Get to Know Bryce

Bryce Reeves, Senator for Virginia's 17th District

Bryce Reeves is a husband, father, coach and small business leader who represents Virginia’s 17th District in the State Senate. First elected on a pro-jobs platform in 2011, Bryce defeated a 28-year incumbent by 86 votes.

Bryce is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree and was recognized for his academic achievement with the Distinguished Military Graduate designation. Upon graduation, Bryce was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as an Airborne Ranger in the Infantry.

He holds a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from George Mason University and has also completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program.

Bryce also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and was asked to attend the National Security Seminar at the US Army War College.

Bryce serves on five standing committees in the Senate: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Social Services and Rehabilitation, General Laws and Technology, Rules and Joint Rules.

In 2016, Bryce was chosen to be the Chairman of the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee in addition to Chairman of the Certificate, Oath, and Confirmation Review Subcommittee of Privileges and Elections, where he also serves as Vice-Chairman.

He is Co-Chair of the Military and Veterans Caucus, serves on the Secure Commonwealth Panel, and is the Senate representative on the Virginia Military Advisory Council (VMAC) to the Governor. He was also appointed to the Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities (COMIDA) for Sequestration and BRAC, serves on the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the World War I and II Commission, the Veterans Services Board of Virginia, the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the Sentencing Commission, the Virginia Commission on Youth, and is a member of the Offender Population Forecast Policy Committee.

He is a standing member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on Military and Veteran’s Affairs and the NCSL Human Service and Welfare Committee.

Due to his extensive work on military and veterans’ issues, in 2013 Bryce was named Legislator of the Year by the Military Officers Association of America.

During his time in the General Assembly, Bryce has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce each year with an “A” rating as a Distinguished Advocate of Business and received the Economic Competitive Award (2012), the Champion of Free Enterprise Award (2012, ‘13, ‘15, ‘17, ‘18, and ‘19), the Champion of Legal Reform (2013), and the Champion of Regulatory Reform (2017).

Advocating for a broad range of issues, he has received awards from the Virginia Nurses Foundation, the Richmond Technology Council, the Virginia Campground Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists.

He was recently named Senator of the Year for the 2019 Legislative Session by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and received a 100% score from the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors.

Bryce was chosen as one of 15 state legislators in the country for GOPAC’s Emerging Leaders Program and now subsequently serves on GOPAC’s Legislative Advisory Board.

In 2016, Bryce received the prestigious Defender of Freedom Award from the NRA for his work with then-Governor Terry McAuliffe to restore and expand concealed carry reciprocity in the Commonwealth after Attorney General Mark Herring revoked Virginia’s concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 states.

Just this past year, Bryce led the effort to bring comprehensive reform to Virginia’s foster care system, which had not been done for 40 years. Initially told this could not be done in one year, Bryce carried the omnibus bill that would go on to pass both chambers unanimously and be signed in to law.

Prior to being elected, Bryce served as a grassroots leader and was Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee.

Bryce lives in Spotsylvania County, Virginia with his wife, Anne, and their two children, Nicole and Jack.