PLP Alumni News

McClellan Welcomes Baby Boy
Aug 12 2010 - 11:47am

Jennifer McClellan (PLP 2001; CTP 2005) and David Mills welcomed Jackson McClellan Mills this week. Jack arrived at 5:19 p.m. on August 9, weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz.  Mom, Dad, and Jack are back home and doing well. Congratulations, Jenn and Dave!

Gregory and Rhode Named Co-Chairs of Richmond Regional Board
Aug 9 2010 - 2:21pm

Eric Gregory (PLP 2007) and Bryan Rhode (PLP 2008, CTP Winter 2009) have been named the new co-chairs of the Richmond Regional Board.

In a recent statement to alumni and board members, Executive Director Bob Gibson said, "I am delighted to report that Richmond Regional Board members Eric Gregory and Bryan Rhode have agreed to co-chair their regional board. The previous chair, Delegate Chris Peace (PLP 2004), left the regional board this spring upon his election to Sorensen's Statewide Advisory Board.

"Eric and Bryan have given much of their time, talents and resources to be active members and leaders in the Sorensen alumni family. We look forward to their leadership of the regional board as we enter the busy fall recruiting season for the next year's Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program classes. 
Thanks to both for stepping up."

Williams Announces for Norfolk City Council
Jul 29 2010 - 2:36pm

Angelia Williams (PLP 05) has announced her candidacy for the November 2 special election in Norfolk. Click here for news coverage.

Kumar Joins Army JAG Corps
Jul 14 2010 - 12:08pm

Sean Kumar (PLP 2005) celebrated America's independence on July 4 by joining the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in the JAG Corps. He will be in Charlottesville for 11 weeks for physical and legal training followed by six weeks at Ft. Benning, GA.  In December Sean will report for his first duty assignment in Seoul, South Korea. Congratulations Sean!

Adkins is New Martinsville Mayor
Jul 6 2010 - 11:50am



Congratulations to Kim Adkinds (PLP 2007) for having been recently sworn in as Mayor of the City of Martinsville!

Click here for full news story.

Sorensen Alumni Win in June 8 Primaries
Jun 8 2010 - 9:40pm

Robert Hurt (PLP 2000) has won the 5th District Republican Primary tonight. He will face off against incumbent Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello in the November 2010 election.

Scott Rigell (PLP 2005) won the Republican Primary tonight in Virginia's 2nd District. Rigell will face incubent Democratic Congressman Glenn Nye this November.

Gregory Promoted to Assistant Attorney General
Jun 8 2010 - 12:11am

Eric Gregory (PLP 2007) has been promoted to Assistant Attorney General, Director of Compliance & Special Counsel at the OAG, where he manages and oversee all of the office’s ethics, conflict of interest and freedom of information act compliance, manages appointments of special/outside counsel, and handles some legislative/public policy duties.
Eric will also be a member of an American Council of Young Political Leaders delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories from June 17-29 this month.  He’ll be meeting with various government, political and public policy leaders from the Israeli and Palestinian Territory governments and agencies and learning more about their political systems, economies, governmental structures and institutions, and cultures. 

Congratulations Eric!

Leahy's Ingenuity Reframing Political Dialogue
Jun 6 2010 - 7:56pm

The dean of political scientists in Virginia, Bob Holsworth, observed recently on his blog that Norm Leahy (PLP 2006) is "reframing the state's political dialogue." Click here for the story, under #3.


Charles Elected President by Danville Board
Jun 5 2010 - 10:00pm

Matt Charles (PLP 2009) was recently elected President by the Board of the Downtown Danville Association. He'll also be doing some consulting for Danville's Office of Economic Development.

Bell Announces New Job(s)
Jun 2 2010 - 9:51pm

Missy Bell (PLP 2008) has announced that she has a new job- actually working a dual role as Program Associate with the Center for Innovative Technology and Special Assistant to Virginia's Secretary of Technology. Congratulations Missy!

Featured Alumni

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    Chuck Smith

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2005

    Chuck is a self-employed attorney and current candidate for Virginia Beach City Council. He is a a former Marine and U.S. Navy JAG Officer (Retired). From 2006 to 2008, Chuck served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.