Mike Thomas, First Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee, has a birthday today. What would Virginia Republicans do without this pillar of the party whose steady hand and even temperament have carried us through many rough patches? His institutional knowledge is legend — he is a walking encyclopedia of Virginia Republican politics. During the battles between factions that occur, he has worked with all sides, listening and mediating and seemingly always available. For that, we owe him a big thank you. I hope he is enjoying his birthday without too much politics interfering with his day.
I went through my photo archives and looked for pics of Mike from the past 15 years at Republican events around the Commonwealth. Here are a few of them. Thanks, Mike — your friendship and wisdom are truly appreciated. Happy Birthday!
At Burgers With Bill Bolling, June 2017. Richmond.
Trixie Averill, former. Lt. Gov. John Hager, and Mike at the RPV State Convention in 2016.
Mike and son Alec at State Central Committee meeting in Staunton in 2015.
At Burgers With Bill Bolling, 2014.
Republican Advance in Williamsburg 2009.
Election Night 2009 — Republican sweep of Top 3 gubernatorial spots.
With Juanita Ballenger at Republican Roundup in 2011.
With Paul Galanti and Judi Lynch.
With Martin Brown.
With Donald and Nancy Williams.
With my parents at the Republican Roundup in 2007.
Barbecue at Susan and George Allen’s house in 2012.
With Polly Campbell, State Central Committee Secretary for 40 years, at the Republican Roundup.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell