David Suetterlein

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

With nine years experience as a staffer in the General Assembly, including eight years serving the District’s former Senator, Ralph Smith, David Suetterlein is ready to serve the people of Western Virginia in the Senate. David’s service to Senator Smith and his leadership in Republican politics make him a strong voice to fight for economic growth, lower taxes, and increased government accountability.

Flourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Edwards

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

 

Steven Nelson

Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Steve Newman

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

Benton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

George McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Todd Pillion

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2019

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.

Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

Ken Heath

Current Position: Marion Director of Community and Economic Development
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

David Suetterlein 1David Suetterlein

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

With nine years experience as a staffer in the General Assembly, including eight years serving the District’s former Senator, Ralph Smith, David Suetterlein is ready to serve the people of Western Virginia in the Senate. David’s service to Senator Smith and his leadership in Republican politics make him a strong voice to fight for economic growth, lower taxes, and increased government accountability.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

With nine years experience as a staffer in the General Assembly, including eight years serving the District’s former Senator, Ralph Smith, David Suetterlein is ready to serve the people of Western Virginia in the Senate. David’s service to Senator Smith and his leadership in Republican politics make him a strong voice to fight for economic growth, lower taxes, and increased government accountability.

About

David Suetterlein

Source: Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

With nine years experience as a staffer in the General Assembly, including eight years serving the District’s former Senator, Ralph Smith, David Suetterlein is ready to serve the people of Western Virginia in the Senate. David’s service to Senator Smith and his leadership in Republican politics make him a strong voice to fight for economic growth, lower taxes, and increased government accountability.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senate Staff

    For Ken Cuccinelli and Ralph K. Smith

Education

  • BA
    Grove City College

Personal

Born in on January 4, 1985.
Married Ashley Suetterlein

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Daniel Webb

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E516
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: Phone: (804) 698-7519

District Office
P. O. Box 20237
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: (540) 302-8486

Web

Government Page

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

David R. Suetterlein (R)41,29071.41%
Flourette M. Ketner (D)16,48428.51%
Write-In (Write-in)470.08%
TOTAL57,821

2015 State SenatorArray

David Suetterlein (R)33,12064.9%
Michael Lawrence Hamlar (D)15,73830.8%
Steven Lee Nelson ()2,1344.2%
Write In (Write-in)710.1%
TOTAL51,063

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

SUETTERLEIN, DAVID R has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $154,252.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Transportation

Appointments

Block Grants
Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS), Advisory Council on
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
School Readiness Committee
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
Virtual Learning & Education Technology
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Flourette KetnerFlourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Flourette Ketner 1

Source: Campaign page

Flourette “Flo” Ketner is the Democratic candidate for the 19th District of the Virginia Senate, which includes all of Salem City and Floyd, and parts of Bedford, Carroll, Franklin, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Wythe Counties. A wife and mother of three young children, she has lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. She grew up in Floyd County High School and graduated Radford University with a B.S. in English. Currently she lives in Christiansburg and serves on the board of the new non-profit organization Cayambis Institute Of Latin American Studies in Music as the Treasurer. 

Raised by her disabled grandmother in poverty, her mother painfully lost her battle with drug abuse and this experience shaped her future. As a member of her community, she experiences the same ups and downs we all have. She pays the same prices for her electric bills, enjoys local events with family and friends, and shops in the same local stores. This community is her heart, home, and a community where she takes responsibility to protect us, our children, and those in need. She wants us to all have the ability to sleep at night knowing that when we wake up in the morning, we are going to have a warm place to live, food on the table, and help when we need it.

She plans to bring these experiences and concerns about rural areas with her to Richmond to ensure that we and our children have the same advancements and opportunities as those living in urban areas so we may acquire the skills needed to become successful in the New River Valley. This is why she is advocating for better roads, last mile broadband connectivity, and to ease the access to affordable healthcare. When elected to office, she will also stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, address the opioid and drug epidemic head on, and work for better economic development to support the rights we deserve as citizens.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Civil Rights

ERA

Equal rights for women should already be a standard in our state and country. The Virginia State Legislature needs a couple votes to pass this vital piece of legislation, yet the ERA is still not law. We need to acknowledge that women are treated differently than men when we should all be treated equal. The women of southwest Virginia have been betrayed and now they have a new ally in their lives who will protect their basic human rights. We need to end the message that women aren’t good enough and prove, once and for all, that we are all equal.

Environment

Southwest Virginia is known worldwide for its beautiful mountains and landscapes. Protecting our backyard from pollution and rising temperatures is paramount for not only the present but the future. Passing new legislation to require permits to change or interfere with waterways should be a top priority. Saving endangered species and our forests is more important now than ever due to the dismantling of federal regulations. The environment includes farms, livestock, and crops. Farms are one of the most important parts of our region’s economy and they rely on natural resources to survive. Supporting green initiatives to maintain our natural resources is the best way to ensure to preservation of the heart of our region. Protecting our forests protects the jobs of many and protects our economy. We need to end ecoterrorism and take a stand for our farms, our forests, and our own survival.

Health Care

As a community, we need better access to the healthcare we need. We deserve the ability to reach a life saving 24 hour facility in a timely manner and to have necessary specialists, such as a trained Pediatrician, within a safe distance from our homes and schools. We deserve better and we can properly incentivize our facilities to have additional specialists or offer specialized services for the safety and care of all.

 Many of our areas do not have 24 hour facilities within a timely distance. Having them nearby is easily the difference between life or death for someone suffering a heart attack or an accident. We must focus on the health and wellness of our communities.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Quality transportation infrastructure is a necessity in rural Virginia. It is the pathway to our way of life and a healthy economy. Mass Public Transportation is a key component to keep our repair needs down. This is why she will ensure our needs are fully recognized and given a higher priority.

Mass transportation and public transportation are integral to our region and need to be more widely available. This provides affordable alternative level of transportation to jobs, stores, and medical care. It saves drive time on public roads and interstates and reduces road wear. Green buses are available in nearby areas and we can just as easily benefit from them in all areas of the district. Public transportation is a gateway to opportunities for rural areas like ours.

Broadband

Internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity for our economy and our citizens. Though we have finally been making moves to expand broadband, we need to ensure that we go to the last mile and have it available to every home. The state has provided the infrastructure for last mile telephone for years because of the necessity and we need to do the same with the quality internet. Providing this level of quality tremendously impacts the quality of life for our communities. Our businesses need better access to customers and our people need better access to the products needed in our homes. Education abilities are greatly expanded. Children and teens have better access to their schools while our working professionals have access to additional training while seeking promotions or to advance skills in their trade. Healthcare access instantly becomes a little more attainable when we have immediate access to the answers of simple and potentially serious medical questions while also aiding in outpatient care.

Safety

Substance Abuse

The Substance Abuse Epidemic has become more severe than before. We have routine reports of criminal arrests, overdose deaths, and even a rise of use in schools. We have to commit to addressing this crisis while addressing our mental healthcare crisis in tandem. We need to put a focus on prevention, early childhood abuse, caring for our citizens with the illness, and putting a strong stop too manufacturing. There are too many violent crimes associated with substance abuse and this is killing members of our communities while putting children in imminent danger. This must be researched and addressed. Stronger resources need to be available to protect and save everyone from this detrimental problem.

Better education for our children is long overdue. The idea of drugs being an issue has been glamorized to children and we need to stop using cartoons and start using age appropriate, intelligent conversations to educate our children of the dangers and threat to life that drugs present. It is time we truly take a stand to save our children and our people.

Run Rights and Safety Laws

We need to focus on the safety of our communities while also ensuring the safety of our farms protecting their livestock. We need to ensure our hunters are safe to catch the wildlife that feeds their families but also prevent children from life threatening instances. Safety is the number one concern. We need to ensure our schools, government buildings, and churches are safe for everyone. Forcing our teachers to acquire permits to carry a weapon while teaching our youth is not a safety measure. Government buildings are protected by security and forcing someone sitting at a reception desk to have a weapon is not a safety measure. Ensuring our families with weapons in their homes are keeping their guns safe utilizing approved gun locks and a secure gun safe is a safety measure.

Our police officers and our loving family members deserve the right to petition the courts about their concerns a permitted gun owner is not in a safe mental state and should be suspended until they feel they are back to good health. This is not simply for the safety of the public but the safety for our community and family members. Suicide is all too common and we should be taking measures to give our family and community members the support they need.

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John Edwards 1John Edwards

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

 

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

 

About

John Edwards

Source: Campaign page

A HISTORY OF SERVICE TO VIRGINIA AND AMERICA
John S. Edwards, born October 6, 1943, in Roanoke, Virginia, is the son of the late Judge Richard T. Edwards and Augusta Saul Edwards Farrier. He is married to Cathye Dabney Edwards and they have three children, Jack, Dabney and Catherine, and seven grandchildren. They are members of Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke.

EDUCATION
Edwards attended Roanoke City public schools graduating in 1962 from Patrick Henry High School, where he was the first president of the student government. He was a record setting pole vaulter and state high-school champion and voted by his classmates as “most likely to succeed”. In 1992 he was inducted in the high school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Edwards graduated from Princeton University in 1966 cum laude. He majored in history doing independent work on Woodrow Wilson, the Cold War, and Soviet-American relations. He wrote his Senior Thesis on “The Making of the Marshall Plan”.

Edwards lettered on the varsity track team as a pole vaulter. He was class representative to the Faculty-Student Committee on Student Life his sophomore and junior years and chaired his senior Class Memorial Fund committee. He was a member of the Chapel Deacons, Orange Key Society, Student Christian Association and the Tiger Inn club.

Upon graduation, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City for a year on a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship.

He graduated in 1970 from the University of Virginia Law School where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He was elected to the University Judiciary Committee and inducted into The Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. He was a summer associate for White & Case in New York. He was writing instructor assistant to Professor Antonin Scalia, later Supreme Court Justice. Edwards has also been an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at UVA Law School.

MILITARY SERVICE
Edwards served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain from 1971 through 1973. He served as a JAG Officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, and Futema, Okinawa, and with the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C

LEGAL CAREER
Edwards practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., in 1970 and 1974-76. He also did volunteer work for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He was chief trial attorney in the first successful Civil Rights class action law suit for federal employees, representing several thousand minority employees at NASA.

Edwards returned to Roanoke in 1976, practicing law with Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore until appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia in 1980 by President Carter. Afterwards, he joined the law firm of Martin, Hopkins, Lemon & Carter, later Martin, Hopkins, Lemon & Edwards. He is currently practicing in the Edwards Law Firm.

He has been active in bar related activities, including serving on the Board of the Roanoke Bar Association, Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee/Section, and on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

He was named a “Leader in the Law” in 2012 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for sponsoring legislation authorizing the Virginia Supreme Court to adopt Rules of Evidence.

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
In 1980 President Jimmy Carter appointed him United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. During his term, his office achieved several milestones. Among other things, he prosecuted the largest bank robbery in Virginia history, had the best record in the country at the time in enforcing criminal provisions of the Mine Safety and Health Act, prosecuted public corruption in the Mine Safety and Health Administration, prosecuted the first Criminal Civil Rights case in Virginia, prosecuted organized crime, and increased debt collections substantially from prior years. The Roanoke Times & World News reported that he had one of the “perhaps most successful tenures of any federal prosecutor in recent years”.

He is the author of “Professional Responsibilities of the Federal Prosecutor”, 17 University of Richmond Law Review 511 (1983).

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Virginia Law School
    1970

  • Union Theological Seminary
    1966 to 1967
  • A.B.
    Princeton University
    1966

Personal

Born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 6, 1943
Married Catherine Dabney Edwards

Membership & Affiliation

Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Luke W. Priddy, Leo Priddy

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E506
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7521
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 1179
Roanoke, VA 24006-1179
Phone: (540) 985-8690
Fax: (540) 345-9950

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

In November 1993, Edwards was appointed to fill a vacancy on Roanoke City Council. In the May 1994 general election, he was elected to a four-year term and Vice-Mayor of the City of Roanoke. Edwards was named Roanoker magazine’s Roanoker of the Year in 1995.

In November 1995, Edwards unseated a Republican incumbent to win a seat in the Senate of Virginia, representing the 21st District. Edwards was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 to the Virginia Senate. He currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair)

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

Legislation that Edwards has successfully sponsored include:

  • establishing the Roanoke Higher Education Center, which he Chairs;
  • requiring Character Education to be taught in the public schools;
  • requiring coverage for pre-existing health conditions for persons changing individual health-insurance carriers;
  • establishing the Health Practitioners’ Intervention Program;
  • establishing the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and
  • adopting the Virginia Rules of Evidence for use in the state’s courts.

Awards and accolades that Edwards has received for his legislative service include:

  • Public Service Award from Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging (VANHA) (1997);
  • Roanoke Mental Health Professional Community award (1997);
  • “Legislator of the Year” from the Virginia Legal Service program (1998);
  • Roanoke Fire Fighters Association award (1998);
  • Public Service Award from Alliance for the Mentally Ill of the Roanoke Valley (1999);
  • “Legislator of the Year” award from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (1999);
  • “Profile in Courage Award” from the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Western Virginia Chapter (1999);
  • “Child Advocate of the Year” award from the Virginia PTA/PTSA (2002);
  • “Legislative Hero” from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (2003 and 2011);
  • “Friend of the Family” award from the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Services (2003);
  • “Public Servant Award” by Equality Virginia (2005);
  • Legislator of the Year from Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) (2005);
  • Virginia First Cities Excellence Award for sponsoring Constitutional Amendment (2006);
  • “Child Advocate Award” from Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (2007);
  • Public Service Award from Southwest Virginia Psychiatric Society (2008);
  • Public Service Award from Virginia Conference, American Association of University Professors (2009);
  • Public Service Award from the Madison Society of Virginia Western Community College (2009);
  • The Stamp Award for Exemplary Support of Military Families from The Virginia Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America (2009);
  • Co-Legislator of the Year from the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (2011);
  • Legislative Champion Award from the Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Coalition (2011);
  • Legislator of the Year Award from the Professional Firefighters Association (2012);
  • Legislative Service Award from Planned Parenthood of Virginia (2012);[2]
  • named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Law Weekly (2012);[3] and
  • Legislator of the Year Award from the Sierra Club of Virginia (2013).[4]

