Local Government Education Week
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors traditionally proclams the first week of April as Local Government Education Week. The week serves to focus attention on the valuable services provided by local governments to the communities they serve.
In an effort to promote civic engagement and education, we present some facts about your local government.
Form of Government
Loudoun County operates under the "traditional" form of government and is governed by a nine-member Board of Supervisors
, whose Chair is elected by the voters at large. The other eight Supervisors are elected from each of eight election districts in the county. The current Board members were elected to four-year terms in 2015. The current members are:
- Phyllis J. Randall, Chair
- Ralph M. Buona, Vice Chair, Ashburn District
- Suzanne M. Volpe, Algonkian District
- Tony R. Buffington Jr., Blue Ridge District
- Ron A. Meyer, Broad Run District
- Geary M. Higgins, Catoctin District
- Matthew F. Letourneau, Dulles District
- Kristen C. Umstattd, Leesburg District
- Koran T. Saines, Sterling District
Under the traditional form of government, Loudoun County also has five elected Constitutional Officers. The current Constitutional Officers are:Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens, Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman, Sheriff Mike Chapman and Treasurer Roger Zurn.
County Government Services
With excellent access to major markets and a robust transportation and internet infrastructure, Loudoun is an attractive location for companies of all sizes and industries. Up to 70 percent of the world's Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County on a daily basis. Loudoun is also home to nearly 1,400 farms, totaling 142,000=plus acres as well as 40 wineries. Learn more from the Department of Economic Development
The population of Loudoun County has more than tripled since 1990, from 100,000 to an estimated 392,711. A quick look at the county's facts and figures is online here
with more in-depth demographic information online here
Leesburg has served continuously as the county seat since the county was formed in 1757. During the War of 1812, in which the British burned the White House, Loudoun County served briefly as a temporary refuge for the president and important state papers. The Constitution and other state papers were brought to Rokeby, near Leesburg, for safekeeping. President Madison established headquarters at Belmont, where he was the guest of Ludwell Lee. The present courthouse is the third courthouse in the county's history. The Historic Records & Deed Research Division of the Clerk of the Circuit Court
maintains county court records dating to 1757. Loudoun contains one of the most complete collections of court records in Virginia.
Loudoun County has seven incorporated towns. They are:
Loudoun County was formed in 1757, when, by act of the Virginia House of Burgesses, Fairfax County was divided. The western portion was named Loudoun for John Campbell, the fourth earl of Loudoun, a Scottish nobleman who served as commander-in-chief for all British armed forces in North America and titular governor of Virginia from 1756 to 1759. Learn more about Loudoun's history
as well as about the county's Coat of Arms
, County Flag
and County Seal
Local Government Education Week Online Resources