Terry Austin is a lifelong resident of Botetourt County. Terry’s parents instilled in him, his brother and his two sisters the importance of hard work, traditional values, strong ethics and giving back to the community.
After graduating from James River High School and attending Virginia Western Community College, Terry started his business, Austin Electrical Construction, Inc. Over the past 39 years, the business has experienced success by narrowing its focus to specialize in Air Carrier Airports, Military design build projects, and General Aviation Airports. They have developed a network that spans the East Coast, and maintain navigation instruments for the Virginia Department of Aviation, as well as weather stations at nearly every airport in the Commonwealth.
While Terry’s company grew, he never forgot how important it was to remain involved in the community. After serving a four year term on the Botetourt County Planning Commission, Terry won a seat on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors in 1997 and was then re-elected three more times. During his time on the Board, Terry served as Chairman for five years. He also served on the County’s Budget Committee for 15 years, during which the County’s bond rating improved to “AA” making Botetourt the only county of its size to achieve that rating. The community recognized Terry’s efforts on the Board when readers of the Botetourt View voted him “Best Local Politician” in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Terry is also a member of the Rotary Club of Buchanan and serves on the Advisory Board of the Bank of Botetourt. Terry and his wife, Kathy, live in the Buchanan section of Botetourt and attend Valley View Baptist Church. Terry has three grown children, Catie Austin Brown, Natalie Austin and Benjamin Austin and a grown stepson, Josh Boblett. He also has seven grandchildren, Jack, Ella, Addie, Birdie, Ruby, Tate, and Silas.
Terry is a strong supporter of the traditional Virginia faith-based values that are the bedrock of strong communities and strong families. He is proudly pro-life and will support additional efforts to protect the unborn. Terry also supports laws that protect every Virginian’s right to openly proclaim and practice their faith.
Terry understands that our children need excellent local schools in order to learn the skills needed to compete in an ever-changing high-tech global economy. As a Supervisor, he makes sure that classroom teachers have the resources to provide a world-class education to local students. As your Delegate, Terry will continue to stand up for educational excellence that is measurable so that parents can continually assess their local school’s quality. And Terry will work to ensure that Virginia’s public colleges and universities continue to be among the best in the nation.
Terry is committed to upholding and defending your liberties and constitutional rights as your Delegate, especially your right to own and carry a firearm. He is a gun owner and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. You can count on Terry to oppose any efforts to restrict your gun rights or undermine Western Virginia’s hunting heritage.
As a successful small business owner, Terry knows that the private sector is the best engine to create jobs. As your Delegate, Terry will work to reduce red tape and unnecessary regulation on small business owners so they can better compete and grow. And Terry will push for common-sense economic development programs that help market Western Virginia as a prime location for businesses looking to relocate or expand.
Terry knows how important it is for the General Assembly to hold down taxes, especially when so many families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult economic times. On the Board of Supervisors, Terry has helped keep local taxes low while ensuring local schools remain top notch and public safety was fully funded. As your Delegate, he will use that experience to insist that Richmond stretches every hard-earned dollar you pay in taxes and to ensure that taxes are kept low.