Montross, VA – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman announced his acceptance to two General Election debates in the First Congressional District of Virginia leading up to Election Day on November 3, 2020. This announcement follows a letter he sent to his Democratic opponent, Qasim Rashid, on June 24, 2020, inviting him to participate in two debates during this election cycle. Congressman Wittman accepted the first debate on July 24 and the second debate on August 5.

“I believe it is important to offer constituents of the First District an opportunity to hear our competing visions for the future presented side-by-side and in our own words as they prepare to cast their ballots in November,” Wittman stated. “That is why I am honored to accept invitations to two debates hosted by well-established members and organizations in our First District community this election cycle. These debates will offer my opponent and me the best opportunity to present voters with a fact-based, civil discussion on competing ideas.”

First Congressional District Criminal Justice Forum and Debate

  • Host: The Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020
  • 7:00PM to 8:30PM
  • Doors Open at 6:30PM
  • Please contact Mike Harvey at for more information.

First Congressional District Debate

  • Hosts: Legislative Action Committee of the Student Government Association at University of Mary Washington, University of Mary Washington College Republicans, University of Mary Washington Young Democrats, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Free Lance-Star
  • September 21, 2020
  • 7:00PM
  • Please contact Lisa Chinn Marvashti at for more information.

“I look forward to continuing to work for results for the First District of Virginia. I am focused on tackling the real challenges that affect the folks in the First District. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, a senior member of the Natural Resources Committee, and a Co-Chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus, we are well poised as a district to take on Virginia’s challenges and implement real solutions.

“I will continue my work to ensure a safe recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, fix our roads and bridges, ease traffic congestion, increase access to high speed internet, ensure veterans receive the benefits they deserve, promote career and technical education programs, cut the red tape hurting our businesses and lower the cost of health care. I know that the best ideas don’t come from Washington but from folks in the First District; let’s work towards success, towards an even better America – together.”

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