Edwards ran for Attorney General of Virginia in 2001. He finished second to Donald McEachin in a four-way Democratic primary.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

John S. Edwards (D)26,87765.48%
Steven L. Nelson ()13,88233.82%
Write-In (Write-in)2870.70%
TOTAL41,046

2015 State SenatorArray

John Edwards (D)20,88150.9%
Nancy Vivian Dye (R)17,43842.5%
Donald Stevens Caldwell ()2,6266.442%
Write In (Write-in)420.1%
TOTAL40,987

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

EDWARDS, JOHN S has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,763,507.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Code Commission
Gubernatorial Appointments – Joint Subcommittee on
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Interstate 81 Commission
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Roanoke Higher Education Authority
Southern States Energy Board
War Memorial Board, Virginia
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Democracy

INCREASING ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX

Edwards will keep working to ensure all Virginians age 65 and older can vote absentee without having to provide a reason or excuse. Edwards believes voting should be made more convenient, and not more burdensome.

Education

ROANOKE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

Senator Edwards was the chief patron of SB 1180 in 1997, which established the Roanoke Higher Education Center; he currently chairs the Center’s Board of Trustees.

Since opening in 2000, the Roanoke Higher Education Center has enhanced opportunities for college, graduate and workforce training programs for our region and has boosted higher paying jobs for graduates.

According to a recent study, the Center has a $32 million annual economic impact on our region.

  • Those completing bachelor’s degrees at the Center saw an average increase in income of $17,477 per year.
  • Those completing masters and doctorate degrees saw income increases of $10,145 and $16,166, per year, respectively.
  • Among those completing teacher licensure programs, salaries have increased by an average of $14,000 per year.

Thus, incomes have increased an estimated $35 million per year for those completing degrees at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

In 2008 the Claude Moore Education Complex was established from rehabilitating and preserving the historic Henry Street shops – the cultural and economic center of African Americans in Roanoke for many years. The facility houses the Culinary Arts Institute, offering Associate Degrees to prepare students to be Executive Chefs and to operate restaurants and catering services.

Now Edwards is working to double the size of the popular program, which will create even more jobs.

Environment

FIGHTING THE PIPELINE

Edwards has voiced opposition to plans to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline through our mountains and neighborhoods on both environmental and safety grounds

CONSERVATION, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

SB 1023 expanded the scope of permitted retail competition for electric generation service. In particular, the bill allows individual retail customers that are eligible customer-generators to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy exclusively for their own consumption from a renewable energy seller. This bill helps customer-generators and renewable energy sellers in the electricity markets to work outside of the current “exclusive service territories” of the electric utility.

Lowering barriers to entry into the renewable energy market and increasing the opportunities for competition in that market will benefit consumers and new generators.

The Sierra Club (Virginia Chapter) named Edwards “Legislator of the Year” in July 2013, recognizing his outstanding public service. In 2011 the non-partisan Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VLCV) designated Senator Edwards a “Legislative Hero,” because of his dedication to conservation priorities. Senator Edwards has been ranked in the top quartile of Virginia Legislators by the VLCV for the past five years.

Health Care

MEDICAID HEALTH CARE EXPANSION

Accepting the Medicaid dollars we have already sent to Washington will grow our economy, create 30,000 new jobs, and provide up to 400,000 Virginians the health care they need.

Infrastructure

IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION

nfrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and vital to ensuring we all get home safely each day. We need to continue to invest in improvements to provide the safest roads in the nation.

PASSENGER RAIL IS COMING TO ROANOKE IN 2017

Senator Edwards’ budget amendment in 2011 established the “Connector Bus” from Roanoke to Lynchburg’s Amtrak station. The popularity of the convenient, low cost bus has enabled its ridership to grow beyond expectations and, in turn, showed there is a market for passenger rail service in our region. In fact, Amtrak has announced it is coming to Roanoke in 2017 and, a few years thereafter, to the New River Valley. The 2013 transportation legislation includes funding to expand passenger rail.

Amtrak will open up the Northeast Corridor to our region and give people an alternative to the congestion and hazards of the interstate. Riders will have comfortable “same seat” rail service to places like Washington DC, New York City and Boston. The benefits to our region will increase immeasurably with Amtrak.

In November 2014, Governor McAuliffe with Senator Edwards announced plans for the new Amtrak station in downtown Roanoke.

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Steven NelsonSteven Nelson

Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Web

LinkedIn

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Stephen Newman 1Steve Newman

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

About

Stephen Newman

Source: Campaign page

Born: October 15, 1964

Family Status: Married to wife Kim; two sons Tyler and Wesley

Occupation:
– Vice President and Member, Board of Directors for Delta Star, Inc.
– Delta Star is a manufacturer of medium power transformers and mobile substations with operations in Lynchburg, Virginia, San Carlos, California and Montreal, QC, Canada.

