Rex Alphin grew up on a farm in southern Isle of Wight County and continues farming there today. He and his wife of 36 years, Debra, have three adult children, two of whom are married, and three grandsons. A third-generation farmer, Rex has been privileged to serve his constituents on the Board of Supervisors in his county these last five years, the last two as Chairman.
He has long believed that to represent a people well, one must know those people- and to know a people, one must live among them. As an agri-business man, Rex has done just that. He currently farms 1,400 acres consisting of peanuts, cotton, and corn along with a cow and calf herd and a 3,000 head of finishing hogs. Rex has served as Director of the Virginia Crop Improvement Association, is the past chair of the local Southern States Board, has spent eight years on the Virginia Pork Industry Board including three as its chair, and has been on the Isle of Wight Planning Commission for four years. In 2011, Rex was elected to the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors and is serving out his sixth year on the Board.
In his early years, Rex attended Virginia Tech before returning to the farm. Until recently, he wrote a weekly column for local newspapers for six years, eventually authoring a book resulting from those endeavors entitled The Nature of Things: Stories from the Land which was nominated in 2012 for the Library of Virginia Literary Award in non-fiction. Rex and his family attend Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church in Suffolk, Virginia, where he often teaches Sunday School and sings in the choir.
“I have learned much through my experiences and have made my fair share of mistakes. I have learned that most people simply want an opportunity to succeed on a level playing field and, when treated justly, will return such justice. Having lived my life in this place and among these people, it would be an honor to represent the 64th District.”