Joe T. May
Who is Joe T. May?
Joe Turner May is an American businessman, electrical engineer, inventor, and politician. In 1977, May founded EIT, a Sterling-based electronics manufacturer. May holds over twenty patents in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering. Between 1994 and 2014, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 33rd district. The district is composed of the Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun counties. May a self described moderate, was a member of the Republican Party caucus.
During his time in the House of Delegates, May was co-chair of the Science and Technology committee between 1998–2001, and chair between 2002–2007. From 2008-2014, he was chair of the committee on Transportation.
In June 2013, Dave LaRock - a member of the Tea Party - defeated May in the 33rd district Republican primary. In December 2013, May announced his candidacy in a special election to succeed Democratic Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, in the Virginia State Senate. After the Republican Party decided to choose its candidate through a "mass meeting" instead of a primary, May declared he would run as an independent.