Christopher K. Peace represents the Virginia House of Delegates’ 97th District which includes part of Hanover, King William and New Kent Counties. Peace serves on the prominent Appropriations, Health Welfare and Institutions, and General Laws Committees. He serves as Chair of the General Laws Sub-committee on Housing. Peace was named Chairman of the Advisory Council for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Chairman of the Commission on Youth and Vice Chairman of the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission. Now in his fourth term, Peace was named the State Police Association and Virginia Sheriff’s Association legislative Rookie of the Year in 2006. The Virginia Assisted Living Association, the Virginia Council for Private Education, the Virginia Optometric Association, the Virginia Housing Coalition and Virginia Retail Merchants Association honored Peace for his exemplary service.
Speaker of the House William J. Howell likewise recognized Peace’s leadership skills and appointed him to several statewide boards important to his district including Joint Commission on Health Care, the Virginia Commission on Youth (Chairman), Mandated Benefits Advisory Commission, State Advisory Council on Career and Technical Education, Human Services & Public Safety Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), Human Services & Welfare Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Bicentennial of War of 1812 Commission, and the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission. He is also a member of several legislative groups namely the Conservative Caucus, Rural Caucus, Energy Caucus (Co-Chair) and the Tourism Caucus (Co-Chair).
Peace has always been an active member of his community serving it in a volunteer capacity through these statewide and community groups: LEAD VA Statewide Board; Library of Virginia Foundation Statewide Board; Metro Richmond Habitat for Humanity Board; Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Statewide Board; Hanover Republican Committee; Heritage and History of Hanover County, Inc.; Hanover County Historical Society; Hanover Association of Businesses/Chamber of Commerce; Hanover Safe Place; Hanover Ruritan Club; Mechanicsville Businessmen’s Association; New Kent Chamber of Commerce; Sons of the American Revolution; Washington and Henry Fraternal Lodge and the Scottish Rite.
Prior to his public service in the legislature, Peace worked at McGuire Woods Consulting, a national public affairs and public relations firm. He began his public affairs career by working as a legislative aide to then-Delegate Eric Cantor (now 7th District U.S. Congressman), and as a law clerk for the Richmond City Attorney and Virginia’s Attorney General.
Currently Peace consults for Smithfield Foods, Inc. and is an active member of the Virginia State Bar and the bar association of the District of Columbia. He has taught legal studies as an adjunct professor of legal studies at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. An avid history buff, Peace serves as the executive director of Historic Polegreen Church Foundation, a historic preservation non-profit foundation, and established the Road to Revolution State Heritage Trail to honor the life and influence of Virginia’s first governor Patrick Henry in addition to the many men and women who played a role in liberating Virginia from Colonial rule and establishing the United States of America.
Peace graduated from St. Christopher’s School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. In 2005, Style Weekly magazine named Peace one of the “Top 40 Under 40.” He is an alumnus of Leadership Metro Richmond and University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Sorensen presented Peace its 2008 alumni award for “Expression of Ideals.” Along with their daughter, Camden, son, Henry, and dog, Laney, Chris and his wife, Ashley, make their home in Mechanicsville and attend a local Episcopal Church.
Ashley Hopkins Peace
Ashley Peace is a trained commercial real estate appraiser who values commercial real estate and analyzes local real estate markets across Virginia. Previously, Ashley was a Senior Planner for the City of Richmond Department of Economic and Community Development and worked on large scale economic development projects including public housing redevelopment and commercial corridor revitalization. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from VCU and is pursuing a second Master’s degree in Business in Real Estate Valuation. She is the first formally trained Planner and real estate professional on the Hanover County Planning Commission.