Virginia Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr. is the third Republican state lawmaker this week to join the 2017 race for lieutenant governor.
Davis, of Virginia Beach, announced Thursday that he would seek the Republican nomination, citing his experience as a telecommunications management entrepreneur and two terms as a business-friendly lawmaker.
He follows Republican state Sens. Bryce Reeves of Spotsylvania and Jill Holtzman Vogel of Fauquier, who announced their bids earlier this week.
“My career as an entrepreneur and as a businessman has been about creating jobs,” Davis, a former Virginia Beach City Council member who was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013, said in a press release. As lieutenant governor, he said, “That will be my number one priority.”
Davis boasts recognition by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as freshman lawmaker of the year in 2014. In one of his more high-profile moves, he unsuccessfully sought to overhaul the Virginia High School League in favor of larger schools in highly populated areas.
The lieutenant governorship is a part-time office that is charged only with presiding over the state Senate and breaking tie votes. The Senate has been closely divided between Republicans and Democrats in recent years, resulting in more ties for the lieutenant governor to break.
Democrat Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, is running to succeed term-limited Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). No Democratic candidates have announced bids to succeed Northam.
Another potential Republican contender is Pete Snyder, a Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur who lost the 2013 Republican nomination to Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson.