US House District 6

District Description: covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley.

RepresentativeBen Cline (R)

2018 Election Results:
Ben Cline (R) 59.8% - 168,341 votes
Jennifer Lewis (D) 40.1 % - 112,664 votes
Total votes: 281,285

Washington DC Office (currently Bob Goodlatte):

2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431

Harrisonburg Office
70 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391

Lynchburg Office
916 Main Street, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245

Roanoke Office:
10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672

Staunton Office
117 South Lewis Street, Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861

Email:  contact@benclineforcongress.com

Ben Cline

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 6 since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Senator for VA House District 24 from 2002 – 2017

Overview: N/A

VA House District #1US House District 6

District Description: covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley.

RepresentativeBen Cline (R)

2018 Election Results:
Ben Cline (R) 59.8% - 168,341 votes
Jennifer Lewis (D) 40.1 % - 112,664 votes
Total votes: 281,285

Washington DC Office (currently Bob Goodlatte):

2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431

Harrisonburg Office
70 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391

Lynchburg Office
916 Main Street, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245

Roanoke Office:
10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672

Staunton Office
117 South Lewis Street, Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861

Email:  contact@benclineforcongress.com

Summary

District Description: covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley.

RepresentativeBen Cline (R)

2018 Election Results:
Ben Cline (R) 59.8% – 168,341 votes
Jennifer Lewis (D) 40.1 % – 112,664 votes
Total votes: 281,285

Washington DC Office (currently Bob Goodlatte):

2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431

Harrisonburg Office
70 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391

Lynchburg Office
916 Main Street, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245

Roanoke Office:
10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672

Staunton Office
117 South Lewis Street, Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861

Email:  contact@benclineforcongress.com

About

From Wikipedia

Virginia’s sixth congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke,Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley. The current representative is Bob Goodlatte (R), who has held the seat since the 1993 retirement of incumbent Democrat Jim Olin.

The district will be an open seat in 2018. In November 2017, Goodlatte announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and would not seek re-election.

Historically, the 6th district was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican. Many of the old Byrd Democrats in the area began splitting their tickets and voting Republican at the national level as early as the 1930s. It was also one of the first areas of Virginia where Republicans were able to break the long Democratic dominance at the state and local level. The district itself was in Republican hands from 1953 to 1983. Olin won the seat in 1982, and held it for a decade before current Congressman Goodlatte won it.

Some counties in the district haven’t supported a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. For instance, Highlandand Shenandoah counties last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 1932, and Augusta and Roanoke counties have not supported a Democrat since 1944. The district as a whole hasn’t supported a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Campaign finance

From financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

Name Party Receipts* Disbursements** Cash on hand Date
Benjamin Lee “Ben” Cline Republican Party $726,489 $490,784 $235,705 As of September 30, 2018
Jennifer Lewis Democratic Party $331,451 $236,410 $91,714 As of September 30, 2018

District analysis

The 2018 Cook Partisan Voter Index for this district was R+13, meaning that in the previous two presidential elections, this district’s results were 13 percentage points more Republican than the national average. This made Virginia’s 6th Congressional District the 98th-most Republican nationally.

FiveThirtyEight’s elasticity score for states and congressional districts measured “how sensitive it is to changes in the national political environment.” Heading into the election, this district’s elasticity score was 0.98. This means that for every 1 point the national political mood moved toward a party, the district was expected to move 0.98 points toward that party.

See also: The Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voter Index and FiveThirtyEight’s elasticity scores

Recent Election Results

From Ballotpedia

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2016

Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte (R) defeated Kai Degner (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Goodlatte defeated Harry Griego in the Republican primary on June 14, 2016.

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 66.6% 225,471
Democratic Kai Degner 33.1% 112,170
N/A Write-in 0.2% 768
Total Votes 338,409
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

 

U.S. House, Virginia District 6 Republican Primary, 2016
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 77.9% 18,993
Harry Griego 22.1% 5,383
Total Votes 24,376
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

2014

The 6th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte defeated Libertarian Will Hammer and Green Party candidate Elaine Hildebrandt in the general election.

