Delegate Mark Keam Begins his Second Term, Introduces a Dozen Bills, and Picks Up New Committee Assignment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, January 13, 2012
Contact: Julia Kim
RICHMOND, VA — Delegate Mark L. Keam (D-Fairfax) took the oath of office at noon on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 to begin his second term representing the 35th House District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Accompanied by his wife Alex and children Tyler and Brenna, Delegate Keam found a new seat on the House Floor and a new office assignment in the General Assembly Building that reflects the slight increase in his seniority.
When he first came to Richmond in January 2010, Delegate Keam was ranked No. 100 out of 100 members. He has now moved up to No. 79 as a result of the November elections.
"I am humbled and honored to continue to serve in this historic institution," said Keam. "I thank the people of our district for trusting me to represent them again in the oldest continuous law-making body in the modern world."
On the first day of session, Speaker of the House William J. Howell added Delegate Keam to the House Education Committee to complement his continuing service on the House Finance Committee.
"As a product of public schools, I am convinced that I would not be where I am today without the great education I received, and I will use my position on the House Education Committee to ensure that Virginia public schools remain the best in the nation," said Keam about his new appointment.
"Education and transportation have been my top two priorities throughout my two campaigns and in my time in Richmond, and I am eager to make progress for our constituents on both of these topics during this session," said Keam.
Keam also introduced twelve bills this week that mainly focus on additional funding for road maintenance, assisting small businesses and helping military service members, veterans and their families.
Other bills introduced by Keam would fix problems that local governments encounter in dealing with residential construction and provide property tax relief, as well as address inadequacies in criminal and election laws.
On transportation, House Bills 1038 and 1039 would seek to generate new revenues to repair damaged roads in the Town of Vienna, Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia areas with dense populations and high road usage.
House Bill 1044 would assist small business contractors by aligning Virginia's definition of "small business" for procurement purposes with the federal size standards set by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Under current law, state and federal standards vary widely, resulting in uncertainty for companies seeking procurement opportunities with the government.
To support military veterans returning from overseas duty or who are injured, House Bill 1041 would provide a new tax credit for Virginia employers to hire these brave men and women.
"My ‘Virginia Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits' bill is a win-win solution for businesses and veterans," said Keam. "It is unacceptable for our veterans to suffer such high levels of unemployment when they have already sacrificed so much. We owe it to them to find good jobs and economic security as they return home."
Other bills introduced by Delegate Keam to help military members are House Bills 1042 and 1043, which would extend the grace periods for drivers' licenses and vehicle registration that expire while military members are serving overseas.
Details on all of these bills are at http://lis.virginia.gov.
Delegate Mark Keam (www.DelegateKeam.org, @MarkKeam) represents Virginia's 35th District, located in Fairfax County. The House District includes Tysons Corner, the Town of Vienna, Dunn Loring and portions of Oakton and Fairfax. Currently serving his second term, Delegate Keam sits on the House Education and Finance committees.