Matt Lohr

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Matt Lohr
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Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
Former officeholder
In office
May 1, 2010 - December 2013
PartyNonpartisan
Compensation
Base salary$120,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedMarch 16, 2010
Appointed byGovernor Bob McDonnell
Campaign $$500,775
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
District 26
2005 - April 30, 3010
Rockingham County School Board
2002-2005
Education
Bachelor'sVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1995)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 28, 1971
Place of birthHarrisonburg, Virginia
ProfessionAgriculture
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Matt Lohr (b. August 28, 1971 in Harrisonburg, VA) was the 14th Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture. He was appointed to the position by Governor Bob McDonnell on March 26, 2010 and served until December 2013.[1] Before his appointment, Lohr was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He represented District 26 from 2005 until his resignation on April 30, 2010.

Lohr resigned his position as Agriculture Commissioner in mid-December to become director of the Farm Credit Knowledge Center at Farm Credit of the Virginias.[2]

Biography

Growing up on a farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Lohr has long been active in the agriculture industry. In the early 1990s he served as state president and national vice president of the FFA organization. Lohr and his family currently operate a 250 acre farm. He served on the Rockingham County School Board from 2002 to 2005 and was also on the Rockingham County Planning Commission prior to his election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005.[3]

Education

  • B.S., Agricultural Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995

Political career

Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture (May 1, 2010-2013)

Lohr was appointed commissioner on March 16, 2010 and he officially began his duties on May 1, 2010.[4] He resigned from the position in mid-December 2013.

Virginia House of Delegates (2005-April 2010)

Lohr was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005.

Committee assignments

Lohr was serving on the following committees when he resigned:

  • HB 1699 Biofuels; broadens Right to Farm Act to allow farmers to engage in small-scale production.
  • HB 2054 Novelty cigarette lighters; prohibiting purchase, distribution, etc. to persons under age of 18.
  • HB 2163 Midwifery; regulations governing practice thereof.[5]

Issue positions

Lohr's official website listed his legislative priorities as, "low taxes, restrained spending and quality jobs," "better education for our children," "curbing illegal immigration," "keeping our community safe," "traditional family values," and "promoting agriculture."[6]

His answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked his priorities he listed the top three as:

  • 1. Efficient state government. Make government more accountable and efficient. Prioritize spending on core projects without having to raise additional revenues
  • 2. Education. Continue providing a world class education to students in Virginia. Additional funding would come from state surplus and prioritizing state spending. More opportunities for career and technical education.
  • 3. Overhaul the broken Medicaid system. Medicaid continues to grow at alarming rates. A revamping of this program is needed to insure benefits and reduce waste.[7]

Rockingham County School Board (2002-2005)

Prior to his election to the House, Lohr served on the Rockingham County School Board from 2002-2005.

Elections/Appointments

2010

Lohr was appointed as Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor Bob McDonnell on March 26, 2010.[1]

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

Delegate Lohr 2009 campaign announcement

In 2009, Lohr was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Gene Hart, Jr. in the General Election.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 26, General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Lohr Incumbent 73.1% 11,328
     Democratic Gene Hart, Jr. 26.9% 4,170
Total Votes 15,498

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lohr is available dating back to 2005. Based on available campaign finance records, Lohr raised a total of $500,775 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 8, 2013.[9]

Matt Lohr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2009 VA House of Delegates Won $110,405
2007 VA House of Delegates Won $83,420
2005 VA House of Delegates Won $306,950
Grand Total Raised $500,775

2009

The top 5 donors to Lohr's 2009 campaign:[10]

Virginia House of Delegates 2009 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Lohr's campaign in 2009
Virginia Dental Assoc$3,000
Virginia Assoc of Realtors$2,500
Virginia Bankers Assoc$2,500
Common Sense PAC$2,405
Dominion$2,000
Total Raised in 2009 $110,405


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Political offices
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Virginia House of Delegates
2005-2010
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
2010-2013
Succeeded by
Sandra J. Adams (Acting)