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Attorney General Candidates Speak with Business Leaders

Attorney General Candidates Speak with Business Leaders
Attorney General Candidates Speak with Business Leaders
Attorney General Candidates Speak with Business Leaders

(from left) Chamber Sr. Vice President of Governmental Affairs Ira Agricola; Senator Mark Herring; and Chair of the Chamber's HRBizPAC Shep MillerOn July 24, the Hampton Roads Chamber hosted Senator Mark Herring, Democratic candidate for Attorney General. Herring highlighted key campaign issues, such as transportation and education. He believes that we need to focus on solving our problems rather than on politics.

Herring has supported countless transportation packages since 2006, and secured funding for needed overpasses and other road projects. On the passage of HB 2313, he said, “We had an opportunity to move forward or just continue to stagnate, and I am very proud of the progress we have made.” He added, “It’s important to be flexible if it accomplishes the main objective.”

With respect to economic development, Herring noted, “It’s important to make progress, and transportation and education are the fundamental building blocks of this.” He went on to say that “the education component is not only the right thing to do for the kids as they grow up, but it helps provide us with a well trained and highly skilled workforce.”

Herring concluded saying, “I want to protect Virginians’ rights, whether it is defending their right to vote or their healthcare decisions. If there is a law that is unconstitutional, I won’t hesitate to stand up and challenge it.”

For more information about Mark Herring, visit



On August 1, the Chamber hosted Senator Mark Obenshain for a dialogue session with business leaders.  Senator Obenshain, a Republican from the Shenandoah Valley, is a candidate for Virginia’s office of Attorney General.  Obenshain addressed nearly 30 business leaders and then took questions from the group. 

Senator Mark ObenshainObenshain said, “We’re facing difficult challenges looking ahead with federal defense spending.  Sequestration is going to be felt more in Hampton Roads potentially than anywhere else in the country.”  He explained the importance of doing what we can to stay on the right track in terms of private sector diversification.


Obenshain said he’s committed to defending Virginia law.  He expressed that his vision for the state includes keeping our communities safe, protecting our children and senior citizens.  He added that the other function of the Attorney General’s role is to “make sure we’re one of the best places to do business, protect our status as a job magnet, and create jobs.”  

“One of the things that kills more jobs in America is excessive regulation,” said Obenshain.  He added that we need to take a look at the changing environment exists between the relationships of states and federal government.

There are challenges and opportunities in the Hampton Roads region, like the port.  Obenshain explained that we need to protect these assets and defend private public partnerships.  “It’s important to leverage the transportation dollars that we get, because $800 million a year isn’t going to be enough to meet the transportation needs that we have in the Commonwealth.”


Obenshain said, “I have stood strong in protecting our right to work laws in the General Assembly.  I believe they are the number one tool in our economic development toolbox in Virginia.”

Before taking questions from the group, he added, “I will continue to reach out and build bridges and pull Virginia together.”

For more information about Mark Obenshain, visit






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