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January 13, 2022

House Republicans elect Webert as majority whip

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Redistricting will put Del. Michael Webert and Del. Dave LaRock, both Republicans, in the new 30th District for the 2023 election.
It’s an honor to be elected by my colleagues to this position of leadership.
— Del. Michael Webert
Del. Michael Webert (R-18th/Marshall) on Wednesday was elected by his caucus to serve as majority whip in the Republican-led Virginia House of Delegates.

Del. Webert, a Republican who represents most of Fauquier, all of Rappahannock and parts of Culpeper and Warren counties, will serve in a leadership role for the first time in his 10-year career as a state legislator.

“It’s an honor to be elected by my colleagues to this position of leadership,” he said in a news release. "Now more than ever, we need strong leadership in the Republican majority to ensure that we are keeping our promises to voters and delivering the conservative agenda we ran on."

A farmer, Del. Webert won reelection to his seat last year, defeating Rappahannock County Democrat Dr. Doug Ward by a wide margin.

House Republicans vote privately to elect leadership, according to Webert spokesperson Andrew Loposser, making it unclear how many members of the caucus supported him as majority whip.

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah County) took over as Peaker of the House. Gov.-elect Glen Youngkin (R) will take office Saturday.

Virginia’s recently completed redistricting will put Del. Webert and Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd/Hamilton) in the new 30th District, which covers northern Fauquier and western Loudoun County.

That sets up a potential conflict between the two Republican legislators in 2023, when voters will elect all 100 House members and the 40 state senators. Del. LaRock, a building contractor, has served eight years in the House of Delegates.

“I’m paired with [Marshall Del.] Michael J. Webert (R-18)—good friend, good delegate,” Del. LaRock said in an interview with LoudounNow. “I’ve talked with him on the phone, and we’ll try to figure out what’s best for us, and the Commonwealth and the people we serve.”

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