Tom Norment

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Ryan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

Siobhan Dunnavant

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week and delivers babies during session.

John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Frank Ruff

Current Position: State Senator since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

Frank Ruff is a leader in reforming economic development to expand current businesses and attract new employers. He has worked with prospective job creators to encourage them to come to our region. From assistance with funding for industrial parks to enhancing tourism, from working with the Governor and local leaders to recruit new industry, to the creation of a much needed law enforcement hazardous driving school, he has been a leader in the fight for small-town communities across the Fifteenth Senate District.

Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

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.

Bill Stanley

Current Position: State Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Bill Stanley’s political foundation was cemented by the conservative values of his father, a Ronald Reagan Republican who preached the benefits of working hard, personal responsibility, spending less than you earn, and standing by your principals no matter what the cost.

During his tenure, Bill has been a strong voice for Southside and Southwest in Virginia’s Capitol. He has sponsored legislation to spur economic development to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Southside Virginia. Bill’s energy and enthusiasm, grassroots focus, and track record of effective leadership are making a difference for Southside families for future generations.

Mark Peake

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

“I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

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

Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has held legal and policy positions in and out of government, including serving as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Energy. As managing partner of a law firm that specializes in charity and non-profit organizations, election law, and ethics, she has consistently been listed by Washingtonian Magazine as a “top lawyer in her field.”

In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia.

Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

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.

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.

Thomas Norment 1Tom Norment

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

About

Thomas Norment

Source: Campaign page

Tommy Norment first came to Virginia’s 3rd Senatorial District as a child when his father worked at Cheatham Annex.

A graduate of James Blair High School in Williamsburg, Tommy attended college at Virginia Military Institute before returning to Williamsburg to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 1987, Tommy was elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1991 before being elected to the Senate of Virginia.

Tommy maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Professor
    College of William and Mary

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • BA
    Virginia Military Institute

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1946

Membership & Affiliation

Episcopal; member: Bruton Parish Church

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Zachary Lemaster, Eric Philipkosky, Alex Rendon, Daniel J. Spiker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E603
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7503
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 6205
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 259-7810
Fax: (757) 259-7812

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Initially a Democrat, Norment won election to the James City County Board of Supervisors as a Republican and served from 1987-1991. He was elected to the state Senate in 1991, defeating Democrat Bill Fears with 54% of the vote. Norment was unopposed for re-election in 1995, re-elected with 63% of the vote in 1999, re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2003, re-elected unopposed in 2007 and 2011, and re-elected with 70% of the vote in 2015.  Norment has led the Virginia Senate Republican caucus since 2008.

 

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R)50,44861.69%
Herbert C. “Herb” Jones, Jr. (D)31,05637.98%
Write-In (Write-in)2720.33%
TOTAL81,776

2015 State Delegate

Thomas Norment (R)0
Hugo Eduardo Reyes (D)0
Write In (Write-in)0
TOTAL0

Finances

NORMENT JR, THOMAS K has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,015,647.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Finance (Co-Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Ethics Advisory Council, Virginia Conflict of Interest and
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

  • Chief Patron
  • Chief Co-Patron
  • Co-Patron

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Ryan McDougleRyan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

About

Ryan McDougle 1

Source: Campaign page

Ryan’s commitment to public service is influenced by a grounded and humble upbringing. He quickly learned the value of hard work through his mother’s small business, Sandy’s Plants, at a young age. He went on to attend James Madison University before attaining his Juris Doctor degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary.

Upon graduation, Ryan worked as a prosecutor for the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Ryan began his legislative service in the House of Delegates in 2002 and went on to win a special election in 2006 for the vacant 4th Senate District seat, where he currently serves. He is the Chairman of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus and the Senate Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Courts of Justice, Rehabilitation & Social Services, and Commerce and Labor Committees in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee, Ryan plays a unique and critical role in shaping the biennial budget for Virginia.

Ryan currently operates his own law practice, McDougle Law Firm, P.C., in Hanover. When he is not practicing law, working downtown at the Capitol, or visiting with constituents in the 4th District, Ryan spends his time with his wife Dr. Robyn McDougle and their daughter, Reagan

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    McDougle Law Firm, P.C
    2019 to present
  • Prosecutor
    Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
    2019 to present

    Specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary
    2019 to present

  • James Madison University
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Kyler Hedrick, Jordan Stewart

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E501
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7504
Fax: (804) 698-7943

District Office
P.O. Box 187
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone: (804) 730-1026
Fax: (804) 730-1051

Web

Government Page, Facebook, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Ryan T. McDougle (R)45,71463.02%
R. Stanton “Stan” Scott (D)26,65436.74%
Write-In (Write-in)1730.24%
TOTAL72,541

2015 State DelegateArray

Ryan McDougle (R)37,88296.0%
Write-in (Write-in)1,5734%
TOTAL39,455

2011 State DelegateArray

Ryan McDougle (R)37,87997.4%
Write-in (Write-in)9942.6%
TOTAL38,873

Finances

MCDOUGLE, RYAN T has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,971,211.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Chair
   Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Chair
   Senate Rules Committee

Committees

Rules (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Finance
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Broadband Advisory Council
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Code Commission
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
General Assembly Building
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Legislative Support Commission
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Authority, Board of Directors of the
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee W
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Contact Information district04@senate.virginia.gov Legislative Staff Jordan Stewart, Director of Operations; Kyler Hedrick Session Office Pocahontas Building Room No: E501 Senate of Virginia P. O. Box 396 Richmond, VA 23218 Phone: (804) 698-7504 Fax: (804) 698-7943 Email district04@senate.virginia.gov District Office P.O. Box 187 Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Phone: (804) 730-1026 Fax: (804) 730-1051 Senate Connect

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES

Ryan knows lower taxes means more jobs. He has fought for us to keep our hard-earned money throughout his time in public office. He carried legislation that brought an annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday to Virginia, and worked on a budget in 2019 to provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief to Virginians. He will continue to hold the line on lower taxes and protect our paychecks.

Civil Rights

PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

With an “A” rating from the NRA, you can trust Ryan to protect our right to keep and bear arms. He has sponsored numerous bills to both protect and expand our Second Amendment rights. As an avid sportsman himself, Ryan will always stand up for gun owners.

PROTECTING THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES

Ryan will always defend the lives of the unborn. He recently voted against budget proposals that would have given more money to Planned Parenthood and constantly stands up for pro-life bills in the legislature.

Economy

MORE JOBS, STRONGER ECONOMY

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Ryan wants to make it easier to open and grow a business. A thriving private sector leads to job creation and higher employment. Our economy is booming and Ryan believes we should be fostering that growth to bring more jobs to our community.

Health Care

GREATER AFFORDABILITY AND CHOICES IN HEALTHCARE

Virginians deserve better healthcare – and that starts with making it more affordable and flexible. Ryan supports increasing the duration of short-term healthcare plans and allowing Virginians to purchase catastrophic health care insurance to access essential health benefits. Ryan voted against Medicaid expansion and will continue to fight against the restrictive single-payer healthcare plan of Obamacare.

Veterans

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO PROTECT US

Ryan has been and always will be a strong defender of our veterans and our law enforcement. Our men and women in the military and in law enforcement sacrifice so much to protect us and we have a duty to ensure they receive the honor and compensation they deserve for
their service.

Twitter

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Bill DeSteph 1Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

About

Bill DeSteph

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions. As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Desert Storm veteran, DeSteph proudly served in the United States Navy, both as a chief petty officer, and later, as a naval special-warfare intelligence officer. He later joined the defense technology firm AMTI as a senior vice president and co-owner, where he assisted in the growth and eventual sale of the company. From 2003-2013, he served on the Virginia Beach City Council, where he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative who consistently fought for government transparency and accountability.

Bill DeSteph has given his time and resources to the city of Virginia Beach for years, coaching youth sports as well volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, Hampton Roads Community Care and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He also serves on the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council Board of Directors and is an active member of Law Enforcement United, participating in the annual “Road to Hope” bicycle ride for many years.

Bill believes in smaller, smarter government, and works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Virginia Beach to promote public safety, free-market capitalism, energy independence, and private-sector job creation throughout the Commonwealth and our great nation.

Vocationally, Bill has been engaged in homeland security at the federal, state, and local level, which provides him with a unique understanding of complex policy issues, as well as the support, training, and resources needed to protect our families.

Over 20 years ago, he joined the United States Navy as an enlisted sailor, working his way up to chief petty officer. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, he was commissioned as an intelligence officer and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Officer.

He proudly fought for our country during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort, defending Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War and delivering humanitarian aid prior to his retirement from Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

After his naval career, Bill easily transitioned into the corporate environment, leveraging his operational, technical, and tactical skills into the business world. In 1999 he joined AMTI, headquartered in Virginia Beach, as senior vice president and co-owner, where he helped transform this 20-person defense-technology corporation into a leading national supplier of professional and technical services with over 600 employees, 6 satellite offices, and 23 additional client-site locations.

AMTI was recognized as the ninth fastest growing business in Virginia (2003) and continues to flourish as a direct result of his leadership and guidance.
In late December of 2006, AMTI was sold to SAIC Inc., a 45,000-person, $9 billion company. This was truly an American success story. Today, Bill mentors neighboring companies to help enhance the local economy and provide new job opportunities.

Bill has continually demonstrated his commitment to serving the citizens of Virginia Beach as well as the Commonwealth, by fighting to maintain low taxes, carefully reviewing municipal expenditures as a member of Virginia Beach City Council, and reaching across all lines to help make Virginia Beach and Virginia a more dynamic place for citizens, business owners, and our military community.

Bill DeSteph brought this same common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government.

Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness and improve the general welfare and constantly works to secure a prosperous future for our Commonwealth and our great nation.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Retired Military
    USNR,

Education

  • BS Finance
    University of Maryland

Personal

Born in Hartford, Connecticut on October 28, 1964

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jill H Eyler, Regan Roberts, Samantha Schultz

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E614
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7508

District Office
588 Central Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Phone: (757) 321-8180
Fax: (757) 631-6150

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

William R. “Bill” DeSteph (R)28,63752.11%
Missy Cotter Smasal (D)26,24247.75%
Write-In (Write-in)810.15%
TOTAL54,960

2015 State SenatorArray

Bill DeSteph (R)15,90558.7%
Howard David Belote (D)11,07540.9%
Write In (Write-in)1060.4%
TOTAL27,086

Finances

DESTEPH JR, BILL R has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $672,848

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

General Laws and Technology
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Manufacturing Development Commission
School Facility Modernization
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
War Memorial Board, Virginia
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph has consistently brought a common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government. Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness, improve the general welfare, and secure the Commonwealth’s, and our great nation’s, position for the future.

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Amanda Chase 1Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

About

Amanda Chase

 

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

A trusted advocate and outspoken voice for Virginia families, Amanda was first elected in 2015 to represent the 11th Senatorial District. The district includes all of Amelia County, the City of Colonial Heights and most of Chesterfield County, where she has lived since 1979.

Amanda serves as a member of 4 committees: Health and Education, Transportation, Local Governments, Privileges and Elections. and 2 subcommittees: Certificate of Public need and Higher Education. A champion for creating greater transparency and accessibility, she has been affectionately called “Senator Transparency”.  Amanda was only a freshman member when she co-founded Virginia’s Transparency Caucus. Thanks to her instrumental work, for the first time in Virginia’s history any citizen has the ability to view committee work online from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.

Amanda has also led in the fight against Medicaid Expansion, educating her constituents and colleagues on why this is a fiscally reckless and unsustainable Trojan Horse for the state of Virginia.  That said, she has also proven she can work across the aisle on issues that matter to Virginians like water quality, coal ash clean-up, campaign finance reform, property rights and reducing the red tape in government. Amanda played a key role in passing historic legislation on the handling of coal ash in the state of Virginia, ensuring coal ash which contains various carcinogenic chemicals are excavated and deposited into protective lined coal ash depositories.  Amanda passed a record 11 pieces of legislation last year signed into law by a Democrat governor. Amanda notably sponsored and helped pass Senate Bill 20, which will take effect July 1, 2019 and create a pilot program to reduce regulatory requirements and red tape.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people. Her comments led to the suspension of the infamous Matoaca Megasite located in the Bermuda district for its lack of transparency and support from 40,000 residents that lived nearby.

In her commitment to remain accessible to her constituents, Amanda not only has office hours out of session. For the last 3 years she has faithfully hosted her hour-long weekly radio townhall where constituents tune in each week and ask any her question.

She has received several awards during her first 2 years in office including the 2017 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate For Virginia Business, the 2017 James River Association Hero Award and the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia.

Amanda grew up in Bon Air, Virginia, where she attended Chesterfield County public schools.  She graduated from Monacan High School in 1988. In 1992, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

In addition to being a small business owner, Amanda has served as management in both the private and public sectors in the banking, credit and finance industry.

Amanda and her husband, Michael Chase, have 4 children and make their home in Chesterfield County.

 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner
    2019 to present

    Financial Services

  • Political Campaign Grassroots Management Business
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.S., Business
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    1992 to present

    double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

Awards

  • 2017 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate For Virginia Business (2017)
  • 2017 James River Association Hero Award (2017)
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. (2016)

Personal

Born in Sheffield, Alabama on December 1, 1969. Married Michael Glen Chase.

Contact

District Office: Lauren Fulcher

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E523
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7511

District Office
P. O. Box 5811
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 698-7511

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Source: Campaign

co-founded Virginia’s Transparency Caucus …”Thanks to her instrumental work, for the first time in Virginia’s history any citizen has the ability to view committee work online from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.”

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Amanda Freeman Chase (R)44,24554.51%
Amanda L. Pohl (D)36,73445.26%
Write-In (Write-in)1890.23%
TOTAL81,168

2015 State SenatorArray

Amanda Chase (R)27,21863.6%
Ernest Wayne Powell (D)215,48536.2%
Write In (Write-in)1110.3%
TOTAL242,814

Finances

CHASE, AMANDA F has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $255,840.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Appointments

Block Grants
Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Task Force to Commemorate the
Civic Education, Commission on
Civic Education Subcommittee #1
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on I
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fighting for Limited Government

Amanda is champion of small government and allowing you to keep more of your own money. She consistently opposed all tax and fee increases, has voted against government takeover of healthcare and every year since she took office, she has introduced term limit legislation to stop career politicians. Amanda is also a staunch defender of religious freedom who supports legislation that would put our national motto “In God We Trust” in public schools. She will continue to be a tireless advocate for limited, transparent and fiscally responsible government.

Economy

Supporting Virginia Businesses

Small businesses of various industries are a driving force behind Virginia’s economy.  Amanda has led in the fight to lower taxes and ensure that the commonwealth of Virginia remains attractive to start and grow businesses. She is the Chief Patron of SB20, a pilot program to reduce government regulation which was signed into law by the Governor.  Amanda has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as a Distinguished Advocate for Virginia business for her continued commitment to opposing tax and fee increases and cutting the red tape in government in order to help businesses grow.

Education

Educating our Next Generation

Virginia’s students deserve proper funding and adequate resources to ensure they have the strongest foundation for success. Amanda is also a firm believer in school choice—your quality of education shouldn’t be determined by your zip code. She supports allowing parents to seek options that they believe provide the best opportunity for their child. Amanda has also voted to reduce the number of SOL testing required for students because she recognizes that standardized testing isn’t the only indicator of student’s success. As a mom, Amanda will always view school safety as critical and support keeping kids safe by having armed police officers at each school.

Health Care

Protecting our Health Care

Affordable healthcare will continue to remain a top priority for Virginia families, and it’s a top priority for Amanda too. Amanda introduced a healthcare cost transparency bill that would require healthcare providers to give patients an estimated cost of services prior to services being provided. She has also sponsored legislation that would allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and supported several healthcare bills that would have provided business owners with group insurance as well as temporary insurance for individuals in between jobs.

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Siobhan Dunnavant 1Siobhan Dunnavant

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week and delivers babies during session.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week and delivers babies during session.

About

Siobhan Dunnavant

Source: Campaign page

Senator

Siobhan was sworn in her first term of service in the Virginia Senate on January 13, 2016. The Virginia General Assembly is a part-time body that meets for sixty days in even numbered years and forty-five days in odd numbered years. Virginia has forty senators who serve four-year terms, and one hundred delegates who serve two-year terms. Virginia legislators are not full time politicians but citizen legislators in the tradition of our founding fathers. Year round, they maintain their jobs in their home districts in addition to their legislative service. Siobhan is the only physician currently serving in the Virginia Senate.

Senator Dunnavant represents roughly 200,000 people throughout western Henrico and western Hanover (view a map of the district here). Although the legislature meets for only a few months each winter, she maintains a constituent services office year-round which is committed to serving the people of the 12th District.

Physician

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week and delivers babies during session.

Siobhan has delivered over 2,500 babies and firmly believes there is no better vocation than medicine. Committed to problem solving she has always volunteered and served. She has worked to improve patient safety and innovate healthcare. She has served in many leadership roles including OB-GYN department chair, Trustee on the Hospital Board, chief operating officer of her practice, Medical Society of Virginia Board, the Virginia Center for Health Care Innovation, and the Virginia Board of Medicine. Richmond Magazine has named her one of the region’s “Top Docs.”

In 2007, Siobhan worked to start a second innovative, small business – OB Hospitalists, a healthcare company that provides physician staffing for in-hospital OB-GYN services. A free market solution that improves patient care, quality and safety; reduces malpractice risk; improves doctor and nurse job satisfaction; and helps increase market share for hospitals. The service has recently expanded to include midwifery care allowing greater focus on a patient centered experience.

Siobhan Dunnavant, MD is a free-market, limited-government conservative with first-hand experience in the challenges and economics of healthcare. Her experience as a practicing physician and as a small business owner has provided a deep appreciation for the challenges created by an ever growing government. 

Mom

Siobhan is the daughter of a career Naval officer and was born here in Virginia. Stationed several times in Virginia the family moved 19 times in his 21 year Naval Career, finally settling in Virginia Beach in 1971.

Raised with five brothers, she learned how to make a point in a loud room, and she can hold her own under fire. Most importantly, the warmth of a close family with a devotion to faith and a commitment to community service gives her a sense of duty and the confidence to know solutions can be found when she sees problems.

Siobhan and her husband, Lloyd, married for over 30 years, have raised four children right here in Henrico. In those years, before she served on Boards and committees, Siobhan has been a team mother, room mother, Cub Den leader, Explorer advisor, carpool driver, cheering mom on the sidelines and relished all her mother jobs. All of Siobhan & Lloyd’s children were educated in Virginia’s public schools and Virginia Universities. Siobhan is also a Blue Star mother with one of her sons currently serving in the 82 Airborne, after graduating from VMI. He recently returned from a combat mission in Iraq.

The Dunnavant’s are active members of Saint Bridget Catholic Church, and volunteer with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Thrifty Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist
    2019 to present

Education

  • MD
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    2019 to present
  • B.S.N., Nursing
    University of Virginia
    2019 to present
  • B.A., Biology
    Randolph Macon Women’s College
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 12, 1964. Married Lloyd Dunnavant; Catholic.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Hannah Kowitz, Mackenzie Marcia

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E613
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7512

District Office
P. O. Box 70849
Henrico, VA 23255
Phone: (804) 270-5600

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R)39,73050.76%
Debra H. Rodman (D)38,40149.06%
Write-In (Write-in)1430.18%
TOTAL78,274

2015 State SenatorArray

Siobhan Dunnavant (R)25,50457.6%
Deborah Macarthur Repp (D)16,79738.0%
Robert Scott Johnson ()1,8814.3%
Write in (Write-in)650.1%
TOTAL44,247

Finances

DUNNAVANT, SIOBHAN has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $598,046.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Finance
General Laws and Technology
Local Government

Appointments

Data Sharing and Analytics Advisory Committee
Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the
Future Competitiveness of Virginia
School Facility Modernization
School Readiness Committee
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensur
Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Dunnavant serves on the Senate Finance subcommittee that added the 5% pay raise for teachers and then made sure it stayed in the final budget.

