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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Comstock Statement on Virginia’s Speaker of the House William Howell’s Retirement

February 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after Virginia’s Speaker of the House William J. Howell’s announcement that he will not seek re-election:

“Virginia’s Speaker of the House William J. Howell has served the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia for thirty years with great skill, wisdom, wit and dedication.  He is also a wonderful family man and a man of great faith. For 15 of those 30 years, he served as Speaker where he grew a strong Republican majority and established Virginia as a business friendly, low regulation, low tax, right to work state that welcomed the innovation economy of the 21st century.  In 2009, I was privileged to have Speaker Howell announce I was running for the House of Delegates to a crowded room before I had actually decided!  Not wanting to correct the Speaker, I went home and told my family I was running for Delegate. I was honored to serve the people of the 34th District for 5 years with the leadership and mentorship of Speaker Howell who is universally respected by his colleagues and constituents and a grateful Commonwealth.  I know the Speaker, and his wife Cessie will continue to serve the Commonwealth in their next chapter.”