Current and former Republican Delegates from every corner of the Commonwealth endorsed Kirk Cox for Governor on Wednesday. The more than 50 endorsements add to a growing list of conservative elected and grassroots leaders backing Kirk to be the Republican nominee and 74th Governor of Virginia. Last week, the campaign announced endorsements from former Governor and U.S. Senator George F. Allen, First Lady Susan Allen, Northern Virginia business leader Bobbie Kilberg, and Governor Bob McDonnell.
“For nearly 20 years, Republicans held a majority in the House of Delegates that governed responsibly, balanced the budget, fostered a pro-business environment, and defended conservative principles. Over the last year, we’ve watched one-party Democratic control in Richmond fail to govern, spend with abandon, put labor union bosses first, and advance a collectivist, partisan left-wing agenda,” said House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert. “Kirk Cox built a majority and held back the far-left for two decades. Now, he gives Republicans the best chance of taking back the majority in the House and winning back the governor’s mansion. Kirk is a fearless leader and someone conservatives can count on to do the right thing, no matter the circumstances.”
Former Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell said, “I watched Kirk rise through the ranks of House leadership, from Committee Chairman, to Whip, to Majority Leader, and eventually to Speaker of the House. He worked hard every day, fighting for conservative principles and offering policy ideas to lead Virginia forward. And he did it with a kind of integrity and character that is unfortunately missing from our politics these days. I know he will do the same as Governor. He is a proven leader, a proven conservative, and a proven winner.”
“I have had the privilege of working with Kirk in the House of Delegates for the past decade,” said Del. Roxann Robinson, Delegate from the 27th District. “Kirk is a proven conservative leader who can bring us all together as we fight to end the policies that are hurting families and small businesses and making us less safe. I’m proud to endorse him for Governor to lead Virginia forward.”
“Like so many others, I have looked to Kirk as not just a leader in our party, but also a personal mentor,” said Del. Carrie Coyner, Delegate from the 62nd District. “Kirk encouraged me to run for office because he wants our party to be more reflective of the demographics of our Commonwealth. He has worked hard to support women running for office who have a desire to serve their communities. Kirk isn’t afraid of different perspectives but welcomes diversity of opinion as part of strong public policy making. The Republican Party will grow and flourish under Kirk’s leadership.”
“It’s been an honor to serve alongside so many dedicated public servants in the House of Delegates,” said Cox. “I’ve watched my colleagues dedicate their time, money, and immense talents to help this Commonwealth, and many of them have done it for many years. They are true public servants, and I’m honored to have their support. Together, we will take back the House, win the governor’s mansion, and rebuild Virginia.”
The full list of current and former House of Delegates members endorsing Kirk is below.
Speaker Bill Howell
Bobby Orrock, Sr.
Buddy Fowler, Jr.
C. Todd Gilbert
Danny W. Marshall, III
James Edmunds, II
M. Keith Hodges
Terry L. Austin
Tommy Wright, Jr.