Date of Birth: May 28, 1960
Birthplace: Titusville, Fla.
Residence: Virginia Beach, Va.
Occupation: Business owner
Education: Brevard Community College; B.B.A., Mercer University; M.B.A, Regent University
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Teri; four children
Rigell is the founder and chairman of Freedom Automotive in Virginia, owning several car dealerships in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. The business started in 1991 when Rigell and his wife, Teri, bought a struggling Ford dealership and renamed it Freedom Ford. Two decades later, Rigell’s dealerships employ 240 people.
Rigell grew up in Titusville, Fla., and served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he rose to the rank of sergeant. Rigell earned his B.B.A. from Mercer University and his M.B.A. from Regent University in Virginia Beach.
Rigell and his wife have four grown children: Lindsey, Mallory, Justus and Shannon.
REP.-ELECT ROBERT HURT (R-VA.-05)
Date of Birth: June 16, 1969
Birthplace: New York
Residence: Chatham, Va.
Occupation: State senator
Education: B.S., Hampden Sydney College; J.D., Mississippi College School of Law
Previous Office Held: State senator, 2008-present; State delegate, 2002-2008
Family: Wife, Kathryn; three children
In one of the country’s most contentious elections, Robert Hurt defeated Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) for Virginia’s 5th district seat. The seat was previously held for six terms by Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Va.), whom Perriello beat in 2008 by 727 votes.
Hurt was a main focus in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, which threw tremendous support and attention to rising GOP stars.
Hurt beat out six other Republican candidates in the primary election for his party’s nomination.
In 2008, Hurt was elected to his state Senate seat with 75 percent of the vote, and prior to that the lawyer by trade served in the Virginia House of Delegates for six years.
As a delegate, Hurt worked on the Youth Internet Safety Taskforce and supported more than two dozen bills that pushed to reduce food, gas, cigarette, automobile and real estate taxes.
Two years ago, Hurt opened his own law practice in his hometown of Chatham. He had been working in a general-practice firm for nearly one year before that.
REP.-ELECT MORGAN GRIFFITH (R-VA.-09)
Date of Birth: March 15, 1958
Residence: Salem, Va.
Education: B.A., Emory and Henry College; J.D., Washington & Lee University
Previous Office Held: Member of Virginia House of Delegates, 1994-2010
Family: Wife, Hilary; three children
Morgan Griffith defeated longtime Rep. Rick Boucher (D), who had represented Virginia’s 9th district since 1983.
A Philadelphia native, Griffith moved to Salem, Va., as a child and settled in the state after attending law school at Washington & Lee University. He practiced law and soon became active in local Republican politics, becoming chairman of the Salem GOP in the mid-1980s.
In 1994, Griffith sought and won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Six years later, he became the first Republican elected by his colleagues as majority leader. He focused heavily on public safety issues, including cracking down on sex offenders.
In his race against Boucher, Griffith tied the incumbent to President Obama, running ads that showed Obama saying, “I love Rick Boucher.”