John C. Whitbeck, Jr. is an attorney and small-business owner from Loudoun County, Virginia. His law practice focuses on family law, education law, criminal law, mental health law and civil litigation.
Chairman Whitbeck was elected on January 24, 2015 to serve the remaining term of retiring Chairman Pat Mullins. He was previously the Chairman of the 10th Congressional District Committee, which played a key role in Rep. Barbara Comstock’s landslide win in 2014.
He previously served as a professor of law at George Mason University Law School, and the former Director of the George Mason University Law and Mental Illness Clinic. The Clinic providedpro bonolegal representation to the families of mentally ill individuals seeking to have their loved ones committed to psychiatric treatment.
In addition to his law practice, Chairman Whitbeck served as Substitute Judge in Virginia District Courts and Special Prosecutor in the Loudoun County General District Courts.
Chairman Whitbeck is active in the Loudoun County Community, serving at various times on Local Governmental Boards and Charitable Boards, including the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, President of the Lansdowne on the Potomac Homeowner’s Association and the Loudoun County Criminal Justice Board.
He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus in the St. John’s Parish in Leesburg, Virginia.
Chairman Whitbeck attended law school at George Mason University., and graduated with an A.B. in Politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
During his time at Occidental, he was a starting tight end and offensive lineman on the NCAA affiliated football team, was a member of the Occidental Rugby Club, and served as the President of the Delta Phi Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in his junior and senior years.
Mr. Whitbeck was also the Chairman of the Occidental chapter of the College Republicans in his sophomore and junior years.
Morton Blackwell was elected as the National Committeeman from Virginia in August 1988. He has been involved in politics for most of his life and has attended thirteen Republican National Conventions since 1964, and currently serves on the Standing Committee on the Rules. Blackwell’s previous RNC involvement includes serving as an aide to U.S. Representative Les Arends at the 1972 convention, a Reagan Floor Parliamentarian in 1980, he served on the Committee on Rules and Order of Business at five conventions, and he has served on the RNC Executive Committee.
Currently, Blackwell is the President and Founder of the Leadership Institute, he is also a member of the Arlington County Republican Committee, the organizer/Chairman of the Conservative Leadership PAC, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Reagan Alumni Association.
Previously, Blackwell was the Executive Director for the Council for National Policy, the Eastern Vice Chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, a Special Assistant to the President (Reagan)in the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, he designed and oversaw the Reagan Youth Campaign, and he was a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee. He currently resides in Arlington County, VA.
COMSTOCK, Barbara J., a Representative from Virginia; born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., June 30, 1959; B.A., Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., 1981; J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1986; staff, United States Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts; lawyer, private practice; staff, United States Representative Frank Wolf of Virginia, 1991-1995; staff, United States House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, 1995-1999; campaign aide; staff, United States Justice Department, 2002-2003; consultant; member of the Virginia state house of delegates, 2009-2014; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
BRAT, David A., a Representative from Virginia; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., July 27, 1964; graduated from Park Center Senior High School, Brooklyn, Minn., 1982; B.A., Hope College, Holland, Mich., 1986; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., 1990; Ph.D., American University, Washington, D.C., 1995; accountant; professor, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va., 1996-present; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Eric Cantor (November 4, 2014-present).
WITTMAN, Robert J., a Representative from Virginia; born in Washington, D.C., February 3, 1959; B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Va., 1981; M.P.H., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1990; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., 2002; shellfish sanitation; member of the Montross, Va., town council, 1986-1996; mayor of Montross, Va., 1992-1996; member of the Westmoreland County, Va., board of supervisors, 1996-2005; chairman of the Westmoreland County Va., board of supervisors, 2004-2005; member of the Virginia house of delegates, 2006-2007; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Tenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Jo Ann Davis, and to the four succeeding Congresses (December 11, 2007-present).
RIGELL, E. Scott, a Representative from Virginia; born in Titusville, Brevard County, Fla., May 28, 1960; A.A., Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Fla., 1981; B.B.A., Mercer University, Macon, Ga., 1983; M.B.A., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va., 1990; United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1978-1984; entrepreneur; member of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, 1995-1999; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
HURT, Robert, a Representative from Virginia; born in New York, New York County, N.Y., June 16, 1969; graduated from Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Va.; B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va., 1991; J.D., Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss., 1995; lawyer, private practice; deputy attorney, Pittsylvania County, Va.; member of the Chatham, Va., town council, 2000-2001; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 2002-2008; member of Virginia state senate, 2008-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
GOODLATTE, Robert William, a Representative from Virginia; born in Holyoke, Hampden County, Mass., September 22, 1952; B.A., Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 1974; J.D., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 1977; lawyer, private practice; staff, United States Representative M. Caldwell Butler of Virginia, 1977-1979; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 2009 to conduct the impeachment proceedings of Samuel B. Kent, judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; chair, Committee on Agriculture (One Hundred Eighth and One Hundred Ninth Congresses); chair, Committee on the Judiciary (One Hundred Thirteenth and One Hundred Fourteenth Congresses).
GRIFFITH, H. Morgan, a Representative from Virginia; born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., March 15, 1958; graduated from Andrew Lewis High School, Salem, Va.; B.A., Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va., 1980; J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Va., 1983; lawyer, private practice; member of Virginia state house of representatives, 1994-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
FORBES, J. Randy, a Representative from Virginia; born in Chesapeake, Chesapeake County, Va., February 17, 1952; B.A., Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va., 1974; J.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., 1977; lawyer, private practice; chair, Republican Party of Virginia, 1996-2001; member of the Virginia state house of delegates, 1989-1997; member of the Virginia state senate, 1997-2001; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Norman Sisisky, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (June 19, 2001-present).