RICHMOND, VA — Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox (R-Colonial Heights), Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) and Majority Whip Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas) released the following statement.
“For over 30 years, Bob McDonnell has been a hard-working and dedicated public servant. His service in the United States Army, as a prosecutor, as a member of the House of Delegates, and as Attorney General demonstrated his lifelong commitment to his country and the Commonwealth. His time as Governor has been marked with a number of historic achievements in transportation, K-12 and higher education, government reform and much more. He is known on both sides of the aisle as a man of character, integrity and good will. Personally, Bob McDonnell has been more than a capable colleague and effective working partner, he has been a friend.
“The Governor has apologized and taken responsibility for his actions. We appreciate his honesty and willingness to address this issue in a forthcoming manner. This is an important step toward regaining the trust and confidence of the people of Virginia.
“The events of recent weeks have raised a number of questions about Virginia’s financial disclosure system. Our system relies on the principles of full disclosure and complete transparency. We believe those principles must be upheld by all elected officials.
“As leaders in the General Assembly, we have already begun a thorough review of our disclosure system. We plan to seek strong reforms including new and rigorous reporting requirements on gifts to immediate family members, synchronizing and simplifying reporting periods, and instituting disclosure compliance training for elected officials. We look forward to addressing these issues during the rapidly approaching 2014 Session.”