Rep. Ben Cline held his first town hall in Botetourt County in April of this year.
Photo by Aila Boyd

By Aila Boyd

Rep. Ben Cline, the freshman Republican who represents the 6th Congressional District of Virginia, now calls Botetourt County, more specifically Fincastle, home.

Cline and his family previously lived in Rockbridge County, where he grew up.

“We’re very excited to get to know our new community in Fincastle,” Cline said.

Cline explained that because his wife is an attorney in Roanoke, living in Fincastle will cut down on her commute time. He added that his wife is originally from the Roanoke Valley.

As he has started to settle into Fincastle, Cline said that he has made it a point to get to know other parts of the county as well.

“We’re getting settled in. I’ve gotten to explore the town a little bit and all of the great things that Botetourt has to offer,” he said.

Although he hasn’t been a Botetourt County resident for all that long, he said that he has really been struck by how welcoming the citizens are.

“Through my work in the General Assembly and while campaigning for Congress last year I knew when we started looking that there are great people in Botetourt,” he said. “Having moved in, I’ve been proven right.”

Cline, who describes himself as a “country boy,” noted that he and his wife were drawn to Fincastle because of its rural nature. “We wanted to maintain that rural atmosphere. We found Fincastle and fell in love with it,” he said.

Having closed on his new house back in May, Cline said that since then his life has been a never-ending parade of moving boxes. “There’s been packing and unpacking,” he said.

Cline succeeded former Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who retired at the beginning of this year. He previously served as Goodlatte’s chief of staff. He also represented the 24th District in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002-2018.