Jennifer Lewis

Democratic Candidate in 2018 for US House – Virginia 6th District

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Upcoming Events: 

September 17th Cline vs. Lewis Debate

10-11:30am at Spotswood High School

368 Blazer Dr. Penn Laird, Virginia 22846

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Post Curator: Rubye Egley

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

Jennifer LewisJennifer Lewis

Democratic Candidate in 2018 for US House – Virginia 6th District

Latest News, Events, Articles:

Upcoming Events: 

September 17th Cline vs. Lewis Debate

10-11:30am at Spotswood High School

368 Blazer Dr. Penn Laird, Virginia 22846

Next Aircasts:  TBD

Post Curator: Rubye Egley

Summary

Democratic Candidate in 2018 for US House – Virginia 6th District

Latest News, Events, Articles:

Upcoming Events: 

September 17th Cline vs. Lewis Debate

10-11:30am at Spotswood High School

368 Blazer Dr. Penn Laird, Virginia 22846

Next Aircasts:  TBD

Post Curator: Rubye Egley

About

Source: Former campaign site

Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker, community advocate, and leader in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She’s been a civically active member of her community in Augusta County and Waynesboro, volunteering for various local groups, serving on boards and commissions, and fighting on the front lines for the values of the 6th District.

Jennifer grew up unloading hay and picking rock on her small, family-owned dairy farm. While she was away at college, her family made the heart-wrenching decision to sell their farm. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in environmental studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta – where she met her husband, Ben.

Jennifer has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brother Big Sister, winning “Big” of the Year in 2009. She’s served as Chair of the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Board for eight years and currently serves as Chair of the Office on Youth Commission.

She’s also a board member at Wild Virginia and an elected member of theHeadwaters Soil and Water Board. Recently reelected as Vice Chair of the Waynesboro Democratic Committee, Jennifer was honored to receive the Democrat of the Year award in 2013 and Grassroots Organizer of the Year award for the 6th District in 2014.  

When Jennifer saw farms in the Valley being threatened by Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, she founded Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group. As President, she’s organized demonstrations, rallies, and meetings with FERC and elected officials. She’s also setup fundraisers and written columns in local papers addressing the disastrous effects the proposed pipelines will have on our land, water, and air – not to mention our property rights.

Jennifer spent the early part of her professional career working in the Virginia public school system, providing mental health services to at-risk youth. She currently works with adults with mental illness who are transitioning from inpatient care back into the community.

Jennifer lives in Waynesboro with her husband and their three cats and dog. Over the past four years, they’ve fostered scores of kittens through Cat’s Cradle in Harrisonburg.
 

Videos

Jennifer Lewis for Congress – Lexington & Rockbridge County Kickoff
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Policy Positions

Civil Rights

Jennifer believes all citizens of the 6th – regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation – should be treated fairly and equally under the law. That’s why she supports The Equality Act, which provides non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people in education, credit, housing, employment, jury duty, public services, and federally funded programs.

Our criminal justice system is hardly just – and possibly criminal. Jennifer supports widespread reform starting with reducing mandatory minimums for non-violent offenders, eliminating for-profit prisons, and emphasizing treatment – not punishment – for people suffering from addiction and mental illness.

Defense & Security

Veterans

Our veterans deserve our respect, regardless of our views on any specific conflict. And when they return home, or leave the service, we need to take care of them and provide the tools and resources they need to thrive as civilians. Jennifer supports improving the educational benefits in the post-9/11 GI Bill and, as a mental health professional, is particularly passionate about helping veterans with homelessness, depression, and PTSD.

Gun Safety

In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, we have to ask each other: is it acceptable for our children to fear for their lives at school? Let’s set aside partisan politics and NRA-funded talking points. Let’s instead embrace gun safety measures for the sake of our children.

Jennifer supports strengthening national background checks (Fix NICS Act), expanding background checks to include gun shows and internet sales (Toomey-Manchin proposal), ending the sale of “bump-stocks,” and raising the minimum age to buy an AR-15 to 21. Alongside Senator Kaine, Jennifer supports Senator Feinstein’s bill prohibiting the sale, manufacture, import, transfer, or possession of a semi-automatic assault weapon or a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Democracy

American politics over the past half century has been based on emphasizing and creating divisions. Both political parties thrive off of our tribal impulses as humans. But human history shows that it’s possible for a community to come together, to set aside differences in pursuit of a common vision.

Over time, we’ve seen a decline in civic organizations and citizens participating in community activities. As we retreat into our individualized digital worlds, our phones and tablets and favorite media outlets, we become detached… no longer sitting side by side, locking eyes, truly seeing and listening to each other. At the same time, we become deeply interconnected, more so than ever before.

The right to vote is fundamental to democracy; across the nation, we see continued attempts to disenfranchise Americans.Jennifer supports the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restores the power of the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the 2013 SCOTUS decision in Shelby County v. Holder. This type of legislative solution will help us battle discrimination against people of color and Native Americans. She is also in favor of creating Election Day, a federal holiday aimed at increasing voter participation.

