With deep roots in Virginia, J. Randall “Randy” Minchew has lived and worked in the new 10th District for nearly 20 years. Following graduation from Langley High School in Fairfax County, Randy studied public policy and economics at Duke University. After his graduation from Duke, Randy followed his interest in law enforcement and criminal prosecution and took a position with District Attorney’s office in Durham County, North Carolina, where he worked closely with police and prosecutors in the administration of justice. This formative experience – where he witnessed the corrosive effect of crime and learned firsthand the importance of vigorous prosecution of criminals – led him to return to Virginia to study law at Washington & Lee University in Lexington. After his graduation from law school, where he served as an editor on the W&L Law review, Randy received an appointment as personal law clerk to the Honorable A. Christian Compton, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia in Richmond. Following his service to the Court, Randy returned to Northern Virginia, settling soon thereafter in Leesburg to establish his home, law practice, and tradition of public and community service.
Randy has been a steadfast Republican since he registered to vote as a high school senior and worked on Frank Wolf’s first campaign for Congress. After serving the Republican Party as a canvasser, precinct chairman, and election district chairman, Randy was elected twice by acclamation as Chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee where he lead the Republican Party to many electoral victories. His effective leadership and tireless work for the Republican Party led to his election as a Virginia Delegate to both the 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions. In the words of Loudoun County’s longest serving Republican elected official, County Treasurer Roger Zurn, “Randy has done more to help elect Republicans in Loudoun County than anyone else I know”.
Randy’s leadership in and service to the community has taken many forms over the years. A founding member and two-term Chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission as well as a founding member and chair of the Rural Economic Development Task Force, he takes particular pride in the product of that Task Force which prepared a detailed plan for strengthening the economic base of rural Loudoun County while preserving scenic areas and open space. As a longstanding member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Randy has consistently advocated for public policies that create jobs, preserve a favorable business climate, and lead to meaningful transportation improvements. Randy’s service on the Loudoun County Finance Board, the Citizens’ Tax Equity Committee, and the Loudoun Judicial Center Task Force has furthered his effectiveness and experience in local issues. In 2010, Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Randy as his Deputy Counselor and Advisor.
Randy has been an avid outdoorsman and conservationist from his days as a Boy Scout where he earned his Eagle Scout rank. He has remained active with the Boy Scouts of America, twice serving as Chairman of the Goose Creek District – 4,300 scouts strong – as well as serving as Scoutmaster of both Leesburg Troop 998 and 2010 National Scout Jamboree Troop 521. In appreciation of his years of work for what he proudly calls “the most successful youth leadership movement in the history of the world,” Randy was awarded Scouting’s highest adult leader recognition, the Silver Beaver, in 2010.
Randy also holds a diploma in Theology from Virginia Theological Seminary and is an active Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor with the Episcopal Church in Leesburg. Randy can often be seen hiking and maintaining a section of the Appalachian Trail along the Loudoun-Clarke County line as a trail overseer with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. After serving as General Counsel for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Randy was awarded a life membership by the Club for his work in conservation land acquisition and trail preservation.
Randy is a Life Member of the NRA and gun owner. He is a PADI certified rescue diver and a trained wilderness first aid responder and enjoys skiing, mountain climbing, and a good game of Rugby. Randy has been married 20 years to his wife, Teresa, who is equally committed to public service, having served on either the Town of Leesburg’s Planning Commission or Board of Architectural Review for the past 15 years. Together with their son Jack, Randy and Terri live in and are the stewards of an 1899 Virginia Historic Landmark home in the Old and Historic District of Leesburg.