Legislative Analysis

Virginia's citizen legislators need good, independent analysis of proposed and suggested legislation, as well as analysis of the reports of legislative study commissions, in order to better represent the voters in their districts and in our Commonwealth. Our legislators are part-time and they have very limited staff. Consequently, they need credible and practical analysis of legislative initiatives from a non-partisan, yet philosophical, perspective. This Thomas Jefferson Institute Center offers this analysis and original research to our state legislators.

March 2017

Northern Virginia Morning Briefing on Judge Gorsuch
Northern Virginia Morning Briefing on Judge Gorsuch — President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States to replace the late Antonin Scalia.  But who is Neil Gorsuch?  What is his temperament and legal philosophy.  Come learn from two who are uniquely qualified to comment:  Dr. Henry Butler, Dean of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and John Adams, who clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge David Sentelle, as did Judge Gorsuch.  Just added to this briefing is Jamil Jaffer, who clerked for Judge Gorsuch and was a member of the team preparing Gorsuch for the Senate confirmation hearings.  The briefing will be held at 7:30 am, at JR's Stockyard's Inn, at 8130 Watson Street, in McLean.  Registration is free, but RSVPs are necessary.  To register, click here!

June 2016

Jefferson Luncheon Draws 70 to Hear Davis and Frost on 'The Partisan Divide'
Jefferson Luncheon Draws 70 to Hear Davis and Frost on 'The Partisan Divide' — Nearly 70 of Virginia's top business, government, and academic leaders packed a Thomas Jefferson Institute luncheon at the state capitol to hear former Republican Congressman Tom Davis and former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost discuss their recent book, A Partisan Divide.  Davis and Frost, who headed their respective party's congressional campaign committees, argued that Congress is broken and incapable of reforming itself without a good kick in the seat from the American public.  Davis is a member of the Jefferson Institute's Board of Directors, and the luncheon was co-sponsored by Virginia FREE.

April 2016

Thompson:  Virginia's Competitiveness Continues to Decline
Thompson: Virginia's Competitiveness Continues to Decline — Based on the latest report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, Virginia's competitiveness against other states is continuing on its downward spiral, says Thomas Jefferson Institute President Mike Thompson.  Ranked as high as Number 5 in 2013, the state's economic outlook now ranks Number 13.  Read It Here!


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