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John Cosgrove 1John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

About

John Cosgrove

Source: Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.  In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Born: Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
Spouse: Sue Cosgrove
Residence: City of Chesapeake
Profession: Engineer, Waterways Counsulting
Entered Senate: 2013

Previous Elected Offices:
  • Virginia House of Delegates, 2002-2013
  • Chesapeake City Council, 1998-2001
Senate Committee Assignments:
  • Commerce and Labor Committee
  • Education and Health Committee
  • Local Government Committee
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee
  • Transportation
Civic Activities:
  • Great Bridge Baptist Church
  • Batten College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Board at Old Dominion University
  • Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Board
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #9
  • Chesapeake Rotary Club
  • South Norfolk Ruritan Club

Experience

Work Experience

  • etired Naval Officer

Education

  • BS
    Old Dominion University

Personal

Born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
Married Sue Ann Cosgrove

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Christie New Craig

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E607
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7514
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 15483
Chesapeake, VA 23328
Phone: (757) 547-3422
Fax: 804-698-7651

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

John A. Cosgrove (born June 7, 1954) is an American politician. On August 16, 2013, he was sworn in as a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 14th district, after winning an August 6 special election to replace the retiring Harry Blevins.

From 2002 to 2013 Cosgrove served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 78th district in the city of Chesapeake. Cosgrove is a member of the Republican Party.

Cosgrove is a Virginia State Leader for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which writes conservative model bills for state legislators to introduce.

Cosgrove is an advocate for gun rights. In 2017, the Virginia Citizens Defense League named him one of the most pro-gun politicians in the state. In 2017, Cosgrove mistakenly left his handgun unattended in an assembly meeting room.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

John A. Cosgrove Jr. (R)36,37060.16%
Rebecca E. Raveson (D)23,94939.61%
Write-In (Write-in)1410.23%
TOTAL60,460

2015 State SenatorArray

John Cosgrove (R)15,37192.4%
Write In (Write-in)1,2667.6%
TOTAL16,637

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

COSGROVE JR, JOHN A has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,165,219.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Education and Health
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Frank Ruff 1Frank Ruff

Current Position: State Senator since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

Frank Ruff is a leader in reforming economic development to expand current businesses and attract new employers. He has worked with prospective job creators to encourage them to come to our region. From assistance with funding for industrial parks to enhancing tourism, from working with the Governor and local leaders to recruit new industry, to the creation of a much needed law enforcement hazardous driving school, he has been a leader in the fight for small-town communities across the Fifteenth Senate District.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

Frank Ruff is a leader in reforming economic development to expand current businesses and attract new employers. He has worked with prospective job creators to encourage them to come to our region. From assistance with funding for industrial parks to enhancing tourism, from working with the Governor and local leaders to recruit new industry, to the creation of a much needed law enforcement hazardous driving school, he has been a leader in the fight for small-town communities across the Fifteenth Senate District.

About

Frank Ruff

Source: Campaign page

Senator Frank Ruff was elected to serve in the Virginia Senate in November 2000 to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard Holland. Prior to Frank’s election to the Virginia Senate, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates since first elected in 1993.

The 15th Senate District includes all of the counties of Charlotte, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway, as well as parts of the counties of Brunswick, Campbell, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Prince George, and part of the City of Danville. The 15th District is the largest in the Commonwealth.

Frank’s experience in government and business has made him an effective member of the General Assembly. A retired owner of a furniture business in Clarksville, Frank understands the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who bring jobs to Southside Virginia. A former member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors, he uses his experience and committee assignments to focus on economic development, education, and workforce training in rural Virginia.

Frank is a leader in reforming economic development to expand current businesses and attract new employers. He has worked with prospective job creators to encourage them to come to our region. From assistance with funding for industrial parks to enhancing tourism, from working with the Governor and local leaders to recruit new industry, to the creation of a much needed law enforcement hazardous driving school, he has been a leader in the fight for small-town communities across the Fifteenth Senate District.

Frank led the effort to create scholarships and forgivable loans through the Tobacco Commission as a way to educate the tobacco region’s young people and to encourage them to return to the region to re-establish their roots. In addition, recognizing that there was a gap in skilled labor and that not all young adults wish to pursue a college education, Frank has been a leader in workforce training for today’s needs. He has led the effort to better focus our workforce skills training for today’s economy and available well-paying jobs. He has been a leader in working with potential employers and community colleges to offer workforce training to independent certifications that is offered in several weeks rather than the traditional two year programs. This requires the community colleges to work with area businesses to better understand the skills that are needed in a region. This will transform our community colleges to true centers of workforce training with a focus on faster training as well as quality and independent certification of that training.

Frank and his wife Jessie have four children: sons Frank M. “Miller”, III, (wife – Jessica), Thomas (wife – Michelle), David, and daughter Genny. As well, they have two granddaughters. They are active members of Clarksville Presbyterian Church.

Committees, Boards, and Commissions

Frank’s service to Virginia includes membership on several committees, boards and commissions to include the following:

Senate Standing Committee assignments:

  • Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Chairs the subcommittee on Economic Development/Natural Resources
  • Finance
  • General Laws and Technology – Chairman
  • House and Senate Joint Rules Committee
  • Privileges and Elections
  • Rules Committee

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission – Vice-Chairman

  • Education Committee – Chairman
  • Executive Committee
  • Research and Development Committee
  • Southside Economic Development Committee
  • TROF Committee

Center for Rural Virginia

Economic Success

  • Broadband Advisory Council
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
  • Growth and Opportunity Board
  • Major Economic Incentive Project Approval Commission
  • Small Business Commission

Education Success

  • Virginia Board of Workforce Development
  • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
  • Mecklenburg Distance Learning Center

Environment

  • State Water Commission
  • Roanoke River Bi-State Commission
  • Virginia Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee

Good Government

  • Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform Commission
  • Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Other

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission
  • Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation
  • World War I and World War II Commemorative Commission

His work also includes responsibilities on national legislative organizations. Frank serves on the Trade and Economic Development Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council and on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committees of the Southern Legislative Conference and the National Conference of State Legislators

Experience

Work Experience

  • Business Owner
    2019 to present

    furniture business in Clarksville

Education


  • University of Richmond
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Bedford County, Virginia on September 22, 1949. Married Jessica Bowne Ruff; member: Clarksville Presbyterian Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Cindy Hosmer

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E505
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7515
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 332
Clarksville, VA 23927
Phone: (434) 374-5129
Fax: (434) 955-2224

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Frank Ruff (R)38,47168.30%
Virginia M. Smith (D)17,79331.59%
Write In (Write-in)630.11%
TOTAL56,327

2017 State SenatorArray

Frank Ruff (R)25,42959.0%
Robert Bob L. Wilkerson (D)17,65840.9%
Write In (Write-in)37
TOTAL43,124

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

RUFF JR, FRANK M has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,498,550

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

General Laws and Technology (Chair)
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Finance
Privileges and Elections
Rules

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Broadband Advisory Council
Elementary and Secondary Education Funding, Joint Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #2 Fundraising
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
General Assembly Building
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Manufacturing Development Commission
MEI Project Approval Commission
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Rural Virginia Board of Trustees, Center for
Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
Small Business Commission
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee
Water Commission, State
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of
World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Government page

The issues most common to our area are: Budget/Taxes, Job Creation, Business Regulation, Healthcare, Public School/College, Environmental/Uranium Mining, Renewable Energy, Road and Transportation/Gas Tax, Seniors, Veterans, Gun Rights, and Right to Life. If you share these concerns or have others, I would love to hear from you. It is important to me to know how the issues affect you so that I may represent you well.

Your views are important to me, but they must mesh with my view of the role of government in the lives of those of us in Southern Virginia. Please visit the Legislation page. There you will also find links to bills I have sponsored in past sessions.

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Bryce Reeves 1Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

About

Bryce Reeves

Source: Campaign page

Bryce Reeves is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he was recognized for his academic achievement with the coveted Distinguished Military Graduate designation. Upon graduation, Bryce was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as an Airborne Ranger in the Infantry.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Reeves worked as a police officer and was promoted to Vice-Narcotics Detective for Prince William County in Virginia. For the past 16 years, Reeves has run a couple small businesses with his wife, Anne Reeves.

Reeves served as a grassroots leader and Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee, and in November 2011 he defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat to win the 17th District Senate seat. With his narrow win of 86 votes on election night, Reeves changed the balance of power in the Virginia Senate for the second time since Reconstruction. He was re-elected in November 2015 with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

Reeves currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, overseeing social service, corrections, and alcohol beverage distribution and regulatory matters. He additionally serves on the Courts of Justice, General Laws, Privileges and Elections, Rules, and Joint Rules Committees. In addition to his committee assignments, he was chosen to serve as the Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Military and Veteran’s Caucus. He is currently the Senate representative on the Virginia Military Advisory Council to the Governor (VMAC), the reconstituted Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities (COMIDA), and in 2016 was appointed to the Secure Commonwealth Panel. Bryce is a member of the Board of Veterans Services and the WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and Advisory Council. He serves on the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, the Small Business Commission, and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. He also serves on the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and is a member of the Offender Population Forecast Policy Committee. Additionally, he is also on the advisory board of GOPAC and previously served as Co-Chair of GOPAC’s 2013 Emerging Leaders Summit.

During his time in the General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bryce annually for his pro-business stances. The American Conservative Union Foundation has also recognized Bryce with their Conservative Leader award many times and their Conservative Achievement award.

He has received awards from the Military Officers Association of America and Department of Defense for his work on military and veterans issues. He’s also received the Senator of the Year Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia.

In 2016, the National Rifle Association presented Reeves with the Defender of Freedom Award for his work to restore and expand reciprocity rights in Virginia. He is also A+ Rated with the NRA.

