Politicians, organizations speak out after Glenn Youngkin elected Governor

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Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Elected officials and organizations across the Commonwealth are releasing statements and expressing their congratulations following the election of Glenn Youngkin to serve as Virginia’s 74 Governor.

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Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race early Wednesday with enough suburban voters to become the first Republican to win statewide office here in 12 years.

Governor Ralph Northam

“This morning I spoke with Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin to congratulate him on being elected Governor of the greatest Commonwealth in the greatest country in the world. We will meet tomorrow to begin a smooth transition to his administration. “We can all be proud that Virginia once again conducted a free and fair election with integrity. It is a hallmark of our American democracy that we all respect the results, no matter who wins. I want to thank the Virginia Department of Elections, registrars, poll workers, and all of the volunteers whose work sustains our shared faith in our democracy. Their commitment and integrity know no bounds. 

I encouraged the Governor-elect to continue the progress Virginia has begun—

  • bringing $77 billion in new capital investment and 100,000 jobs, 
  • allocating the largest financial reserves in state history,
  • making Virginia the best state for business and for workers,
  • investing a record amount in public education, 
  • expanding access to healthcare, early childhood education and free community college, 
  • delivering universal broadband and clean energy,
  • delivering vaccination rates in the top ten among the states, and
  • making voting easier, even as other states make it harder. 

Over the past four years, Virginia has accomplished something unique in America—delivering the most progressive agenda in the country, while also preserving traditions of fiscal responsibility and economic stewardship. Most importantly, we have made Virginia a more welcoming, open, and inclusive Commonwealth. Virginians expect this critical work to continue. “This election brought record voter turnout for a non-presidential election, because Virginians are engaged and involved in our government and democracy. That’s something we can all be proud of.  “Finally, thanks to every candidate who ran, from every party. It’s no small thing to put yourself out there as a candidate for public office, and we need good people to continue that commitment to public service.”

Speaker of the Virginia House Eileen Filler-Corn

“I want to congratulate Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin on his win last night, and I look forward to working with him and his administration.

Over the last several years, Virginia has led the nation – earning the title of Top State for Business for consecutive years, creating a world-class education system, and passing responsible budgets that made critical investments in our state while maintaining our Triple A Bond rating. Our Commonwealth has much to be proud of, and I look forward to collaborating with Governor-elect Youngkin to build on this successful track record and working together on our shared goal of building a better Virginia.”

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

“Chesapeake Bay Foundation congratulates Glenn Youngkin on being elected to become Virginia’s next governor. We look forward to working closely with Governor-elect Youngkin and with new and returning state legislators on issues facing Virginia’s environment. This work will depend on strong support for key programs that protect the Chesapeake Bay, including Virginia’s agricultural cost-share program for farmers who adopt sound conservation practices, the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund that assists localities in management of local flooding, and other initiatives needed to increase the resiliency of our coastal regions in the face of climate change.

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams has long been a priority in Virginia. Governors from both parties have committed to putting all measures needed to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in place by 2025. There is no time for delay. That timeframe coincides almost exactly with the next governor’s term, providing Governor-elect Youngkin with an historic opportunity to fulfill this longstanding commitment and leave a legacy of restored waterways for future generations.”

~Executive Director Peggy Sanner

Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus

“Virginia Senate Democrats offer our congratulations to Mr. Glenn Youngkin on his victory in the race for Governor, and applaud Governor Terry McAuliffe on a well-fought campaign. We look forward to working with Mr. Youngkin and his future administration to continue to build a forward-thinking, fair, and strong Commonwealth for all.

We would also like to congratulate Ms. Winsome Sears on her victory yesterday evening. The race for Lieutenant Governor was historic in many ways, and while we are disappointed we will not be working with Hala Ayala in the Senate we hope to work hand-in-hand with Ms. Sears to bring results for Virginia families.

In addition, our best wishes to Mr. Jason Miyares as he undertakes the role of Attorney General. We will miss our former colleague Mark Herring, and thank him for his many years of unwavering service to the Commonwealth as Attorney General.

While some of the results in the House of Delegates are not what we had hoped for, we look forward to working with our colleagues across the aisle and across the Capitol to provide the best leadership for Virginians we can.”

Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

“On behalf of the entire Senate Republican Caucus, I extend our heartfelt and enthusiastic congratulations to Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears, and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares.

I would also like to extend our congratulations to Republican leader Todd Gilbert, Republican Caucus Chair Kathy Byron, Republican Whip Jay Leftwich and the entire House Republican Caucus on their impressive gains and strong performance this evening.

In this election, Virginians voted for quality schools that are responsive and accountable to parents, for an economy that welcomes businesses and increases opportunity, and for neighborhoods that are safe. Senate Republicans are excited about the opportunity to work with our new Governor to implement our shared priorities.

We are excited about having an Attorney General who will defend our laws. And we are thrilled to welcome the next President of the Senate, Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears.

These results confirm something Senate Republicans have known for a very long time: Virginia is a highly competitive two-party state. Virginians have wisely decided to restore balance to their government. Our citizens expect their leaders to offer a strong vision for the future and deliver on policies that will improve their quality of life. Senate Republicans stand ready to do our part in fulfilling that mission.”

Senator Tim Kaine

“Congratulations to Governor-elect Youngkin and all who won their races last night. I look forward to working together to deliver for Virginians.”

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