 
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 74.5% 133,898
Libertarian Will Hammer 12.3% 22,161
Green Elaine Hildebrandt 11.9% 21,447
N/A Write-in 1.2% 2,202
Total Votes 179,708
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

2012

The 6th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte won re-election in the district.

 
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Andy Schmookler 34.6% 111,949
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 65.2% 211,278
Write-In N/A 0.2% 666
Total Votes 323,893
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections “Official Election Results, 2012 General Election”

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bob Goodlatte won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeffrey W. Vanke (I) and Stuart M. Bain (L) in the general election.

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte incumbent 76.3% 127,487
Independent Jeffrey W. Vanke 13% 21,649
Libertarian Stuart M. Bain 9.2% 15,309
N/A Write-in 1.6% 2,709
Total Votes 167,154

District Issues

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Ben Cline 3Ben Cline

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 6 since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Senator for VA House District 24 from 2002 – 2017

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 6 since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Senator for VA House District 24 from 2002 – 2017

Overview: N/A

About

Ben Cline 6

Source: Campaign page

Ben Cline’s values were shaped growing up right here in the Shenandoah Valley.  He graduated from Lexington High School in 1990, and earned a law degree from the University of Richmond.   Introduced by mutual friends, Ben and his wife Elizabeth met in 2004, and are raising their daughters in Rockbridge County.

Ben’s made a name for himself taking on the status quo in Richmond – never failing to champion common sense, conservative legislation that challenged the liberal orthodoxy of several sitting Democratic Governors.  As co-chair of the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) chapter in Virginia, Ben was at the forefront of protecting our economic freedom. From helping kill Tim Kaine’s tax hike to crafting budget cuts to our bloated state bureaucracy, Ben was at the center of the resistance against the push for bigger and unaccountable government. This year, Ben Cline’s multi-year effort to end unrecorded voice votes in the General Assembly finally became reality. Now, no bill can be killed without the public knowing which elected officials voted to do so, a major victory for transparency in Richmond.

He also stood up to his own party leadership in the House of Delegates when they pushed to join Democrats in raising taxes.  Ben wouldn’t have it.   He’s forged a path in the General Assembly as a leading conservative fighter serving as House Chairman of the Conservative Caucus, holding those in power accountable and fighting to clean up bureaucratic waste and the political cronyism that grips our system.  Ben successfully pushed the first significant tax relief since the car tax passage, while also sponsoring legislation that would ban sanctuary cities and a “Constitutional Carry” bill to allow law abiding individuals to carry concealed weapons. His leadership on protecting the 2nd Amendment is highlighted by his recent appointment as Chairman of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee in the House of Delegates. He is the last line of defense in the General Assembly against the Democrat’s aggressive gun control agenda.

Ben’s efforts have earned him the American Conservative Union’s (ACU)   “Conservative Excellence Award” as well as top ratings from leading conservative groups like the VA Tea Party Patriot Federation, the Virginia Family Foundation and an A+ rating from the NRA.

While in the House of Delegates, Ben is also an attorney in private practice and has previously served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Prior to that, Ben owned his own small business providing marketing assistance to rural internet and high-tech companies.  Upon graduating from college, he served as an aide to Congressman Bob Goodlatte, where he eventually became Chief of Staff.

Ben and his family attend St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockbridge County.  He is a  member of the Kerrs Creek Ruritan Club and the Lexington Lion’s Club.

Experience

Education

  • JD
    University of Richmond

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
  • Kerrs Creek Ruritan Club
  • Lexington Lion’s Club

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington Office
1009 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431
Fax: (202) 225-9681

Harrisonburg Office
70 N Mason St, Suite 110
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391
Fax: (540) 432-6593

Lynchburg Office
916 Main St, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245

Roanoke Office
10 Franklin Rd SE, Suite 510
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672
Fax: 540) 857-2675

Staunton Office
117 S Lewis St, Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861
Fax: (540) 885-3930

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Government Page, Wikipedia

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Benjamin Lee Cline (born February 29, 1972) is an American politician of theRepublican Party. He is currently serving his eighth term in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was first elected in a 2002 special election, replacing incumbent Delegate Vance Wilkins who resigned the seat. He currently represents the 24th district, consisting of Bath and Rockbridge Counties, the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington, and parts of Amherst and Augusta Counties. In November 2017, Cline announced his candidacy for Congress from Virginia’s 6th congressional district in the 2018 election. On May 19, 2018, Cline won the Republican Party nomination for that election on the first ballot at the district convention.

