Meet Our Staff

First and foremost, Team Garrett would once again like to thank volunteers, supporters, donors, and everyone who worked on behalf of the Conservative movement in this year's election cycle. We are humbled that you chose Tom Garrett to represent you and have been working around the clock to put together the best staff possible to serve the needs of Virginia's Fifth Congressional District and those who reside in it.

With the 115th Congress slated to swear-in tomorrow, we wanted to introduce our staff to everyone today as they will be working with our local communities day in and day out to best serve this district.
Chief of Staff: Kevin Reynolds
Kevin grew up in Orange, Virginia and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy before receiving his B.A. in History from The College of William and Mary. He brings over two decades of recognized leadership experience in the military, business, and legislative realms.  Kevin is a U.S. Army veteran, former business manager, entrepreneur and current professional skydiving instructor.  Most recently, he has served as Congressman Garrett's Chief of Staff in the Virginia Senate.  He currently resides in Greene County with his family.
Deputy Chief of Staff/Communications Director: Andrew Griffin
A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Andrew went on to play basketball for Virginia Tech while graduating with a degree in Political Science. From there, he served in both a legislative and public relations capacity for U.S. Congressman G.T. Thompson while obtaining his Master's Degree through the George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. In 2016 he resigned his position on Capitol Hill to run for the Republican nomination in Virginia's Fifth District before suspending his campaign to endorse now Congressman-elect Tom Garrett.
Legislative Director: Nick O'Boyle
A native of Danville, Virginia, Nick attended Sacred Heart School and Galileo Magnet High School before going on to college at George Mason University as a University Scholar, majoring in economics. In 2012, he worked on the Romney-Ryan campaign and the Robert Hurt campaign in Charlottesville, Virginia. Nick has served under the leadership of Congressman Robert Hurt in his Washington, D.C. office for four years, most recently as his Senior Legislative Assistant.
District Director: Denise Brown Van Valkenburg
Denise worked as a paralegal in Chatham  for eight years and then as a court reporter in Pittsylvania County. Her public service career began in 2002 as a Legislative Aide with then Delegate Robert Hurt in the Virginia House of Delegates before serving as a Legislative Aide to then Senator Robert Hurt in 2008. In 2011, she began working as the Constituent Services Director for Congressman Robert Hurt and was promoted to District Director in September. Denise is a native of Pittsylvania County and currently resides in Danville with her family.
Legislative Counsel: Elliott Harding
Elliott was born and raised in the 5 th District of Virginia, having lived in Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, and the City of Charlottesville. He received his B.A. in Government & Economics from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Washington & Lee University. As a member of the Virginia Bar, Elliott’s legal practice focused primarily on criminal defense representation in federal and state courts throughout the Commonwealth. He currently resides in Albemarle County, where he is the Chairman of the Albemarle County Republican Committee and the Advocacy Committee for the Region Ten Community Services Board. 
Constituent Services Representative: Laura Burbridge
Laura is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. Degree in Communications/Public Relations. Over the years she has served in various administrative roles in both local government and the private sector.  She has served as a Constituent Services Representative in the Charlottesville District Office for Representative Hurt since 2015. 
Constituent Services Director: Esther Page
Esther is a life-long resident of Nelson County. She has and continues to serve as a member of the Roseland Volunteer Rescue Squad and a member of the St. James Baptist Church as both a Deaconess and the Superintendent of Sunday School. Esther has worked continuously on behalf of constituents in the 5th Congressional District for 26 years.
Matt Becker: Field Representative

Matt served in the Marine Corps from 2008-2012 as an Infantry mortar-man, who deployed to both Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2011. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 2012. Matt went on to work for Kansas State Senator Larry Powell in 2014 as an intern. From there he worked for several campaigns including Dr. Wolf's U.S. Senate race and Rod Blum's race in 2014. In 2016 he managed the Southside region of Congressman Garrett's campaign for Virginia's Fifth Congressional District and operated out of the Danville office.

Legislative Correspondent: James Van Den Berg
James was raised in Orange County, California. He got his start in civil service at age thirteen volunteering for Rep. Ed Royce. James continued his involvement with the Republican Party as he attended Simpson College, Iowa, on a wrestling scholarship where he majored in International Business and German Language Studies.  In 2014 he moved to Kansas where he campaigned for Rep. Mike Pompeo, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz. After 8 years of campaigning in California and Kansas, he moved to Virginia to work for Tom Garrett as a Regional Director in Farmville, Virginia.
Legislative Correspondent: Hallie Pence
Hallie grew up on a farm in Rockingham County before going on to study at the University of Virginia and double majored in Government and Philosophy. She previously worked for Congressman Robert Hurt as Director of Scheduling and Office Administration. Hallie is very excited to continue helping the people of Virginia's Fifth District in her new role!
Scheduler: Tripp Grant
Tripp attended Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia from Long Lake, Minnesota. He grew very fond of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia (class of 2015) where he majored in History, and studied Government and English. He served on the University Judiciary Committee. Tripp was a summer intern for Congressman Erik Paulsen in 2013. He worked for a start-up company for a year after college and decided to explore public service. He was a Field Director on Tom Garrett’s campaign from the Charlottesville Headquarters
Field Representative: Stephen Harvey 
Stephen graduated from Jefferson Forest High School (Forest, VA) in 2002 . He then studied business at the University of Notre Dame while on an ROTC scholarship. He went on to become an Army Aviator with a concentration in Black Hawks. After his military service Stephen returned to his childhood city of Charlottesville to study computer science at UVA before taking a leadership position with the Republican Party of Virginia in Albemarle County. He lives in Charlottesville with his loving wife Kate and their 10 week old baby girl.
Financial Administrator: Jennifer Bailey
Jennifer is a Shared Employee for Finance and Office Administration with extensive experience in Congress providing the Members with the necessary tools to ensure the financial and organizational goals for their offices are achieved. Jennifer provides administrative support for the Chief of Staff by drafting and maintaining a budget that works in accordance with house rules and regulations.