“Joe May is good for the people of Loudoun and good for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

By Lloyd the Idiot

Revered Delegate Joe May has been named the Loudoun Times Citizen of the Year for 2012.

An excellent choice. Indeed, his dedicated and humble service is a model for all legislators.  You’ll never see him mailing “urgent” pleas for donations, making outrageous statements just to grab a headline or introducing ridiculous bills with no chance of passage.  Just a solid man and, truly, a model citizen-legislator.

Below are a few lines from the story I found particularly warming.

A gentleman. Curious. Brilliant. Kind and giving. These are words used to describe May by those who know him well. An admired father, grandfather and husband, model public servant and ingenious businessman, May has been selected as the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s Person of the Year for 2012.May embodies what people look for in an elected official, Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th) says.

“Joe May has the civility and honor of Robert E. Lee, the intellectual curiosity and brilliance of Thomas Edison, and the steadfastness of Abraham Lincoln,” Minchew said. “At a time when we see too much divisive partisanship and incivility, May’s career shows us there is still room for Virginia gentlemen in politics.”

Indeed, May is a statesman in the truest form, says Del. Tom Rust (R-86). Rust and May have formed a strong partnership in their 10-plus years together in Richmond, working on Northern Virginia-specific
issues of transportation and technology.

Rust calls May a throwback legislator, one who cares only about serving his constituents and the commonwealth. It doesn’t matter who gets the credit, Rust says, May just wants to solve problems.

May stays largely out of headlines. He doesn’t make political statements for political statements’ sake. His Wikipedia page is all of four sentences, noteworthy considering he’s been in public life since 1994 and oversees a multi-million dollar company.

The western Loudoun resident is one of the most intellectually sound and well-respected figures in the statehouse, his colleagues say.




  • Baron Rosedown says:

    Delegate May is the epitome of a true Virginia Gentleman. He is a class act and I couldn’t think of a more deserving person.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Deserving of this — and more.

    If we could only replicate him for every elected office… I’m afraid the mold is broken, however.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    Never met him personally, but I have heard nothing but good things. This recognition is truly deserving. Congratulations Del. May!

  • Independent voter says:

    I am sooo surprised to see only 3 comments! Joe May is the finest statesman in the Commonwealth. He has served with distinction on so many levels. Any accolades he receives are well deserved. Thank you, Delegate May, you are the gold standard all politicians should aspire to be.

  • Scout says:

    A fine public servant. Loudoun is very fortunate that Joe May has an instinct for public service. Unlike many of our pols and elected officials, he’s doing this because he wants to serve. He is accomplished in many other areas of endeavour. He doesn’t do this because he can’t do anything else. An admirable Virginian. Mr. Minchew’s comments are right on target.

  • Git er right says:

    This is one Democrat who also admires and respects Joe May.

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