Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry & Republican Former Delegate
“As a former Republican legislator here in Virginia, I am supporting Terry McAuliffe because I know he will work with members of both parties to find commonsense solutions to the issues that all Virginians care about – growing our economy, improving our transportation systems, and creating jobs in the Commonwealth. Having run my own family business, I am also supporting Terry because he knows firsthand the challenges entrepreneurs face in starting and growing their companies, and he will put in place policies that will make it easier for businesses to grow here in Virginia and create a stronger foundation for Virginia’s economic future.”
Republican Robert Bloxom became Virginia’s first Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry in 2004 and prior to that had served 25 years in the Virginia House of Delegates. Bloxom attended elementary school in the town of Bloxom Virginia, which was named for his grandfather, who owned the general store at the crossroads. Bloxom carries on the family retailing tradition as president of Bloxom Auto Supply Co. He is married to Patricia, have two children and four grandchildren. During his time in the House of Delegates, Bloxom served on the Agriculture, Labor and Commerce Committee and the Chesapeake and its Tributaries Committee. He also chaired the multistate Chesapeake Bay Commission. As Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Bloxom oversaw the Department of Forestry, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Agricultural Council, and the Virginia Marine Products Board.