Joe Bury for Delegate is a campaign for Change; yet the word "change", is not a new word in Joe's vocabulary. Joe has been a Community Activist since 1997, having served on numerous Boards and Commissions in the Northern Virginia area, including his Homeowners? Association.
As a resident of the 39th District for over 30 years, I've worked with many dedicated citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, in Fairfax County, and in Virginia. Each year, I take on the challenge of bringing these issues and your
Joe was born to first-generation Slovak and Polish-American parents and raised in the rural community of Roscoe; a former steel-and-coal town located approximately 40-miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joe met his wife, Carla Menares Bury, in
Born 1940; married since 1960; children born in 1962 and 1965; 4 grandsons; Virginia resident since 1963.
Bury works as the owner, principal, and as a consultant at Joseph Bury Marketing.
RESEARCHER FOR ARTHUR YOUNG AND COMPANY (1984-85)
Researched issues with potential impact on state/local government financial management, i.e. Garcia, insurance liability, customs clearance, court records computerization, client tracking, etc.
Joe served on the City of Alexandria's Commission on Persons with Disabilities and Community Services Board during the mid and late '90s. After moving to Springfield with his wife, two weeks after "9-11", Joe became active in the Fairfax County Republican
FAIRFAX COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (1977-79)
As Director or Research and Legislation provided research and strategy support for taxation, economic development, and transportation.
CHAIRMAN, FAIRFAX COUNTY FISCAL COMMISSION (1978-79)
MEMBER VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES (1996 -
Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice; Finance; and Science & Technology. Prior Assignments: Health, Welfare & Institutions 1996-04; Chesapeake and Its Tributaries 1996-02; Labor 1996-00
The Burys belong to St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church in Springfield, where Joe has been a Lector/Reader for the past several years.
NUMEROUS HONORS, including
Northern Virginia Technology Council "Champion of Technology" (1999)
Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court "Kassabian Award" (2004)
Sheriff Association's "Outstanding Legislator" (2003)
Human Services Coalition "Outstanding Elected
Bury has a bachelor's degree in English from University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Management Systems & Cybernetics from George Washington University.
B.A. cum laude, University of Michigan, 1962; English major with minors in Mathematics and Psychology
National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian, Trenton ( Michigan) High School
Shortly after securing a Department of Defense "Secret" Security Clearance in the fall of 2007, Joe began working for a major Government Contractor on a Joint Forces Systems Engineering Project; moving over to a U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves Program where he has worked since last fall.
1. Economic recovery
Strengthening our economy and creating new jobs will be my priorities in Richmond. I will support measures that will stimulate small and medium sized business to grow including tax incentives and measures aimed at stimulating economic
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2. Control Spending
4. Signature Project
I will initiate a signature project that will promote the growth and transplantation of the nation's "Energy Industry" to Virginia. That effort will also include growing
BUDGET and TAXES
Despite our actions last year to restore budget integrity, Virginia's position as the 44th lowest tax state did not change.
The 39th District is a wonderfully diverse and active community, and our quality of life
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When my children were in Fairfax schools, I was a local PTA president. I also served as the Chair of a countywide School Bond Campaign. I remain just as dedicated to quality education for all children. Together, we can equip our children to take their
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In 2004, I successfully negotiated a permanent increase in state school funds that will come to Fairfax as part of the hard fought budget compromise. This increase equals almost a penny on the real estate tax rate, or $14 million in FY2005. Most importantly,
While students, teachers, and schools must be held accountable, being able to use rapidly-changing technology throughout life will depend upon a student's ability to engage in structured thinking and analysis. Higher standards must not stop with rote
Each teacher deserves an opportunity to teach, not just manage. I will continue to work hard to ensure a top-quality, sound academic and vocational education by attracting and keeping quality teachers and raising teacher salaries, which are currently
(2005 NEWSLETTER) ...Springfield Medical Education Campus -- There is a great demand for trained medical support, from lab technicians to direct patient care. It made no sense to have a waiting list of persons seeking a health care
Many coming to the Washington, D.C. area chose to live in Virginia because of its excellent higher education system. Over the years, it defined Virginia as not just a sleepy southern state. Those hold a degree from one of our institutions know its value
A portion of any tuition increase should always go into increasing the financial assistance available to students. I believe that this requirement should be part of the agreement described in the next paragraph.
