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  Drake, Thelma D.
NameThelma D. Drake
Norfolk, Virginia , United States
Born November 20, 1949 (71 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedSarnstrom
Aug 12, 2007 06:51pm
Tags Married - United Church of Christ -
InfoCongresswoman Thelma Drake was elected on November 2, 2004 to represent Virginia's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Second District includes all of the City of Virginia Beach, parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton, and Accomack and Northampton Counties on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Shortly after being sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives on January 4, 2005, Thelma Drake was appointed to serve on the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Congresswoman Drake’s position on the House Armed Services Committee will be of tremendous importance to the significant military presence in Virginia’s Second District. As a Member and Vice-Chairwoman of the Personnel Subcommittee, she is quickly becoming known as a leader and strong advocate for military personnel and their families, and for military retirees. As a Member of the Projection Forces subcommittee, Thelma Drake is well-positioned to influence military issues of importance for our national security and for the Hampton Roads region.

Likewise, the health of the Chesapeake Bay is an important issue to Virginia’s Second District, which makes her position on the environmentally-focused House Resources Committee a leap forward for the area. Ensuring that the Chesapeake Bay provides a vibrant marine fishery to support the way of life for many residents on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a top priority for Congresswoman Drake. She is a member of the Fisheries & Oceans and the Energy & Mineral Resources subcommittees, as well as the special task force to study and evaluate the effectiveness of the National Environmental Protection Act.

Bringing higher-paying jobs to the Hampton Roads region is another commitment of Thelma Drake. Her appointment to the House Committee on Education and the Work Force provides opportunity to address issues related to job training, higher education, K-12 education, and other issues to ensure our workforce is competitive in the 21st century. She is a member of the Workforce Protections and the 21st Century Competitiveness subcommittees.

In addition to her seats on these key committees, Representative Drake will be a member of the House Republican Policy Committee, which plays an integral role in shaping the House Republican position on major policy initiatives.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Thelma Drake served in the Virginia House of Delegates, being first elected in 1995 to represent the 87th District. While there, Thelma Drake was a steadfast advocate for quality education, efficient transportation, and insurance and property reforms. Thelma has a reputation for working to bring responsive government to Hampton Roads and Virginia.

Thelma Drake served as chairman of the Virginia Housing Commission, was a member of the Mayor's Task Force on Ocean View, and a Board Member of the Virginia Zoological Society. She is a former member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, as well as of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

Thelma Drake was a realtor with RE/MAX Allegiance Realty's Hampton Roads Home Team. Thelma worked in real estate for 20 years and was a consistent member of the Circle of Excellence beginning in 1985.

Thelma was born and raised in Elyria, Ohio and lives in Norfolk. She has raised two children and loves spending time with her four grandchildren. She is happily married to Ted Drake. They are members of Bayview United Church of Christ in Norfolk.


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