|Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture|
|May 1, 2010 - December 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||March 16, 2010|
|Appointed by||Governor Bob McDonnell|
|Virginia House of Delegates|
|2005 - April 30, 3010|
|Rockingham County School Board|
|Bachelor's||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1995)|
|Date of birth||August 28, 1971|
|Place of birth||Harrisonburg, Virginia|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections/Appointments
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
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.
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.
- B.S., Agricultural Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995
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. 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.
Lohr was serving on the following committees when he resigned:
- Subcommittee #1
- Counties, Cities and Towns
- Subcommittee #2
- Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee
- Agriculture Subcommittee (Vice Chair)
- Chesapeake Subcommittee
- 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.
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."
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.
Rockingham County School Board (2002-2005)
Prior to his election to the House, Lohr served on the Rockingham County School Board from 2002-2005.
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.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 26, General Election, 2009|
|Republican||Matt Lohr Incumbent||73.1%||11,328|
|Democratic||Gene Hart, Jr.||26.9%||4,170|
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.
|Matt Lohr's Campaign Contribution History|
|2009||VA House of Delegates||$110,405|
|2007||VA House of Delegates||$83,420|
|2005||VA House of Delegates||$306,950|
|Grand Total Raised||$500,775|
The top five donors to Lohr's 2009 campaign:
|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|
|Total Raised in 2009||$110,405|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Matt + Lohr + Virginia + Agriculture"
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- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Lohr's biography
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2009, 2007, 2005
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Washington Post, "McDonnell appoints Lohr agriculture commissioner," March 16, 2010
- DelmarvaNow, "State ag commissioner bids fond farewell," November 19, 2013
- Virginia Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services, " Commissioners message," accessed February 4, 2013
- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, "About VDACS," accessed September 8, 2011
- Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
- Delegate Lohr Issues
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate Lohr Issue Positions
- Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Matt Lohr," accessed May 8, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
|Virginia House of Delegates
| Succeeded by|
|Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
| Succeeded by|
Sandra J. Adams (Acting)