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Virginia Rural Caucus Elects Sen. Emmett Hanger Chairman, Del. Emily Brewer Vice Chairman

Richmond, Va. – The Rural Caucus for the General Assembly of Virginia elected its two key leaders for the 2022 session in its first meeting of the year, the Center for Rural Virginia announced today. Senator Emmett Hanger will serve as Chairman and Del. Emily Brewer as Vice Chairwoman.

Senator Hanger has served in the Virginia Senate since 1996 and previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates since being first elected in 1983. A resident of Augusta County, he represents the 24th Senate District, which includes the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, as well as Augusta County, Greene County, Madison County, and parts of Rockingham County and Culpeper County.

Delegate Brewer lives in Suffolk, representing the 64th House District which includes the counties of Isle of Wight, Surry, Prince George, and parts of Suffolk City. She was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017. Delegate Brewer spoke about her role as vice chair of the rural caucus and said "I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in Rural Caucus to market the diverse attributes, opportunities and assets the Commonwealth has in our rural communities

“We’re very excited to have these two talented and dedicated legislators leading the Rural Caucus in 2022, building upon our successes” said Kristie Helmick Proctor, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Virginia, the organization which hosts the Rural Caucus. “With deep rural roots, Senator Hanger and Delegate Brewer will work with other members of the General Assembly and Governor’s office to increase prosperity across rural Virginia.”

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 Virginia. Senator Frank Ruff from Clarksville serves as Acting Chair of the Center for Rural Virginia and is a founding member.


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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