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The Poindexter Report, Week #1, Jan. 9 - 13, 2012
Wow! What an exciting first week back in Richmond for the start of Virginia's 2012 General Assembly Session! My wife, Janet, and I attended various state ceremonies and traditional events to recognize returning legislators and welcome new members and their families. This is always a special time for Janet and me, as we have developed so many genuine friendships over the last four years and hopefully can offer some valuable insight to new members, their staff, and families.

As soon as I stepped foot into the General Assembly Building on my way to my 8th floor office, I was reminded of pending meetings and appointments and inundated with information on various pieces of legislation and the budget. Our time in Richmond is fast-paced and quite different from my days back in the 9th District on my farm! As we approached Wednesday and the beginning of Session, my office worked tirelessly to unpack, organize, and meet deadlines for legislation filing. On Wednesday morning I filed my initial bills and I'm very pleased with what I've introduced this year (many great legislative ideas came from constituents!). On Wednesday evening, Janet and I attended Governor McDonnell's State of the Commonwealth Address, held each year in the House of Delegates Chamber. This traditional event is an excellent way to begin Session and reminds each and every legislator of the historic and patriotic nature of his or her obligations to this Commonwealth and the constituents from back home.

Governor McDonnell's address set a tone for this legislative session - one that urges us to move forward but underscores the importance that each step is taken together, as one. While Virginia is a state of many interests - from the rolling mountains and coal mines of southern Virginia to the bustling metropolis of northern Virginia - the Governor stressed the importance of cooperation and shared participation in considering legislation and balancing our budget. I could not agree more with these sentiments, because unlike the federal government and the bureaucracies in Washington, D.C., our state legislature is focused on addressing real problems, finding real solutions, and continuing to move our state forward.

I was pleased to be reappointed to the House Appropriations Committee, where I will work closely with other committee members and Governor McDonnell's team to structure and balance the budget. I will also continue to apply my agriculture and local government experiences on the Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee and the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee. Next week, these committees will begin to receive and consider legislation, including the Governor's budget bill in the Appropriations Committee. This is always a large project and changes will certainly need to be made, but overall, Governor McDonnell is proposing a realistic, common sense budget that balances priorities and does not raise taxes.

I am honored to represent you and your family's interests in the Virginia House of Delegates. As always, if my office can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact us.

Warm Regards,


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