Education:
– Lynchburg College
– Central Virginia Community College

Member of:
– Lynchburg City Council Member (1988 – 1991)
– Virginia House of Delegates (1992 – 1996)
– Virginia Senate (1996 – Present)
– President pro-tempore

 

Significant Legislation:
– Author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia
– Authored Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly
– Served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate
– Rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

Experience

Work Experience

  • Vice President Of Marketing And Sales and Board member
    Delta Star, Inc

Education


  • Lynchburg College

  • Central Virginia Community College

Personal

Born in Virginia on October 15, 1964
Married Kimberley Ann Newman

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Patti Dempsey, Emily Hasty

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E604
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7523
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 480
Forest, VA 24551
Phone: (434) 385-1065
Fax: (434) 485-8111

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Newman spent four years as a member of the Lynchburg City Council before being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He was a member of the House of Delegates from 1991 to 1996, and was elected to the Virginia Senate in 1996. He represents Senate District 23, which includes all of Botetourt and Craig counties and parts of Campbell County, Bedford County, Roanoke County, and Lynchburg City.His district is a safe Republican seat.

Newman is chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Health. Over his decades in the state legislature, Newman gained a reputation as a staunch conservative and a member with a talent for consensus-seeking and negotiation. In 2006, he was a sponsor of the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which banned same-sex marriage in Virginia. He opposed Medicaid expansion in Virginia. He opposed 2014 legislation to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia.

In January 2016, Newman was elected president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia. The main duty of the pro tem is to preside over the state Senate when the lieutenant governor of Virginia (who is the president of the Senate) is unable to do so.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Stephen D. “Steve” Newman (R)47,37493.86%
Write-In (Write-in)3,1006.14%
TOTAL50,474

2015 State SenatorArray

Stephen Newman (R)27,30996.7%
Write In (Write-in)9233.3%
TOTAL28,232

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

NEWMAN, STEPHEN D (STEVE) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,066,237

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health (Chair) ransportation
Commerce and Labor
Finance
Rules
Transportation

Appointments

Autism Advisory Council
Education Commission of the States
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Rules
Online Virginia Network Authority
Revisions to SOQ & SOL
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
State Training Centers, The Special Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

FIGHTING FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT

As a lifelong resident of Lynchburg, a husband, and a father of two boys, Steve Newman has been a stalwart of family issues in the Senate, receiving a 100% rating from the VA Family Foundation the past three years. He sponsored a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and authored legislation that bans partial-birth abortions in Virginia. He has also voted to limit state funding of abortions.

Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.

— Ronald Reagan

Economy

CREATING AND RETAINING JOBS

Government must learn to live within its means because taxes are high enough on Virginia families. During his time in the Senate, Steve Newman has continually supported reducing taxes. In 2008, Steve voted down a massive transportation tax hike that would have levied more gas taxes, retail taxes, and car sales taxes. Unlike Washington, in Richmond we balance our budget and we do it through tough decisions and cutting spending.

In the Virginia General Assembly, Steve Newman has proven to be a leader who will work to create jobs. He believes that in order to grow jobs, we must first create a business friendly environment. In the Senate, Steve got a sales tax exemption for Nuclear Power Plants. He also fought for the Rt. 29 bypass around Charlottesville in order to bring business to Lynchburg.

Education

Senator Newman sponsored the Virtual Schools Program (SB 738), providing online education opportunities to children around the state. Also, increasing transparency and effectiveness within our public school system, Steve authored a bill that requires school divisions to publish their annual budget. Steve is now the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and Health.

Infrastructure

TRANSPORTATION

As a longtime member and former Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Newman has worked tirelessly to improve Virginia’s transportation system to allow for a better infrastructure for economic development and improving our road system to allow for safer and more efficient transit.

Safety

PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES

Steve championed a resolution in 2009 that made the commonwealth aware of its growing human trafficking problem. This resulted in Governor McDonnell signing legislation that increases the penalties for human trafficking. To protect our children, Steve introduced legislation that prohibits sex offenders from entering school grounds during school activities.

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Benton ChafinBenton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

About

A. Benton Chafin

Source: Campaign page

Ben Chafin currently represents the 38th District in the Senate of Virginia. He was first elected to the Senate in 2014.  Before being elected to the Senate, Ben served the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.Southwest Virginia needs a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

Ben Chafin is a native of Russell County. As a child, he worked on his family farm. As a teenager, he worked part-time after school at a local meat packing plant. Ben attended East Tennessee State University (B.A., 1982) so he could fulfill his obligations to the family farm by returning home most weekends. After earning his degree, he attended the University of Richmond School of Law (J.D., 1985). Ben and his sister were the first in his family to graduate from college.

Returning to Russell County after earning his law degree, Ben started Chafin & Chafin PC, now Chafin Law Firm PC, which is located across from the courthouse in Lebanon. He practices law throughout Southwest Virginia.

