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The Center for Rural Virginia Elects Sen. Frank Ruff Chairman, Del. Les Adams Vice Chairman

April 1, 2022

The Center for Rural Virginia’s Board of Trustees elected its two key leaders at its first meeting of the year which occurred in Warsaw, VA on April 1, 2022. The Board voted unanimously to elect Senator Frank Ruff as Chairman and Del. Les Adams as Vice Chairman.

Senator Ruff is a founding member of The Center for Rural Virginia and 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, 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.

Senator Frank M. Ruff Delegate Les R. Adams

Delegate Adams lives in Chatham, representing the 16th House District which includes the counties of Henry (part), Pittsylvania (part) and the City of Martinsville. He was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2014.

“We’re very pleased to have both of these accomplished individuals with deep roots in rural Virginia serving in leadership positions at the Center” said Kristie Helmick Proctor, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Virginia. “With the goal of working towards economic prosperity throughout rural Virginia, Senator Ruff and Delegate Adams are looking forward to working with other members of the Board, members of the legislature, and the Governor’s office to elevate rural Virginia and ensure its prosperity.”

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.

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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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