Christie (Christie) New Craig (R-19)

State Senator Christie Craig

Christie (Christie) New Craig (R-19)
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Capitol: 804.698.7519
FAX: 804.698.7651
District: 540.302.8486
Room 508 General Assembly Building 201 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
PO Box 16926
Chesapeake, VA 23228
Residence:Chesapeake, VA

Committee Assignments


Christie New Craig, a lifelong Chesapeake, VA resident and a Western Branch High School graduate has dedicated her life to serving her community. From January 1987 to July 2002, she worked as a Sworn Senior Law Enforcement Officer for the Chesapeake Sheriff's Office. In this capacity, Christie conducted investigations, served summons in Civil Process and Fugitive Squad, and made arrests. She also trained and supervised new employees and ensured the security of judges, victims, citizens, and inmates. Christie is a 1995 graduate of the Chesapeake Police Academy - 35th Session and has extensive experience in various department areas, including Internal Affairs, Fugitive Squad, Courtroom Security, Processing and Civil Process, Transportation, and Training. From January 2002 to the present, Christie has served as Chief of Staff for retiring State Senator John A. Cosgrove. In this role, she resolved constituent inquiries, managed the Senator's legislative, professional, and personal schedules, and represented him at meetings and speaking engagements. Christie graduated from the University of Virginia Sorensen Political Leadership Program in 2006 and has been instrumental in preparing legislation by working closely with legislative services personnel and the patron. She is honored to have received Senator Cosgrove's enthusiastic endorsement for her race to fill his Senate seat. In 2006, Christie graduated from the University of Virginia Sorensen Political Leadership Program, which has been invaluable in helping her forge working relationships with colleagues and promote civility in politics. This experience has further honed her ability to work with legislative services and build relationships across the aisle to achieve shared goals crucial to the region and the Commonwealth. For 12 years, Christie New Craig was a member of the Chesapeake School Board, serving as the Chair of Chesapeake Public Schools from January 2013 to 2016. During her tenure, she managed the school division's $429 million budget, collaborated with the Superintendent and his staff, and worked with local, state, and federal personnel and legislators to ensure the efficient operations of the Chesapeake Public Schools division, which comprises 47 schools, 5,600 employees, and 38,685 students. In addition to her public service, Christie was a small business owner from January 2005 to 2020, operating a successful catering business focused on delivering exceptional food and outstanding customer service. Her company catered political and social events for up to 200 guests and thrived on sales referrals from highly satisfied customers. Christie and her husband Merrill also started a sustainable tree farming business in Buckingham County, VA, in 2014. This venture involves growing pines and replanting after each harvest. With hands-on experience as a farmer, Christie understands the unique challenges faced by the agricultural industry in the region and its vital significance to the state's economy. Christie's extensive experience in law enforcement equips her with the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to address public safety and emergency response issues in the General Assembly. Her service as Chief of Staff for State Senator John A. Cosgrove and her education through the Sorensen Political Leadership Program reflect her dedication to fostering cooperation and ensuring quality outcomes in the legislative process. Moreover, her tenure on the Chesapeake School Board highlights her commitment to education and her drive to ensure quality educational opportunities for all children. Her background in business and farming provides Christie with a comprehensive understanding of the economic and agricultural challenges faced by the region, further strengthening her ability to represent and support her constituents in the General Assembly. Her diverse and extensive experience makes her uniquely prepared to be your voice in the Virginia General Assembly. Christie is married to Merrill, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, a mother of three wonderful children, and "Ya-Ya" to eleven grandchildren. Community and military service run in the family; Christie's son is a firefighter in the Outer Banks, her son-in-law serves with the Coast Guard in Florida, her daughter is an Army veteran, and her nephew is an active duty in the Navy service member. She is passionate about fighting for the future of our country and families. Christie's Values PRO God, Family, and Country PRO Right To Life PRO Small Government PRO Second Amendment PRO Public Safety & First Responders PRO Supporting Our Veterans PRO Parents Rights PRO NO Woke Indoctrination PRO NO "Dirty" Books in Schools PRO NO Boys in Girls Sports

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2023    Next Election: 2027
Spouse: Merrill   
Counties Representing
Roanoke City
Salem City