Roger R. Mayhew, Jr., better known to friends and colleagues as "Ronnie" has been a strong conservative since he can recall. Ronnie became active in politics as a rising senior at Tunstall High School, in Dry Fork, Virginia, when he founded the Pittsylvania County Young Republicans (PCYR).
As founder and president of the PCYR, Ronnie worked to recruit young people to get involved in partisan politics and the political process. The PCYR, under Ronnie's leadership, aided in electing local, state, and federal Republican candidates to office. Recognizing Ronnie's leadership, the 5th Congressional District Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia appointed Ronnie to serve as 5th District Representative for the Young Republican Federation of Virginia (YRFV).
Ronnie's appointment to this office was confirmed unanimously by the Young Republican Federation of Virginia. At the end of Ronnie's term as District Rep, he was elected to a 3-year term as SW Regional Vice Chairman for the YRFV. In this position, Ronnie served on the Executive Board of the YRFV and was instrumental in recruitment efforts across the southwest portions of Virginia.
While a government major at the University of Virginia, Ronnie participated in activities with the College Republicans and acted as their liaison to the YRFV. Ronnie also was elected or appointed to several posts at the University including, Representative from the College of Arts & Sciences, Vice Chair of Legislative Affairs (Student Council Presidential Cabinet), and finally as Executive Vice President of Student Council (Chairman of the Representative Body). Ronnie, serving in the second highest elected office that year as EVP, was the only conservative elected to the four member executive board.
Over summer breaks, Ronnie worked as a campaign aide to then-Councilman Danny Marshall on his successful bid for the Virginia House of Delegates (14th District) and two years later served as interim campaign manager for Delegate Robert Hurt, who was successfully reelected to the 16th District.
During law school, Ronnie remained active in politics: serving as L1 Representative, Law School Senator to the Student Senate, and as President of the Student Bar Association (SBA). Ronnie has served as chair of the Student Bar Association's Constitutional Review Committee, been acting Elections Chair, and acting Chair of the SBA during budget appropriations prior to assuming the presidency. He was also a member of the Christian Legal Society and the Black Law Students' Association.
Outside of the SBA, Ronnie has served as Lt. Governor for SBAs (Ohio-Michigan-Kentucky) for the American Bar Association's Law School Division, President of the Ohio Northern Chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a Teaching Assistant for Wills/Estates/Trusts, and a Research Assistant in Constitutional Law.
During his final year of law school, Ronnie worked for the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel to Gov. Bob Taft (R), the Governor of Ohio. He assisted in evaluating cases for pardons, commutations, and clemency. Mayhew also participated in reviewing legal matters that were of interest to the Governor and his staff. Ronnie researched a number of substantive legal issues to assist the Governor's Legal Counsel.
Ronnie plans to become a prosecuting attorney and has begun work in this field by working for the United States Attorney's Office/Western District of Virginia during the summer between his first and second years of law school. After his second year of law school, Mayhew worked as a legal intern in the Criminal Division of the 82nd Airborne Division's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Bragg, NC. Rounding out his prosecutorial experiences in law school, Ronnie worked as an "assistant prosecutor" per his legal intern license at the Kenton City Prosecutor's Office. During this internship, Mayhew assisted in the prosecution of misdemeanor offenses occuring in Hardin County, Ohio.
Ronnie has returned to his home, Virginia, where he took the July 2006 bar exam. He is currently employed as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Danville.