Beyer Statement On Virginia Elections
Washington, November 3, 2021
November 3, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who represents the Northern Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital, issued the following statement today on Virginia’s election results:
“I congratulate Governor-elect Youngkin on his victory. He will be Virginia’s next Governor, and while he and I have many disagreements, we both want what is best for the Commonwealth. I look forward to working with him in areas where we have common ground to continue Governor Northam’s strong record of progress, though I will always defend my constituents’ values.
“I also congratulate Lt. Governor-elect Winsome Sears and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares, who have made history as the first Black woman and the first Hispanic elected statewide in Virginia. This is an important milestone for our Commonwealth which they worked hard to earn.
“I thank former Governor Terry McAuliffe for his leadership and service to the Commonwealth, and for his tireless efforts to make Virginia a better place. I also thank candidates across Virginia for local offices and for House of Delegates for their work to make our communities stronger.
“I thank staff, volunteers, and poll workers for their civic engagement, including here in Northern Virginia where we saw turnout surpassing all expectations. Though not everyone is happy with the results today, you have much to be proud of for the work you did.
“Finally, to my colleagues, I urge that we resolve our disagreements and pass both of the bills before us, and deliver on the President’s very popular agenda. We have had a robust debate, but so far voters have only seen the process, not the benefits. We must legislate and keep our promises. We also must work harder to communicate effectively about the ways this legislation and the Administration’s policies will help address voters’ economic concerns. The American people sent us here to do big things, and we must use our power to improve their lives and make the country stronger.”