The GOP’s newest member Joe McNamara was sworn in today after the special election.
The Special Election was in the 8th District seat to replace Republican Greg Habeeb.
McNamara — a longtime Roanoke County supervisor — ran as a small government conservative, and his victory has secured a one-delegate advantage in the House for Republicans.
Speaker Kirk Cox also announced on Monday that Delegate Tony Wilt has been appointed to serve on the House Committee on Commerce and Labor. Delegate Wilt’s appointment is effective immediately.
“Tony is an experienced member of the House of Delegates and a valuable leader within our caucus,” said Speaker Cox. “Throughout his time as a member of the House of Delegates, he has proven himself to be a thoughtful member of various other committees. Tony often receives praise from members on both sides of the aisle for his work ethic, depth of knowledge, and willingness to find practical solutions. He will be a great addition to this committee.”
Wilt was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2010. He represents the 26th House District, located in the City of Harrisonburg and parts of Rockingham County.
“Tony is a well-respected member of the House of Delegates and will be a welcome addition to the Commerce and Labor Committee,” said Chairman Terry Kilgore. “Tony’s record of service to his district, the other committees he sits on, and this body as a whole will prove invaluable to this committee. I look forward to working with Tony as a member of Commerce and Labor for many years to come.”
“I want to thank Speaker Cox and Chairman Kilgore for allowing me to continue serving the people of Harrisonburg and Rockingham in this new role,” said Delegate Wilt. “Throughout my time in the House of Delegates I have found the committee process to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as it allows for a greater understanding of a wide array of issues. As a small business owner I know the importance of cultivating an environment where businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive with as little government interference as possible. The Commerce and Labor committee does important work and I look forward to getting right to work.”
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