Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson plans to run for Congress in 2022.
Lawson, R-Brentsville, announced on Facebook on Thursday that she will seek the Republican nomination for the 10th District seat, currently held by Democrat Jennifer Wexton.
"I've fought for lower taxes, limited government, and have a proven record of winning in deep blue northern Virginia," Lawson said in her Facebook post. "Next year, we need to take back Congress from [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and The Squad."
The district covers parts of central and western Prince William, the McLean area of Fairfax County, all of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties and Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester. However, the lines will be redrawn by Virginia's Redistricting Commission once full data from the 2020 Census are available. Members of the House of Representatives are not required to live in the district they represent.
Lawson couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
Lawson won a special election to the Brentsville District seat in December 2014 to replace Wally Covington, who resigned after being appointed to a judgeship. She was re-elected in 2015 and 2019, receiving about 55% of the vote in the most recent race.
Lawson received a bachelors in political science from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a supporter of The Family Foundation, a Christian policy nonprofit, and the Prince William County Conservation Alliance. She is an active member of Grace Community Life Church in Bristow.
In a press release, Lawson said that as a “mom and a proud conservative,” she is “concerned for America’s future.”
“The high tax and spend agenda coming from Washington, D.C. penalizes hardworking families while efforts to defund police departments and push insidious agendas, like Critical Race Theory on our kids, are putting our commonwealth and country in crisis,” Lawson said in the release.
She has been vocal in increasingly tense meetings of the Board of Supervisors around the county’s rural area as Republicans and Democrats jockey over Prince William’s land-use policies.
In the release, Lawson said she will work to “rein in spending and cut taxes, defend our police and first responders, and fight for our Constitutional Rights.” She said she has advanced “conservative values” and opposed tax hikes while on the board.
Based on meeting minutes, it appears Lawson has only once voted for an increase in the county’s real estate tax rate. For the fiscal 2018 budget, Lawson voted in the majority in approving the rate of $1.125 per $100 of assessed value. The fiscal 2017 rate was $1.122 per $100 of assessed value and led to an average increase of $71 on tax bills.
Lawson voted against the past two tax rate increases for a levy primarily paid by data centers. She voted against the decrease in the real estate tax rate for the current fiscal year from $1.125 to $1.115, saying she supported a lower levy, but thought it should have been cut more to avoid rising bills.
Lawson also serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, the Virginia Railway Express executive and operations boards and the executive, environmental and agriculture steering committees of the Virginia Association of Counties.
Wexton ousted Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock from the 10th District seat in 2018 and was re-elected in 2020 with 56.5% of the vote. She previously was a state Senator from the Leesburg area of Loudoun County.
According to Ballotpedia, four other candidates have announced plans to seek the Republican nomination: Loudoun County School Board member John Beatty, economist Monica Carpio, U.S. Army veteran Paul Lott and Clay Percle, a U.S. Air Force veteran.