Jobs and the Economy

Jobs and economic development are my top priorities in the General Assembly. As a small business owner and employer, I understand firsthand how decisions made in Richmond have a real-life impact on our businesses and families. 

That’s why we’ve cut regulation and stopped unnecessarily overburdensome mandates that would kill jobs and increase costs for Southwest Virginia families. I have worked with my colleagues to restore state tax credits that protect local coal jobs while promoting an “all of the above” energy approach to support innovation and job creation through projects such as hydroelectric pumped storage. Through workforce development and investing in our communities and people, we are pursuing creative approaches to job creation and economic development in Southwest Virginia. 


With only seven legislators representing Virginia west of Interstate 77, it’s crucial that we stand firm for our Southwest Virginia values. The horrific late-term abortion bill that our slim Republican majority was able to stop this year is a prime example. I am proud to stand firmly in support of our fundamental rights and will continue to fight for the right to life and our Second Amendment rights. 


The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public health, economic, and workforce issues of our generation. Using my experience as a health professional, I have made fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority. Tragically, this crisis has impacted nearly every family and community in Southwest Virginia. I have introduced legislation that raises standards for providers, strengthens regulations on opioid prescriptions, and emphasizes the importance of quality, comprehensive treatment. For the first time since 2012, we have seen a slight decrease in the number of fatal overdoses. I remain committed to working with my colleagues and folks in our communities to advance meaningful reforms to combat this epidemic and save lives. 


In 2019, I was proud to be part of the Republican majority that enacted the largest tax relief plan in 15 years, letting Virginians keep more of their hard-earned money. We also passed a balanced budget with no tax increases while making key investments in core functions of government, like education. 

Equally important is what we prevented from becoming law. The tax increases, Green New Deal policies, and efforts to undermine Virginia's right-to-work laws would kill jobs and increase the cost of living for all Virginians. While we were able to stop these bad proposals this year, Democrats have vowed to bring them back next year. That is why this election--and control of the General Assembly--is so important. 

As your Senator, you can count on me to continue to promote policies that are good for our families and communities while fighting back against those that would harm and undermine our region."