 

Ben is the owner and operator of a beef-cattle farm in Moccasin Valley. He serves on the the board of First Bank & Trust Company, which has branches throughout Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. Ben is a current member and former president of the Russell County Rotary. He is also an avid outdoorsman who regularly enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.

Ben is married to Lora Lee (Carr) Chafin, a teacher in Russell County Public Schools. A Russell County native, Lora has dedicated her life to helping students learn. Ben and Lora are the proud parents of three children. The Chafin family worships at Community Heights Church in Lebanon.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • Jd
    University of Richmond
  • BA
    East Tennessee State University

Personal

Born in Abingdon, Virginia on May 18, 1960

Married Lora Carr Chafin

Membership & Affiliation

Community Heights Church in Lebanon.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Matthew Ogburn, Tamara Plaster

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E514
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7538

District Office
P. O. Box 1210
Lebanon, VA 24266
Phone: (276) 889-1044
Fax: (276) 889-1121

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Chafin established his own law firm in 1986. He represented the Russell County Industrial Development Authority as counsel.

Chafin was elected to represent the fourth district in the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2013 elections. He ran in a special election to the Virginia Senate. He was elected with 59.55% of the vote on August 19, 2014, in a special election. Chafin’s victory tipped control of the Virginia Senate back to the Republicans, 21 to 19, after Democrats won control with the swearing-in of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northamfollowing the 2013 general election.

Chafin succeeded Democrat Phillip Puckett, who resigned his seat following the 2014 General Assembly regular session. Previously, Chafin had represented the Fourth District in the Virginia House of Delegates, to which he was elected without opposition in November 2013, succeeding conservative Democrat Joseph P. Johnson. The Fourth comprises Dickenson County and parts of Russell, Wise, and Washington Counties.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

A. Benton Chafin, Jr. (R)30,29563.52%
George W. McCall III ()16,87435.38%
Write-In (Write-in)5211.09%
TOTAL47,690

2015 State SenatorArray

Benton Chafin (R)31,02598.3%
Write In (Write-in)5371.7%
TOTAL31,562

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

CHAFIN JR, A BENTON has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,207,229.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission
Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Southwest Virginia Health Authority
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Volunteer Firefighter’s and Rescue Squad Worker’s Service Award Fund Board

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment

Ben Chafin has a consistent and steadfast record of defending our Second Amendment rights and protecting your right to bear arms. Ben is a hunter and avid outdoorsman who will always fight to protect our Constitutional gun rights.

Economy

As a small business owner, member of the Tobacco Commission, and leader in economic development, Ben Chafin has focused on growing industries and creating jobs in Southwest Virginia.  In addition to supporting current industries and jobs in Southwest Virginia, it is paramount we towards diversifying the economy and creating new jobs in Southwest Virginia.That is exactly what Ben Chafin has been doing in the General Assembly. A strong supporter of projects like the Clinch River State Park and Spearhead Trails, Ben has sponsored legislation and budget amendments in order to help the growing tourism industry in Southwest Virginia.  As your representative, Ben works very closely with local governments, economic development and tourism agencies, and Industrial Development Authorities to promote the region to prospective employers to bring new jobs to Southwest Virginia.Ben Chafin knows that over-burdensome government regulation hurts the economy and stunts job growth. Ben will focus on eliminating job-killing regulations, fighting for lower taxes, and creating an environment where business can thrive.

Education

As your representative, one of Senator Chafin’s top priorities is education.  Since he was first elected, he has successfully carried several pieces of legislation and budget amendments to increase teacher salaries and bring more school funding to Southwest Virginia.In recognition of his hard work supporting education, the Virginia Education Association named Senator Chafin the 2016 Legislator of the Year and awarded him his third consecutive Education Legislative Champion Award.During the 2016 General Assembly Session, Senator Chafin carried legislation creating a statewide health insurance pool for local governments and school systems. The new plan will give localities the option to pool their employees together in order to reduce insurance costs, creating more stability for the localities and their employees.It is fiscally conservative and cost effective to allow these localities to buy into the new plan rather than purchase their own smaller health insurance plan. Most importantly, teachers, school employees, and local employees will likely see lower health insurance costs resulting in more take home pay. It is a common sense solution that will help local budgets while also helping teachers and local employees.

Life and Traditional Marriage

We live in a time where the values and institutions of Southwest Virginia are ignored by Richmond, Washington, and the media. Ben Chafin is a man of faith who is devoted to preserving the family and defending our traditional values. Ben believes that marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman, that life begins at conception, and that our freedom to worship God and express our faith must be protected. Ben will continue to stand up for our values and defend our institutions as your representative in Richmond.

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George McCall IIIGeorge McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

George McCall

Source: Campaign page

Driven by a deep passion for Southwestern Virginia, faith in the Lord, and support for the Trump Agenda, George McCall is committed to draining the swamp in Richmond – where the values that have long made our nation great have become a source of mockery and derision.

