Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Joe Morrissey to Run For Another Office

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement.

"Article IV, Section 4 of the Virginia Constitution states: 'A senator or delegate who moves his residence from the district for which he is elected shall thereby vacate his office.'

"Today, Joe Morrissey filed paperwork with the Department of Elections to run for the Senate of Virginia in the 16th District, declaring a residence outside the 74th House District. By taking this action, Mr. Morrissey has officially vacated his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

"As Speaker of the House of Delegates, I pledged to support the Constitution of the Commonwealth and to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties incumbent upon me. In this instance, the Constitution is unambiguous and self-executing. Therefore, at my direction, the Clerk of the House of Delegates is making the appropriate arrangements with Mr. Morrissey to close his office. These actions are procedural and routine for members whose service is concluding.

"I am notifying the Governor that a vacancy has occurred in the House of Delegates so he may act as he sees fit regarding a special election."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Delegate Bill Howell officially files for re-election, submits more than 1,500 signatures

The following is a release from the Howell for Delegate campaign

FALMOUTH, VA – Delegate Bill Howell (R-Stafford) today officially filed paperwork to run for re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 28th District. Howell’s campaign submitted signatures from more than 1,500 qualified voters to the 28th Legislative District Committee, exceeding the 125 signatures House candidates are required to submit in order to be placed on the ballot. Howell was the first candidate to file paperwork and will be listed on the ballot first. Howell issued the following statement on the campaign:

“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Stafford and Fredericksburg in the House of Delegates and I am excited to be running for re-election. Our campaign has gotten off to a fast start. Our campaign headquarters is open, our team has already been reaching out to voters throughout the district and today we submitted signatures from over 1,500 qualified voters. This demonstrates the strength and momentum of our on-the-ground, grassroots team and the support our campaign has received so far.

“With Republicans leading both chambers of the General Assembly, we have just completed a productive and successful legislative session. We adjourned ahead of schedule for the first time in 15 years, adopted a conservative, balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes and spends $1 billion less from the general fund, rejected Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and offered conservative solutions to grow our economy, strengthen our schools and make college more affordable.

“This session is emblematic of how I have sought to serve as Delegate and sought to lead the House. I have fought to keep spending and the size of government under control, stood up for conservative principles time and time again and led the effort to offer positive ideas and solutions on the issues that matter most.

“I am proud of my record, but elections are about the future. I am running for re-election because I know there is more we can accomplish. I look forward to talking to voters across the district about how we can continue to make Virginia’s economy stronger for middle-class families, how we can continue to cut spending and make government more efficient and how Republicans can continue to be the party of ideas.”

The Howell for Delegate campaign headquarters is located at 1 Jadip Lane, Suite 107, Fredericksburg, VA 22405. Bill Howell represents the 28th District which includes parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford County. He was elected as the 54th Speaker of the House of Delegates in 2003. He practices law in a log cabin in Falmouth, Virginia. He and his wife Cessie reside in Stafford County. Their two sons have blessed them with seven grandchildren. For more information, visit

Friday, February 27, 2015

Statement of House Republican Leadership on Adjournment of 2015 Regular Session

The following is a release from the House Republican leadership:

RICHMOND, VA - Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax), Majority Whip Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) and Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) issued the following statement Friday:

"The 2015 General Assembly session has been a successful and productive one for the people of the Commonwealth. We adjourned early for the first time in 15 years, adopted a balanced budget ahead of schedule and offered positive solutions on the issues that matter most to Virginians.

"The budget we adopted spends $1 billion less from the general fund than last year's original budget. It eliminates more than $30 million in debt and $11 million in fees proposed by the Governor and rejects Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. We also made strategic investments to make college more affordable, provided pay raises for teachers, state police officers and state employees, and strengthened the existing healthcare safety net for our neediest citizens.

"At the start of the year, the House of Delegates pledged to focus on the issues that matter most to Virginians. We spent the session passing conservative solutions to create good jobs, improve our schools, and make college more accessible and affordable for middle class families.The House also led the effort to enact stronger ethics laws that will improve transparency in government. We passed legislation to aid victims of sexual assault, protect students on college campuses and combat human trafficking. We passed legislation to streamline and simplify our transportation funding system.

"Completing our work early saves taxpayer dollars and illustrates that Richmond can rise above the partisan gridlock so easily visible in Washington. While Congress is at a stand still, under Republican leadership the House has worked diligently and efficiently to finish ahead of schedule."