Description: The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a 2-year term and are eligible for reelection. The salary is $17,640 per year. A delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.
Robert H. Brink
Address: PO Box 7668 Arlington VA 22207
Education: BA Monmouth College (IL), JD Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
Experience: Member VA House of Delegates 1998-Present; Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, 1993-97; Deputy General Counsel, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-93; Counsel, Committee on Government Operations, U.S. House of Representatives, 1978-89.
Q: What are your views on Virginia’s current financial and gift disclosure laws for elected state officials and candidates; what changes, if any, would you support?
A: The events of the past year have made clear the need for comprehensive reform of Virginia’s financial and gift disclosure process. Among the areas we need to fix are a cap on the value of gifts and extension of disclosure of gifts to immediate family members.
Q: What legislation, if any, will you support to rebalance state and local resources and authority to provide critically needed community services, such as education and mental health?
A: I would support expanding local governments’ taxing authority in order to broaden and diversify those governments’ revenue base.
Q: What improvements, if any, do you propose to the way the Commonwealth conducts redistricting?
A: I have worked with the League and other civic groups for well over a decade to establish a nonpartisan redistricting system, along the model of the Iowa system. Given the political forces arrayed in opposition to nonpartisan redistricting, it will take a sustained effort to achieve success -- but too much rides on the outcome not to make that effort.
Q: What is your legislative priority for the next General Assembly session?
A: I will work in the next session to ensure that health care is provided to an additional 400,000 Virginians through expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.