Working for the Commonwealth
Ben represents the 24th Legislative District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, portions of Amherst and Augusta Counties, and all of Bath and Rockbridge Counties. He was elected to the House in a special election in 2002 and re-elected to his eighth term in November 2015.
Cutting Taxes & Reducing Government Waste
Since his first session in the General Assembly, Ben has been working hard to lower the tax burden on working Virginians and reduce the costs of government for Virginia taxpayers
- He authored the 2007 law to reduce income taxes for the lowest income earners.
- Co-authored the 2006 law to create the popular "back-to-school" sales tax holiday.
- Sponsored the "Yellow Pages Test" to privatize non-professional government services.
- Sponsored "Google for Government" bill to enable taxpayers to search agency budgets online for wasteful government spending.
A Leader for Education
With four four-year colleges and universities in his district, Ben has also been a leader in improving higher education in Virginia. (VMI, Washington and Lee, Southern Virginia University, and Sweet Briar College are all in the 24th District)
- Worked to establish community college branches in Buena Vista and Amherst.
- Co-authored the 2007 law to award scholarships to community college students who seek to continue their education at four-year colleges in Virginia.
- Sponsored legislation to limit in-state tuition benefits at Virginia colleges to legal U.S. residents.
Current Roles and Ratings
- House Finance Committee
- Commerce and Labor Committee
- The Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety
- Courts of Justice Committee
- 100% rating from the Family Foundation
- A+ rating from the NRA
Ben Cline grew up in Rockbridge County and is a 1990 graduate of Lexington High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College and his law degree from the University of Richmond. Ben, his wife Elizabeth, and their daughters live in Rockbridge County, where they attend St. Patrick's Catholic Church and are members of the Kerrs Creek Ruritan Club and the Lexington Lion's Club.
Ben is an attorney in private practice with offices in Lexington, Amherst, and Harrisonburg. Prior to opening his firm, Ben worked as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg from 2007 to 2013. From 2002 to 2007, Ben was President of NDS Corp., a Virginia-based company providing sales and marketing assistance to rural Internet and technology businesses. From 1994 to 2002, Ben worked for Congressman Bob Goodlatte, beginning as a policy advisor and ultimately serving as the Congressman's Chief of Staff.