Denver Riggleman

Virginia GOP representatives' town hall heavy on policy, light on impeachment
Cline, Riggleman said they oppose impeachment, were more at home fielding policy questions

Reps. Ben Cline, left, and Denver Riggleman, both Virginia Republicans, hold a joint town hall meeting at Central Virginia Community College in Bedford, Va., on Wednesday, Oct. 9. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BEDFORD, Va. — The House’s impeachment inquiry, which has engulfed Washington politics and dominated national news coverage, barely got a mention at a town hall here Wednesday night hosted by Republican Reps. Ben Cline and Denver Riggleman

The topics on constituents’ minds included an array of policy topics, such as President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, the trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada, climate change, infrastructure and immigration.

For the love of whiskey: How a distillery led Denver Riggleman to Congress
‘I’ve only given away probably about 100 bottles’ to new colleagues so far, Virginia Republican says

Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., and his wife, Christine Riggleman, showcase Silverback Distillery in Afton, Va. Regulatory burdens the couple encountered in helping Christine build the business inspired Riggleman to run for Congress so he could help other small business owners. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Denver Riggleman never saw himself getting involved in politics. It was his wife’s dream of owning a distillery that unexpectedly opened that career path.

“I think I’m the only distiller in Congress,” the Virginia Republican said. “Actually, I’m a junior distiller. I work for a master.”

Riggleman still slings whiskey at his wife’s Virginia distillery
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“I think I’m the only distiller in Congress,” Rep. Denver Riggleman told Roll Call at Silverback Distillery, a Virginia distillery he owns with his wife, Christine.

“Actually, I’m a junior distiller, I work for a master,” Riggleman said in reference to his wife, who is the CEO and Master Distiller of the family-run operation. The GOP congressman now spends much of his time in Washington away from the business, but continues to pitch in when he’s home in his district.

Spanberger, Virginia Democratic Women Could Make a Lot of History
Former CIA agent seeks to upset GOP Rep. Dave Brat to become first woman to represent Virginia's 7th District

Virginia Democratic candidates for Congress, from left, Abigail Spanberger, Jennifer Wexton, and Vangie Williams, prepare to speak during the Women’s Summit in Herndon, Va., on June 23, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

RICHMOND, Va. — If Democrat Abigail Spanberger beats incumbent Republican Rep. Dave Brat here Tuesday, she’ll become the first woman to represent Virginia’s 7th District, but she might not be the only one making history on Election Day.

The former CIA agent has already defied expectations by turning this reliably GOP district into a Toss-up race, as rated by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

Virginia’s 5th District A Sign of Democrats’ Expanding House Battlefield
If Leslie Cockburn wins this open GOP seat, it will likely be a good night for Democrats

Leslie Cockburn, the Democrat running for Virginia's 5th Congressional district, speaks with supporters at her local campaign office in Huntly, Va., on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MADISON, Va. — If Democrat Leslie Cockburn wins the open seat in Virginia’s 5th District Tuesday, the wave election Democrats have hoped for will be in full effect.

The district is part of an expanding Democratic battlefield this cycle, as the party eyes long-held Republican seats that are a stretch to win but ones they feel are gettable with the right candidate and the right investment.

Are Republicans Worried About Holding Virginia’s 5th District?
Scalise campaigns for Republican Denver Riggleman in home stretch but says they’re not concerned

Republican candidate for Virginia’s 5th District, Denver Riggleman, right, introduces House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, left, at a Thursday campaign event for him and Ben Cline, Republican candidate for the 6th District, in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Five days before Election Day, a campaign visit from the House’s No. 3 Republican and rising star Steve Scalise might suggest a candidate’s in trouble.

But Scalise and others said that’s not the reason he decided to stump here for Republican Denver Riggleman, who’s running for the open seat in Virginia’s 5th District.

As House Republicans Brace for Losses, Freedom Caucus Prepares for Growth
Hard-line conservative bloc has been raising millions to help recruit new members

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., was an early recruit of the Freedom Caucus and she is now the group’s only female member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At a time when most House Republican factions are preparing to see their ranks shrink regardless of whether their party loses its majority next week, one caucus is expecting its membership to grow.

The House Freedom Caucus, considered the most conservative bloc of Republicans in Congress, is expecting to increase its roster of 35 members to somewhere in the 37-to-40 range, based on the number of incumbent and recruited candidates they predict could lose Tuesday.