Sen. Barker has worked hard to represent Prince William over the past four years. George is in the County on an almost daily basis, and consults at a local health center there. Whether it's talking to a homeowners' group in Lake Ridge, throwing out the first pitch at a Potomac Nationals' game, or working with the ARC of Prince William on services for the disabled, Sen. Barker is always available to his constituents in the County. Since first running for office, George has knocked on every door he represents in Prince William.
No other legislator carries more bills for the County than Sen. Barker. Here is some of his successful 2011 legislation passed on behalf of Prince William residents or co-sponsored by a Prince William Delegate:
- SB1050: Sen. Barker worked with the Prince William Board of County Supervisors on a bill to use the Governor's Opportunity Fund for job growth and economic development right here in the County. In past years, Northern Virginia has lost out on high-tech jobs and corporate relocation due to more favorable incentive packages offered by North Carolina and Maryland. Sen. Barker's bill will begin to put Virginia on a more level playing field.
- SB1049: Sen. Barker teamed with Del. Rich Anderson of Woodbridge to pass comprehensive E-Verify legislation in 2011. His bill requires that state contractors ensure their employees are here legally by using the E-Verify system, a program already in use at the federal level. Sen. Barker brought together a wide variety of community and business groups to get the legislation passed with bipartisan support in the House and Senate.
- SB1388: Sen. Barker worked with Del. Bob Marshall of Manassas on legislation that will protect consumers from life insurance benefit manipulation. Previously, unscrupulous insurance companies were steering clients to abandon their accounts during the uncertain time when a death in the family occurs.
- SB1448: Sen. Barker worked with Del. Jackson Miller of Manassas on a bill to provide college credit for Prince William high school students enrolled in Cambridge honors courses. He also passed a similar bill (SB1077) to give college credit to students taking International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, like those at Garfield High School.
Prince William County has a large and diverse veteran population. Sen. Barker has worked to expand college access to our returning veterans and National Guard members with legislation granting them in-state tuition (SB1391, SB1074). He also authored a constitutional amendment, approved by voters at the ballot box, to give the elderly and disabled 100% property tax relief, and supported a fellow Prince William Senator's constitutional amendment giving property tax relief to 100% service-connected disabled veterans and their surviving spouses.
George received the highest ranking among all Prince William Senators by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, and has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Virginia's largest advocacy group for small businesses.