E.W. Jackson is a true believer. He believes in God, in the vision and ideal that birthed America, and in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the spiritual and intellectual well from which our Declaration and Constitution were drawn. A former foster child, he symbolizes the hope ignited by freedom and the right to pursue happiness and the fulfillment of our God-given potential. He is the principled leader we need to represent Virginians in the U.S. Senate.

Far from being a politician, E.W. Jackson’s passion is for people and making sure every citizen has the opportunity to experience the best our country has to offer. He was not born into a family of wealth or political influence, but in the working-class city of Chester, Pennsylvania, a community we would now describe as the inner city. After spending time in the foster system, E.W. returned to live with his father at the age of 10. It was his dad who taught him the value of hard work and taking responsibility for one’s own life and decisions.

A Vietnam Era Veteran, he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1970 and took an oath to the Constitution that he honors to this day. A sense of patriotism and desire to serve motivated him. To this day, E.W. remains motivated by those who were willing to sacrifice everything in that conflict.

Upon honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Jackson enrolled in the University of Massachusetts at Boston and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Phi Betta Kappa Key, in just three years. He was accepted to attend Harvard Law School and while there also enrolled for courses at Harvard Divinity School.

While at Harvard, E.W. Jackson committed his life to Jesus Christ, became a minister of the Gospel at Boston’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. After graduation, he passed two bar exams at the same time – Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He went on the practice small business and personal injury law and to teach as an Adjunct Law Professor at Northeastern University in Boston and Strayer University in Virginia Beach.

In the mid-1990’s he felt called to return to Virginia, his ancestral home – the birthplace of his grandfather and great-grandfather. Upon moving to Virginia, E.W. and his wife Theodora founded The Called Church. Then in 2009, he founded S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring Americans together across racial and cultural lines to preserve our Judeo-Christian heritage and values. He is the author of two books: “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life” and the follow-up volume “12 Principles to Make Life Extraordinary.”

Motivated by the problems of his youth, growing up in foster care and headed in the wrong direction, E.W. has also developed a comprehensive private sector solution to the problems of the inner city, called Project Awakening.

A leading conservative voice in media, Jackson managed a local gospel radio station in Boston, was a talk show host on WHDH and a nationally syndicated radio host on several networks: with Radio America, American Family Radio and Urban Family Talk. He recently served a spokesperson for Stars and Stripes nationally broadcast radio campaign.

He has been a guest on Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs, Megyn Kelly, CBN World News, ABC’s Good Morning America, C-Span’s Washington Journal, ABC Radio Network, National Public Radio, and other media. His articles have been featured in the Washington Times, American Thinker, Western Journalism, American Family Association’s The Stand, The Stream and other publications.

E.W. Jackson shocked the political Establishment when he won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2013, propelled by enthusiastic grassroots support that remained on the convention floor more than 12 hours to make sure their candidate won.

He and his wife, Theodora, have been married for 47 years, have 3 children and reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.