Cline started his political career in 2002 by running for the House of Delegates seat left vacant by Vance Wilkins, who resigned due tosexual harassment allegations. Cline won in 2002 with 57.43% of the vote despite Democratic opposition from current LexingtonMayor Mimi Elrod. In 2003, Cline won again with 69.17% of the vote against Independent E.W. Sheffield. In 2005, he won with 62.44% of the vote against Democrat David Cox. Cline ran unopposed in 2007. In 2009, Cline ran against Amherst native and Democrat Jeff Price and won with 70.86% of the vote, taking the Lexington City precinct for the first time since his election in 2002 and also taking every precinct in the 24th House of Delegates district. Cline ran unopposed in both 2011 and 2013. In 2015, Cline won 70.8% of the vote against Democrat Ellen Arthur. In 2017, he won re-election with 72% of the vote against independent candidate John Winfrey.

In November 2017, Cline announced he would run for Congress in Virginia’s 6th congressional district in 2018 for the seat being vacated by the retiring incumbent Bob Goodlatte.

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative for US House District 6

Ben Cline (R) 167,957 59.69%
Jennifer Lynn Lewis (D) 113,133 40.21%
Write In (Write-in) 287 0.10%
TOTAL 281,377

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 24

Ben Cline (R) 17,351 71.9%
John Crawford Winfrey () 6,683 27.7%
Write In (Write-in) 101 0.4%
TOTAL 24,135

2015 State Delegate for VA House District 24

Ben Cline (R) 13,488 70.8%
Ellen Mary Arthur (D) 5,517 29.0%
Write In (Write-in) 36 0.2%
TOTAL 19,041

Source: Department of Elections

Finances

CLINE, BEN L has run in 9 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$1,985,942.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Education & Labor
House Judiciary Committee

Subcommittees

Subcommittee on Workforce Protection
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

Issues

Governance

Congress

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Ben Cline attended his first State of the Union address as representative for the Sixth Congressional District on Tuesday night (February 5). Following remarks by President Donald Trump, Cline released the following statement.

February 4, 2019 Editorial

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will deliver the annual State of the Union address.

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) issued the following statement against H.R. 1 following a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 29.

January 29, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced his appointment to several House subcommittees Tuesday (January 29) which will benefit the people of the Sixth Congressional District.

January 17, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced today (January 17) that he has been named to the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Judiciary Committee for the 116th Congress.

January 8, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced that as of his official swearing-in on January 3, he has completed the hiring of staff for his Washington and District offices.

January 7, 2019 Video

Friday morning (January 4), Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) visited with the team at WSLS 10 News about taking the oath of office Thursday (January 3) and the work ahead as he represent the people of Virginia’s 6th Congressional District.

Economy

Economy

July 25, 2019 Press Release

The House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 23, passed H.R. 3311, the Small Business Reorganization Act. The bill, introduced by Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06), would simplify the process for small businesses to use bankruptcy as a means of reorganization.

February 4, 2019 Editorial

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump will deliver the annual State of the Union address.

Veterans

Veterans

July 30, 2019 Press Release

The legislation expands American Legion membership criteria to include all honorably discharged veterans who served during unrecognized times of war.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

The U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 504, the LEGION Act, on Tuesday, July 23. Congressman Ben Cline introduced the bipartisan House version of the bill, along with Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46), on March 8.

July 5, 2019 Press Release

Congressmen Ben Cline (VA-06) and Steve Cohen (TN-09) recently introduced the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act.

June 21, 2019 Blog Post

Earlier this month, the MISSION Act became effective after being signed into law last year.

March 11, 2019 Press Release

H.R. 1641, the LEGION Act, was introduced Friday (March 8) by Congressmen Ben Cline (VA-06) and Lou Correa (CA-46). The bill, which would expand American Legion membership criteria to include all honorably discharged veterans who served during unrecognized times of war, was also co-sponsored by Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-39).

February 1, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced on Friday (February 1) the opening of the HIRE Vets Medallion Award application. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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