Delegate Mark Keam has represented part of Fairfax County in the House of Delegates since 2010, where he has been a consistent champion for clean energy legislation.
An effective legislator, a tax credit introduced by Keam in his first session to encourage green jobs has become law in Virginia. In 2018, he introduced legislation declaring it in the public interest to have at least 10% of electricity in Virginia be derived from solar energy and legislation requiring the State Corporation Commission to allow community solar and wind-powered projects to operate. He also was the co-patron of legislation to create the executive branch position of Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection to continue the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding’s for two additional years.
Delegate Keam has taken a principled stance against accepting campaign contributions from regulated utility monopolies and has acted as a legislator to ensure those monopolies are properly regulated by voting against SB 966, “the Grid Modernization Act,” which curtailed SCC’s oversight of Dominion Energy, and by introducing legislation that directed the SCC to encourage investor-owned electric utilities to file tariffs with rate structures that reflect time of day and seasonal cost differentials.
A strong champion of clean governance, Delegate Keam wrote legislation to establish a Division of Anti-Corruption within the Department of Law to investigate claims of fraud and corruption in state matters.