Reeves holds a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from George Mason University. He completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Sorensen Candidate Training Program. In 2013, Bryce also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Bryce has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife Anne and their two children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Full Service Provider Of Insurance And Financial Products

Education


  • University of Virginia

    Sorensen Political Leaders Program

  • M.P.A., Public Administration
    George Mason University
  • BS
    Texas A&M University

Awards

Source

  • GOPAC 2012 Emerging Leader Award
  • Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Champion of Justice Award, 2012
  • VA Chamber of Commerce Economic Competitive Award, 2013
  • Co-Chair for GOPAC Emerging Leaders Program, 2013
  • GOPAC Advisory Board, 2014
  • Conservative Leader Award by the American Conservative Union Foundation, 2012 & 2013
  • Virginia Bicycling Federation Award, 2014 & 2015

 

Personal

Born in California on November 28, 1966
Married Anne K. Reeves
Baptist

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Mark A. Snesavage, Christopher H. Snider,Sam Azzarelli

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E521
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7517
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 7021
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
Phone: (540) 645-8440

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Bryce E. Reeves (R)34,49451.58%
Amy J. Laufer (D)32,17648.11%
Write-In (Write-in)2080.31%
TOTAL66,878

2015 State SenatorArray

Bryce Reeves (R)24,51962.1%
Ned Lee Gallaway (D)14,91537.8%
Write In (Write-in)530.1%
TOTAL39,487

2011 State SenatorArray

Bryce Reeves (R)22,61550.2%
Robert Edward Houck (D)22,38949.7%
Write In (Write-in)800.2%
TOTAL45,084

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

REEVES, BRYCE E has run in 4 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,509,387

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Rehabilitation and Social Services (Chair)
Courts of Justice
General Laws and Technology
Privileges and Elections
Rules

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Criminal Sentencing Commission
Joint Rules
Juvenile Justice, Advisory Committee on
Military Advisory Council
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
Small Business Commission
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Veterans Services, Board of
World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

From a young age, Bryce Reeves heard the call to serve his fellow man.

As an Army Ranger, a front-line narcotics and vice detective, a leader in his church, a coach and a mentor to our youth, Bryce knows how to lead from the front and has always put service above self.

It should come as no surprise that Bryce serves so selflessly – his dad, brother and five of his uncles all wore the uniform of our country – fighting to defend our freedoms and our way of life.

Public service is in Bryce’s blood.

A small business owner, fiscal conservative, husband and father, today his service continues as a Virginia State Senator.

A PROVEN RECORD FOCUSED ON OUR PRIORITIES

In only his second term, Bryce has listened to our concerns and championed real issues that impact working families. That’s why he led the effort to reduce income taxes in the Commonwealth and successfully protected more than 421,000 concealed carry permit holders, protecting Virginians’ 2nd Amendment rights.

His actions have helped create more than 23,000 new private sector jobs and he continues to push for tax cuts and tax reform to spur economic growth while streamlining laws and regulations that reduce the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth.

A COMMONWEALTH AT A CROSSROADS

Bryce knows Virginia is at a crossroads.

All three statewide office holders are political insiders, liberals focused on increasing the size of government and raising taxes to pay for their beloved bureaucracy.

These same politicians are hurting our economy – making the Commonwealth last in job creation in the mid-Atlantic in 2015 – and attacking the conservative values that have defined Virginia for generations.

A REAL PLAN TO PROTECT VIRGINIA FAMILIES

Bryce knows faith and family is the foundation of every successful endeavor and that government must be dedicated to protecting not just our rights but our values as well.

He knows Virginia should be first in job creation. That’s why every session he fights to reduce burdens on local businesses and entrepreneurs to create the climate where companies thrive and grow.

And Bryce knows working families can’t afford higher taxes. He’s proposed common sense solutions to return fiscal discipline to state government that starts by reducing spending – not increasing taxes – and focuses on priorities like education, transportation and economic growth. He’ll continue his fight to eliminate unfunded mandates and oppose any expansion of Obamacare and Medicaid to protect taxpayers.

A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF US

  • Service above self.
  • A common sense plan to protect Virginia working families.
  • The values to ensure a bright future.

Join Bryce Reeves and his campaign to restore Virginia – for this generation and the next.

Governance

Service Above Self

Bryce proudly served our nation as an U.S. Army Ranger. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Bryce returned home and continued his dedicated public service as a narcotics and vice detective. Now, as a leader in his church, a coach and mentor to our youth, and current State Senator, he is a trusted leader who always puts service above self while providing strong leadership within his community.

Protecting Taxpayers

As a principled conservative, Bryce fights for Virginia taxpayers. He has consistently helped balance the state budget without raising taxes by stopping Obamacare and Medicaid expansion. He knows working families can’t afford higher taxes, and he will always fight to ensure lower tax rates in the Commonwealth. He’s cut millions of dollars of wasteful spending out of the budget–to include WiFi in state parks.

Civil Rights

Preserving Our Rights

An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Bryce shares our values and will always defend our 2nd Amendment rights.  He opposes new gun control measures that infringe on the rights of hunters and law abiding gun owners. Last year, he stood strong against the liberal politicians in Washington, DC and Richmond when they tried to strip away the rights of over 421,000 law abiding concealed carry permit holders.

Protecting Our Families

As a husband, father and mentor to youth, Bryce has always made protecting and defending families a top priority. He believes family and faith are the foundation of every community. He has fought to protect our religious liberties and the rights of the unborn.  He’s also focused on making childcare facilities safer for our children, and pushed for quality educational opportunities at a price that families and taxpayers can afford.

Economy

Creating Jobs and Growing Our Economy

As a small business owner, Bryce knows government doesn’t create economic growth and jobs – people do. He has seen first-hand how government regulations and red tape hurt job growth. With the Commonwealth’s natural resources, hard-working people and location, Bryce believes Virginia should be first in the nation in job creation. That’s why as State Senator, he always supports a private sector approach to get government out of the way, and allow our small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs and grow our economy.

Veterans

Supporting our Veterans and Law Enforcement

Our veterans and law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedoms. Bryce knows that we must do everything possible to ensure we protect and support them. He has worked to provide academic credits for service members to ensure they are able to continue their education and helped create 22,000 jobs for veterans. Bryce works closely with our Law Enforcement community across the Commonwealth to ensure they have the tools and funds to keep Virginians safe and secure.

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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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Bill Stanley 1Bill Stanley

Current Position: State Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Bill Stanley’s political foundation was cemented by the conservative values of his father, a Ronald Reagan Republican who preached the benefits of working hard, personal responsibility, spending less than you earn, and standing by your principals no matter what the cost.

During his tenure, Bill has been a strong voice for Southside and Southwest in Virginia’s Capitol. He has sponsored legislation to spur economic development to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Southside Virginia. Bill’s energy and enthusiasm, grassroots focus, and track record of effective leadership are making a difference for Southside families for future generations.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Bill Stanley’s political foundation was cemented by the conservative values of his father, a Ronald Reagan Republican who preached the benefits of working hard, personal responsibility, spending less than you earn, and standing by your principals no matter what the cost.

During his tenure, Bill has been a strong voice for Southside and Southwest in Virginia’s Capitol. He has sponsored legislation to spur economic development to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Southside Virginia. Bill’s energy and enthusiasm, grassroots focus, and track record of effective leadership are making a difference for Southside families for future generations.

About

Bill Stanley

As the son of a naval aviator, Bill and his family traveled throughout the United States wherever duty called. Returning to Virginia in 1975, the Stanley family lived in both Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia in the last years of Bill’s Father’s naval career. In 1983, the Stanley family purchased a home in Franklin County. Bill graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1989, the District of Columbia School of Law in 1994, and began his law practice in Northern Virginia with former Attorney General Candidate Gil Davis. One of the first cases Bill was involved in was Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton which resulted in a favorable 9-0 Supreme Court decision and stood for the position that a sitting President of the United States could still be held to account for his private acts against a private citizen.

After his father passed away, Bill encouraged his mom to fulfill her life-long dream to become an attorney. After she passed the bar in 1998, Bill joined with his mom to start a law firm, locating it back home in Franklin County. They still practice law together, 15 years later in the firm of Stanley, Houchens & Griffith, with offices at Smith Mountain Lake and in the City of Salem.

Bill’s political foundation was cemented by the conservative values of his father, a Ronald Reagan Republican who preached the benefits of working hard, personal responsibility, spending less than you earn, and standing by your principals no matter what the cost.

When Robert Hurt was elected to Congress in 2010, numerous community and political leaders encouraged him to complete the final year of Robert’s term for the 19th Senate Seat. After prayers and consideration with family and friends, Bill decided to seek the Republican nomination. In a January 2011 special election, Bill was elected to become the Virginia Senator representing the 19th District.

One year later after redistricting of the Senate, Bill became the Republican nominee for the 20thSenatorial District and in November of 2011, he was elected as the Senator of the 20th District for a four-year term.

During his tenure, Bill has been a strong voice for Southside and Southwest in Virginia’s Capitol. He has sponsored legislation to spur economic development to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Southside Virginia. Bill’s energy and enthusiasm, grassroots focus, and track record of effective leadership are making a difference for Southside families for future generations.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    2019 to present

Education

  • JD
    District of Columbia School of Law
    2019 to present
  • BS
    Hampden-Sydney College
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Milton, Florida on July 21, 1967. Married Laura Stanley. Member Methodist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Deborah Duke-Daly, Richard Crouse

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E610
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7520
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 96
Glade Hill, VA 24092-0096
Phone: (540) 721-6028
Fax: (540) 721-6405

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

William M. Stanley, Jr. (R)32,52770.52%
Sherman D. Witcher Sr. ()13,39429.04%
Write-In (Write-in)2040.44%
TOTAL46,125

2015 State SenatorArray

Bill Stanley (R)22,70157.9%
Kimberly Elliott Adkins (D)16,45542.0%
Write In (Write-in)670.2%
TOTAL39,223

2011 State SenatorArray

Bill Stanley (R)23,97546.8%
William Roscoe Reynolds (D)23,33145.5%
Willis Jeffery Evans ()3,8877.6%
Write In (Write-in)370.1%
TOTAL51,230

Finances

STANLEY JR, WILLIAM M has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,908,430.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Local Government (Chair)
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Henrietta Lacks Commission
Manufacturing Development Commission
New College Institute
Online Virginia Network Authority
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
School Facility Modernization
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Virginia Housing Commission
Water Commission, State
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Mark Peake 1Mark Peake

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

“I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

“I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

About

Mark Peake

Mark resides in Lynchburg with his wife of twenty-two years, Lila, and their five children. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee Law School, Mark has practiced law in Lynchburg for nearly thirty years. Though this is his first time serving in elected office, Mark has consistently been involved in his local community, serving with numerous organizations including: Commonwealth Transportation Board, Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lynchburg Bar Association, Board of Directors of Lynchburg Youth & Prevention Services, and Lynchburg Republican Committee.

