WILLIAMSBURG, VA, 7 MARCH 2019: Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Senator Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) that he will not seek a fifth full term:
“Throughout his twenty-eight years in the General Assembly, Frank Wagner has been a forceful voice for improving Virginia’s transportation infrastructure and ensuring our leadership in energy production and delivery. Hampton Roads is well on its way to safer, less congested roadways because of Frank’s commitment to reducing gridlock and enhancing our economic vitality.
“As Chairman of the Commerce and Labor Committee, Frank has been a staunch defender of Virginia’s reputation as one of our nation’s best states for business. He has guarded against over-regulation and championed free-market policies. A Naval Academy graduate, Frank has advanced the interests of our active-duty armed forces and our retired military veterans throughout his tenures in the House and Senate.
“Frank has also played an important role in budget conferences and effectively navigated some of the most complicated pieces of legislation to a successful result.
“Having worked closely with Frank for many years, he has become a great and close friend. With nearly three decades serving the people of Virginia in the General Assembly, and his earlier service to our nation in the Navy, I know Frank will continue to find ways to contribute to Virginia, America, and, of course, Hampton Roads.
“On behalf of the Senate Republican Caucus, I thank Senator Wagner for his service and wish Lucille and him many years of continued happiness together.”