Delegate Bob Thomas Receives 2019 “Free Enterprise Award” from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Delegate Bob Thomas Receives 2019 “Free Enterprise Award” from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognized Delegate Robert M. “Bob” Thomas, Jr., (R-Stafford) Wednesday evening with the Free Enterprise Award for Affordable Housing for Virginia’s Workforce in recognition of his pro-business leadership and support of the principles and initiatives outlined in the Chamber’s long-term economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2025, during the 2019 General Assembly session.

We are pleased to recognize Delegate Thomas for his work in bringing the business community together and making Virginia the best state for business,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Delegate Thomas’ service in the legislature has been vital in defending Virginia’s business climate and advancing the goals of Blueprint 2025, to ensure Virginia continues to grow and prosper, and we are thankful for his leadership.”

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, an organization that works so diligently to grow, protect, and support our thriving business climate here in the Commonwealth,” said Thomas. “Supporting economic development and smart growth in our region continue to be top legislative priorities of mine. I will continue to promote legislation and policies that support our shared values and get positive results for our region.”

The award was presented at the Chamber’s 95th Annual Dinner along with additional awards in the areas of business climate, workforce and education, energy, healthcare, military and veterans affairs, and advanced manufacturing. The full listing of award recipients is available here.

Thomas represents the 28th House District, which includes parts of Stafford County and Fredericksburg City. Thomas is currently serving his first term in the Virginia House of Delegates after six years serving the George Washington District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.

About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 26,000 members. The Chamber is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change in all areas of economic development and competitiveness for Virginia. In December 2017, the Chamber released an update to its long-term strategic economic development plan, Blueprint Virginia 2025, which engaged over 6,000 business and community leaders to lay out a plan to getting Virginia back to the top of national business climate rankings. Learn more at