Virginia delegate touts 100% tea party rating

Mark BergBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Tea party candidate Mark Berg won his election in 2013 for Virginia state delegate to the General Assembly, defeating 20-year incumbent Beverley Sherwood who had voted for Governor Bob McDonnell’s transportation bill that stirred the anger of anti-tax conservatives. McDonnell, who had recognized a need to address a decades-long issue of Virginia’s aging transportation infrastructure that had been passed over by his predecessors, saw four allies challenged by tea partiers and libertarians. Berg was one of two who won. (See 2 GOP delegates ousted in Va. primary.)

Berg proudly announced earlier this week in a press release that he had received a “100% rating” on the Virginia tea party score card. In the email, he wrote:

The VA Tea Party Federation released their scorecard of the 2014 VA General Assembly Session.  Del. Berg was one of only two legislators to score 100% on the VA Tea Party scorecard.  This scorecard measured support for important bills on issues including property rights, taxes, and Medicaid expansion.  While many of the bills, were not the high profile legislation from the session, they had important impacts on personal freedom and keeping government small.

Del. Berg stated, “It is important to analyze every piece of legislation before voting on it, to understand how it impacts our personal freedom.  When I ran for office, I promised to work hard to protect personal liberty.  It is an honor to be recognized by the VA Tea Party Federation this way.  It is important to keep working hard to fight for lower taxes, the protection of personal property, and to stop the expansion of Obamacare in Virginia.”

Berg represents the 29th House District which includes parts of Frederick and Warren counties and the city of Winchester.  He currently serves on the Militia Police and Public Safety Committee, and Science and Technology Committee.

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