Republican Elected Officials
STATE OF VIRGINIA
Governor, State of Virginia
Governor Glenn Youngkin is a homegrown Virginian who grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. As his father changed jobs, Governor Youngkin learned that moving around didn’t equal moving up – nothing was handed to him. From his first job washing dishes and frying eggs at a diner in Virginia Beach, he embraced hard work and responsibility to help his family when his father lost his job. His determination to succeed earned him multiple high school basketball honors in Virginia and an athletic scholarship to college.
After earning an engineering degree at Rice University, and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Governor Youngkin and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. He landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Governor Youngkin played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world. His efforts have helped fund the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other frontline public servants and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
Married for over 27 years to his amazing wife Suzanne, Governor Youngkin is a dedicated father of four wonderful children. Their family journey has been and continues to be guided by their faith.
Lieutentant Governor, State of Virginia
Winsome Earle-Sears, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, immigrated to the United States at the age of six. She is proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. In addition to her various appointments, she has served as the Vice President of the Virginia State Board of Education; and as a presidential appointee to the US Census Bureau, as co-chair of the African American Committee; and the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Winsome was first elected in 2002 to a majority Black House of Delegates district, a first for a Republican in Virginia since 1865. She is the first female Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the first Black female elected to statewide office.
A former program manager for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and VISTA volunteer, Winsome is a trained electrician and successful businesswoman. However, Winsome is most proud of her community work leading a men’s prison ministry and as director of a women’s homeless shelter. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Economics, and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Government. Winsome and her husband, Terence, have two daughters Katia and Janel, in addition to DeJon, and granddaughters Victoria and Faith, who are now looking into the face of God.
Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia
Attorney General Jason Miyares' story doesn't start in Virginia Beach, Virginia, but in Havana, Cuba when his mother, Miriam Miyares, fled communist Cuba, penniless and homeless. She taught Jason a love for freedom, democracy, and that America is indeed the “last best hope on earth.” A product of Virginia public schools, Jason graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University and received his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law.
He previously served as a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, where he worked alongside law enforcement to keep violent criminals off our streets and our communities safe.
In 2015, almost fifty years to the day that she fled Cuba, Miriam was able to vote for her son Jason Miyares to represent her in the oldest democracy in the Western Hemisphere, the Virginia House of Delegates. While representing Virginia Beach, Jason was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” in both 2018 and 2019 from the College Affordability and Public Trust for his work on transparency and affordability in higher education, as well as by the Hampton Roads Military Officers Association of America in 2018. He was also recognized in 2019 by the Safe House Project for his work combatting human trafficking, an issue that his administration is prioritizing.
Jason Miyares is the first Cuban American elected to the General Assembly, the first Hispanic elected statewide in Virginia, and the first son of an immigrant ever elected to be Attorney General. He is passionate about preserving the American Miracle for the next generation of Virginians..
Isle of Wight County
Senate Minority Leader, 3rd District
As Senate Republican Leader, Tommy is the most powerful Republican in Virginia's General Assembly. We are privileged to have him as one of our representatives in the Virginia Senate. Tommy regularly works on legislation to make our community safer and ensure that Virginia remains the best state in which to raise a family and do business. Tommy is a champion of Virginia's right-to-work laws and equally committed to promoting transparency in government. As a graduate of public schools and the father of a teacher, Tommy fully understands the need for our Commonwealth to provide high quality education to all students.
State Senate, 14th District
Previously serving in the House of Delegates, John was first elected to the State Senate in 2013. As a veteran and defense engineer, John understands the critical role our nation's military is to the economy of Western Tidewater. John serves on the Senate Commerce and Labor committee where he has worked to cut unnecessary government red tape and create opportunities for small businesses to grow. Having a strong voice for transportation needs is vital to the future success of Isle of Wight and John serves on both the Senate Transportation Committee and the Hampton Roads Transporation Accountability Commission.
House of Delegates, 64th District
First elected in November 2017, Emily is youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Delegates and has worked tirelessly to fight for the values that are important to our community. She was named the 2018 Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for her work in fostering a pro-business atmosphere in Virginia. As a member of the Finance Committee, Emily fought to defeat nearly $1 billion in new tax increases. As a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment, Emily has defeated several liberal gun-control proposals and has advanced protections for our gun rights.