The VGEA’s Purpose

The mission of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association (VGEA), a voluntary, non-partisan organization, is to give a voice to active and retired State employee concerns and to advocate for solutions that promote individual dignity, equitable compensation, professionalism and safe working conditions.

This mission is carried out by:

  • Promoting the interests of current, retired and future public employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Serving as an information and referral source for the membership.
  • Providing a forum for the discussion of ideas and problems.
  • Facilitating communication among public employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Representing the interests of public employees in matters relevant to health care, retirement benefits, competitive salaries, and appropriate protective insurance, as well as other issues of concern to members.
  • Serving as advisors to administrators of agencies of the Commonwealth when appropriate.
  • Promoting high quality work performance and professionalism by all public employees to provide effective and efficient programs and services to citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


The VGEA is a non-profit association with thousands of active State employee and retiree members throughout the Commonwealth.


The association also boasts hundreds of supportive associate members, who are legislators, business and community leaders as well as family members of State employees and retirees.

The VGEA is not affiliated with any local, state, or national labor union.  Our objectives are accomplished by petition, resolution or recommendation to the Governor, General Assembly, or any state official, committee, board or department.

What VGEA Members Are Saying:

  • This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…

    Dan Moon
  • VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!

    Judy Franklin
  • VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.

    April Mela
  • I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.

    Terry Alfred
  • Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.

    Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
  • VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.

    Joan Stromberg, ABC
  • Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us! 

    Karen Poff
  • The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!

    L.F., Department of Corrections
  • “I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”

    J. L. Stone
  • Great organization and I’m proud to be a member. VGEA worked tirelessly to ensure state employees received a 3% raise this year and not tied to revenue projections. VGEA is our voice to state government. I wish more state employees would join, there is strength in numbers.

    Carolyn Bethea

Representing the Commonwealth’s Employees and Retirees

For more than a half century, the VGEA has worked with Virginia General Assembly members and every Governor to protect the interests of the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees and to ensure that their needs are addressed. Learn More

Celebrating 60 Years of Service!