Jason Miyares

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Jason Miyares
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 82nd district
Assumed office
January 13, 2016
Preceded byBill DeSteph
Personal details
Born
Jason Stuart Miyares

(1976-02-11) February 11, 1976 (age 45)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Page Atkinson
EducationJames Madison University (BBA)
College of William and Mary (JD)

Jason Stuart Miyares (born February 11, 1976) is an American lawyer and politician from Virginia. A Republican, he was elected a member of the Virginia House of Delegates on November 3, 2015. He currently represents the 82nd district which encompasses part of Virginia Beach. When the General Assembly is not in session, he is in private practice as an attorney.[1] On May 9, 2021, he won the Republican nomination for Virginia Attorney General.

Early life[edit]

Miyares was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended public schools in Virginia Beach.[2] His family had fled from Cuba in 1965.[3][4] Miyares earned a B.B.A. from James Madison University, and a J.D. degree from College of William & Mary’s Law School.[2] He later served as an assistant commonwealth's attorney in Virginia Beach.[5]

Political career[edit]

Miyares was the Chief Patron of the Constitutional amendment HJ562,[6] which provides a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a disabled military veteran.

He is a member of the American Flood Coalition,[7] and advocates for addressing sea level rise.

Miyares was the campaign manager for Scott Rigell in the 2010 Congressional election, when Rigell defeated incumbent Glenn Nye. Afterwards, he remained an advisor to Congressman Rigell and was a partner with the consulting firm Madison Strategies.[3][5]

In 2015 Miyares ran for the Virginia House of Delegates seat being vacated by Bill DeSteph. Miyares was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 9. He defeated Democrat Bill Fleming in the general election in November.[8] He was the first Cuban American elected to the Virginia General Assembly.[4]

Legislative issues[edit]

Education policy[edit]

Delegate Miyares has publicly supported public education. During his tenure in the General Assembly, every budget he voted for included an increase in funding for Virginia Beach public schools. Accordingly, Miyares voted for the most recently passed budget, which contained a 5% teacher pay raise and $85.7 million in new funding for Virginia K-12 education.

Additionally, Miyares is an advocate for college affordability, transparency, and quality. He sponsored two bills regarding higher education in 2019. The first, HB2173, mandates public institutions of higher education to establish an opportunity for the public to comment directly on tuition prices. The second, HB2620, requires educational programs for governing boards of public higher education institutions focused on their primary duty to the citizens of the Commonwealth, as well as overall student debt trends.

Miyares has also supported helping children with special needs. He is a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Academy, a private school for children in the Chesapeake Bay area with special needs. He has supported legislation in Autism and co-patroned HB2577, which extended the age of insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder to all ages.

Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities[edit]

Delegate Miyares carried legislation in the 2016 Session (HB451) creating the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities. He now serves the serves as the Chairman of the commission. The goal is to open the barriers to economic opportunities for all Virginians and expand economic opportunities for Virginians in diverse communities.

Healthcare[edit]

Miyares voted against Medicaid expansion, HB5001, in the 2018 legislative session.[9]

In August 2020, Miyares offered HB 5037 which main provisions is to grant immunity, except in cases of wilful misconduct or gross negligence, to public officials and businesses who followed the Covid-19 rules.[10]

Electoral history[edit]

Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia House of Delegates, 82nd district
Nov 3, 2015[11] General Jason S. Miyares Republican 10,046 65.19
William W. Fleming Democratic 5,335 34.62
Write Ins 29 0.19
Bill DeSteph ran for Senate; seat stayed Republican

Awards and recognition[edit]

As a member of the General Assembly, Miyares was recognized by the Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust (PCAPT) as one of the Legislators of the Year for 2018 and 2019.[12] From such legislation and continued work with veterans, Miyares was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Hampton Roads Military Officers Association of America in 2018. Delegate Miyares currently serves as a member on the Virginia Board of Veterans Services.

As a proponent of maintaining a healthy business climate in Virginia, Miyares was named a Virginia Chamber of Commerce Champion of Free Enterprise during the 2017 General Assembly.[13]

Miyares has also been recognized for his work outside the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was featured in the Washington Post in an article highlighting his speech critiquing Governor McAuliffe's outreach to Cuba.[14] He was also honored by The Jewish Community Relations Council for condemning the Anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, via his bill HJ177 in 2016.[15][16]

Delegate Miyares continues to lead within the Republican Party and support the next generation of diverse conservative leaders as an Executive Committee Member in the Republican State Leadership Committee's Future Majority Project as of 2018.[17][18]

Other awards and honors:

  • Honored by the Hampton Roads Military Officers Association of America as "Legislator of the Year" in 2018 for his "outstanding and dedicated service" to Virginia's military veterans
  • Honored as the 2018 and 2019 "Legislator of the Year" from the College Affordability and Public Trust for his work on transparency and affordability in higher education
  • Honored by the Jewish Community Relations Council for work on HJ177 (2016) condemning Anti-Israel BDS
  • Virginia Chamber Champions of Free Enterprise for 2017 General Assembly
  • Best Male Latino Dancer for Virginia Beach SPCA Dancing for Paws[19]
  • Republican State Leadership Committee's Future Majority Project 2018 Executive Committee Member[17]

Personal life[edit]

Miyares is married to his wife Page. They have three daughters.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hanger Law". hangerlaw.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  2. ^ a b "Official Legislative Profile".
  3. ^ a b Official campaign biography
  4. ^ a b Vozella, Laura (January 2, 2016). "Va. Republican challenges McAuliffe to meet with dissidents in Cuba". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  5. ^ a b McKinney, Matt (November 4, 2015). "Miyares wins Virginia House of Delegates 82nd District". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "HJ562".
  7. ^ "Jason Miyares, State Delegate, Virginia-82nd District - American Flood Coalition". floodcoalition.org. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  8. ^ Official election results. Virginia State Board of Elections
  9. ^ "HB5001". LIS Virginia. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "Virginia lawmakers working to pass bills making it tougher to sue over COVID-19 issues". WTKR. 2020-08-27. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  11. ^ "November 2015 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "PCAPT". www.pcapt.org. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  13. ^ "Virginia Chamber of Commerce Releases 2017 Legislative Report Card". Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  14. ^ Schneider, Gregory (1 February 2017). "Richmond notebook: Rapt silence, then applause for a lawmaker with a critique of McAuliffe's Cuba outreach". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ "STATEWIDE JEWISH COMMUNITY PRAISES THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR OVERWHELMINGLY PASSING H177, A FORCEFUL CONDEMNATION OF THE ANTI-ISRAEL BDS MOVEMENT" (PDF). JCRC. 9 March 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 August 2016.
  16. ^ "LIS > Bill Tracking > HJ177 > 2016 session". lis.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  17. ^ a b "RSLC Announces 2018 Future Majority Project Executive Committee - RSLC". RSLC. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  18. ^ "FMP". RSLC. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  19. ^ "Delegate Jason Miyares". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  20. ^ "Del. Jason Miyares running for Va. attorney general in 2021". WAVY.com. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2020-12-19.

External links[edit]

Virginia House of Delegates
Preceded by
Bill DeSteph
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 82nd district

2016–present
Incumbent