Born in Richlands, VA to G.W. “Bill” McCall, Jr. and Vivian Sewell McCall, George learned at a young age a lesson quoted by his grandfather: “We all breathe the same air and put our pants on the same way, one leg at a time.” Since then, George has been a fierce believer that all people deserve to be treated fairly – with no one receiving special treatment because of their socio-economic status or connections to power.

His grandfather was a strong leader, former Mayor of Richlands, entrepreneur, and successful businessman who also taught George, “the more money there is in circulation, the more opportunities there are for everyone.” To pursue a path toward creating more prosperity and opportunity for his community, George attended the University of Richmond and graduated from Richmond College, where he studied Economics.
George went to work for Grundy National Bank in 1978. He met his future wife, Lyn, while in Grundy, and they married in 1984. They welcomed their first child, Haley, in 1986, and their son, Connor, was born in 1988. In 1989, George went to work for First Sentinel Bank (formerly Sentinel Savings Bank) in Richlands, VA and commuted for 7 years before moving his family to Richlands.

Currently, George serves as the Executive Chairman of First Sentinel Bank. There, he has established a strong track record of financial achievement, executive leadership, and played a crucial role in the creation of countless local jobs.

In 2015, George became an early and strong supporter of Donald Trump and a strong voice for his election here in Southwestern Virginia. Seeing all that President Trump has been able to do to Make America Great Again, despite opposition from all sides, is a source of inspiration to George as he seeks to fight against the stranglehold the radical left and political establishment has on our Commonwealth.

A fixture of our community, George knows how to lead and, just as importantly, he’s committed to service. Through his involvement in the life and economy of District 38, he knows firsthand that our representation has been inadequate. With all his insider connections, my opponent has chosen to use those to help his buddies, not advance our district.

That changes with State Senator George McCall.

Throughout his life, George has been an active member of the community, serving as chairman of the board of trustees at his church, chairman of the board of trustees at the local hospital, treasurer of the local little league baseball/softball association, and treasurer of the Sons of the American Revolution, and more.

He is also a proud member of the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Along with banking, George continues to enjoy raising beef cattle, which he has done for over 20 years.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Source

  • Treasurer, Sons of the American Revolution
  • Member, National Rifle Association 
  • Member, Virginia Citizens Defense League

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P. O. Box 309, Richlands, Virginia 24641

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook

Issues

Governance

President Trump

Our president is doing a phenomenal job against incredible odds – with intense opposition from the media, the radical Democrat Party, and even establishment Republicans. George McCall proudly supports President Trump, and he will be a strong MAGA voice in the Virginia Senate.

Civil Rights

Life

ALL human life is sacred – loved and designed by our Creator. Because of this, George is pro-life and will never back down. With a wave of legislation sweeping the nation that protects the unborn, Ralph Northam’s Virginia stands in stark contrast – with a radical proposal for infanticide. No more! As our senator, George will be the bold voice for life that we so desperately need.

First Amendment

The right to free speech and free exercise of religion was under intense assault under the Obama Administration, and that same leftist worldview still permeates much of the judicial system and the entire Northam Administration. George McCall will fight for our rights and for our religious freedom.

Economy

Taxes

What you make, you earned. The government does not know how to spend your money better than you do, and we must curtail excess taxation. As our senator, George will be a strong voice for taxpayers and for smaller, more limited government.

Regulation

Government keeps sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong. It can’t tell us what to do on our property, how to run our businesses, or dictate to our coal industry how to operate and produce. Advanced technology has allowed for cleaner and more efficient mining with less impact on the environment – because the free market, not government interference, is what drives progress and innovation. George McCall will be a force for cutting red tape and regulation in Richmond.

Jobs

George McCall is the ONLY candidate in this race who is a businessman and job creator, NOT an attorney. We have enough attorneys in Richmond who know how to talk and create insider deals, but we don’t have enough business leaders who know what it takes to produce jobs and a thriving economy. That’s why we need George McCall in the State Senate, fighting for wealth and opportunity for our district.

Agriculture

Agriculture plays a significant role in the Southwestern Virginia economy, and it always will. George is committed to encouraging our farmers and ranchers, listening to their needs, and seeing the industry grow, thrive, and provide full-time employment to the citizens of District 38.

Education

Richmond doesn’t know best what your child needs. Parents should be the decision makers for their children. Teachers should be empowered and rewarded. Local school boards should have the authority needed to execute the right path for their communities. It’s time to get back to the values, local decision-making, and common sense that made our education system great in the first place. George McCall will work to restore the right to faith in our schools, ensure our classrooms are fully funded, and provide our parents, school boards, and teachers with the tools they need to raise up Virginia’s most valuable resource – our children.

Immigration

Only citizens can vote. Only citizens should receive government services. Only citizens or those with legal visas should be in our country. A staunch foe of illegal immigration, George will work to make certain our laws are enforced and that no illegal alien EVER casts a vote in Virginia.

