Earlier this month Virginia voters sent three new politicians to represent them in Washington. For most, their terms won’t start until January, but they’ve been busy learning how to be a member of one of the most exclusive bodies on earth.
Elections are exhausting, but for the victors the grueling schedule doesn’t stop on Election Day. They have mere days to spend time with their families, catch up on sleep and thank big donors before being whisked to Washington to learn the ways of the town they just ran against.
Eric Cantor loses the number two spot in the House of Representatives, former Governor Bob McDonnell is convicted on corruption charges, and Mark Warner almost loses his U.S. Senate seat after one term.
Political analyst Bob Holsworth told social studies teachers at a Civics Summit that if he had predicted several years ago what happened to Virginia's most popular politicians this year, he probably would not have been invited to speak. But he offered some enlightenment about the Commonwealth’s recent electoral politics.
November 15th, tomorrow, is National Philanthropy Day, as President Ronald Reagan first deemed it back in 1986. It’s a time to recognize those who give and volunteer in our communities.
With that, the story now of a wealthy fan of American history.
While the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington are multi-million dollar tourist attractions for Virginia, a $10 million donation now means the managers of James and Dolley Madison’s home, Montpelier, will be stepping up their game as well.