Raised in the 28th, Delegate Joshua Cole knows not only what challenges people face in Fredericksburg and Stafford County but knows what it means to truly serve his constituents. Joshua is a pastor of music at Union Bell Baptist, serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.
In 2019, Joshua Cole became the youngest person, and the first Black person elected from the Fredericksburg region to represent in Virginia’s historic General Assembly. A Product of Stafford County Public Schools and a student at the University of Mary Washington, Joshua is passionate about education and our public school system. In the House of Delegates, Joshua served on the House Committee on Education where his expertise as a college Academic Advisor and public school behavior aid was put to use.
Joshua also served on the House Public Safety and Agriculture committee - representing the Fredericksburg region as the only Fredericksburg-area legislator to represent farmers, environmental ideals, and agricultural voices.
Outside of politics, Joshua is a Pastor, serves as the Chairman of the House of Clergy for the Union of Charismatic Orthodox Churches, an avid Star Wars and Marvel fan, and a husband and father dedicated to making the Fredericksburg area better for working-class citizens, parents, the next generation and attracting more businesses that pay well.