Delegate Kathy J. Byron has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 22nd legislative district, since being first elected in 1997. As Delegate, Kathy represents portions of Bedford, Campbell, and Franklin Counties, and the City of Lynchburg. She serves as a member of both the House Commerce and Labor and Finance Committees and is Chairperson of the House Science and Technology Committee.
Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Council, Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee), Unemployment Compensation Commission, American Legislative Exchange Council (where she serves on the Communication and Information Task Force), Joint Commission On Science and Technology, Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Plantation Trustee Emeritus. She is also the Chairperson of the Broadband Advisory Council.
Kathy has been married to Jack Byron since 1974, and currently has three children and five grandchildren. She is a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. She now serves as a consultant and a retired business owner.
What does the Realtor endorsement mean to you?
The endorsement of the Virginia Association of Realtors is further evidence of my commitment to economic growth and to policies that advance home ownership.
What does homeownership mean to you?
Like all homeowners, my home is my most important investment. But, there is a lot more to homeownership than financial security. Owning a home means you have a strong stake in your neighborhood and your community. It is not by accident that most Americans consider “home” to be synonymous with safety and security.
How important is the real estate industry to the overall economy both in your district and in your region?
The real estate industry is vital to the overall economy in my district, in our region, and throughout Virginia. There is no better sign of the strength of the economy than the strength of the real estate industry. When people are buying homes, other important sectors of the economy – from construction to durable goods to manufacturing to service industries – are doing well, too. That means more jobs and greater prosperity for all.
Are there real estate-related issues you are considering pushing in the 2014 session?
While there is not a specific piece of legislation I am promoting for the 2014 session as of yet, I will be examining measures that will benefit job creation and economic development.