Public Safety Leaders for McDonnell
Bob McDonnell: Fighting To Keep Virginians Safe and Secure
As Member and Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee in the Virginia House of Delegates Bob McDonnell:
- Was honored by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association as the “Legislator of the Year” in 2005.
- Worked to increase the penalties for the sale of tobacco to minors.
- Advocated for increased penalties for multiple DUI offenses.
- Fought for staffing standards and implementation of a plan for full staffing and career development for Commonwealth’s Attorneys.
- Patroned Virginia’s “RICO” Act, providing law enforcement and prosecutors with one more tool to combat criminal street gangs and organized crime.
- Was honored by the Network of Victims of Crime as the “Legislator of the Year” in 1996. Was honored by the National Child Support Enforcement Association as the “National Legislator of the Year” in 1998.
- Received an award in 2005 from the National Transportation Safety Board for his efforts to reform Virginia’s drunk-driving laws, making them a model for the nation.
- Championed abolition of parole and “truth in sentencing” reforms of the Allen Administration.
- Was a leader in the movement to reform the juvenile justice system in Virginia.
- Was named Legislator of the Year in 2004 by the Fraternal Order of Police.
As Virginia’s Attorney General Bob McDonnell:
- Spearheaded efforts to establish tough mandatory sentences for violent sex offenders.
- Championed legislation to require a mandatory life sentence for certain second offenses committed by violent sex offenders.
- Fought for mandatory minimum sentences for online sexual solicitation of minors and child pornography offenses.
- Worked with the General Assembly and the Department of State Police to ensure that sex offenders are required to register their email address and online user names.
- Successfully advocated for the legal presumption of “no bail” to apply to an offender who engages in online solicitation of certain minors.
- Championed the updating and expansion of Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. This upgrading included: expanding the crimes that require registration, adding GPS monitoring for certain offenders, increasing re-registration requirements, and expanding information on the registry.
- Initiated an operation with federal, state and local law enforcement to identify, detain, and deport criminal illegal alien sex offenders in Virginia.
- Championed the Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) and worked with City of Richmond leaders to implement the pilot program in the Capitol City.
- Dedicated a full time prosecutor to the Shenandoah Valley to handle gang offenses and assist local Commonwealth’s Attorneys and law enforcement.
- Produced an anti-gang video to be used by Public Safety professionals throughout the Commonwealth.
- Established the Attorney General’s Youth Internet Safety Task Force in 2006 to which AOL provided $100,000 towards an Internet Safety Awareness Campaign.
- Distributed over 4,000 Internet safety books to schools throughout Virginia.
- Championed expansion of the power of the Governor to act during times of natural disaster and terrorism in order to further ensure the safety of our citizens.
- Spearheaded legislation to codify the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness and outline its responsibilities.
- Worked with the General Assembly and stakeholders to amend Virginia laws to ensure that health care providers are able to provide necessary medical care during times of natural disaster or terrorism without threat of a lawsuit.
- Led “Legal Preparedness Exercises” along with critical state agencies, to test Virginia’s legal preparedness during disasters and develop recommendations for improvements in our laws and policies to ensure maximum efficiency and protection of our citizens.
- Continued to promote funding for Commonwealth’s Attorneys.
- Supported increased retirement benefits for law enforcement.
- Requested that the Governor retain funding for law enforcement in the 2009-2010 biennium budget prior to his transmittal of the budget to the General Assembly. As a follow-up during the General Assembly’s budget negotiation process, Bob McDonnell advocated to the conferees for the full restoration of critical “599” funding.
- Actively worked with Virginia’s Commonwealth’s Attorneys to keep the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council fully funded and under the Secretary of Public Safety rather than the Attorney General.
- Successfully challenged in the United States Supreme Court a Virginia Supreme Court decision which created a Constitutional prohibition for certain misdemeanor arrests without a warrant.
- Protected law abiding Virginia gun dealers when the Mayor of New York came after them, by championing a new Virginia law to prohibit the practice known as “straw purchasing” by non-law enforcement entities.
- Repeatedly supported elimination of the archaic “Triggerman rule” in capital murder cases so that all equally culpable criminal actors may be eligible for the death penalty.
- Supported services and protections for victims of crime throughout his career as a legislator and Attorney General.
- Championed strengthening Virginia laws prohibiting production and sale of counterfeit goods, thus protecting consumers and legitimate businesses.
- Spearheaded legislation enabling law enforcement, educators, and social service entities to facilitate the rehabilitation of truants by allowing schools to share critical information with one another.
- Awarded the “Alzheimer’s Advocate 2007” Award from the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter for his work to create a “Senior Alert” system for Virginia.
