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Harvey Morgan announces re-election bid

Delegate Harvey Morgan chats with Allison Crittenden on the floor of the House of Delegates.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
Delegate Harvey Morgan (R-98) of Middlesex has announced he will seek re-election in the 98th House of Delegates District. Morgan, a veteran legislator, cited his experience and commitment to helping Virginia get through trying economic times.

“Leading our Commonwealth through this tough economic period will require focus and hard work. I will continue to be a strong voice for the rural communities I represent. The needs of the 98th District have always been my first priority.”

Morgan, second in seniority in the House of Delegates, is considered an authority on health care, the budget and the Chesapeake Bay. He serves as chairman of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee. He is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and chairman of its Higher Education Subcommittee, and is the ranking member of the Committee on Commerce and Labor.

In January, Morgan was elected chairman of the State Water Commission. Additionally, he is a member and former chairman of the Joint Commission on Health Care and serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the legislative “watch dog.”

During the 2009 legislative session, Delegate Morgan led the effort to reaffirm the protection of citizens who exercise a constitutional right to petition their government. Morgan’s bill, which passed overwhelmingly, ensures that citizens can petition the courts without fear of sanction.

Morgan was recognized in 2004 by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for being a longtime defender of environmental protections for the Chesapeake Bay.

“I want to return to Richmond and use the seniority and experience I have attained to make certain that the people of the 98th District have an active and vigorous voice,” said Morgan.

posted 04.20.2009

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