RPVB Elected Leaders

RPVB Elected Leaders

The Republican Party of Virginia Beach supports the elected leaders of our party at all levels of government.

U.S. Congress

Scott Taylor

2nd District Congressman

Scott was raised on the Delmarva Peninsula in a little hamlet named Hebron in Maryland.

Scott began working on a farm at 11 years old and soon after was introduced to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program of America. His Big Brother changed Scott’s life and helped set Scott on a path to success.

An accomplished wrestler in high school, after graduation Scott wanted to serve his country so he joined the Navy. He signed up to join one of the most feared fighting forces in the world, the Navy SEALS. After completing the six-month BUD/S training course in Coronado, California, Scott was assigned to SEAL Team 4 and served in the United States and Latin America, where he learned a fluency in Spanish.

Scott re-enlisted in the Navy after 9/11. In 2005, Scott was sent to Baghdad/Ramadi as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Scott served as a Navy SEAL sniper. Scott was severely injured while on a combat mission and was Medevac’d out of Iraq to Germany, then eventually back to the States.

As a civilian in Virginia Beach, Scott became an entrepreneur, real estate broker and small-scope developer. He traveled to the Middle East over numerous years advising 9 multinational companies on security and asset protection. He is a dynamic speaker, having keynoted events with Fortune 500 companies and NFL football teams.

In 2013, Scott won a hotly contested Republican primary and was in November elected to the House of Delegates, representing families in the 85th District which is principally the Kempsville and Town Center area in Virginia Beach.

Scott used his GI Bill education benefits to earn a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Harvard University’s Extension School and is currently pursuing his masters there in the same field. He holds a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting at Old Dominion University.

Scott worships at Wave Church in Virginia Beach.

As a member of the House, Scott has been a successful legislator on issues important to families. His legislative accomplishments include matters dealing with energy, workforce and veterans issues.

Virginia Senate

Frank Wagner

Virginia Senator 7th District

Frank W. Wagner was elected to the State Senate of the Virginia General Assembly during a special election in December 2000, winning nearly 70% of the electoral vote.
He currently represents the 7th Senatorial District in Virginia Beach, having won re-election in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Frank served in the Virginia House of Delegates for over a decade, representing the 7th District in Virginia Beach.

John Cosgrove

Virginia Senator 14th District

John was born in Montgomery, Alabama and later moved to Springfield, Virginia. He was first elected to office in 1998 as City Council Member for the City of Chesapeake and served as Vice Mayor from 2000-01. In 2001 he was elected to the Virginia General Assembly. John attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music to study his love of music. This also happens to be where he met his wife, Sue. He later continued his education and graduated from Tidewater Community College in 1983 and in 1985 graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology

Bill DeSteph

Virginia Senator 8th District

Senator Bill DeSteph has served Virginia Beach as a City Councilman and he has also served the 82nd District (Virginia Beach) in the House of Delegates. Senator DeSteph was elected to the Virginia Senate in 2015, replacing retiring Senator Jeff McWaters.
Senator DeSteph graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. Degree in finance, has served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy and is well-known for his civic and charitable activities.
Senator DeSteph serves on the General Laws & Technology Committee, Local Government, Privileges & Elections, Rehabilitation & Social Services and Transportation Committee’s.
Virginia House of Delegates

Barry Knight

State Delegate 81st District

Barry D. Knight was born and raised in Virginia and has worked his whole life in agri-business with a strong dedication to supporting the local economy and protecting citizens’ rights. Barry’s solid work ethic and common sense approach helped him develop one of the most productive hog farming businesses in Hampton Roads. Strongly committed to giving back to the community, Barry decided to focus his time on public service and now serves as the Delegate for Virginia’s 81st District in the Virginia General Assembly. As the senior-most member of the Hampton Roads delegation to the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Knight serves on the Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources committee, the Appropriations committee, the General Laws committee, the Rules Committee and is the Chairman of several sub-committees.

Dr. Chris Stolle

Virginia Delegate 83rd District

Chris resides in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach with his wife, Lisa. They have five children, Tricia and Christopher, who are both currently serving in U. S. Navy; Graham, who joined his brother Christopher as a VMI graduate and now is a Regent University School of Law student; Andrew, who just completed his undergraduate studies; and Kevin, currently an engineering major. The Stolle family is deeply rooted in service to our country. Chris and Lisa remember the challenges they faced as a young military family with five growing children. Chris has a solid record of serving those who serve.

Glenn R. Davis

Virginia Delegate 84th District

Glenn Davis is a small businessman, entrepreneur, and city councilman who has been recognized as one of Virginia Beach’s key community leaders. His record of public service has been one of opening Virginia Beach for business, creating the right environment for job creation and keeping government accountable. graduate of Green Run High School, Glenn quickly realized there was no other place in America he wanted to call home. Glenn began his telecommunications career in Virginia Beach in the 1990s and started his own telecommunications management firm in 1999. In 2002, he merged with his present business partner to create Comverge, Inc., which was named to the “Rising 25” of growing small businesses by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development. In addition, Inc. 5000 recognized the firm twice for its many successes and corporate growth.

