At a Glance
- Career History: Founder/Chairman, Freedom Automotive (1991-Present); Vice President and General Manager, Conoly Phillips Lincoln Mercury (1986-1990); Founder, Best Services (1983); U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1978-1984)
- Birthday: May 28, 1960
- Hometown: Titusville, Fl.
- Alma Mater: Mercer University, B.B.A., 1983; Regent University, M.B.A., 1990
- Spouse: Teri
- Religion: Orthodox Protestant
- Committees Preferences: House Science and Technology Committee , House Homeland Security Committee
Path To Power
Rigell was born in 1960 to a middle-class family in Titusville, Fla.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1978 to 1984, rising to the rank of sergeant, and graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., in 1983. Rigell earned his MBA from Regent University, a Christian school in Virginia Beach, Va., in 1990.
A lifelong conservative, Rigell has vowed to roll back federal spending and support traditional marriage, rights for gun owners and energy independence.
The Tea Party
Rigell was not endorsed in his House bid by the local Hampton Roads tea party , but he has aligned himself with the movement, signing a pledge written by the party in August 2010 to oppose salary increases and other perks for House members until the federal budget is balanced and "vote against any legislation that abridges free speech under the guise of internet neutrality or campaign finance reform, supports kill switch, creates internet taxes, or imposes a fairness doctrine."
Rigell received campaign endorsements from Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) and former Virginia Gov.George Allen, both of whom Rigell supported earlier in their political careers. McDonnell is a personal friend of Rigell's.