Delegate Charles ‘Charlie’ D. Poindexter (R-9th District) was first elected to the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. He brought with him eight years of service on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, as well as many years of experience in the field of Information Systems Technology.
Charlie retired from the Mitre Corporation as Site Manager and Senior Principal Systems Engineer to the Directorate of Requirements for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base. Previously, he worked in the DOD IT industry for Computer Sciences Corporation managing development of Intelligence and Command and Control computer software systems for the USAF. He also worked for Litton Industries, Greenbelt Space Flight Center, and Systems Development Corporation in Falls Church and Hampton. Work projects required travel to locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He was the chief developer of automation of the Air Tasking Order (ATO), the daily plan for joint and allied air operations in a wartime scenario.
In the House of Delegates, Charlie serves on the Finance Committee, the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Chesapeake Committee, and the Cities, Towns, and Counties Committee. He served 10 years on the House Appropriations Committee developing fiscally responsible state budgets, and several years on the Public Safety Committee. He opposes gun control and supports the Second Amendment. Always advocating for high standards in education, Charlie serves on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Higher Education Authority. He served on the New College Institute’s Board of Directors, the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium, and continues service on the Board of Directors for Virginia Tech’s W. E. Skelton 4-H Center at Smith Mountain Lake. Charlie also serves on the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee and as a Legislative Member of the Virginia/North Carolina Roanoke River Bi-State Commission.
Some of Charlie’s successful legislation in the General Assembly includes obtaining and securing funding to four-lane Route 58 from Stuart in Patrick County to I-77 and I-81; extending Patrick County’s Pioneer Hospital license; obtaining permitting for replica construction of the Bob White Covered Bridge; securing use of woodstoves and fireplaces; establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County; Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems; assurance of adequate water for private wells; reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles; expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production; green jobs tax credits; alternative fuels refueling infrastructure; revocation of hospitality industry fees; local government procurement/sharing of technology; consolidation of water quality reporting; establishment of sexual offender registry data; and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.
Not one to back away from controversial issues, Charlie has sponsored legislation vetoed by Democrat governors or not passed by the General Assembly. Among these are bills to stop Virginia from joining the RGGI and TCI, as doing so would vastly increase Virginians’ electricity and gas/diesel costs; require notifying ICE upon release of illegal aliens; require reporting of fraud cases in welfare benefits; prohibit “sanctuary cities” in Virginia; and, a bill to save and secure all of our monuments.
The son of farmer, sawmiller, and small business owner Francis Poindexter, Charlie is a Franklin County native who holds to his conservative, Christian, rural roots and the high standards set by his family, pastors and teachers. His mother, Katie Ingram Poindexter, worked as the cafeteria manager and dietician at the high school for many years. His sister is a retired Franklin County teacher and his brother a teacher in Pittsylvania County.
Charlie graduated with athletic and academic honors from Franklin County High School, earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Lynchburg College, and a Masters of Science in Management from George Washington University.
At Lynchburg College, Charlie was the starting center and co-captain on the men’s basketball team and president of the Men’s Blue Key Honor Society. In 2011, he was honored to receive Lynchburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
During his eight years on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Charlie served as Chair of the Tri-County Lake Administration (TLAC), Chair of the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, vice-chair of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, and as the Board’s representative for the Tri-County Smith Mountain Lake Relicense Committee in negotiations with AEP and FERC for the 40-year license for the Smith Mountain Lake project. He also served as a member of the Septic Studies and Grant Oversight Committee and as a member of the Virginia Association of Counties’ Agricultural and Environmental Steering Committee, which developed positions on water quality, wastewater systems, erosion, sediment, bio-solids, agriculture, and similar issues. His experience and knowledge gained while an elected official in county government would prove to serve him well in the Virginia General Assembly.
Charlie is Pro-Life, is endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life, and consistently receives top ratings by The Family Foundation. He is supported by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and has received seven pro-business awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, two from the American Conservative Union, and is a production level member supported by the Virginia Farm Bureau. Charlie has received numerous awards from law enforcement agencies, including the Fraternal Order of Police and 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police Association. He is a Lifetime Member of the NRA and consistently earns A ratings. Charlie is a dedicated supporter of our military and is a member of the Air Force Association. He supports requiring Voter ID to help ensure integrity of every vote cast.
Charlie is a member of Crafts United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and has served as chair of the Board of Trustees and in other offices. He and his wife, freelance editor and writer Janet B. Poindexter, have six adult children and ten grandchildren. They live at Smith Mountain Lake in Glade Hill near the original 1792 Poindexter homeplace.