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ENG: James Randy Forbes (born February 17, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. Early life, education and career Born in Chesapeake, Virginia, Forbes graduated first in his class from Randolph-Macon College in 1974. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977. Forbes worked in private practice for Kaufman & Canoles PC. Virginia Legislature Forbes served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1989 to 1997 and the Virginia State Senate from 1997 to 2001. Forbes was first elected to the House in 2001 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of ten-term Democratic Congressman Norman Sisisky; defeating Democratic State Senator Louise ...
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Forbes Calls on Secretary of Defense to Comply With ...

... the Law and Release China Military Power Report Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) today called on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to comply with the law and release the Department of Defense annual report to Congress on China’s military power. The 2012 Annual Report to Congress on the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China was due Thursday, March 1.In a letter to Secretary Panetta, Forbes expressed concern for the Department’s repeated disregard for the law.“Unfortunately, the report’s tardy delivery has become an ...

Forbes lays out importance of presidential election

... Congressman speaks to Colonial Heights Republicans U.S. Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., spoke to a capacity crowd at Monday night's Colonial Heights Republican Committee meeting. He detailed the major problems the nation is facing. His remarks addressed four major concerns with the course the Obama administration has taken - record setting debt, unacceptable unemployment rates, a dangerous downgrade of our military, and an attack on religious freedom. Forbes was introduced by John Wood, the committee chairman and a member of City Council. In his opening remarks to the 45 attendees, ...

Air Force Removes 'God' From Logo: Forbes Leads Objection...

... To This Move Dozens of members of Congress are upset that the Air Force has removed the Latin word for "God" from the logo of an Air Force acquisitions office. Led by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, co-chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, 36 lawmakers Monday (Feb. 6) sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz objecting to the removal of "God" from the logo of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The logo was recently removed, according to Forbes, after objections by the Military Association of Atheists and ...

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Forbes Receives Chaplain Alliance Torchbearer Award for Dedication to Religious Freedom
Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes was selected by the Chaplain Alliance For Religious Liberty as the 2016 recipient of the Chaplain Alliance Torchbearer Award. Forbes received this award in recognition of his bold leadership in defending the religious freedom of all military personnel through his work as Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.     “We are delighted to present our Torchbearer Award to Representative Forbes for his faithful stand to protect servicemembers’ God-given, constitutionally protected religious liberties. No American, especially those who wear the uniform, should be denied their religious liberties,” said Chaplain (COL) Ron Crews, USA Retired, Executive Director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “The freedom to live out our faith is not only
The Way Forward
When I first came to Washington, I kept finding myself getting turned around while driving my car through the unfamiliar city. There are a lot of one-way roads, street names that change based on quadrants, and the city is laid out in a spoke-and-wheel system, rather than a typical grid system. The roundabouts and diagonal streets were a far cry from the rural roads I grew up on in Hampton Roads. I remember a friend once telling me a story about getting lost in Washington, DC. His trick was to look for the Washington Monument. The marble obelisk towers over all other buildings around it, and it can be seen from many places in the city. So no matter how turned around you get, you can look for the Washington Monument and you know where you are. It serves as a 555-foot compass. Like the Washington Monument, many of us have something that serves as a compass in our lives. I keep a prayer hanging in a large frame in my Congressional office: “Our Father in Heaven, save us from the conceit
Forbes: International Order Requires That China Respect Arbitration Ruling
Washington, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, issued the following statement following the ruling of the UNCLOS Arbitral Tribunal in favor of the Philippines in its maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea: “Today is China’s moment to show, once and for all, the reality of its claim to be a ‘responsible stakeholder’ in the international community. Failure to fully respect the ruling of the arbitration panel would not only expose China’s belief in a ‘might makes right’ philosophy for all the world to see- it would also profoundly fray the post-1945 international order that Beijing has been chipping away at for nearly a decade. The United States must stand steadfastly on the side of international law and the peaceful resolution of disputes, and hold China to account for its behavior following this ruling.”
Forbes Releases Statement on Navy's Long-Overdue 30 Year Shipbuilding Plan
Washington, D.C. –Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, issued the following statement upon release of the overdue 30 Year Shipbuilding Plan: “This long-overdue plan is intended to provide Congress and the public with a sense of the Navy's likely future trajectory.I am concerned that despite Congress' clear intent to bend the curve lines and grow the fleet, this document still shows attack submarine production returning to a single boat in 2021, a shortfall in small surface combatants, and an eventual return to 10 carriers. All told, the plan will result in a fleet that will only meets the Navy's outdated requirement of 308 ships for 8 years, and falls far short of the larger force that the CNO and every serious naval analyst thinks we need for the future.It is also important to note that even this budget-constrained plan is predicated on a 20% increase in funding to pay for Ohio Replacem

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