Whether in the private sector, public service or as a leader in his community, Joe May has proven an excellent problem-solver who can bridge ideological divides to build consensus and strengthen Virginia communities. As a former Delegate, May has a demonstrated track record of working across the aisle to solve the big issues facing the region and state. May brought Virginian leaders, from both sides of the aisle, together behind a bold transportation vision that is alleviating infrastructure challenges in the region and improving the quality of life for Northern Virginians. May crafted and helped build bipartisan consensus behind the comprehensive transportation package passed in 2013 that has measurably mitigated the massive burden of congestion and infrastructure maintenance faced by Northern Virginia families.
In a January 2014 resolution, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission commended May as a “principal architect” of the 2013 legislation that passed with the support of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
In Richmond, May also earned a reputation as an independent-minded leader, notably bucking his own Party to protect women’s rights and to support common-sense, Constitutional gun safety legislation — like limiting firearms in bars.
May is the founder and CTO of EIT, an engineering and manufacturing company headquartered in Leesburg with four facilities on the East Coast. EIT employs more than 100 people at its Leesburg headquarters and more than 250 across Virginia. A pioneering technologist, May is personally responsible for a number of inventions that have changed industries and enhanced Americans’ lives. May’s inventions span diverse industries and disciplines. They include an octane measurement device for gasoline that saves drivers’ dollars at the pump, industry-changing advancements in ultraviolet and radar technologies and the technology that enabled the use of a yellow-first down marker on professional football broadcasts.
May is a founder and member of numerous philanthropic and community organizations, including serving as the current chairman of the Loudoun Laurels Foundation, an organization committed to creating opportunity for first generation and disadvantaged students in Loudoun County schools.
May, through a family foundation, also personally supports students considering careers in STEM fields, recently funding a program at Virginia Tech to increase engineering admissions for over 300 first generation Virginia students.
A sixth-generation Virginian, May has lived in Northern Virginia for 49 years. A graduate of Virginia Tech, May also spent three years serving our country in the Army as an E-5. May and his wife Bobby have been married for 55 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.