Governor: Ken Cuccinelli
Ken Cuccinelli was sworn in as Virginia’s Attorney General on January 16, 2010.
As Attorney General, he has become best known for his efforts to preserve liberty and defend the US Constitution.
Prior to assuming this role, he was a leading conservative member of the Virginia Senate from 2002 until 2010. His experience as a small business owner and an attorney had
uniquely prepared him for his role in the General Assembly where he served on the Courts of Justice Committee, Transportation Committee, Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.
As a state senator, Ken led the fight to defend constitutional rights, stop tax increases, protect life and families, and keep Virginia a low-regulation and pro-free market state.
From 2005 up to the present day, Ken has worked tirelessly to pass meaningful eminent domain laws that now prevent local and state governments from taking private homes and businesses for developers’ projects instead of for true public uses. Ken also had a strong record of supporting our police officers as they protect our communities. He passed legislation that stopped local governments from unfairly exploiting our law enforcement officers’ overtime work.
Prior to assuming the office of Attorney General, Ken was a small business owner and partner in the law firm of Cuccinelli & Day, in Fairfax. He was a business law attorney with a particular focus on serving as an outsourced general counsel to small and mid-sized companies. His wide range of experience included litigation, licensing, financing, employment, advertising, branding, corporate formation, business transactions and contracts for both domestic and international clients. Ken also had experience in public interest, constitutional law and property rights cases.
Lieutenant Governor: E. W. Jackson
E.W. Jackson served three years and was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. He then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA), Summa Cum Laude with a Phi Beta Kappa Key from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Three years later he graduated from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor (JD). While in law school, he was accepted into the Baptist ministry and studied theology at Harvard Divinity School.
Jackson practiced small business law for 15 years in Boston, and taught Regulatory Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate level at Northeastern University in Boston. Since returning to his ancestral home of Virginia, he has also taught graduate courses in Business and Commercial Law at Strayer University in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
In 1997, he retired from his private law practice in order to devote full time to ministry. However, he still taught law and maintained both his avid interest in – and commitment to – civic and political responsibility. His first book, “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life” was published in 2008. His second book, “America the Beautiful – Reflections of a Patriot Descended from Slaves” is scheduled for release in 2012.
Jackson’s family history in Virginia dates back to the time of the Revolutionary War. According to the 1880 census, his great grandparents (Gabriel and Eliza) were a sharecropper family in Orange County, Virginia. His grandfather, Frank Jackson, moved to Richmond and then to Pennsylvania where Jackson was born. Jackson and his wife Theodora were sent to Boston on orders from the United States Marine Corps in 1971. Motivated by their desire for an environment more compatible with their conservative and Christian values and inspired by the knowledge that it is his ancestral home, Jackson moved back to Virginia 1998.
He is the Founder of Exodus Faith Ministries, a nondenominational Christian church in Chesapeake, Virginia with a satellite in Boston, Massachusetts. On July 4, 2009, he launched S.T.A.N.D. – Staying True to America’s National Destiny (www.standamerica.us), a national organization dedicated to restoring America’s founding values which were informed by the principles found within the Jewish and Christian faiths.
STAND, with Jackson as president, aided the 2012 election effort both in Virginia and nationally. Most recently, he launched “Exodus Now”. The Exodus project is a national effort to encourage Christians and other people of moral values within the black community to leave the current Democratic Party because its current leadership has abandoned the founding principles of this Nation.
Jackson’s Youtube videos in support of that effort were played on Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham and to date have over 1.5 million views online. This is a part of his ongoing project to educate citizens on how the current leadership of the Democratic Party is not representing their values and to break the cycle of electoral dependency on the Democratic Party within the Black community.
After years of political activism, E.W. Jackson was encouraged by friends and family to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. In May 2011 he declared his candidacy. While unsuccessful in his bid, the campaign gave rise to a strong following which many believe will lead to his election to public office in the near future. He was also called on by the nominee and the Republican Party to help in the general election campaign.
Among his current accomplishments, Jackson chairs the historic Conservative Emergency Task Force (CETF), which held a Summit in Washington DC on March 15, 2011 bringing together Congressional Representatives – including Michelle Bachman, Allen West and Senator Rand Paul, Tea Party leaders and social, economic and national security conservatives to address what Jackson calls “the present national emergency”.
He hosts a weekly CETF conference call to facilitate communication and cooperation among conservatives nationwide. As an outgrowth of that effort, he is one of the primary authors of the Declaration of Freedom, a statement to be signed by 56 prominent contemporary patriots (Council of 56) symbolic of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Jackson has received numerous awards for his leadership and community service, including the Family Life Award from the African American Family Association for his pro-life advocacy; the Lead Hampton Roads Award for Excellence in Leadership; the Trustee Award from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; the “Outstanding Leader” Award from Lead Virginia; the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2010 Award for “Outstanding Outreach Effort of the Year” and the “Character Does Count” Award from The Patriot Republican Women.
Attorney General: Mark Obenshain
“The most important goal in my life is to have a meaningful impact on preserving—and expanding—the realm of personal freedom in the life of this nation.”
It is a life’s goal that Mark has adopted as his own, and which has been the driving force of his service in the Senate of Virginia, where he quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.
Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, and he currently serves on five committees: Privileges and Elections, which he chairs; Courts of Justice; Commerce and Labor; Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; and Rules.
In his professional life, Mark is one of the founders of the Harrisonburg and Charlottesville-based law firm of Lenhart Obenshain PC. For twenty-five years Mark has practiced law in Harrisonburg and in Central Virginia, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of legal matters.
In addition to his law practice and service in the Senate, Mark is active in variety of civic,community, professional, and political organizations. In 1994, Governor George Allen appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment, which established the framework for Allen’s comprehensive welfare reform program and served as a blueprint for federal welfare reform two years later. He subsequently served as a member of the Commission on Welfare Reform.
When Governor Bob McDonnell made good on his campaign promise to establish a Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, Mark was one of the charter members, working to identify efficiencies, eliminate waste and fraud, consolidate duplicative functions and agencies, and make government more citizen-friendly.
In his own community, Mark served as a member of James Madison University’s Board of Visitors, and also served on the boards of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation, Mercy House, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.
Mark and his wife Suzanne have two children, Anne Tucker and Sam, who are both attending Virginia universities, and they are active members of Harrisonburg’s First Presbyterian Church.
Mark has been politically active practically his entire life. He has served as the chairman of two Republican committees, has been a delegate to every Republican state convention since 1980, and was a member of Virginia’s delegation to the 1980 Republican National Convention, which nominated Ronald Reagan. Mark has worked on the campaigns of virtually every Republican nominee for state and local office since he began practicing law in Harrisonburg in 1987, and he serves as the President of the Richard D. Obenshain Foundation, which provides the Republican Party of Virginia with the building that is its permanent home.
Mark continues to champion the same values that inspired his father, and has become one of Virginia’s leading proponents of reform-minded limited government conservatism. With your help, he will take that same vision and commitment to the office of Attorney General, where he will continue to work to preserve and expand the realm of personal freedom in the life of this Commonwealth and this country.