Emmett Hanger named Legislator of the Year by Virginia Governmental Employees Association

State Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta County) has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Governmental Employees Association for his work to benefit the state employees workforce throughout Virginia.

Emmett Hanger“Sen. Hanger has been a true friend to our organization,” said VGEA President Gale Grant. “He has made himself available at every turn. As a member of the Senate Finance committee, he was instrumental in helping secure a 5% raise this year for state employees. He also has worked hard to make state employment a viable option for young people entering the workforce.”

The VGEA is celebrating its 60th year of working to ​provide effective communication between the General Assembly and the Commonwealth’s workforce. Hanger sponsored the Commending Resolution this past session to recognize VGEA’s promotion of the state’s high-quality workforce. Hanger also serves on the Commission on Employee Retirement Security & Pension Reform, which has been working to make sure state employment positions are competitive in the current employment marketplace and that their benefits and retirement packages are also competitive.

Hanger says, “Our dedicated state employees and their families are ​an integral part of what makes Virginia a great place to live​. I am pleased to be recognized with this honor, but the real credit goes to the men and women that​ on a daily basis provide required services to our citizens in an efficient and cost effective manner. ​We have not always kept up on pay issues, but the time has come to make sure that a state job is sought after, reliable and competitive. I am glad we are able to focus on that right now and will continue to work for additional improvements.”

Sen. Hanger serves the Virginia Senate’s 24th District representing Augusta, Greene, and Madison Counties, the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and parts of Rockingham and Culpeper counties.

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