Jason Miyares

Virginia Delegate 82nd District

Elected to the House of Delegates in 2015, Delegate Jason Miyares personifies the promise of the American dream. Delegate Miyares parents escaped Communist Cuba, found their way to the United States and worked to give their children a better life. Delegate Miyares is an attorney that has worked as a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and has been a senior advisor to Congressman Scott Rigell. Delegate Miyares lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and three daughters. He serves his constituents in the House of Delegates as a member of the Courts and Justice as well as Privileges and Elections Committees.
Virginia Beach City Council

Louis Jones

Vice Mayor of Virginia Beach

Vice Mayor Jones has served on the City Council since 1982. He also served as mayor from 1982 to 1984. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Old Dominion University, and is the owner and operator of Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home. Jones serves on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the Virginia Beach Water Task Force Committee. He also serves as the Council Liaison to several organizations, including the Oceana Land Use Conformity Committee, the Military Economic Development Advisory Committee, the Virginia Beach Development Authority and Lynnhaven River NOW.

Bob Dyer

Councilman - Centerville District

Councilman Bob Dyer is serving his third term on the City Council and represents the Centerville District. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the School of Government at Regent University, where he teaches public administration. In 1976 he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University and in 1982 a master’s in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University in 2001. Dyer served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972. During his career, he worked as a practicing physical therapist, health care executive and business consultant, as well as college educator.

John Moss

Councilman - At-Large

Councilman Moss was elected in a special election in November 2011. He served two prior terms on City Council, as the Kempsville Borough Representative (1986 – 1990) and as an at large member (1992 – 1995). Moss serves as the Director of the Submarine Program Requirements and Warfare Development for the Commander Submarines Force Atlantic. He championed resident-focused civic interest for a decade as the chairman of the Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (2001-2011). Moss is a member of the Virginia Beach Republican City Committee and is active in Boy Scout Troop 375. John is a graduate of Princess Anne High School, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and the Naval War College, as well as the Senior Federal Fellows Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Rosemary Wilson

City Councilwoman - At-Large

Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson has held elected office since 1996 – first with the School Board (1996 to 2000, including being vice chairman), then with the City Council (2000 to present). A graduate of Bayside High School and Old Dominion University, Wilson is a realtor with Prudential Towne Realty. Recognized in 2012 by Lawyer’s Weekly, as one of the Most Influential Women in Virginia, Wilson was also appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Fair Housing Board and the Local Government Advisory Board to the Chesapeake Bay. She was honored by Inside Business in 2007 with the Women in Business Achievement Award, and by the Virginia Beach Education Association in 1999 with the Friend of Education Award. She is a fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the Civic Leadership Institute at Old Dominion University. Wilson is the past president of the Virginia Municipal League and is past chairman of the league’s Human Development and Education Committee.

Jim Wood

City Councilman - Lynnhaven

Councilmanr Wood is serving his third consecutive term on City Council. A 1981 graduate of Princess Anne High School, he earned a bachelor of science degree with special attainments in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1985. He served as a Virginia Beach police officer from 1985 to 1988 and currently is vice president of J D & W, Inc., a commercial general contracting firm which specializes in renovations, new construction and design/build work. He is a past chairman of the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads and has served as a commissioner since 2003. His Council Liaison responsibilities include the Audit Committee, Hampton Roads Transit, the Volunteer Council, the Town Center project and the Health Services Advisory Board.
Virginia Beach School Board

Dan Edwards

School Board Chairman

Daniel D. “Dan” Edwards was elected to the School Board in 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He is serving his 15th annual term as School Board chairman. Mr. Edwards is the former owner of a small manufacturing company in Virginia Beach. He had a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy, serving both at sea and working ashore largely in public finance. Mr. Edwards serves on the board of directors, as the treasurer and as the director of youth programs for the 1,700-member Tidewater Striders Running Club. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers, the Tidewater College Access Foundation and the Virginia Beach Education Foundation. He is also president-elect of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club and Vice President of the Kempsville Ruritan Club. He has been an active member of the Virginia Beach PTA since 1984. Mr. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from The College of William and Mary. Both his children are graduates of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Carolyn Weems

Board Member

Carolyn D. Weems was elected to the School Board in May 2002 and was re-elected in May 2006 as an At-Large member. On December 8, 2009, the School Board appointed Mrs. Weems to fill the District 4 – Bayside seat vacated by the resignation of former Board member Dan Lowe. In 2010 she was re-elected. A former tennis coach at Old Dominion University, Mrs. Weems has served as a volunteer for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the Virginia Beach community. She has held the position of PTSA president at Bayside High School, served on numerous PTA boards and has been a member of the Planning Councils of Thoroughgood Elementary, Independence Middle and Bayside High schools. Mrs. Weems has served in the capacity of youth leader, Sunday School teacher, speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteer counselor for the Crisis Pregnancy Center. Mrs. Weems earned a bachelor’s in administrative management from Clemson University. Mrs. Weems and her husband, Billy, have five children – four of whom have graduated from Virginia Beach City Public Schools and one who is currently an eighth grade student.

