About Virginia

Natural beauty, historic connections and diverse culture are trademarks of our Commonwealth – making it the perfect place to come for a day trip, stay for a week or spend a lifetime. I learned this when I moved to Virginia nearly 30 years ago with my wife Anne. Virginia is home and we urge you to come visit!

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the George Washington National Forest and the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia’s natural beauty draws visitors to every corner of the Commonwealth. As an avid outdoorsman, I love hiking and camping in Virginia’s state and national parks, and canoeing on our pristine rivers like the James running through my hometown of Richmond.

Between Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Civil War battlefields and other historic sites, there is a place for everyone to connect to our heritage. The story of Virginia is the story of our nation. The first English settlers arrived at Jamestown, battles were fought for our independence, blood was shed in our nation’s Civil War and a student strike helped set the civil rights movement in motion. The ancestral homes of many Native American tribes exist still today. Known as the “Mother of Presidents,” Virginia has been the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents.

The Commonwealth has a rich cultural history. Virginia has produced some great musical legends – Ella Fitzgerald, the Carter family, Patsy Cline, Ralph Stanley, Bruce Hornsby, Missy Elliot, the Dave Matthews Band. The Crooked Road trail in Southwest Virginia gives visitors a window into the history of Appalachian music and those looking for live sounds can visit any of the many concert venues across the Commonwealth – from the National in Richmond, to the Pavilion in Charlottesville to the Friday night jamboree at the Floyd Country Store.

In the last sixty years, Virginia moved from a low-income, low-education state to one with a dynamic economy that is effective at attracting talented people, new businesses, great schools and a wonderful quality of life.  I believe the key to this progress has been our ongoing commitment to expanding and improving educational opportunities in our Commonwealth, and I’m confident Virginia will continue on this path. 

Senator Tim Kaine's Signature

Visit Virginia

Whether your perfect vacation involves hiking, biking, playing golf, visiting historical sites and museums, or relaxing on pristine beaches, Virginia has it all. For help planning your next visit to Virginia, please visit the Commonwealth’s tourism site at http://www.virginia.org.

Elected Officials

State Officials

  1. Photo of Ralph Northam
    Ralph Northam
    Office of the Governor
    Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
    1111 East Broad Street Richmond VA23219
  2. Photo of Justin Fairfax
    Justin Fairfax
    Office of the Lt. Governor
    102 Governor Street
    Richmond VA23219


  1. Photo of Senator Mark R. Warner
    Mark R. Warner
    DC Office
    475 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington DC20510
  2. Photo of Senator Tim Kaine
    Tim Kaine
    DC Office
    393 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington DC20510

U.S. House of Representatives

  1. Photo of Representative Rob Wittman
    Rob Wittman
    District 1
    2454 Rayburn HOB
    Washington DC20515
  2. Photo of Representative Scott Taylor
    Scott Taylor
    District 2
    412 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515
  3. Photo of Representative Bobby Scott
    Bobby Scott
    District 3
    1201 Longworth HOB
    Washington DC20515
  4. Photo of Representative A. Donald McEachin
    A. Donald McEachin
    District 4
    314 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515
  5. Photo of Representative Thomas Garrett
    Thomas Garrett
    District 5
    415 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515
  6. Photo of Representative Bob Goodlatte
    Bob Goodlatte
    District 6
    2309 Rayburn HOB
    Washington DC20515
  7. Photo of Representative Dave Brat
    Dave Brat
    District 7
    330 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515
  8. Photo of Representative Don Beyer
    Don Beyer
    District 8
    431 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515
  9. Photo of Representative Morgan Griffith
    Morgan Griffith
    District 9
    1108 Longworth HOB
    Washington DC20515
  10. Photo of Representative Barbara Comstock
    Barbara Comstock
    District 10
    226 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515
  11. Photo of Representative Gerry Connolly
    Gerry Connolly
    District 11
    424 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC20515