Mark  is currently serving his first term in the Virginia Senate, having been elected in the January 2017 Special Election.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • BA
    Virginia Tech

Personal

Born in Greensboro on January 19, 1963
Married to Lila A. Peake
Methodist

Contact

Legislative Assistants: George Goodwin, Daniel J. Dodds

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E522
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7522 F

District Office
4925 Boonsboro Road, Box 172
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Phone: (434) 455-3382

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State SenatorArray

Mark Peake (R)13,71353.1%
Ryant Lenard Washington (D)10,22639.6%
Joseph Cornwell Hines ()1,8847.3%
Write In (Write-in)190.1%
TOTAL25,842

2019 State SenatorArray

Mark J. Peake (R)37,63062.76%
Dakota S. Claytor (D)22,25437.11%
Write-In (Write-in)770.13%
TOTAL59,961

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

PEAKE, MARK J has run in 3 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $454,601.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Taxes

More freedom, fewer taxes. I support abolishing the individual state income tax. I believe government should protect your financial freedom, by taking in fewer of your hard-earned dollars. In Richmond, I take care to ensure the General Assembly does not spend anymore taxpayer money than is necessary to support core government services. I will always look for ways to reduce spending and lower the tax burden for our families, farmers, and businesses.

Regulations

We can all agree that certain regulations are necessary, but government bureaucrats have gone too far. I have and will continue to introduce bills that remove unnecessary government regulations, which are nothing more than a burden on our farmers and small business owners. These regulations increase the cost of doing business and ultimately hurt the workingman, who sees lower wages or worse, fewer jobs. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate and House of Delegates in identifying regulations we can roll back, but I welcome feedback from you. If there is a particular regulation you think unnecessary, please submit via our Repeal It! form.

Civil Rights

The Right to Life

As a father of five, I know first-hand some of the difficult tests of faith that can happen during pregnancy. When my wife, Lila, and I were told that that our quadruplets were a high-risk pregnancy and that certain dangers existed in potentially carrying all of our children to full-term, we were advised to make a choice. We knew, based on our steadfast belief in the sanctity of life and our unborn children’s God-given right to exist, that the only option was for us to carry all of our children to full-term. Defending life is not simply a policy position to me, it is an integral part of our family and you can count on me to continue to defend life in Richmond, just as Lila and I did for our own children nearly two decades ago.

The Right to Bear Arms

I am a staunch defender of our right to bear arms, and I have the voting record to prove it.  As your State Senator, I took an oath to defend both the Virginia Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, and the brilliant authors of these documents knew the natural right of the people to bear arms was so essential to liberty, that it must be constitutionally protected. As your voice in Richmond, I will continue to protect all of our constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.

Democracy

Redistricting

The drawing of district lines is a constitutionally mandated responsibility of the General Assembly as outlined in the Virginia Constitution. In recent years, many, myself included, have voiced concern over the gerrymandering of Virginia’s legislative districts. While I think everyone can agree drawing districts is no easy task, I do believe the General Assembly must revisit the manner in which it draws district boundaries; just adhere to the Constitution. Every electoral district shall be composed of contiguous and compact territory and shall be so constituted as to give, as nearly as is practicable, representation in proportion to the population of the district.” If the legislature adheres to the Constitution when drawing the districts in 2021, I believe we will have fair redistricting.

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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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Emmett Hanger 1Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

About

Emmett Hanger

Source: Campaign page

24th District Virginia State Senator Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.

As a life-long Republican and resident of Augusta County, Emmett first served as Commissioner of the Revenue and then in the House of Delegates. Now as Senator, Emmett has earned a multitude of leadership positions, including being named Senate Finance Co-Chair, a budget conferee, and Chair of the Health and Human Services Finance subcommittee.

He is very involved in all aspects of the legislature but has become an ardent supporter of all matters dealing with education, mental health, and the environment. He holds several positions on national organizations such as the Southern Legislative Conference and the National Conference of State Legislators.

Emmett is the former Commander of the Harrisonburg National Guard and obtained the rank of Captain in the US Army as an Infantry Officer. He and his wife Sharon have five grown children and enjoy lots of family time focusing on their 15 grandchildren.

The 24th District stretches from parts of Culpeper County, all of Madison County, parts of Rockingham County, and all of Augusta and Greene Counties, including the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Commercial Real Estate

Education

  • B.S. in Management and Economics; M.B.A.
    James Madison University

Personal

Born in Staunton, Virginia on August 2, 1948
Married Sharon Hanger

Membership & Affiliation

Church of the Brethren, Member

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Holly Herman

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E507
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7524
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 2
Mount Solon, VA 22843-0002
Phone: (540) 885-6898

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R)46,89071.02%
Annette H. Hyde (D)18,73328.37%
Write-In (Write-in)3970.60%
TOTAL66,020

2015 State SenatorArray

Emmett Hanger (R)34,98097.9%
Write In (Write-in)7652.1%
TOTAL35,745

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

HANGER JR, EMMETT W has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,596,788.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Finance (Co-Chair) Rehabilitation and Social Services
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Local Government
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

STATE BUDGET

In my role as Co-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a major amount of my time is spent working on the budget; first the Senate version and then working with my House colleagues on the final General Assembly budget. The state budget drives all the rest of our state government and it is my responsibility to be prudent, pragmatic and a good steward of our tax dollars and the programs and policies they fund. All year long the Senate Finance Committee meets to discuss and evaluate policy and budget concerns to ensure we focus on core services, and then other initiatives that work to improve the lives of all our citizens, protect our environment and put Virginia in a position to grow both with jobs and economic opportunities.

TAX REFORM AND SPENDING

Tax reform and the whole issue of Virginia’s budget, including how we raise money from our citizens and how we decide the appropriate levels of taxation and expenditures at the state and local level is very contentious in today’s political environment.

One of the problems, it seems to me, is that political consultants rather than political leaders have taken control of the process and the way to get elected now is to promise reduced taxes and increased spending at the same time. Obviously, this line of thought doesn’t work in reality. Yet this has been exemplified by the federal government which continues to run deficits, borrow more money, and rob from the social security trust fund.

At the state level the options are not as plentiful. You can increase debt, rob from various funds, and work on efficiencies in providing services, but ultimately, by Constitutional mandate, our budget must be balanced. Unfortunately that budget can be partially balanced by shortchanging the localities and forcing the local governments rather than state government to be the ones who must raise taxes or reduce services. When the budget is balanced on the backs of local government budgets, the less affluent rural areas of the state and inner cities are generally the losers.

As a conservative Republican, I am a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility. I recognize though, however politically unpopular, that the term fiscal responsibility may or may not mean lowering taxes and it may or may not mean reducing spending; but it always should mean providing necessary services in as an efficient manner as possible and within the constraints of a balanced budget.

I pledge to continue to work to ensure that as Virginians we pay only those taxes that are necessary to support desired levels of core services. If we are to completely eliminate any existing unfair tax, such as the car tax or the estate tax, and I do support eliminating both, then we need to insure that we have alternative resources to adequately support core services.

Civil Rights

GUN RIGHTS

As a rural legislator, I have long been a leading advocate for the protection of 2nd Amendment rights. From consistently opposing legislation intended to chip away at gun owner rights, to patroning key legislation to afford statewide protection of this constitutional right, I am regarded as a leader in the Senate on this issue.

I successfully patroned the important, overarching preemption legislation that prohibits localities from going farther than state law allows with gun restrictions. I also successfully patroned the concealed carry allowance in restaurants that serve alcohol for those legally permitted to carry concealed with the caveat that they don’t drink while carrying in the restaurant. And I have patroned legislation to protect the personal information of gun owners from public disclosure. I have an A rating by the NRA and am proud to be endorsed by them consistently over the years. I am also proud to be co-chair of the Sportsman Caucus in the General Assembly.

As for “Constitutional carry” (which is really allowing anyone to carry concealed without a permit and the appropriate training and screening), I do not believe our current application process to carry a concealed weapon is flawed. I am not hearing reports of long lines, unnecessary denials of the application, or any complaint that would justify changing a process that is working to ensure responsible owners are able to carry concealed weapons legally. I do believe because of my in-depth work in the mental health arena that this simple process helps to weed out someone who may have a mental health concern or a behavorial or criminal issue that would make it inappropriate to carry (like a domestic abuser or known drug dealer who hasn’t been charged and found guilty). The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association has gone on record supporting my position as a safety issue for citizens and their deputies. If they pull someone over with a legal permit, they know that person has gone thru the process to carry concealed, if there is no permit they will know there has been no cursory check of their credentials. I do not think we need to change a system that is working for legal concealed carry.

Again, I fully support the Second Amendment but just as with the First Amendment basic common sense comes into play. Just as the First Amendment doesn’t permit you to yell “fire” in a movie theater, the Second Amendment doesn’t prevent us from having some simple steps to ensure the rights of gun owners while providing a layer of protection from those who may be mentally impaired or otherwise not be eligible to legally carry a concealed weapon. And this doesn’t impact open carry at all which remains legal, so again for me common sense wins out.