We’ve been taught that with hard work, discipline, and focus, in America we can find success and satisfaction. In reality, rising prices and stagnant wages have made it more and more difficult to simply break even each month.

In Washington, many lawmakers have succumbed to corporate lobbyists and campaign contributions from corporate PACs. The result is public policy that reflects the interests of donors, not everyday citizens. It’s no wonder people believe the system is rigged in favor of the rich and connected.

Jennifer believes the corporate stranglehold over D.C. must be broken. She supports a constitutional amendment to eliminate corporate personhood and require federal, state, and local government to ensure all citizens have equal capacity to influence elections, regardless of wealth or power (H.J. Res. 48). And she refuses to accept campaign contributions from corporate PACs.

Economy & Jobs

Creating a fair economy means taking on the big banks who brought our system down – and then were conveniently bailed out with our money. Jennifer supports a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to separate commercial banking from the risk and unpredictability of investment banking. She supports breaking up the big banks so they can no longer hold the economy hostage, and she believes we should fortify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd-Frank measures.

Jennifer also believes it’s only fair to pay our workers a living wage, a wage that makes sure full-time workers don’t live in poverty. She supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. as soon as possible. To protect workers from being exploited, Jennifer supports The Wage Theft Prevention and Recovery Act. And to reduce unfair discrepencies in pay between men and women, she supports the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Education

Our children – the future of the 6th District – deserve a high-quality public education that prepares them for the 21st century economy. Our neighborhood public schools need to be well funded, regardless of the wealth of local residents, and controlled at the local level. We need to transition away from the idea that, in order to be successful, a student must attend a four-year university. Vocational training needs to be treated as an equally dignified path.

If our children decide to attend a four-year college, we need to step up and ensure they can graduate without being deeply in debt. Jennifer not only wants to reduce interest rates on student loans, she also supports tuition-free public college and university. It makes no sense to tell students to work hard, study, graduate from college, and then spend decades paying off the debt.

Energy & Environment

We in Virginia’s 6th are deeply tied to the land. We understand that our rivers, forests, mountains, and valleys are gifts, and it’s our responsibility to protect and pass them onto our children. More immediately, we have to combat the destruction and poisoning of our environment.

Jennifer opposes both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. She pledges to stand with landowners in opposition to eminent domain takings that favor large for-profit corporations. Jennifer also supports reforming FERC so citizens and scientists have as much influence as fossil-fuel industry lobbyists. She has taken Activate Virginia’spledge to refuse contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, and she’s taken the broader No Fossil Fuel Money pledgecovering the entire industry.

Our priority should be green energy infrastructure and jobs. Jennifer supports the100 by ’50 Act – moving us towards 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.

We need to start being reasonable about marijuana and hemp and legalize them.Jennifer supports H.R. 1841, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which removes cannabis from all schedules of the Controlled Substances Act. Likewise, Jennifer believes we should be free to cultivate hemp as our ancestors did; she supports H.R. 5485, The Hemp Farming Act of 2018.

Jennifer comes from a farming family, and she understands the stress and strains endured by family farms. She wants to encourage policy that allows farms to sell directly to consumers and restaurants.

Just like in other industries, corporate conglomeration and monopolization have led to large agribusiness crushing competition from smaller farms. Jennifer wants tough enforcement of antitrust laws in the industry.

We need to increase capital lending to small businesses and expand high-speed broadband networks throughout the district, as well. Jennifer supports a comprehensive approach to jobs and infrastructure along the lines of the2015 Rebuild America Act introduced by Senator Sanders.

Health

Jennifer believes that healthcare is a human right and that it’s our moral obligation to create a nation in which nobody dies – or goes bankrupt – because they lack insurance. The Affordable Care Act was a historic start, but the insurance and pharmaceutical companies had too much influence over policy.

Jennifer supports establishing a national health insurance system in line with the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. She believes it’s necessary to keep out-of-pocket and prescription drug prices down, reduce premiums, guarantee a high quality of care, and safeguard individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Sadly, too many of us have family members suffering from opioid addiction. Jennifer’s professional experience in mental health illustrates to her the lack of resources at the community level. She supports increased funding for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation – but also insists on holding pharmaceutical companies accountable if they’re prioritizing profits over lives.

Immigration

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants were brought to the United States as children – commonly known as DREAMers – and Jennifer supports a path to citizenship for these individuals. The Dream Act doesn’t go far enough – Jennifer believes in expanding DACA and DAPA to further help parents of DREAMers, parents of legal permanent residents, and parents of citizens. A nation founded by immigrants cannot justify breaking up law-abiding families.

Social Security

Jennifer also wants to protect Social Security. Working Virginians who’ve paid into the system for years shouldn’t feel uncertain about their benefits, and it’s our responsibility to keep our promises to these citizens.

 

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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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