The number one obstacle to development in Northern Virginia is our nightmarish traffic situation. New businesses will not come here and existing business will not expand unless they are afforded an infrastructure worthy of the 21st century. We need a
As a delegate in 1985, my work was key to changing the highway funding formula to more than double Fairfax's share of state funds. As Secretary, among other achievements, I increased Metro funding 4-fold, forged 80% private funding to improve 16 miles
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I support tax credits and other incentives for entrepreneurs, individuals and companies who will design and develop improved transportation or traffic mitigation systems. Second we must direct a greater share of the budget to modernizing our transportation
The formula I helped get passed in 1985, automatically increases funding for local secondary roads with annual population growth. The formula I got passed as Secretary dedicates 15% of all construction funds to transit. I continue to
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I believe in finding win/win opportunities to make business full partners in funding their needs. 80% of the cost of widening 16 miles of Rt 28 from 2 lanes was paid for by a tax on business property that I negotiated. This is the finance model that will extend rail to Dulles.
First we must encourage measures to take cars off the road, through the use of telecommuting and improved use of intelligent transportation systems.
As Secretary, among other achievements, I crafted the private toll road legislation for the Greenway.
As Secretary, among other achievements, I forged 80% private funding to improve 16 miles of Rt 28.
I am proud of my long involvement combating drunk driving. One of the most significant bills I got passed was HB924 (2001) aimed at hardcore drunk drivers. Virginia finally joined 45 other states that allow prosecutors to tell the judge/jury if a defendant
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As Secretary, among other achievements, I increased Metro funding 4-fold and negotiated VRE use of railroad right of way. I fully support the 2020 update of that plan, which includes a transit corridor between Springfield and Tysons Corner and rail out I-66.
I still enjoy back country camping with my grandsons. I love the beauty and thrills of Virginia's whitewater. I smile when trillium re-appear behind our house each spring. Especially in times of great change, many of us reach to nature to regain our sense
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I was very pleased to have been appointed to the Joint Committee to Study the Land Preservation Tax Credit. I believe that it is essential and will do everything that I can to assure that stopping abuses by developers that have been cited does not undercut
Virginia is dead last in funding for parks and natural areas, which limits their use and proper care. In 2005, I supported adding $2.6 million and 30 positions for maintenance and operations.
Using part of the current budget surplus as required by law, we will deposit over $153 million into the Water Quality Improvement Fund to upgrade wastewater treatment plants. This is more than all previous years' deposits combined. 7,000 miles of Virginia
Throughout the last decade, a number of our poor counties accepted large private trash "dumps" to increase local tax revenue and create jobs. Between 1993 and 1998, the annual increase would fill a line of trash trucks stretching bumper-to-bumper from
Virginia has the toughest anti-gang laws in the nation. Effective enforcement is key. Not only do we need increased local, state, and federal manpower, we also need to ensure they work cooperatively to penetrate into gangs and break-up their vicious activity.
Most proposals to combat gang activity are taken seriously and passed by the General Assembly. In 2005, we created "gang free zones" around schools, which carry increased penalties for gang activity. We created witness protection. And local police and
In 1997 (HB1926), I worked with police to come down hard on the "date rape drug," which is widely available largely because drug traffickers push this cheap drug among young users as a way to enhance the effect of cocaine, heroine, and alcohol. Seizures
The entire social security number will no longer appear on driver's licenses, student IDs, or voter cards. DMV must replace all licenses and ID cards by July 2006, but replacement of voter registration cards will not be complete until 2011.
