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As the 113th Congress was gaveled into session on Thursday, the new boundary lines of the Sixth Congressional District were made official. Every ten years, the boundaries of congressional districts are altered to reflect changing populations throughout the Commonwealth.
It is with great excitement that I officially welcome Page and Warren Counties to the Sixth Congressional District. From the Shenandoah National Park to expansive caverns and communities nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, these two counties highlight the scenic beauty of western Virginia. I have already had the opportunity to meet many folks in these areas, and I look forward to frequent visits to these communities and working for my new constituents.
The Sixth District is now comprised of 12 counties and seven independent cities and is home to more than 700,000 residents. Stretching across the western side of Virginia from Roanoke and Lynchburg, up the Shenandoah Valley to Harrisonburg and Front Royal, and west to the mountains of Highland and Bath Counties, the Sixth District is rich with history, a strong sense of community, and great people. The Sixth is also home to many industries that help drive our local economy, including manufacturing, agriculture, technology, health care, hospitality, energy, and transportation.
In the new Congress, my office will continue to work diligently to provide quality constituent services and actively engage with constituents across the District. One of my important responsibilities is helping you in your dealings with the federal government. I have District offices located in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Staunton, and Harrisonburg with staff available to help you with problems you may have with a federal agency or to simply help cut through red tape. If you cannot visit one of these offices, members of my staff hold monthly Open Door Meetings and office hours in many locations throughout the region. We will also be expanding these open office hours to communities in the new portion of the District.
Another way to keep in touch is by visiting my website. If you would like to contact me about legislation, give your opinion about the issues before Congress or sign up for my e-newsletter, I encourage you to visit www.goodlatte.house.gov. There you can also take advantage of services like requesting a flag to be flown over the Capitol or a tour for your next visit to Washington
It has been an honor serving Salem, Covington, and Alleghany County over the past years. I am certain that these communities will now be well-represented in the Ninth District by Congressman Morgan Griffith.
As the new Congress convenes, listening to your concerns and taking them back to the Capitol remains my top priority. I hope to see many of you on my travels throughout the District this year. If I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact my office. It is an honor to serve you, and I look forward to the many opportunities the 113th Congress will bring to the Sixth Congressional District and our nation.