia, who instead of being champions of free speech are creating "safe spaces" and idea-free zones staffed by thought police, where disagreement is prohibited on campuses. While safe spaces have become the stuff of Saturday Night Live skits, the truth is this kind of challenge to campus free speech is now widespread. Surveys show that student support for restrictive speech codes and campus bans on controversial speakers is at historic heights.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:32 AM
This week marked the official halfway point of the 2017 Session, also known as "Crossover." For the remainder of this session, the House will consider legislation passed in the Senate and accept or reject Senate amendments to House bills. Additionally, the House formally passed our version of the budget bill this week.
Several pieces of legislation which I introduced are also making their way through various Senate Committees....