Hurt pays visit to R-H

Published 2:30 pm Wednesday, March 9, 2016

U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, who represents Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, including Charlotte County, visited Randolph-Henry High School on Tuesday.

Students in John Noel’s Youth and Government Club were given the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a discussion with Hurt about Congress. “The 5th District is a great district,” Hurt said. “It’s got so much history.”

Noel said the club is a new group that takes part in the Model General Assembly. He said the club is affiliated with the Virginia YMCA in Lynchburg.

According to information from the Virginia YMCA, “the Model General Assembly program is designed to introduce high school students to the legislative process of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Youth senators and delegates have the opportunity to debate legislation in committees and on the floor of the Senate and House of Delegates.”

He discussed his alma mater Hampden-Sydney, recent bills passed and his plans for the future. “I think that’s really commendable that you’re trying to work towards things that you’re passionate about versus trying to please your constituents,” said senior club member Josh Easter.

In December, Hurt announced he would retire at the end of his 2016 term and said he will continue to seek out ways to serve the public, while practicing law.