I will continue to support the protection of our Second Amendment Rights. In a world today where so many are working to curtail or end our gun rights, I believe my stance of common sense legislation to ensure the protection of those Second Amendment rights is a good place to be.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Social issues, and in particular, matters of faith, are areas where I cannot compromise. I am and always have been a strong Pro-Life Christian. I believe the dignity of life should be protected and honored from conception until natural death. Much has been in the news this session regarding abortion and simply put, I remain an ardent Pro-Lifer and my record, dating all the way back to my early work for our very first “parental consent” laws, demonstrates my commitment to my beliefs and values for human life. Some people have tried to say that my support of expanding access to Medicaid for our lower income Virginians compromises my position and that cannot be further from the truth. Providing quality health care for Virginians ensures all life is valued, rather than valuing only the lives of those who can pay for healthcare.

I cannot in good conscience support any proposition that allows someone to make a decision about whether someone else should live or die, no matter how early in the womb or late in life, which is based on some supposed issue of choice or personal convenience.

In addition, I want to clarify misinformation out there about state dollars allocated for preventing unwanted pregnancies. If we can prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring in the first place, then we can obviously decrease the abortion rate. To argue otherwise is frankly out of touch with where we are today as a society. Specifically, any TANF monies directed by the state to Planned Parenthood are the same that we provided to Free Clinics, hospitals, and health centers for Long-Acting Contraceptive Devices (LARCs) to be used to prevent pregnancies. This funding was specifically geared to assist low-income Virginians who otherwise may not have access to, or money for, contraception. And to be clear, Medicaid expansion doesn’t increase the abortion rate because that is federal money restricted by the Hyde Amendment so for anyone to say my work to expand health care services to our working poor is a pro-abortion effort then they are completely off base and have a lack of knowledge of how the state and federal programs work.

I work to protect all life and am Pro-Life. This issue is part of my core beliefs and principals. I will always support and vote to protect the unborn in the same vein that I dedicate much time to ensuring the health and care of the disabled and elderly. Every life is precious and a gift from God. It is our responsibility as leaders in the General Assembly and in our communities to protect and cherish human life.

As a Christian, I believe my life, though pitted by errors and shortcomings, should be patterned after the example of Christ. I try to guide my decisions based on biblical instruction including the Ten Commandments and I believe strongly our form of representative democracy cannot survive, at least in a manner that is efficient and affordable, unless the majority of our citizens are “Godly” people and are willing and capable of assuming their role as responsible citizens in a free society.

I have patroned and supported restrictions on abortions long before it became a dominant “Republican” theme. I continue to maintain that while the state and faith-based communities should provide support and a safety-net for those in dire circumstances, it remains the ultimate responsibility of the individual to provide for themselves and the welfare of their family.

Democracy

REDISTRICTING

I have worked for several years now to end the partisanship in our redistricting process. This is not “my” seat; the seat I represent in the VA Senate is the “people’s” seat. I am elected to serve them, represent their ideas, and as I have been given opportunities to rise in leadership I believe I also must use that power to make sure the election process is fair and equitable. I patroned a bill establishing the Virginia Citizens Redistricting Commission as a Constitutional Amendment.

A 10-member bipartisan commission responsible for establishing legislative and congressional districts was the combined work of a dedicated group of bipartisan community leaders and I am pleased to have worked with OneVirginia2021 and Senator Mamie Locke on this initiative. The initial bill didn’t pass but I am Chief Co-Patron of a bill that remained alive (SJ306) in hopes we can pursue an end to gerrymandering; though I do think this bill was not as comprehensive as my initial legislation, I want to make sure we have an open, transparent process with as little politics involved as possible.

The bill has passed and because it is a Constitutional Amendment it will also need to be voted on and passed again next session before going to referendum, but that should set us up for improvements prior to the next mandated redistricting in 2021. I am committed to passing legislation that puts an end to gerrymandering, is fair and transparent and takes politics out of the process.

Education

I am a strong supporter of public education. My wife is a long-time elementary school teacher (recently retired) and all my children have gone through our public schools.

Judge by my actions rather than my words though. When I first ran for office, I was advised to always say that I supported education. Seemed kind of silly to me, but sometimes that is exactly how shallow politics is these days. Who in the world would go around saying that they were opposed to education? Well, that dynamic is a little different now. Candidates will tell you they support education, but you have to dig deeper if you want to move beyond the rhetoric.

There are now at play those that seek to undermine public education. In that regard, be cautious of anti-tax and libertarian groups that are fond of calling our public schools, “government schools”. No question our public schools face challenges, but we need to deal with the problems rather than allowing the elitists and anti-government types to dictate standards and expectations for the average Virginia working family and their children.

I have been active in promoting academic excellence in Virginia’s schools. I sponsored legislation to create and then chaired for several years the Commission on Educational Accountability. We are improving our Standards of Learning to mandate less testing and more flexibility, and if we continue to foster a cooperative relationship between the state and local governments here in Virginia, we will be able to continue to address the educational needs of the Commonwealth.

Virginia has a history of quality in education for K-thru-12 instruction and for our schools of higher learning. This includes both public and private institutions. A couple of influences outside of the classroom need to be addressed though. First, we must as a society work on returning to the more stable influences at home that are the hallmark of a strong family bond and we need to insist the federal government observe its constitutional limitations. We also need Pre-K services to ensure kids come prepared to learn and we must provide sufficient funding for our classrooms and better pay for our teachers to keep the best and brightest teaching our kids.

I have been active on all these issues and will continue to work on all elements of ensuring quality educational opportunities for all our kids, including career and technical training, advanced learning opportunities, and programs and assistance to deal with challenges in the classroom such as autism and dyslexia. Every child matters and our public schools are the key to their future success.

Environment

On issues concerning the environment and conservation I take back seat to no one and consider myself to be a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. I have a record of leadership and strong support for programs designed to preserve and protect open space and clean air and streams. I have been at the forefront of our efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and have served as Chair of the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission.

I have lead the expansion and improvement of our state park system, with which even its lean funding has been ranked tops in the nation. And I have worked to control urbanization in vital farming communities and stressed smart-growth initiatives. I am proud to have helped in creating an incentive program for conservation easements that is serving as a model for the nation.

I am a strong proponent of common sense conservation practices and best management practices (BMPs) and I remain committed to efforts to protect and preserve Virginia’s natural resources, but at the same time, I am equally committed to preserving individual property rights and a positive climate for the businesses that create opportunities for Virginia’s working families.

Health Care

This issue seems to fit well here, between my comments on being a Christian who values all life and my thoughts on taxes and spending….

I served as Chair of MIRC, the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission, and we have made significant reforms to Virginia’s program over the past six or more years. We then took those savings and reinvested them back into our healthcare system to assist more people and shore up our services. I remain committed to reforming our healthcare delivery system and ensuring the viability of a fiscally sound and productive healthcare system in Virginia.

We have made progress in closing the healthcare coverage gap by expanding Medicaid with a Virginia specific plan to provide a work requirement and “skin in the game” for those now eligible for services. Our action now allows many more of the working poor, many veterans, and some disabled citizens to get care through a primary care physician rather than showing up at an emergency room where the cost is the most expensive and is often passed on to those of us with healthcare insurance.

We have been able to redirect back here to Virginia over $2.5 Billion a year in taxes that Virginians are mandated to pay because of the Affordable Care Act. We have been able to address the tremendous unmet needs for funding and policy in the areas of mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders by directing care and dollars where needed. The overall rate of growth in healthcare spending is unsustainable. We will continue to make reforms to address this otherwise, most of us will be unable to afford insurance in the future.

I was pleased to work alongside Senate and House colleagues of both parties to accomplish this improvement to our Medicaid program that will benefit hard working Virginians. I will always stand with anyone willing to make bold moves to address these needs because it impacts all of us, our budget, and my personal beliefs tell me it is the right thing to do.

Infrastructure

BROADBAND

So much of our work and play relies on access to the internet and unfortunately not everyone has fast, reliable service. In fact, some don’t have connectivity at all in parts of Virginia. This is an issue I have been working hard on and am in a unique position to assist with because of my work as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the VA Rural Center. Broadband is one of their major focuses.

Additionally, I have successfully carried budget amendments and advanced mapping and technology efforts over the years and I am working with the Governor’s Chief Broadband Advisor to appropriate funding and integration to increase the availability and affordability of broadband throughout the Commonwealth. The current budget included $4M each year for broadband and we added an additional $15M in the second year to bring second year funding to $19M for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative to accelerate broadband investment in rural and unserved areas.

TRANSPORTATION

We need to continue laying plans to address all transportation policy in a statewide, comprehensive manner. There is no question, based on current policy; that we do not have adequate revenue coming into the Transportation Trust Fund to pay for existing needs. Our future planning must focus on innovations in mass transit and possible alternatives to traditional construction and maintenance programs as well.

Improvements to the safety and capacity of Interstate 81 have been needed for years. For the past two sessions I attempted to advance legislation to dedicate a funding source to make these improvements a reality through an increase in the wholesale gas and diesel tax, where the burden would be put on all who travel our roads. There also were several tolling bills that failed to advance this session and because the differing funding mechanisms could not be agreed upon during session, we were unable to advance any specific additional funding sources to make these critical safety and capacity needs on Interstate 81. Then the Governor came back with a multi-layered, complex bill of increased taxes and fees and the legislators along the I-81 corridor agreed it didn’t go far enough to bring about improvements while being too complex and not a comprehensive plan.

Though the Governor’s plan passed, we still have lots of work to do to address the best way to fund and construct the improvements and I will be working with stakeholders, other legislators and the Governor to make that happen. Transportation is a core service of government and we must be willing to make the hard choices of funding safe roads over the political pressures of the “no-tax” groups and industry organizations that balk at paying their fair share. At the same time, we must be comprehensive in our approach and the roll-out of construction. I am committed to seeing the improvements take place in the immediate time-frame and will continue to work on statewide solutions.

