WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 9 MAY 2013: Senate of Virginia Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover) tonight issued the following statements regarding Delegate John A. Cosgrove’s (R-Chesapeake) victory in the Republican Canvass for the 6 August 2013 Special Election for the 14th Senatorial District:
Senator Norment: "Having been an effective member of the Virginia House of Delegates for more than a decade, John Cosgrove will be hitting the ground running in the Senate of Virginia. John has already amassed an impressive record of accomplishment in House, and is one of the General Assembly’s most forceful voices for the people of Hampton Roads.
"The entire Senate is going to miss Senator Harry Blevins tremendously. But I know that John, who has worked closely with Harry throughout his service, is the best choice to represent the people of the 14th District."
Senator McDougle: "John Cosgrove will be a strong conservative voice for Hampton Roads in the Senate of Virginia. The Senate Republican Caucus is excited about John’s candidacy, and looking forward to serving with him. I know from personal experience that John’s service in the House will make him a very effective senator from day one.
"The people of the 14th District are fortunate to have a qualified and respected member of the General Assembly for whom they can vote in the August 6 Special Election."
Delegate John A. Cosgrove currently represents the 78th District, comprised of a portion of the City of Chesapeake, in the Virginia House of Delegates. Senator Harry B. Blevins (R-Chesapeake) has represented the 14th District in the Senate of Virginia since 2001. His resignation becomes effective on 5 August 2013.
The 14th District is comprised of portions of Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties, and parts of the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.