Delegate Randy Minchew is recognized as one of the most effective legislators in the Virginia General Assembly, consistently gaining high marks from the nonpartisan Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Virginia FREE) and from the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership, an advocacy consortium comprised of our region's local chambers of commerce.
A native Northern Virginian, J. Randall Minchew, known to all as “Randy”, has lived and worked in Virginia’s 10th House of Delegates District for more than 20 years. Following graduation from Langley High School in Fairfax County, Randy studied public policy and economics at Duke University. Randy followed his interest in law enforcement and criminal prosecution after his graduation from Duke and took a position with District Attorney’s office in Durham County, North Carolina, where he worked closely with police and prosecutors. This formative experience, where he witnessed firsthand the corrosive effect of crime and learned the importance of vigorous prosecution of criminals, led him to return to Virginia to study law at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, where he served as an editor on the W&L Law Review. Upon graduating from W&L, Randy received an appointment as personal law clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond. Randy returned to Northern Virginia following his service to the Supreme Court, settling soon thereafter in Leesburg to establish his home, law practice, and tradition of public and community service.
Randy’s leadership in and service to the community has taken many forms over the past 20 years. A founding member and two-term Chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission as well as a founding member and chair of the Rural Economic Development Task Force, he takes particular pride in the “100,000 Acre Solution,” a detailed plan for strengthening the economic base of rural Loudoun County while preserving scenic areas and open space. Randy has consistently advocated for public policies that create jobs, preserve a favorable business climate, and lead to meaningful transportation improvements during his many years of service to the community, including years spent on the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Loudoun County Finance Board, the Citizens’ Tax Equity Committee, and the Loudoun Judicial Center Task Force. Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Randy as his Deputy Counselor and Advisor in 2010, a position he held until he decided to seek elective service as the Delegate from the newly created 10th House of Delegates District of Virginia.
Randy, an Eagle Scout, has been an avid outdoorsman and conservationist from his early days as a Boy Scout. He has remained active with the Boy Scouts of America, twice serving as Chairman of the Goose Creek District – 4,300 scouts strong – as well as serving as Scoutmaster of both Leesburg Troop 998 and 2010 National Scout Jamboree Troop 521. In 2010, in appreciation of his years of work for what he proudly calls “the most successful youth leadership movement in the history of the world,” Randy was awarded Scouting’s highest adult leader recognition, the Silver Beaver.
Randy also holds a Diploma in Theology from Virginia Theological Seminary and is an active Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg. After serving as General Counsel for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Randy was awarded a Life Membership by the Club for his work in conservation land acquisition and trail preservation, and can still be found on occasion hiking and maintaining his section of the Appalachian Trail along the Loudoun-Clarke County line south of Route 7.
Through his four years in the House of Delegates, Randy has patroned and secured passage of dozens of important bills improving our regional and rural roads, fostering cost-effective, transparent, and ethical government operations, and strengthening our local schools. Randy serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, where he chairs the Ethics Subcommittee, the Transportation Committee, and the Privileges and Elections Committee. He also has been serves as the House of Delegates’ appointee to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority that oversees and funds targeted, congestion-relieving road improvements to our region, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, that oversees transit and Metro operations in our region, and on the Broadband Advisory Commission, where he works to expand broadband services and connectivity to unserved rural and low density areas of Virginia.
Randy’s legislative record can be reviewed at: https://www.richmondsunlight.com/legislator/jrminchew/
Randy is a PADI Certified Rescue Diver and a trained Wilderness First Aid Responder and enjoys skiing, mountain climbing, and Rugby. He is a Life Member of the NRA and gun owner. Randy has been married since 1991 to his wife, Teresa, who is equally committed to giving back to the community, having served on either the Town of Leesburg’s Planning Commission or Board of Architectural Review for many years, along with other non-profit and philanthropic pursuits. Together with their son Jack, Randy and Terri live in and are the stewards of their historic home in Leesburg, built in 1899 and a designated Virginia Historic Landmark.