Congressman Don Beyer is serving his first term as the U.S.
Representative from Virginia’s 8th District, representing Arlington,
Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He serves on the
House Committee on Natural Resources and is a member of the New Democrat
Coalition. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1998,
and was Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama.
Rep. Beyer’s signature work as lieutenant governor included
advocacy for Virginians with disabilities and ensuring protections for
Virginia’s most vulnerable populations as the Commonwealth reformed its welfare
system in the mid-1990s. Rep. Beyer was Virginia’s Democratic nominee for
governor in 1997.
After leaving office, Rep. Beyer spent fourteen years as
Chair of Jobs for Virginia Graduates, a highly successful high school dropout
prevention program, and was active for a decade on the board of the D.C.
Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. As Chair of the Virginia Economic
Recovery Commission, he helped pass permanent pro-business reforms and was
co-founder of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
President Obama nominated Rep. Beyer to serve as Ambassador
to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in 2009. He used his position to
advocate for stricter sanctions to compel Iran to begin nuclear disarmament
discussions. As Ambassador, Rep. Beyer was integral to US Department of
Justice efforts to halt the abuses of Swiss bank secrecy by wealthy Americans.
Rep. Beyer has spent four decades building his family
business in Northern Virginia after a summer job at a car dealership in 1974.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College with a Bachelor of
Arts with the Highest Honors in Economics and was elected Phi Beta Kappa.
He was Salutatorian at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC and named
a Presidential Scholar by President Lyndon Johnson.
Rep. Beyer has four children and two grandchildren. He and
his wife Megan live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Arlington Community Foundation is an independent charitable
organization that actively promotes, protects and improves the quality
of life for those who live or work in Arlington. The Foundation
provides philanthropic leadership and raises capital for grants and
scholarships to address community needs now and in the future.