My Interview with Loudoun Time Mirror and Fairfax Time

June 3, 2011

The incumbent said, if re-elected, he intends to hit the ground running to continue building on plans to beef up Virginia’s higher education system through more accountability. Legislators, he said, are working on a funding package that will be tied to the number of students graduating with science, technology, engineering or mathematics degrees and the percentage of graduating freshmen.

To read more of what I said in this article click here.

Legislative Update

March 1, 2010




Richmond – The end of session is steadily nearing as March 13th marks Sine Die. While the details of the budget amendments are being debated, the House and Senate continue to review and act on bills. “The 2010 General Assembly has focused on the economy and the budget; notwithstanding that focus, I have been very pleased with my legislative initiatives with 13 out of my 18 bills having passed the House” said Delegate Tom Rust who represents Herndon, Sterling, and Oak Hill.

Both the House and Senate budgets will be moving on with plans in place to adjust the State’s Local Composite Index (LCI). The LCI is a formula that has been in place for nearly 40 years and is used to state educational funding throughout cities and counties in the Commonwealth. Governor McDonnell unfroze the LCI after much urging from the Northern Virginia Delegation, of which Delegate Tom Rust is co-chair.

The House Appropriations Committee voted to increase funding for jobs in Virginia by $46 million over the biennium during a meeting held on Sunday, February 21, 2010. The committee also passed an Economic Development Package to jump-start incentive programs and bolster existing programs that have proven to be effective. Included in the Economic Development Package is increased funding for the Governor’s Opportunity Fund and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) Marketing and Sales Promotion, both which will attract jobs and businesses to Virginia by offering economic incentives and promoting Virginia in the business world.

Two bills that are patroned by Delegate Rust at the request of the Town of Herndon, have successfully made their way to the Senate. One of the bills impounds the vehicle of those who are found guilty of driving without a license, suspended license, or revoked license, more than once; while the other will exempt Herndon from any increase in transient occupancy tax proposed by Fairfax County.

Another bill proposed by Delegate Rust but was carried over until the 2011 session was a Lyme disease on prescribing antibiotics longer than 4 weeks. Although the bill did not pass, there may now be an opportunity to form a study group that will explore ways to promote legislation to help those affected by Lyme disease.

Delegate Rust is also chief co-patron of a bill that will stiffen penalties for precious metals dealers by revoking their dealers permit if they violate any laws pertaining to the dealing of precious metals. The bill has passed both the House and the Senate and is awaiting approval by the Governor. Northern Virginia police have noticed a sharp rise in the number of burglaries where gold jewelry was take from homes and this bill will help address this issue by holding the precious metals dealers more accountable to dealer protocol.

Another bill Delegate Rust co-patroned will require all agencies of the Commonwealth and localities to enroll in E-Verify and to use E-Verify on every new employee hired. E-Verify is an internet-based system which is run by the federal government and allows an employer, using information reported on an employee’s Form I-9, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States.

A bill, which was patroned by Delegate Rust, will provide a blueprint for a livable community for those who are aging or disabled, has passed both Houses and will is on its way to be signed by the Governor. Another bill of Delegate Rust’s that is awaiting the Governors signature is a bill that will allow courts to order violations to non-residential buildings that are not in accordance with the Uniform State-wide Building Code. Currently the Uniform State-wide Building Code only applies to residential buildings.

Within the next two weeks the budget will take shape as each house takes steps towards approving what will soon be the final version. The goal with this year’s budget will be to minimally impact core services. It strikes a balance between meeting core commitments and the burden placed on the taxpayers who must pay the bill.


Rust Wins Trifecta of Economic Endorsements

September 28, 2009

- FFX Chamber, NOVA Technology Council and VA Farm Bureau Endorse Incumbent for Re-election -

(Herndon, VA) The office of Delegate Tom Rust announced his endorsements by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Virginia Farm Bureau.

“I’m proud to have support as diverse as Virginia’s economy,” Rust said. “The small and family businesses that make up both the ‘Old Dominion’ and ‘Silicon Dominion’ are both vital to protecting our local jobs. I will continue to work with them to improve Northern Virginia’s economy.”

Dendy Young, Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council TechPAC said, “NVTC TechPAC, the Northern Virginia technology community’s Political Action Committee, is pleased to endorse Delegate Tom Rust’s re-election campaign for the House of Delegates. Throughout his legislative career, he has distinguished himself as a champion of technology business and a leading advocate for addressing our transportation funding crisis.

“Delegate Rust has demonstrated a clear understanding of the needs of agriculture and Farm Bureau issues while in the Virginia General Assembly,” said Wayne F. Pryor, chairman of Virginia AgPAC and VFBF president.

Fran Fisher, Chairperson of NOVABizPAC, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee said, “The trustees chose to endorse Tom because of his consistent efforts to support the policy agenda published by the Chamber and the business issues that are important to our members. Over the years, he has been a great friend and has championed some of our highest priorities, such as the 2008 transportation plan. We appreciate his hard work for our community and look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Tom Rust has represented Herndon, Sterling, and Oak Hill in the House of Delegates since 2002. Prior public service includes serving as the mayor of Herndon for 19 years.

Northern Virginia Realtors Endorse Rust

September 16, 2009

Delegate Tom Rust
86th House District

For Immediate Release – Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Contact: Mick Bransfield (703) 437-1871

Northern Virginia Realtors Endorse Rust

(Herndon, VA) The Northern Virginia/Realtors Political Action Committee endorsed Delegate Tom Rust for re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 86th District.

