Tom Garrett Jr.

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Tom Garrett Jr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Robert Hurt
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 11, 2012 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Ralph K. Smith
Succeeded by Mark Peake
Personal details
Born Thomas Alexander Garrett Jr.
(1972-03-27) March 27, 1972 (age 45)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dana Garrett (1998–2009)
Flanna Garrett (2016–present)
Children 3 daughters
Alma mater University of Richmond (BA, JD)
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1995–2000
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit 214th Fires Brigade

Thomas Alexander Garrett Jr. (born March 27, 1972) is an American politician and former prosecutor. He is the United States Representative for Virginia's 5th congressional district. A Republican, Garrett formerly represented the 22nd District in the Virginia Senate.[1]

Early life and family

Thomas Garrett was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Thomas Alexander Garrett Sr. and his wife, Lois. Garrett is a graduate of Louisa County High School and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Richmond.[2] He resides with his wife, Flanna, and three daughters, Carolyn, Laura and Locke in unincorporated Buckingham County (with a Scottsville address).

Military career

Garrett served for six years in the U.S. Army,[3] where he was a Field Artillery Officer.[4]

Political career

Commonwealth's attorney

Garrett served as an Assistant Attorney General under Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell. In 2007, he was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Louisa County.

State Senate

After the General Assembly redistricted the State Senate as required by the Virginia Constitution in 2011, Garrett decided to run in an open seat. The 22nd District was open due to the incumbent Republican Ralph K. Smith's home in Roanoke being drawn into another district.

In the Republican primary, Garrett came in first in a five-person field with nearly 26% of the vote and a margin of fewer than 200 votes.[5] During his time in office, he served on the General Laws and Technology, Courts of Justice, Education and Health, and Privileges and Elections committees. He received the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award in 2012 from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Defender of Liberty Award from the American Conservative Union in 2013.[citation needed]

2016 congressional election

In May 2016, after three ballots at the Republican nominating convention, Garrett won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative in Virginia's 5th congressional district.[6]

In the November 2016 general election, Garrett defeated Democratic nominee Jane Dittmar, the former chairwoman of the Albemarle County board of supervisors. Garrett's victory was historic, in that he received the most amount of votes in the history of the Fifth District of Virginia. He won with 58.2% of the vote to Dittmar's 41.6%.[7][8]

115th Congress

In January 2017, Congressman Garrett was named to the House Committees on Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Education and the Workforce. He is also a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.[citation needed] Garret is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[9]

Unite the Right rally

In March 2017, Garrett met with one of the organizers of the Unite the Right rally being planned in Charlottesville.[10] Following the attack there, Garrett disavowed the organizer and said that he was unaware of Jason Kessler's role in the rally when they initially met. A FOIA request obtained from the University of Virginia, however, found that Garrett had been made aware of Kessler's role the day before the meeting.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Richmond Times Dispatch". May 14, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Garrett to Challenge Short for Louisa Post, The Central Virginian, June 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Staff reports, Candidates for 5th District outline priorities for Southside, Gazette-Virginian (October 31, 2016).
  4. ^ James Ivancic, Freshman Congressman Tom Garrett looks forward to busy session, Fauquier Times (December 27, 2016).
  5. ^ "2011 Results, Virginia State Board of Elections". Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ Rhor, Alex (May 14, 2016). "Sen. Tom Garrett wins 5th District Republican nomination on third ballot". The News & Advance. 
  7. ^ "Virginia 2016 general election results". November 9, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » Search Elections". Virginia Elections Database. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "How Virginia candidates responded to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-31. 
  11. ^ "GarrettUVAFOIA.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved 2017-08-31. 

External links

Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Ralph K. Smith
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 22nd district

2012–2017
Succeeded by
Mark Peake
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Hurt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Gallagher
R-Wisconsin
United States Representatives by seniority
400th
Succeeded by
Vicente González
D-Texas
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