December 18, 2023

New Sportsmen’s Caucus Leaders Added in Virginia

Article Contact: John Culclasure,

Why It Matters: Representing the interests of hunters and anglers of the Commonwealth at the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Carr and Delegate Fowler bring over two decades of combined legislative experience to the Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. Delegate Carr and Delegate Fowler’s commitment to protecting and advancing the interests of sportsmen and women will be critical to carrying on Virginia’s sporting traditions for future generations.


  • This month, Delegate Betsy Carr and Delegate Buddy Fowler were confirmed as the new Co-Chairs of the Virginia Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus (Caucus).
  • Delegate Carr and Delegate Fowler take over the leadership positions on the Caucus from Delegate James Edmunds and Senator Emmett Hanger who did not seek reelection in 2023.
  • Delegate Carr, a Democrat, and Delegate Fowler, a Republican, will lead meetings and guide policy priorities for the bipartisan, bicameral Caucus.

Delegates Carr and Delegate Fowler are longtime members of the Caucus and regularly attend the weekly policy meetings that the Caucus holds during session. Delegate Fowler has also twice attended the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Annual Sportsman-Legislator Summit. Delegate Carr and Delegate Fowler are also strong supporters of pro-sportsmen policy, and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) is excited to work with them to grow the Caucus and advance policies that increase access and opportunity for Virginia’s hunters and anglers.

In what is expected to be a busy legislative session, CSF anticipates seeing legislation in 2024 related to modern sporting rifles, suppressors, menhaden management, predator hunting, hunting with hounds, trapping, knife definitions, sportsmen’s access, and conservation funding. CSF looks forward to working with the Caucus and conservation partners to ensure that the voices of Virginia’s sportsmen and women are well represented at the statehouse.

CSF would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Delegate Edmunds and Senator Hanger for their years of leadership and outstanding service to the sportsmen and women of the Commonwealth.

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