Safety

Second Amendment

Our right to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed. Sadly, the Left cares nothing for our Constitution and continues to attack this fundamental right. George is the pro-gun voice we need in Richmond who will work to repeal laws that infringe upon the 2nd Amendment and proactively work to restore our ability to have and to carry our guns.

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Todd Pillion 1Todd Pillion

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2019

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.

Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2019

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.

Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

About

Todd Pillion

Source: Campaign page

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.
Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

A native of Lee County, Todd grew up working on his family’s farm which helped him pay for his first year of college. On the farm, his father instilled in him the principles of hard word, faith in God, self-responsibility, and the value of a dollar. After graduating Lincoln Memorial University, he attended VCU’s School of Dentistry as one of the few students from the Southwest Virginia region. During his last year in dental school, Todd helped with the inception of the Wise RAM and Mission of Mercy project. He also joined the Virginia Army National Guard and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.

After graduating, Todd returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon and soon realized his true calling was treating children. Three years after his return to Southwest Virginia he made the decision to participate in a post-graduate program to obtain a license in pediatric dentistry. During his residency, he was called to active duty to support the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later returned to complete his certificate program and serve out his 8-year commitment with the Virginia Army National Guard. In 2009, he completed his tenure with the rank of Major and the honor of being the state dental officer for Virginia’s finest.

Todd and his wife Amanda currently reside in Abingdon with their four children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Major
    Virginia Army National Guard
    2001 to 2009

Education

  • Pediatric Specialty
    State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
    2006
  • DDS
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
    2001
  • BA
    Lincoln Memorial University, TN
    1996

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1973
  • Place of Birth: Middlesboro, KY
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): None Given
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Amanda Scott Lawson
  • Children: Virginia, Todd, Henry, and George

Membership & Affiliation

Abingdon United Methodist Church
Virginia Dental Association
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Tyler W. Lester
Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1004

District Office
851 French Moore Jr. Blvd., Suite 178
Abingdon, VA 24210

Phone: (276) 220-1209

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Todd Pillion (R)40,12276.31%
Kenneth W. Heath ()12,27123.34%
Write-in (Write-in)184.35%
TOTAL52,577

2017 State DelegateArray

Todd Pillion (R)15,28296.2%
Write-in (Write-in)5983.8%
TOTAL15,880

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

PILLION, TODD E has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $302,777.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Transportation
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Transportation – Subcommittee #2
Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Health and Human Resources Subcommittee

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

GETTING RESULTS FOR SWVA

In 2019, I was proud to be part of the Republican majority that enacted the largest tax relief plan in 15 years, letting Virginians keep more of their hard-earned money. We also passed a balanced budget with no tax increases while making key investments in core functions of government, like education.

Equally important is what we prevented from becoming law. The tax increases, Green New Deal policies, and efforts to undermine Virginia’s right-to-work laws would kill jobs and increase the cost of living for all Virginians. While we were able to stop these bad proposals this year, Democrats have vowed to bring them back next year. That is why this election–and control of the General Assembly–is so important.

As your Senator, you can count on me to continue to promote policies that are good for our families and communities while fighting back against those that would harm and undermine our region.”

Civil Rights

Abortion

With only seven legislators representing Virginia west of Interstate 77, it’s crucial that we stand firm for our Southwest Virginia values. The horrific late-term abortion bill that our slim Republican majority was able to stop this year is a prime example. I am proud to stand firmly in support of our fundamental rights and will continue to fight for the right to life

Economy

Jobs and economic development are my top priorities in the General Assembly. As a small business owner and employer, I understand firsthand how decisions made in Richmond have a real-life impact on our businesses and families.

That’s why we’ve cut regulation and stopped unnecessarily overburdensome mandates that would kill jobs and increase costs for Southwest Virginia families. I have worked with my colleagues to restore state tax credits that protect local coal jobs while promoting an “all of the above” energy approach to support innovation and job creation through projects such as hydroelectric pumped storage. Through workforce development and investing in our communities and people, we are pursuing creative approaches to job creation and economic development in Southwest Virginia.

Health Care

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION

The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public health, economic, and workforce issues of our generation. Using my experience as a health professional, I have made fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority. Tragically, this crisis has impacted nearly every family and community in Southwest Virginia. I have introduced legislation that raises standards for providers, strengthens regulations on opioid prescriptions, and emphasizes the importance of quality, comprehensive treatment. For the first time since 2012, we have seen a slight decrease in the number of fatal overdoses. I remain committed to working with my colleagues and folks in our communities to advance meaningful reforms to combat this epidemic and save lives.

Safety

2nd Amendment

Advocate for protecting people’s 2nd Amendment rights

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Ken Heath

Current Position: Marion Director of Community and Economic Development
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Marion Director of Community and Economic Development
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

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