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Four Virginia Legislators Named to Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 12, 2016 – Four members of the Virginia General Assembly have joined the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center history museums and conducts outreach education programs in public schools across Virginia.

Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., and Senate President Pro Tempore Stephen D. Newman are new ex officio members of the Foundation board. Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr., was appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. Delegate Daun Sessoms Hester was appointed by House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell.

Senator Hanger, of Mount Solon, has represented the 24th Senate District since 1996 and previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates and as Augusta County Commissioner of the Revenue. He owns Hanger & Associates, specializing in commercial, farm and historic real estate sales and acquisitions, and is a graduate of James Madison University, with bachelor’s and MBA degrees.

Senator Newman, of Forest, has represented the 23rd Senate District since 1996 and previously served in the House of Delegates and on the Lynchburg City Council. He is vice president of Delta Star, Inc., a manufacturer of medium power transformers and mobile substations, and attended Central Virginia Community College and Lynchburg College.

Senator Ruff, of Clarksville, has represented the 15th Senate District since 2000 and previously served in the House of Delegates and on the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors, four years as vice chairman. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and for the past several years has focused on economic development, education and workforce training in rural Virginia.

Delegate Hester, of Norfolk, has represented the 89th House District since 2012 and previously served on the Norfolk City Council, including four years as vice mayor. Owner of an education and training consulting firm, and director of the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University.

The new members’ terms on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees, which is comprised of General Assembly members, state officials, and gubernatorial and board appointees, are concurrent with their terms of office in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.