Wow, I had a wonderful visit to the Capital for the open house for my Delegate Mark Cole
. He had a wonderful line up of Great Conservatives. Delegate Mark Cole had a lot of committee meetings that morning but he was able to make an appearance later in the morning.
Delegate Mark L. Cole
Member Since 2002
R - 88th District
Counties of Fauquier (part), Spotsylvania (part), and Stafford (part)
The first person who spoke was Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman who stopped by because he happened to be in Richmond for an interview.
House Armed Services Committee
Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommitee
Committee on Natural Resources
Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subcommittee
National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee
Second was Jay Pearson
who works at the capital building. He explained how a bill becomes a law. I have heard him speak on other occasions such as the home school open house; he is always entertaining for the kids and adults alike.
Third was Lobbyist Dr. Jack Knapp
who is with the Va Assembly of Independent Baptists and is also a pastor. He spoke on the Role of a lobbyist and how important it is to be honest and respectful even when you disagree with the people you work with. He lobbies for matters relating to moral issues; abortion, marriage, gambling, etc; other matters of concern to Independent Baptist Churches and their ministries.
Fourth was Delegate Mark Cole
who introduced himself and told us how he became a Delegate and explained how he started in politics. One of the things Mark discussed was “crossover” at the General Assembly; is the day that the House and Senate must complete action on their own bills. He also introduced his wife Genia and Assistant Karen Stuber.
Delegate Mark Cole is currently assigned to three standing House Committees. They are:
- Privileges and Elections - Delegate Cole serves as the Chairman of this committee which deals with campaign and election laws and constitutional issues
- Finance - which deals with legislation concerning taxes and state revenues
- Education - which deals with educational issues, including K-12 and higher education
In addition to his House Committee assignments, Delegate Cole also serves on several boards and commissions including:
- Veterans Services Board
- Aerospace Advisory Council
- Virginia's Commission on Youth
- Rappahannock River Basin Commission
- House Calendar Committee
Fifth the Speaker of the House Delegate Bill Howell
came and spoke.
Key highlights of Speaker Howell’s legislative powers and responsibilities include:
-Appoints the chairman and vice-chairman of each of the 14 standing House committees, and all other delegates who serve on them;
-Names delegates to all House-Senate conference committees, including for the state budget;
-Assigns all bills to House committees, and names lawmakers as well as citizens to various legislative study committees, state boards and commissions; and.
-Serves as chairman of the House Rules Committee and chairs the Joint Rules Committee, whose House and State Senate members set administrative policy for the Virginia General Assembly and oversee other legislative branch agencies.
Then a couple of young men from the House Page program came and spoke about how to become a page and what requirements are needed.
Then we went over and watched the beginning of the House session and were introduced by Delegate Mark Cole to the house and stayed for a while to watch part of the session, but because there were so many introductions that day it took awhile. They also had a few presentations for a couple of the athletes that went to the Olympics.
After that my friend Janet Jackson and I went to observe the Senate at work. We saw Senator’s Jill Holtzman Vogel
and Ken Cuccinelli
(who is running for the opening for Attorney General) and it was quite a privilege to be introduced to the Senate as well. We were closely watching how our Senators voted and I personally loved seeing Ken vote no on a couple of bills that I did not agree with. NO to raising taxes…
In 2007, Jill was elected to the State Senate of Virginia, representing Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, Fauquier County and parts of Loudoun County. She serves on the Senate's Committee on Rehab and Social Services, the Committee on General Laws and the Privileges and Elections Committee.