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Congressman Tom Garrett

Representing the 5th District of Virginia

Education

It is my privilege to serve on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and be able to help shape the education of our children. I have two daughters in Virginia Public Schools, one of which will be attending one of Virginia’s many fine public universities this fall. All of my votes will directly affect my children as well as yours, so you can trust that my first priority will be what is best for the students, rather than what is expedient.

I believe each and every student deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, therefore I will always be a proponent of expanding the number of viable routes toward success. A zip code should never decide a student’s fate. They should succeed or fail on their own merits and not on predetermined measures put in place by those outside of the classroom. Moreover, the definition of success should not be confined to only a few career fields that require a myriad of degrees but expanded to a more subjective definition allowing for students to chart their own path.        

Virginia’s Fifth District is home to some of the best schools in the state and the some of the best public universities in the country and I consider myself lucky to represent this region. As your Congressman, I will continue fighting to make sure each and every student in the Fifth and across the nation has the same opportunities, if not better, to succeed that I was so fortunate to receive.