Buzz Hawley is a lifelong resident of Virginia. Born in Alexandria on October 23rd, 1969, Buzz and his family moved to Mason District in August 1974, settling in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood. His late father, Chuck, was a career civil servant at the U.S. Department of Transportation; his mother, Carol, is a realtor and was the long-time editor of the Lake Barcroft Newsletter.
Buzz was educated in the Fairfax County Public Schools. He attended Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, Glasgow Middle School, and J.E.B. Stuart High School, from which he graduated in 1987. Buzz attended the College of William and Mary, receiving a B.A. in Government and English in 1991. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 from George Mason University, where he served as an elected member of the Student Bar Association Board of Governors and was a student speaker at the law school commencement. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Buzz returned home after college graduation, joining the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf in 1991. He served as staff assistant and Legislative Assistant before being promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant and Counsel. Buzz assisted Congressman Wolf with his work on the Appropriations Committee, with a focus on transportation, public infrastructure, and public safety funding. Buzz also handled several legislative issues for Congressman Wolf, from transportation to environment to telecommunications. Buzz advised the Congressman on the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), which governs federal funding for transportation improvements, and worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure the smooth administration of ISTEA grants in Virginia.
Buzz now serves as Director of Government Relations and Counsel at Van Scoyoc Associates, one of Washington's leading government relations firms. He joined the firm in August 1997 and is currently counsel in its Transportation and Energy/Environmental group and general Appropriations practice, with a particular emphasis on transportation, energy, defense, judiciary, environmental, and educational issues.
Buzz has long been a civic and community activist in Mason District. He is a member of the Bailey's Crossroads Rotary Club, and was the youngest President in club history when elected in 1999. In 2001, Buzz was elected President of the Sleepy Hollow Woods Civic Association. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Mason District Council of Civic Associations (MDCCA) and was elected Chairman of the MDCCA in 2002. Buzz is a former coach for the Mason District Little League, and previously served on the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, a program for public policy leaders sponsored by the University of Virginia.