Ben Cline’s values were shaped growing up in the Shenandoah Valley. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1990, received his B.A. degree from Bates College, and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. Introduced by mutual friends while Ben was in law school, Ben and his wife Elizabeth married in 2007 and are raising their daughters in Botetourt County. Prior to his election to Congress, Ben worked as an attorney, first serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County, and then opening a private practice with offices in Lexington, Amherst, and Harrisonburg.
In 2002, Ben was elected to represent the 24th House District in the Virginia General Assembly. While in the House, Ben made a name for himself by taking on the status quo in Richmond – never failing to champion common sense, conservative legislation that challenged the establishments of both the Republican and Democratic parties. As Chairman of the Conservative Caucus, Ben was at the forefront of protecting our liberties and conservative values. From helping to stop massive tax hikes to crafting budget cuts to Virginia’s bloated bureaucracy, Ben was at the center of the resistance against the push for bigger and unaccountable government. Ben has a reputation of holding those in power accountable – even in his own party – and fighting to clean up bureaucratic waste and the political cronyism that grips our system.
Upon his election in 2018 to the House of Representatives for the Sixth District of Virginia, Ben was placed on the House Judiciary and Education and Labor Committees. He hit the ground running and was the first freshman Republican to successfully pass legislation which was signed into law. Concluding his first legislative session, ratings from congressional observers and scorecard groups have shown that Ben has kept his campaign promises and continued his record of fiscal responsibility and adherence to the Constitution.