Ashley K. McLeod

Board Member

Ashley K. McLeod was appointed to the School Board March 9, 2010 to fill a vacant At-Large seat and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. She is a committed school and community volunteer. Her school volunteer work includes holding the post of PTA president for Old Donation Center and vice president of programs for Plaza Middle School’s PTA. She was ODC Volunteer of the Year in 2007. McLeod served as co-chairman of the school division’s Long-Range School Facility Master Plan Steering Committee in 2007-2008. McLeod’s volunteer work in the community is varied. She is a member of the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast Board of Directors, Boy Scout Unit Coordinator, past-president of Campus East Community Assn. and Northwest Beach Partnership, and elder at Bayside Presbyterian Church. Currently, McLeod is the Communication and Membership Director for the Virginia Maritime Association. She owned her own consulting business from 1999-2008, allowing her to work from home while raising her family. From 2008-2014 she was the Executive Director of Norfolk Sister City Association. McLeod holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education from Indiana University. She taught on the elementary level from 1992-1998, in Chesapeake, where she was a finalist for the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year award and in Hillsborough County Schools, Florida where she served as grade level chair. McLeod is married to Gregor McLeod (USN Retired). Their son Doug attends the International Baccalaureate(IB)program at Princess Anne High School and their daughter Allison attends Salem High School’s Performing Arts Academy. They live in the Northwest section of Virginia Beach, near Virginia Wesleyan College.

Kimberly A. Melnyk

Board Member

Kimberly Melnyk was elected to the school board in November 2014. She has lived in Virginia Beach for 40 years and is a product of VBCPS, having attended Old Donation Elementary School, Brandon Middle School and Green Run High School. She graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and taught for VBCPS at Glenwood, Strawbridge and Christopher Farms Elementary Schools. Melnyk is the past president and secretary of the Christopher Farms Home Owners Association, teaches Children’s Liturgy at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and is a volunteer at her children’s schools. Currently, she is employed at Premier Millwork and Lumber Company, her family owned and operated business. She and her husband, George, have three children, two of whom still attend VBCPS.
Constitutional Officers

Ken Stolle


As one of six children in a Navy family, Sheriff Ken Stolle grew up in and out of the Hampton Roads area. In 1971 the Stolle family permanently settled in Virginia Beach, where Ken graduated from Cox High School. Ken is currently serving his first term as sheriff of Virginia Beach, having been elected in November 2009 with over 70 percent of the vote. He had previously served in the Virginia Senate as the Republican Leader Pro Tempore and represented the 8th Senatorial District, located in the eastern half of Virginia Beach. Prior to being elected to the Senate in 1991, Ken was a partner with the Virginia Beach law firm of Bennett and Stolle, P.C. He was a Sergeant on the Virginia Beach Police Department, where he served from 1976 until 1987. He also served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Over the past decade Ken has been the leading advocate for public safety at the state and local levels.

John T. Atkinson


John T. Atkinson is our City Treasurer. He is the custodian of all public monies of the City, and the primary purpose of his department is to maximize the collection of revenues on behalf of the City in a timely and efficient manner. He is also responsible to maximize return for all public funds invested by this office. The overall functions of the office are, to a great extent, mandated by State and local legislation and the ability to carry out these mandates is limited by the availability of manpower and equipment. In short, it is the mission of the Office of the Treasurer to ensure economic vitality by the collection of revenue for the City of Virginia Beach and to support the mission of all other City Departments.

Colin Stolle

Commonwealth Attorney

Colin Stolle passed the bar and was hired as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1996. Since that time, he has handled every type of case from speeding to capital murder. He has served on the Property Crime Team, Precinct Trial Teams, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team, and the Vice and Narcotics Team. Colin worked his way up in the office by constantly handling one of the most heavy and serious caseloads in the office. In 2004, Colin was promoted to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and supervised a trial team that consisted of both the 2nd and 3rd Police Precincts. Colin continued to carry a heavy caseload while taking on a management role in the office. In 2005, Colin was promoted to Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and continues in that role today. As Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Colin supervises 35 attorneys, 18 paralegals, and, with the rest of the staff, a total office of 86 dedicated public servants. Colin’s duties also involve overseeing and managing a multi-million dollar budget consisting of both state and local funds. While management responsibilities take up most of Colin’s time at this point, he still handles some of the most serious and high-profile cases that come into the office. Colin Stolle was elected to the position of Commonwealth Attorney in November 2013

Tina Sinnen

Clerk of Courts

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Official and is elected by the voters of the locality and every Circuit Court in the Commonwealth of Virginia is a court of record. The Clerk of court is charged with the custody, safekeeping and proper indexing of legal and quasi-legal papers deposited in her office. The Clerk’s Office is responsible for filing of all civil suits; docketing and filing of criminal actions; filing divorce suits; and filing adoption petitions. Additional services provided by the Clerk’s office include recording land records and plats; probating wills; issuing hunting and fishing licenses; processing notary public applications; issuing marriage licenses; recording military discharge forms (DD-214’s) and assumed business names. It is the duty of the Clerk to assign a deputy clerk to each courtroom to assist the nine Circuit Court Judges in carrying out each day’s activities.


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