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Meet our Elected Republican Leadership

Congressman Morgan Griffith, VA 9th District

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Congressman Morgan GriffithMorgan Griffith was first elected to represent the 9th Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010, and is currently serving his second term.  Morgan is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over some of the most important issues facing Virginia’s Ninth District including public health and federal regulations.

For his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Morgan was named to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.  In addition, Morgan will continue serving on its Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Morgan served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994 to 2011, where he represented the 8th District.  In 2000, Morgan was elected House Majority Leader, the first Republican in Virginia history to hold that position.

Morgan is a graduate of Salem’s Andrew Lewis High School and an honors graduate of Emory and Henry College.  After completing studies at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, Morgan returned to Southwest Virginia where he practiced law for nearly three decades.

Morgan is married to Hilary, and together they have three children.


Senator Ben Chafin, 38th State Senate District

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Ben Chafin is a native of Russell County. As a child, he worked on his family farm curing tobacco. As a teenager, he worked part-time after school at a local meat packing plant. Ben attended East Tennessee State University (B.A., 1982) so he could fulfill his obligations to the family farm by returning home most weekends. After earning his degree, he attended the University of Richmond School of Law (J.D., 1985). Ben and his sister were the first in his family to graduate from college.

Returning to Russell County after earning his law degree, Ben started Chafin & Chafin PC, which is located across from the courthouse in Lebanon. He practices law throughout Southwest Virginia.

Ben is the owner and operator of a beef-cattle farm in Moccasin Valley. He is Chairman of the Board of First Bank & Trust Company, which has branches throughout Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. Ben is a current member and former president of the Russell County Rotary. He is also an avid outdoorsman who regularly enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.

Ben is married to Lora Lee (Carr) Chafin, a teacher in Russell County Public Schools. A Russell County native, Lora has dedicated her life to helping students learn. Ben and Lora are the proud parents of three children. The Chafin family worships at Community Heights Church in Lebanon.


Delegate Will Morefield; 3rd District State Delegate


will morefieldAlthough Delegate Morefield’s District is mainly out of our county, his constituency does cross into Russell County.  Since January 2010, Will Morefield has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 3rd district in the southwestern part of the state. He serves on the House Committees on Counties, Cities, and Towns; Militia, Police, and Public Safety; and Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources.





Delegate Todd Pillion; 4th District Delegate Seat

Todd Pillion was raised in Ewing, Virginia and is a proud alumnus of Thomas Walker High School. Todd worked on his family’s farm as well as a medical manufacturing factory in Lee County to put himself through Lincoln Memorial University. Todd attended the VCU School of Dentistry as one of the few students south of Roanoke in the student body. While there, he vowed everyone at the school would know where Southwest Virginia was by the time he graduated. During his last year in dental school, he served as the President of the student body and helped with the inception of the Wise RAM, Mission of Mercy, project. Due to mounting student debt and his family’s history of military service, Dr. Pillion joined the Virginia Army National Guard during his senior year and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.

Dr. Pillion returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon in July of 2001. Realizing his true calling was treating children, three years later he returned to a post graduation program in Buffalo, NY to obtain a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. During his 2 year residency, Dr. Pillion was called to active duty to support the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Pillion returned to complete his certificate program and serve out his 8 year commitment with the Virginia Army National Guard. In 2009, he completed his tenure with the rank of Major and the honor of being the state dental officer for Virginia’s finest. Dr. Pillion currently practices pediatric dentistry with offices located in Bristol, Johnson City, and Knoxville.

He co-owns two local restaurants, a catering company, and Blue Ridge Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Lebanon, Virginia. Dr. Pillion is an active Barter Theatre board member and is a founding member of the Green Room Society which encourages young families to support local theatre. He focused on fundraising and art education outreach programs for children in Southwest Virginia during his tenure on the board of directors of the William King Museum of Art. Dr. Pillion is currently in his first year as a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission. He serves on the Education, Research and Development, and Southwest Virginia Economic Development committees. He and his family are members of Abingdon United Methodist Church where Dr. Pillion serves on the governing committees of the church.


Virginia General Assembly


Below are lists of currently elected Republican representatives serving parts of the 9th District at the state levels.  Included are links to thier official websites.

House of Delegates

Senate of Virginia

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