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Two playmates witnessed the random, brutal stabbing of an 8-year-old Alexandria boy, Kevin Shifflett, in the spring of 2000. My legislative study and changes in the law allow child witnesses to such violence to testify via closed-circuit television. HB
Working with a frustrated Fairfax police investigator whom I'd gotten to know as Director of CASA (program to help abused children), I crafted HB1731 (1999) to allow police to step-in and make an arrest before a child is physically contacted by a sexual
Working closely with prosecutors, in the 1999 Session, I was able to re-define the level of injury or force that must be proven in marital rape and largely ended the great discrepancies in prosecution and sentencing throughout the state (HB1732). In 2004,
Strengthening our economy and creating new jobs will be my priorities in Richmond. Businesses will start hiring if we create the right environment for them to grow, diversify and develop. I will support measures that will stimulate small and medium sized
I support tax credits and other incentives for entrepreneurs, individuals and companies who will design and develop improved transportation or traffic mitigation systems.
For the past 24 years the 39th district has been lacking visionary and courageous leadership. I make my case for change because I believe that we need leadership that is not rooted in the past, we need leadership that looks forward for solutions that
I support a Renewable Portfolio Standard that would require that a certain percentage of the state's electricity come from renewable resources with preference to zero-emission resources. I oppose drilling for natural gas off Virginia's coastline.
Illegal immigration is a problem that exists because federal immigration authorities are not doing their job. Our borders are porous; illegal aliens brought to ICE (formerly INS) by local authorities are routinely released back to the community unless
Higher Education -- In 2003, I voted for an absolute bar on an illegal alien receiving in-state tuition. However, I also fully supported the Governor's amendment which tied the decision as to whether the parents or student had paid state and local taxes
DMV Proof of Legal Residency -- As a matter of national security, I supported the bill (HB1954 in 2003) that requires that everyone applying for a drivers license, as of January 1, 2004, must have proof that he is a citizen or is legally residing in the
Denial of Government Services -- I supported this bill (HB1798 - 2005); however, I did so only after determining that under federal law, it would not apply to life-threatening situations or to services that protect public health such as tuberculosis screening and treatment.
One of the reasons I enjoy serving at the state level is that we are still close enough to really see what works. There should be no automatic, doctrinaire solutions. One type of service in one area of Virginia is best delivered by the private sector;
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In 2001, only half of children of working poor were covered by a health insurance program launched 2 years earlier. Virginia was the only state that required mothers to give information about an absent father and, in Fairfax, lack of information about
In 2004, we funded 700 new mental retardation slots for individuals on the urgent waiting list, 300 slots for at home services, and 80 slots for developmentally disabled. Although more is needed, this funding is especially important to aging parents concerned
Virginia is one of the few states with no minimum staffing standards for nursing homes. With the high number of frail elderly in nursing homes on Medicaid and the acuity required to be placed in a nursing home under Virginia's minimally-financed
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The cost of medical malpractice insurance is becoming prohibitive, especially for emergency and obstetrical physicians. However, legislation to cap lawsuits did not pass because Virginia's cap is already the 3rd lowest in the nation. This should drive
Policies issued on or after July 1, 2000 by health insurers, HMO's, and health care subscription contracts must cover
* childhood immunizations (subject to co-payment provisions);
* hospitalization or out-patient costs for anesthesia required for major
If an HMO denies you a medical procedure that is later found to be necessary, you cannot recover the damages you suffer -- even if the decision results in death or disability. For the second year, an attempt to correct this major lack of accountability,
In 2001, I got a bill passed (HB2704) to require insurance and HMO coverage when pharmacists provide services, such as diabetes training, which otherwise would be performed in a doctor's office.
In 2000, my bill (HB923) passed to require a pro-rata refund of premiums when long-term care insurance policies are cancelled or adjusted.
During most of the last decade, Virginia has been second only to Texas in the number of executions. One reason is that 21 days after a person has been convicted in Virginia, new evidence cannot be considered. While I have voted for the death penalty,
In 2000, my bill (HB309) made it illegal for a person to sell a gun if they can't legally own a gun. Closing this loophole creates an even playing field between small licensed dealers who go through criminal and mental health background checks to get
I was successful in 2005 in getting two Services Officers located in Northern Virginia; one conveniently located near the Shirley Industrial Park off Edsal Road. See Veterans under Human Services for further details. In 2000, I was embarrassed when I
I believe the very complex decision of when life begins should be a personal choice. I will continue to defend that position in all of the challenging and complex ways that it comes before the Virginia General Assembly, including a women's right to chose