Delegate Monty Mason
Delegate Monty Mason is fighting for you. Monty is working to create jobs and improve education at all levels. He graduated from William and Mary and lives in Williamsburg.
Mason also saw parallels between the issues students grappled with at the camp and issues he faces in his work as a state representative. He was impressed with how enthusiastically the students tackled big questions, like how to get people to care about issues of environmental preservation and sustainability.
“STEM education will help Virginia students compete for 21st century jobs and shape the new Virginia economy,” Mason said. “This is the next generation that will tackle significant changes in our environment and help find the solutions to complex issues in our rapidly changing world.”
As Mason walked among the students on the final day of their camp, he greeted some familiar faces – one child recalled dunking him at a festival, another had asked for his signed photo – and listened to their pitches for proposed turtle habitats and amusement park additions. He asked questions about their projects, some of which he himself has had to deal with on another level, such as “How do you make people care?”
“I was impressed with the level of work that they were doing and the knowledge base, and it’s also really neat that they do the work but then they have to present it to their parents and to us,” he said. “That’s a really big deal because that doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people. So they’ve learned about it, but now they have to have the confidence to tell people about it and explain it and answer random questions from people like me who want to know more. I’ve really enjoyed being a part of it.”
I have been working hard on legislation that will benefit families living on the Peninsula and throughout the state of Virginia. Most legislation that was passed by the General Assembly this year went into effect last week.
Each year the Division of Legislative Services releases a publication, In Due Course: Changes to Virginia’s Laws, a summary of legislation passed in the most recent Session that affects the daily lives of constituents in Virginia. You can view that summary here.
At the bill signing Mason said that, “Members of our military who receive training from our military should be allowed to receive academic credit for that training. This legislation will help us build the new Virginia economy by retaining highly trained members of the military and encourage them to further their education and stay in Virginia. I am thankful for the leadership Governor McAuliffe has shown on this issue and I will continue to make serving our veterans a top priority as Delegate.”