Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s newly sworn-in Republican governor, signed 11 executive actions on his first day in office, including an end to the use of Critical Race Theory in schools, an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by officials in Loudoun County, and allowing parents to decide whether their children wear masks to school.
Youngkin announced the executive moves in a news release following his inauguration as the commonwealth’s 74th governor on Saturday in Richmond, Virginia.
“It’s Day One, and we are going to work just like we promised,” said Governor Youngkin. “The important steps we are taking today begins the work of restoring excellence in education, making our communities safer, opening Virginia for business and reinvigorating job growth, and making government work for the people, and not the other way around. My Day One Game Plan also includes 59 pieces of legislation and a package of more than a dozen budget amendments I am working on with General Assembly leaders, including our efforts to double the standard deduction, eliminate the grocery tax, and end the tax on the first $40,000 in veteran retirement pay. It’s a new day in Virginia, but the work is only beginning.”
The list of 11 executive actions of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin
The governor signed nine executive orders that address the following issues:
- To restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.
- To empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.
- To restore integrity and confidence in the Parole Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- To investigate wrongdoing in Loudoun County.
- To make government work for Virginians by creating the Commonwealth Chief Transformation Officer.
- To declare Virginia open for business.
- To combat and prevent human trafficking and provide support to survivors.
- To establish a commission to combat antisemitism.
- To withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Along with the executive orders, Youngkin issued two executive directives that will “reduce job restrictions by 25%” and repeal the state employee coronavirus vaccine mandate.
- Executive Directive Number One delivers on his fulfilling his Day One promise to jumpstart our economy by cutting job killing regulations by 25 percent.
Read the full text of Executive Directive Number One.
- Executive Directive Number Two delivers on his fulfilling his Day One promise to restore individual freedoms and personal privacy by rescinding the vaccine mandate for all state employees.
Read the full text of Executive Directive Number Two.
The executive order prohibiting misconduct in Loudoun County comes after the school district garnered national attention during the campaign following the arrest of a 14-year-old male high school student who identifies as nonbinary and was convicted of raping a female student in a school bathroom. That boy was sent to another school, where he reportedly raped another student, and the district has been accused of concealing the incident, which culminated in the arrest of one of the alleged victim’s parents during a school board meeting. As part of his sentencing, the offending student was placed on the sex offenders registry for life.
Critical Race Theory was also a major issue in the race, with Youngkin proposing to remove the contentious curriculum from Virginia schools and allow parents more choice over what their children are taught.
In his inaugural address, Youngkin emphasized hope and assured Democrats who voted against him that he will be their advocate as well.
“The spirit of Virginia is alive and well. And together we will strengthen it,” Youngkin said. “Together we’ll renew the promise of Virginia, so it will be the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
Video: Glenn Youngkin sworn in as 74th governor of Virginia
Virginia’s new Attorney General announces major investigations within hours of taking office
Virginia’s new Attorney General Jason Miyares fired 30 staff members and announced investigations into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County Schools within hours of being sworn into office.
Mr. Miyares was sworn in as Virginia’s Attorney General on Saturday and he’s already cleaning house.
“One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency – and that’s a big issue here,” Miyares wrote. “The Virginia Parole Board broke the law when they let out murders, rapists, and cop killers early on their sentences without notifying the victims. Loudoun Country Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl.”
Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas claimed Miyares fired the entire Civil Rights division, however the AG’s spokesperson said only two staffers from that division were let go on Saturday.
“There are 12 individuals who work in the Office of Civil Rights – only two personnel changes were made,” Miyares spox Victoria LaCivita said.
Miyares will reportedly be prosecuting criminal cases in jurisdictions where Soros DAs declined to prosecute.