RICHMOND, VA – Last week, a bill to decouple Virginia’s vehicle emission standards from California, thus repealing the scheduled ban on gasoline and diesel-powered cars and light trucks, passed the Virginia House of Delegates 52-48. Delegate Tony Wilt originally introduced HB1378 and Delegate Williams (R – Stuart) signed on as a co-patron. The bill passed without a single Democrat vote. The following statement can be attributed to Del. Wren Williams:

“When Virginia Democrats tied our emission standards to California’s, they took away our Commonwealth’s sovereignty. Millions of Virginians are about to lose their freedom to buy the cars and trucks they can afford and that best suit their needs. Repealing this terrible law will be a huge win for freedom and prosperity for all Virginians.

It is appalling that Virginia Democrats in the House unanimously opposed this repeal. Once again, the Democrats are showing that they are the party of the elite. They are completely out of touch with average Virginians who don’t share their lifestyle and can’t afford these luxuries.

I will always stand up for the rights of Virginians in my district who, like 99% of Americans today, rely on gas and diesel vehicles for work, life, and recreation.”


Wren Williams is the sitting delegate representing Virginia’s 9th House District, serving on the Committees on Public Safety, Privileges and Elections, and Courts of Justice. Since redistricting, Williams is running for re-election in Virginia’s new 47th House District. Prior to his election as delegate, Williams served as chairman of the Patrick County Republican Committee (PCRC), where he increased membership, raised money, and flipped the board of supervisors and school board to Republican control – earning the Republican Party of Virginia’s “Unit of the Year” award. During the 2020 election, Wren traveled the country to help the Republican National Committee (RNC) and President Trump fight for election integrity in the courtroom in Wisconsin. In 2021, Williams made headlines when he challenged and defeated a 14-year incumbent by 26 points in the Republican Primary. Outside of politics, Wren lives with his wife, Britt, and son, Rhett, in Stuart, VA. Wren and Britt own and operate Schneider & Williams Law Firm.