AGRICULTURE

With two counties in this Senate District being the first and second largest agricultural communities in the Commonwealth, agriculture is our history and I believe it is also a vital, thriving part of our future. After sponsoring a resolution to create a task force on farmland preservation a number of years ago, I have been involved legislatively in promoting programs to not only preserve farmland, but to preserve farming as a viable business throughout the Commonwealth. I have played a role in the development of farmland transition and of agriculture vitality programs, the establishment of the Office of Farmland Preservation, purchase of development rights programs, efforts to repeal the estate tax, the creation of a cabinet level Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, as well as numerous initiatives aimed at the promotion and protection of various areas of the agriculture industry.

Agriculture in its broadest sense including crop and livestock farming, forestry and the seafood industry have long played a vital role in not only Virginia’s economy, but in defining Virginia traditions and our quality of life.

I have been honored to be the recipient of many awards from the Agribusiness industry and conservation groups and serve on the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. I remain committed to protect this vital part of Virginia’s past, present and future prosperity.

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Mark Obenshain 1Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

About

Mark Obenshain

Source: Campaign page

For Senator Mark Obenshain, fighting for our rights isn’t just a job—it’s a calling.

Growing up in a home in which the discussion of politics was standard fare around the dinner table each night, the son of the man often dubbed the architect of the modern Republican Party of Virginia, Mark developed a passion for politics and a zeal for public service early in life, and he has emerged as one of the Commonwealth’s leading champions of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.

Mark has been politically active practically his entire life. He has served as the chairman of two Republican committees, has been a delegate to every Republican state convention since 1980, and was a member of Virginia’s delegation to the 1980 Republican National Convention, which nominated Ronald Reagan. Mark has worked on the campaigns of virtually every Republican nominee for state and local office since he began practicing law in Harrisonburg in 1987, and he serves as the President of the Richard D. Obenshain Foundation, named after his father, which provides the Republican Party of Virginia with the building that is its permanent home.

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

In his professional life, Mark is the founder of the Obenshain Law Group. Mark has practiced law in Harrisonburg and in Central Virginia for over thirty years, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of legal matters.

In addition to his law practice and service in the Senate, Mark is active in a variety of civic, community, professional, and political organizations. In 1994, Governor George Allen appointed him to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment, which established the framework for Allen’s comprehensive welfare reform program and served as a blueprint for federal welfare reform two years later. He subsequently served as a member of the Commission on Welfare Reform and the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, where he was one of the charter members, working to identify inefficiencies, eliminate waste and fraud, consolidate duplicative functions and agencies, and make government more citizen-friendly.

In his own community, Mark served as a member of James Madison University’s Board of Visitors, and also served on the boards of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation, Mercy House, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.

Mark and his wife Suzanne have two children, Anne Tucker and Sam, and they are active members of Harrisonburg’s First Presbyterian Church

Experience

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
    Obenshain Law Group

Education

  • JD
    Washington and Lee University School of Law
    1987
  • BA
    Virginia Tech
    1984

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on June 11, 1962.
Married Suzanne Speas

Membership & Affiliation

  • First Presbyterian Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Tracy Eppard

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E503
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7525
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 5462
Charlottesville, VA 22905-5462
Phone: (434) 296-5491
Fax: (434) 296-5949

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Obenshain has accumulated a conservative voting record since his election to the Shenandoah Valley’s 26th state senate district in 2003. Obenshain’s 2003 victory was a 68-32% win over former Harrisonburg mayor Rodney Eagle for an open seat.

In the Senate, Obenshain is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources, Courts of Justice, Local Government, and the Privileges and Elections Committee. For fundraising and organizational purposes he is a member of the conservative Republican Senate Victory PAC. In 2007, Obenshain easily won reelection over Democrat Maxine Hope Roles 70-29 percent. Obenshain ran for re-election unopposed in 2011. Obenshain was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Virginia, losing to Democrat Mark Herring in the 2013 Election and formally conceding on December 18.

Miscarriage reporting bill

During his run for attorney general in 2013, Obenshain was criticized for a bill he introduced in 2009 which would have required women who had miscarriages without medical attendance to report it to authorities within 24 hours. Obenshain explained that he introduced the bill in response to the case of a Virginia woman who threw her dead newborn baby’s body into the trash, and was trying to create a bill to allow law enforcement to prosecute a woman in that circumstance. However, the legislation that emerged “was far too broad, and would have had ramifications that neither he nor the Commonwealth’s attorney’s office ever intended,” and after being unable to resolve the problem of women potentially being prosecuted for miscarriages, he withdrew the bill and stated that he is “strongly against imposing any added burden for women who suffer a miscarriage, and that was never the intent of the legislation.”

The bill, as proposed by Obenshain, would have required that when a fetal death occurred without medical attendance upon the mother at or after the delivery or abortion, the mother or someone acting on her behalf, within twenty-four hours, report the fetal death, location of the remains, and identity of the mother to the local or state police or sheriff’s department of the city or county where the fetal death occurred. The bill also specified that no one should remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement officials or the medical examiner, and that a violation of the statute would constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Mark Obenshain (R)36,99864.88%
April Dorothea Moore (D)19,94834.98%
Write In (Write-in)750.13%
TOTAL57,021

Finances

OBENSHAIN, MARK has run in 6 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,822,183.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice (Chair)
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Finance
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Interstate 81 Commission
Judicial Council of Virginia
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Reapportionment Joint Committee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

My Legislation

I invite you to review the legislation I have introduced since taking office. Click any session for a complete list of bills I patroned that year: 20042005200620072008200920102011201220132014, and 2015.

Governance

Holding the Line on Taxes

Our families already pay too much in taxes – on average, more than they spend on food, clothing, and shelter combined. In these economically trying times, higher taxes and fees would be particularly devastating. In the Senate, I have opposed higher taxes while looking for ways to reduce wasteful spending. If the Commonwealth cannot fund its top priorities, it has no business spending taxpayer dollars on other pet projects. I have been a consistent voice for a government that focuses on core services and lives within its means, and I will continue to be an advocate for maintaining the low taxes that have made Virginia consistently one of the best states in which to do business.

Government Reform

If we are to continue to provide quality services while keeping the tax burden low, we must be willing to challenge traditional notions about the way things have always been: why this program is needed, whether that program is an effective means of affecting its intended policy goal, if this service could be provided through the private sector, or that one should even exist at all.

I have worked to cut through the red tape, and I am proud to support government reform efforts ranging from the privatization of the state’s liquor monopoly to the reform of our costly and outmoded state procurement policies. As your senator, I continue to work for real reform of state government, because I know that we have an obligation to spend taxpayer money wisely, and that is not a charge I take lightly.

Civil Rights

Protecting Private Property Rights

As co-patron of successful legislation defending the property rights of all Virginians against the Kelo-era expansion of government’s eminent domain power to encompass such nebulous categories as economic development, I have been at the forefront of the property rights battle here in Virginia. I will continue to work to enshrine eminent domain reform in the Constitution of Virginia, standing with the people of this Commonwealth against governmental attempts to chip away at these rights.

Defending Second Amendment Rights

I believe strongly in the preservation of our gun rights in Virginia and have worked hard to uphold these rights. As a sportsman myself, I seek to protect our rich tradition of gun ownership here in the Commonwealth.

Education

Better Schools for Virginia’s Children

Education is one of the most basic responsibilities of government, and I will continue to make it one of my top priorities. I recognize that state government has an important role to play, but also know that the best decisions are made “on the ground” in our local school divisions and not by bureaucrats in Richmond. I believe that the Commonwealth has long spent too much money on central office administration of our schools and too little in the classroom, where it directly affects our students. I have been a leading proponent of providing local school divisions with the flexibility they need to put state education funding toward their most urgent priorities – not the pet projects of legislators or bureaucrats in Richmond.

Environment

Promoting Energy Independence

I know that there is no one single answer to providing for our nation’s long-term energy needs, and just as importantly, I know that it is not the responsibility of government to pick winners and losers. Virginia is poised to be a leader in energy production, and it is exciting to see the Commonwealth on the forefront of such advances as clean coal, wind energy, biomass research and production, and offshore drilling. I stand in strong support of Virginia’s efforts to tap the significant oil deposits along Virginia’s outer continental shelf in an environmentally sensitive manner, and I will work to ensure that Virginia continues to welcome these many and varied approaches to energy independence.

Infrastructure

Improving Transportation

Like other parts of Virginia, our region has sustained major growth and our roads are being stretched beyond capacity.  In Richmond, I have fought to keep transportation spending equitable and efficient for the Valley. While opposing new taxes on Virginia’s families and businesses, I have advocated dedicating a portion of future revenue growth to our Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). I have supported proposals that would permanently dedicate an additional ½ penny from the sales tax to the TTF as well as a majority of the revenue realized from the privatization of ABC sales and royalties from offshore drilling.

Safety

Strengthening Public Safety

As a member of the Senate of Virginia, I have worked hard to provide law enforcement and judges with the tools they need to put criminals behind bars and to enhance penalties for gangs and drug felons. My bills have targeted the drug dealers and internet predators that would prey on our children as well as those who pose threats to our families through domestic violence and by repeatedly violating the terms of protective orders.

Additionally, I have focused on the pervasive problem of human trafficking, which is one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal enterprises, where children are kidnapped and forced into a life of slavery and prostitution. It is our responsibility to protect society’s most vulnerable and there is a pressing need for legislation that addresses these heinous acts. The Commonwealth of Virginia is one of only two states that lack a comprehensive human trafficking statute, and the time to act is now.

As co-patron of legislation that would create a stand-alone human trafficking felony, I recognize the responsibility we have to protect society’s most vulnerable. This stand-alone felony would give law enforcement and prosecutors the tools they need to go after these heinous offenders. We have made great strides in recent years in combating trafficking, but we must remain diligent in these efforts. I will continue to fight to keep our communities and families safe as your State Senator.

