Government | Politics 2023: C. TODD GILBERT
SPEAKER, VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, WOODSTOCK
A state legislator since 2006, Gilbert has risen quickly through the GOP House leadership. He served as Republican leader of the House for two terms before ascending to the powerful speakership in 2022 following the party regaining majority control of the chamber.
The Shenandoah Valley conservative is a key ally of Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who has advocated for tax cuts.
Gilbert’s past awards include being named legislator of the year by The Family Foundation and the Virginia State Police Association, among other groups. Gilbert holds an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association and in 2017 was presented the NRA’s Defender of Freedom award. In 2022, he received an A-plus from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his pro-business stances.
He received his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Lynchburg and Shenandoah County, and now has a private law practice in Woodstock.