- Supported and expanded the TRIAD crime prevention program for the growing senior population in a successful partnership with local public safety agencies.
- Endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police in the 2005 Attorney General campaign.
Below is a full list of the 111 Sheriffs, Commonwealth’s Attorneys and other public safety leaders who have provided their personal endorsements and have joined together to form “Law Enforcement for McDonnell.”
Following this list is additional information about Bob McDonnell’s long record of fighting to keep Virginians safe and secure.
“Law Enforcement for McDonnell”
Guy L. Abbott
Sheriff, Middlesex County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, York County and Poquoson
James L. Agnew
Sheriff, Goochland County
H.E. “Bucky” Allin III
Sheriff, Prince George County
Sheriff, Orange County
Sheriff, City of Hopewell
Sheriff, City of Radford
Dean J. Atkins
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Westmoreland County
Former Superintendent of State Police
Retired Chief of Police, Chesterfield County
Robert “Bob” Beasley
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Powhatan County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Salem
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Botetourt County
William “Bill” B. Bray
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Colonial Heights
Commonwealth’s Attorney, King George County
Sheriff, Bedford County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Virginia Beach
Sheriff, City of Staunton
Sheriff, Shenandoah County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Dinwiddie County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Hanover County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Stafford County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Culpeper County
Sheriff, Hanover County
Ronald D. Crockett
Sheriff, Lancaster County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Hampton
William “Billy” Davenport
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Chesterfield County
Sheriff, City of Williamsburg and James City County
Sheriff, York County and Poquoson
Ronald “Ron” Elkins
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Wise County
Sheriff, Rockingham County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Montgomery County
Sheriff, Augusta County
Sheriff, Buchanan County
Sheriff, Mecklenburg County
Sheriff, Campbell County
Macdowell “Mac” Garrett
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Essex County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Louisa County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rockingham County and City of Harrisonburg
Ronald L. Gillispie
Sheriff, City of Lynchburg
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Carroll County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Williamsburg/James City County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Pittsylvania County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fluvanna County
Sheriff, Dickenson County
Joe Harris, Jr.
Sheriff, City of Waynesboro
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Page County
Sheriff, City of Fredericksburg
Glendell “Glenn” Hill
Sheriff, Prince William County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lee County
Sheriff, Cumberland County
Farrar W. Howard, Jr.
Sheriff, New Kent County
Danny C. Howlett
Sheriff, Matthews County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Winchester
Charles “Charlie” Jett
Sheriff, Stafford County
Sheriff, City of Roanoke
Thomas D. Jones
Sheriff, Charlotte County
Robert “Bucky” Joyce
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rockbridge County
Sheriff, Wythe County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bedford County
Sheriff, City of Virginia Beach
Edwin “Randy” Leach
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Roanoke County
Sheriff, Caroline County
Gerald E. Mabe II
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Wythe County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Warren County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Amherst County
H.W. “Warren” Manning
Sheriff, Carroll County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Scott County
Sheriff, Warren County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Shenandoah County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Portsmouth
Sheriff, Powhatan County
Tamara C. Neo
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Buchanan County
Sheriff, City of Chesapeake
Sheriff, Halifax County
Ronnie “R.D.” Oakes
Sheriff, Wise County
Everette B. Obenshain Jr
Retired Sheriff, City of Salem
Stephen “Steve” Palmer
Commonwealth’s Attorney, King William County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Chesapeake
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Nelson County
Jay C. Paul
Commonwealth’s’s Attorney, Prince George County
Retired Sheriff, Fairfax County
Charles W. Phelps
Sheriff, Isle of Wight County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Loudoun County
Sheriff, Chesterfield County
Retired Chief of Police, City of Winchester
Sheriff, Dinwiddie County
Retired Sheriff, Albemarle County
C. Jeffers Schmidt, Jr.
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lancaster County
Stephen “Steve” Simpson
Sheriff, Loudoun County
Sheriff, Spotsylvania County
Ronald “Ronnie” Sprinkle
Sheriff, Botetourt County
Phillip C. Steele
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Giles County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Goochland County
James D. Swinson
Retired Sheriff, Fairfax County
Anthony N. Sylvester
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Hopewell
Sheriff, Pittsylvania County
Sheriff, Page County
Sheriff, Bland County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Campbell County
Sheriff, Henrico County
E. C. Walton
Sheriff, King and Queen County
Sheriff, King William County
Patricia “Patti” T. Watson
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Greensville County
Diana H. Wheeler
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Orange County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Halifax County
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Frederick County
Sheriff, Frederick County
Sheriff, City of Colonial Heights
Jerry Allen Wolfe
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Bristol
Shannon B. Zeman
Sheriff, Floyd County
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