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Virginia Rural Caucus Elects Sen. Frank Ruff Chairman, Del. Keith Hodges Vice Chairman

Richmond, Va. – The Rural Caucus for the General Assembly of Virginia elected its two key leaders for the 2018 session in its first meeting of the year, the Center for Rural Virginia announced today. Senator Frank Ruff will serve as Chairman and Del. Keith Hodges as Vice Chairman.

Senator Ruff-R has served in the Virginia Senate since 2000 and previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates since being first elected in 1993. A resident of Clarksville, he represents the state’s 15th Senate District, the largest in the Commonwealth, which includes all of the counties of Charlotte, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway, as well as parts of Brunswick, Campbell, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Prince George, and part of the City of Danville.

Delegate Hodges-R lives in Urbanna, representing the 98th House District which includes the counties of Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Middlesex and portions of King William. He was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2012.

“We’re very excited to have these two accomplished individuals leading the Rural Caucus into 2018, building on recent successes,” said Kristie Helmick Proctor, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Virginia, which supports the Rural Caucus. “With deep rural roots, Senator Ruff and Delegate Hodges are looking forward to working with other members of the organization, the General Assembly and Governor’s office to boost prosperity across the rural areas of the Commonwealth.”

The Center is a partnership of the Center for Rural Virginia, a Virginia legislative entity advocating for rural policy, and the Council for Rural Virginia, an entity organized by federal statute serving as a conduit for building rural capacity by facilitating the collaboration and creation of coalitions of the key economic regions and sectors of the Commonwealth.


The Virginia Rural Center is a collaborative partnership of the Center for Rural Virginia and the Council for Rural Virginia, which work together on a joint mission to work with policymakers and stakeholders to create innovative solutions and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to ensure economic prosperity for all regions in the Commonwealth. The creation of the Center was a recommendation of the Rural Prosperity Commission, created by the General Assembly in 2000. Learn more about the Center and Council at

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