Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced his endorsement of Garrison’s campaign, saying “I am excited to endorse Garrison Coward for the House of Delegates. Garrison will fight for improved education, safer communities and lower taxes. We need his conservative voice representing our values in Richmond.”
Speaking on Mr. Cantor’s endorsement, Garrison stated “Whether a delegate in the Virginia House, or as Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, Eric Cantor has always been a leader with a long- term vision for our Commonwealth and nation. I’ve always known him to fight for causes he believes in, and for a new generation of leaders. I’ll forever be thankful for his mentorship and leadership...I am honored to have his support.”
Garrison R. Coward is the Chief Operating Officer of BizCents, a Henrico based data analytics firm. Garrison is a former political advisor and Campaign Manager to Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA01). Prior to joining Congressman Wittman, Garrison served as Political Director and Deputy Director of Minority Engagement, for the Republican Party of Virginia. He is the Executive Director of the Conservative Professionals Network of Virginia, which aims to engage a new generation of center-right thinkers on public-policy matters. In 2016, he was elected a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Virginia's 7th Congressional District.
Garrison is a Henrico native, and life-long Virginian, who serves on several community boards, including on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Southside Community Housing and Development Corporation, and the Greater Richmond YMCA Millennial Committee. Garrison is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union.
Eric I. Cantor was born in Richmond, and is the Vice Chairman and a Managing Director of Moelis & Company, and also serves on their Board of Directors. Mr. Cantor was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992-2001. Mr. Cantor served as a Congressman from Virginia’s 7th District, which includes the 68th district of the Virginia House of Delegates, from 2001 to 2014, and as Majority Leader from 2011-2014. Mr. Cantor is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Executive Council on Infrastructure, and was named a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Policy Board.