“The Northern Virginia/Realtors Political Action Committee is pleased to endorse Delegate Tom Rust for reelection to the Virginia House of Delegates,” said Dan Daniels, Chairman, NV/RPAC. “Tom is a conscientious and dedicated legislator who works with others, regardless of political party, to best represent his constituents and to keep Virginia a strong and desirable state in which to live and work. Tom is effective in Richmond; an elected official who looks for solutions to the problems we face, whether it’s transportation gridlock, providing educational opportunities or combating the lack of affordable housing.”

“I’m grateful for the support of the Northern Virginia Realtors and look forward to working with them to strengthen our local housing market,” said Rust. “Real estate is an integral part of our local economy and vital to attracting jobs to our region.”

Tom Rust has represented Herndon, Sterling, and Oak Hill in the House of Delegates since 2002. Prior public service includes serving as the Mayor of Herndon for 19 years.

# # #

Dulles Chamber Honors Rust

September 9, 2009

(Dulles, VA) The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Delegate Tom Rust at their annual luncheon with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for this award among the many hard working public servants in this area,” Rust said. “Given the current state of the economy and unemployment, the Dulles Chamber of Commerce is a vital organization for supporting our local businesses. I will keep working with our local leaders to keep the our region attractive to businesses.”

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, situated in the Dulles and Route 28 Corridors, serves businesses in western Fairfax and eastern Loudoun Counties, including the Town of Herndon, the area around Dulles Airport, Sterling, Chantilly, Centreville and South Riding. The Chamber serves one of the nation’s foremost high-tech corridors and acts as a resource, public affairs advocate and community partner for 1,000 businesses and affiliates. Underneath the Dulles Chamber’s umbrella organization, we also do business as the Herndon Chamber of Commerce and the Chantilly-Centreville Chamber of Commerce.

Rust Announces School Supply Drive

August 8, 2009

Del. Tom Rust (R-86) announced a “Back to School Supplies” collection drive for students and teachers at McNair Elementary School. Rust’s office in Herndon will be collecting supplies for students and teachers through Sept. 4.

McNair contains among the highest ratio of students with free or reduced-cost lunches in the area.

“Because of the economy, many families have had to cut back on spending for back to school supplies this year,” Rust said. “If you have a few dollars to spare in your budget, please buy some school supplies for a child in need.”

The items requested by McNair Elementary include: boxes of tissues, bottles of hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, glue sticks, pocket folders, reams of card stock (white, green, yellow, blue, pink).

To find a list of other needed items, go to

Rust’s office is located in Herndon’s Old Town Hall at 730 Elden St, Herndon. For more information, contact Carol Sinclair at 703-437-1871.

Oak Hill Community Meeting

July 29, 2009

Oak Hill Community Meeting
Thursday, July 30
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McNair Farms Community Center
2491 McNair Farms Drive
Herndon, VA 20171

Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department and the Reston District Police Station will discuss the recent home burglaries in the Oak Hill area. Please join me to learn more about how to protect ourselves against crime and what steps law enforcement are taking to solve the crimes and protect the citizens of Fairfax County.

Warm regards,
Thomas Davis Rust

Connection Newspapers

July 16, 2009

Concerns about the continued presence of gang violence in Sterling brought residents to Del. Tom Rust’s (86th District) town hall meeting at Park View High School on July 1.

Virginia Free: Rust Most Business Friendly Delegate

June 23, 2009

(Herndon, VA) – The Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Virginia FREE) named Delegate Tom Rust the top business-friendly legislator in the Virginia House of Delegates for 2009. Out of 100 members, Rust was ranked first for his voting record, second on his stewardship in the House of Delegates, and was voted the 11th most effective member. He also had the single highest business rating for 2009.

“I’m happy to use my years of experience as an engineer and businessman to help keep jobs in Northern Virginia,” said Rust. “We need to maintain a business friendly environment to protect current jobs and attract new employers to the region.”

Tom Rust has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002, and prior to that served as mayor of Herndon for 19 years. Rust received his bachelor’s in civil engineering from Virginia Tech with Masters from the University of Virginia and George Washington University. Rust is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Patton, Harris, Rust & Associates, a civil engineering firm.

Rust Ranks #1 in Virginia Ratings

September 17, 2008

The Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Virginia FREE), a nonprofit and nonpartisan foundation, just released their “2008 Virginia General Assembly Incumbent Evaluations.” Delegate Tom Rust is ranked at number one in their “2008 Business Rating” and number one in thier “2008 Stweardship Rating” for the House of Delegates. In addition, Delegate Rust was tied for sixth in the category of “effectiveness” which measures “how effective each legislator is in accomplishing his or her objectives,” and his voting percentage was tied for number one at 93 percent. Virginia FREE is the oldest and most respected organization in the state dedicated to protecting and strengthening the state’s business climate. The Delegate evaluations were performed by about 100 Virginia FREE government affairs professionals.

Commenting on his ranking, Delegate Rust said, “I am very honored to have again been ranked very high in the evaluation. I am particularly proud of my ‘effectiveness’ rating and the only Delegates ranked higher than me were those with more than twice my tenure.”

Virginia FREE is committed to improving Virginia’s economy and business climate. Some of the issues which were important to Virgiia FREE were the homestead exemption, public sector collective bargaining, pay day lending, immigration, transportation, and economic development incentives.