By Aila Boyd
aboyd@ourvalley.org

Photos by Aila Boyd
Congressman Ben Cline discusses policy with William Byrd High students following his speech.
Photos by Aila Boyd
Congressman Ben Cline discusses policy with William Byrd High students following his speech.

Cline, who previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2018, won his seat in Congress last November, replacing outgoing Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Cline serves on the Judiciary and Education and Health Committees.

Andrew Thacker, a government teacher at the school, moderated the event. Cline’s visit to William Byrd marked his first time speaking to high school students as a congressman.

“I’m in a fish out of water position here because you guys are my first high school government class that I’ve spoken to as a member of Congress,” Cline said.

Cline regaled students with anecdotes about his first days on Capital Hill, noting that it was rather strange arriving in the midst of the longest government shutdown in the history of the country.

“It was like walking into a china shop five minutes after the bull ran through… It’s just destroyed,” Cline said. “Washington is…



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