September 20, 2016


“The world is changing; Virginia is changing, and the government of Virginia needs to change with it or the commonwealth will be left behind. Virginia is now in the bottom ten states in economic growth, below average nationally on tax climate, and below average on startup activity. We need a smaller, more flexible, fairer government that doesn’t throw roadblocks in front of people who are simply trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.”

My name is Cliff Hyra, and I am running for Governor of Virginia.  I am a lifelong Virginia resident, growing up in Falls Church and Springfield.  I attended school in Fairfax County, including Keene Mill Elementary, Lake Braddock, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  In school, I played travel ice hockey for the Mount Vernon Ice Dogs and graduated with 42 college credits.

After high school, I attended Virginia Tech, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, graduating magna cum laude.  While at Virginia Tech, I was a member of the University’s chapter of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and played on the Virginia Tech Rugby Football Club, which won the Ed Lee Cup as Virginia State Champions for all four years of my tenure.

After graduating from Virginia Tech, I decided to attend law school at George Mason University, where I graduated magna cum laude and fifth in my class of 214. While in law school, I served on the George Mason University Law Review and interned for judge Stanley P. Klein at the Fairfax County Circuit Court.  I also worked part time at a boutique intellectual property law firm in McLean.

After graduating in 2007, I remained in Northern Virginia and joined the firm full time, working there until the end of 2008 when I started my own intellectual property law practice, Hyra IP.  In 2012, I joined Symbus Law Group as a partner, where I continue to work today. I am a registered patent attorney and member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars, the International Trademark Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  I specialize in domestic and international patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, opinions, appeals, enforcement, and contested proceedings for my client base which includes universities, multinational corporations, and small and medium-sized companies around the country and the globe.

In 2015, my family and I moved to my wife’s hometown of Mechanicsville, a suburb just north of Richmond in Hanover County.

The 2017 campaign for Governor is my first political endeavor.

More About Cliff

Cliff and Stephanie Hyra have four children:  Cheyenne, 7, Bridgette, 5, Thomas, 3 and newborn Abigail, who arrived August 18.

Cliff enjoys travel, investing in real estate, running, and reading, as well as playing Euro-style board games and video games, especially with his children.