Friday, December 02, 2011

Mark Obenshain to explore bid for Attorney General

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) issued a statement today noting that he will be exploring a bid for Attorney General in 2013. The news came one day after current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli confirmed that he would be running for Governor in 2013.

Obenshain, who comes from a political family and whose sister, Kate, was once chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and currently a frequent commentator on Fox News Channel, is known as a conservative legislator who has sometimes voted opposite neighboring state Sen. Emmett Hanger.

From the news release:
Recognized statewide as one of Virginia's leading conservative voices, Senator Obenshain is committed to limited government, low taxes and individual liberty.  As a state senator, he has championed legislation on school choice, eminent domain reform, voter identification, triggerman rule repeal, and family values. He secured the passage of legislation cracking down on illegal gambling and the methamphetamine trade.  Obenshain wrote tough new laws on domestic violence, and worked to defend Virginia's children from online predators.

Obenshain said, "As both an attorney and a senior member of the Courts of Justice Committee, my driving purpose in the State Senate has been to defend individual liberties, limit government overreach,  and keep our communities safe."

For his work in the General Assembly, Senator Obenshain has been honored as the Virginia Sheriffs' Association's Legislator of the Year and received the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys "Champion of Justice Award." He is also a Family Foundation Legislator of the Year, has an A+  rating from the NRA and was one of only six senators to receive the American Conservative Union's "Defender of Liberty" award in Virginia. He is the Senate Chair of the Conservative Caucus.

"I'm proud to be known as common sense conservative, and I know that Virginia will need continued strong, consistent and unflinching conservative leadership in the Office of the Attorney General," said Obenshain. "I will also work tirelessly to protect the rights of individual and families, and to promote jobs and economic development by fighting oppressive and intrusive government regulations that threaten Virginia's economic growth and prosperity."

In addition to his service as a member of the Senate of Virginia, Senator Obenshain serves as a member of Governor McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. During Governor Allen's administration, he served on the Commission on Citizen Empowerment and, later, the Commission on Welfare Reform, helping to develop Virginia's groundbreaking welfare reform legislation that was a model for national reform in the 1990s.

Senator Obenshain represents the twenty-sixth district in the Virginia Senate. The district includes the City of Harrisonburg and the counties of Warren, Shenandoah, Page, and Rappahannock, and Rockingham (part).


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Obenshain will host a hospitality suite at tonight's Republican Advance at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.

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