Delegate Steve Landes represents the 25th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes portions of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties. He is Chairman of the House Education Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Rules and Privileges and Elections Committees.
Serving his twelfth term, Steve has been an able steward of taxpayer resources in the House of Delegates. During his tenure, he has focused on promoting economic development, fostering education innovations, and increasing healthcare choice, access and affordability. He has been a steady voice of reason heard above the noise that all too often clouds our political discourse.
A lifelong resident of the Valley, Steve is a graduate of Buffalo Gap High School in Augusta County, and he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He and his wife Angela live in Weyers Cave, Virginia, with their son Roth. He is also Past President and a Member of the Weyers Cave Ruritan Club. Steve and Angela are both Members and Elders of Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church.
Steve is presently Community Liaison with Home Instead Senior Care of Staunton, Virginia. Most recently he served as Vice President of Market Development for Blue Ridge Bank, and prior to that he served as Community Relations Coordinator for DuPont Community Credit Union. He also served as Executive Director of NewBiz Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley’s small business incubator. Steve was a Life Insurance Agent and Registered Representative with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. In addition, he worked at Davis & Davis Marketing, Inc., a Staunton-based marketing and advertising firm, as a Media Buyer and then as an Account Executive.
Steve is a Member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, representing the House of Delegates. He serves on the Education Commission of the States, the House Select Committee on School Safety and as Vice Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. Additionally, he serves on the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board, and the Board of Trustees of the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia. From 1988 to 1992 he served as Legislative Assistant to his predecessor, former Delegate A.R. “Pete” Giesen, Jr., and from 1993 to 1995, he served as Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s District Director and District Representative.
Steve has had great success in the House of Delegates. Most recently he sponsored House Bills 3 and 1125 as part of his education initiative to ensure every student in Virginia receives the best education possible. House Bill 1125 addresses the teacher shortage in Virginia by making changes to the teacher licensure process and permitting a local school board or division superintendent to waive certain licensure requirements. House Bill 3 addresses the cost of higher education by ensuring that students who attempt to cut down on the cost of college by completing dual enrollment courses in High School receive the credit they are due. The bill requires the development and implementation of a plan to achieve the same standards with respect to quality, consistency, and evaluation for dual enrollment courses offered by local school divisions to be accepted by Virginia’s community colleges and public institutions of higher education. The Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust named Delegate Landes a "2018 Champion of Affordable College" for his work during the 2018 session.
Among his previous legislative achievements, Steve sponsored legislation creating the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, establishing an economic development grant and loan program targeted specifically at agricultural and forestry operations. He sponsored a bill creating the Office of the State Inspector General to investigate complaints for fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, or mistreatment of citizens of Virginia by public officers and employees. He also sponsored legislation creating a Small Business Jobs Grant Fund administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity for jobs created. To promote agriculture and assist rural areas in Virginia, he introduced legislation creating the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry as part of the Governor’s Cabinet and legislation establishing the Center for Rural Virginia. As a result of his continuing work to promote jobs and economic development, Steve was named the 2016 Legislator of the Year by both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Retail Merchants Association.