Joe McNamara is married to his lovely wife Cheryl and together they have five children – Josh, Patrick, Joey, Corey, and Colleen. We also can’t forget Tibs (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel).
Small Business Owner
Joe is most famously known as the Ice Cream Man. He owns Katie’s Ice Cream and Chocolates and the Salem Ice Cream Parlor. As a small business owner, Joe knows how to create jobs and understands the dignity of work. He is proud to fight for small businesses in Richmond.
Joe graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant — the only one in the General Assembly. Joe also took Master’s classes in Taxation with Virginia Tech. Joe’s colleagues from both sides of the aisle have complemented his strong understanding of tax policy.
Effective Public Servant
Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and never raised a tax.
Joe was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2018. He has since built a strong voting record while fighting for conservative principles of fiscal integrity, individual rights, and family values.
He helped to deliver the largest tax cut in 30 years, voted against harmful gun control measures, and stood up for the right to life. In the 2021 legislative session, Joe worked in a bipartisan manner to secure Full PPP Loan Forgiveness for 81% of Virginia’s businesses.
Joe currently serves on the House Finance and Counties, Cities, & Towns committees. Joe is the Republican whip for the Finance Committee. As whip, Joe evaluates the costs and benefits of tax legislation and gives voting recommendations to his fellow Republicans.