Protecting Valley Values of Faith and Family

Deep faith and strong families are the foundation for our lives in the Shenandoah Valley. I have patroned legislation to require public libraries to install filtering software to protect families and children from exposure to pornographic material on library computers. I have also fought to punish internet predators who seek to victimize young children online. I believe in the sanctity of innocent human life and will stand strong to protect the rights of Virginians from those who would drive all references to God and faith from the public square. I will continue to work to promote our Valley Values for the preservation of our heritage and our children’s futures.

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Jill Vogel 1Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has held legal and policy positions in and out of government, including serving as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Energy. As managing partner of a law firm that specializes in charity and non-profit organizations, election law, and ethics, she has consistently been listed by Washingtonian Magazine as a “top lawyer in her field.”

In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has held legal and policy positions in and out of government, including serving as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Energy. As managing partner of a law firm that specializes in charity and non-profit organizations, election law, and ethics, she has consistently been listed by Washingtonian Magazine as a “top lawyer in her field.”

In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia.

About

Jill Vogel

Source: Campaign page

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has held legal and policy positions in and out of government, including serving as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Energy. As managing partner of a law firm that specializes in charity and non-profit organizations, election law, and ethics, she has consistently been listed by Washingtonian Magazine as a “top lawyer in her field.”

Jill is currently serving a third term in the Senate of Virginia, where she represents Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, Fauquier County, and parts of Loudoun, Culpeper and Stafford counties. She serves on the General Laws and Technology Committee, the Rules Committee the Finance Committee, and the Privileges and Elections Committee of which she is the chairman. In addition, Jill is chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Technology and serves on the Subcommittee on Claims. Jill was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Parole Review and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. She remains a member of the Commemorative Commission to Honor theContributions of the Women of Virginia.

In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia. She has also been named a Champion of Justice by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys and a Catalyst for change by the Arc of Virginia. In addition, she received an Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and in 2014, she was the only member of the Virginia Senate to receive a 100 percent score from the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership.

Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Jill is a wife, mother, and business owner. She volunteers her time helping civic and charitable organizations and she resides in Fauquier County with her husband and children.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

  • JD
    DePaul University’s Law School
    2019 to present
  • BA, government and religion
    College of William and Mary
    2019 to present

Awards

  • Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police (2019)
  • Legislator of the Year by Virginia Courts Clerks Association (2019)
  • Legislator of the Year by Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia (2019)
  • Champion of Justice by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys (2019)
  • Catalyst for change by the Arc of Virginia (2019)
  • Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award from the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District (2019)
  • 100 percent score from the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership (2014)

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jennifer Moon, Angela Bell, Canon Cochran

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E612
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7527
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
45 North Hill Drive, Suite 100
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 662-4551
Fax: (540) 341-8809

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Flickr

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

A member of the Virginia and Washington D.C. bars, Vogel specializes in laws relating to charitable and nonprofit organizations, as well as campaign finance and ethics. Vogel served as Deputy General Counsel in the Department of Energy, before starting her own law firm, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky. Vogel became the Chief Counsel of the Republican National Committee in February 2004 (she had previously been Deputy Chief Counsel, as well as involved in the 2000 Florida recount and as a staff counsel at the 1996 Republican National Convention).

She was elected to the Senate of Virginia (a part-time position) as a Republican in 2007, after long-term state senator Russ Potts retired, defeating several opponents in the Republican primary and the general election. She represents much of the territory that was once represented by former Governor and U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. and former U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. It was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican; the GOP has held the seat without interruption since Harry, Jr.’s appointment to the U. S. Senate in 1965.

Vogel faced a contentious race in 2007, winning by only 661 votes as the Democrats regained control of the Senate. She was re-elected by a wider margin in 2011.

In 2012, Vogel attracted nationwide media attention for a bill she introduced requiring abortion clinics to provide ultrasounds, which she described as necessary for fully informed consent. In 2015, Vogel’s candidacy for reelection was unopposed. She became the Caucus Whip for the Republican party in the state Senate.

In 2016, she introduced legislation to allow victims of domestic violence to more easily and quickly obtain concealed weapons permits. That same year, she also gained nationwide media attention for helping repeal laws that allowed “child marriage” involving pregnant minors. In 2017, she sought to curb gerrymandering by introducing a bill establishing more specific criteria for redistricting in Virginia. She also introduced legislation to legalize medicinal use of non-psychoactive cannabis oils for a range of conditions.

In 2017, after an unusually bitter primary battle,[Vogel became the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2017. She lost to Democrat Justin Fairfax in the general election on November 7, 2017. If she had been elected, she would have become the first female Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Jill H. Vogel (R)43,35364.20%
Ronnie J. Ross III (D)24,11435.71%
Write-In (Write-in)650.10%
TOTAL67,532

2017 Lt. Governor

Justin Fairfax (D)1,368,41252.7%
Jill Vogel (R)1,224,52047.2%
Write In (Write-in)2,6060.1%
TOTAL2,595,538

2015 State SenatorArray

Jill Vogel (R)34,20397.3%
Write In (Write-in)9642.7%
TOTAL35,167

2011 State SenatorArray

Jill Vogel (R)24,55574.6%
Shaun Derrick Broy (D)7,63623.2%
Donald C. Marro (D)6812.1%
Write In (Write-in)450.1%
TOTAL32,917

2007 State SenatorArray

Jill Vogel (R)24,96048.4%
Karen K. Schultz (D)24,30147.2%
Donald C. Marro ()2,1704.2%
Write In (Write-in)900.2%
TOTAL51,521

Source: Department of Elections

Finances

VOGEL, JILL HOLTZMAN has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,377,678.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections, Chair
Finance
General Laws and Technology
Rules

Appointments

Gubernatorial Appointments – Joint Subcommittee on
Land Conservation Foundation, Board of Trustees
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Unleash Economic Growth

There is no question that Virginians are feeling the impact of the national recession.  Rising fuel prices, a slowdown in our housing market, droves of unemployed college graduates, and the overall economic uncertainty has caused many of our families to cut back and to make difficult budget decisions.

As state leaders, we have taken our cue from the great citizens of the Commonwealth and have acted accordingly through tough economic times.
In an unprecedented show of bipartisan unity in the General Assembly, and with strong leadership under Governor Bob McDonnell, we balanced the budget, implemented money saving reforms, and passed measures that are designed to position the Commonwealth as a leader in job creation and in attracting new businesses.

I believe we have a unique opportunity to make Virginia the most dynamic and business-friendly state by creating conditions that spur innovation, entrepreneurialism and a pro-growth economic environment.

Education

Push for Higher Education

Providing a quality education will be a key factor to ensuring success for our children and ultimately success for our Commonwealth’s economic future.

 I co-patroned the 2011 Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act in support of the Governor’s call for higher education reform to make education more affordable and accessible to Virginia’s families. The initiatives place a greater emphasis on science and technology degrees and innovative private-public partnerships to create a highly educated workforce ready to compete in the 21st century global economy.

 Education for Virginia’s Veterans

Providing education benefits will serve to help veterans transition back to civilian life. Virginia is home to 823,000 veterans, which is the 7th largest population of veterans in the country. Projections show that Virginia will rank as the 4th largest in the nation by 2016. The growing population of veterans make up an important and integral segment of our society. We must therefore take measures to expand education benefits for a new generation of veterans.

Health Care

Protect Healthcare Freedom

Veterans

Honor Our Veterans

Virginia is home to 823,000 veterans, which is the 7th largest population of veterans in the country.  With thousands of military personnel returning home within the next few years, projections show that Virginia will rank as the 4th largest in the nation by 2016.
The growing population of veterans makes up an important and integral segment of our society.  It is critical that we take measures to ensure they have the right resources to transition into civilian life after serving our country.
As a member of the General Laws and Technology Committee and the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, I have authored and supported legislation to improve the lives of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and have sacrificed for all of us.
In 2011 it was my legislation that created a Department of Veterans Affairs to create more opportunities for Virginia to provide resources to our veterans.  They deserve all of the resources that that we can provide and the benefits that they have earned.

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Richard Stuart 1Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth’s Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

About

Richard Stuart

Source: Campaign page

Since being elected in 2007, I have worked hard for common sense solutions to fix our roads, clean up the Chesapeake Bay, improve our children’s education, and ensure a better quality of life for our citizens.

One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes. This will help businesses expand or locate to our area, and will provide more job opportunity and increase our revenue. Likewise, our quality of life will improve so we can spend more time with our families and less time commuting to work.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney
    Westmoreland County
    2004 to 2005

Awards

  • 2010 Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Legislator of the Year
  • 2011 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Legislator of the Year
  • 2013 ACU Conservative Award
  • 2013 Virginia Chamber Advocate in Legal Reform
  • 2013 Virginia League of Conservation Voters
  • Legislative Leadership Award (SB1291)

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

  • Woodland Academy 2002 – 2007 (past Board Chairman)
  • Trustee, Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Dept. 1999 – present
  • Board of Directors, George Washington National Memorial Foundation
  • Bay Trust Company
  • Westmoreland Advisory Board, Bank of Lancaster
  • Board of Directors, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
  • Northern Neck Land Conservancy

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Taylor B. Stephens, Devon Gooch

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E611
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7528
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 1146
Montross, VA 22520
Phone: (804) 493-8892
Fax: (804) 493-8897

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Richard Henry Stuart (born January 6, 1964) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in November 2007. He currently represents the 28th district, made up of six counties and parts of two others in the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and northern Piedmont, plus part of the city of Fredericksburg.

In February 2018, Stuart gave a speech praising Robert E. Lee, provoking Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who normally presides over the Virginia Senate, to walk off the podium rather than preside over the Senate during the speech.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Richard H. Stuart (R)40,19357.44%
Qasim Rashid (D)29,69642.44%
Write-In (Write-in)800.11%
TOTAL69,969

2015 State SenatorArray

Richard Stuart (R)30,18795.4%
Write in (Write-in)1,4464.6%
TOTAL31,633

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

STUART, RICHARD H has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,017,805.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Finance
Rules

Appointments

District Courts, Committee on
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Indigent Defense Commission, Virginia
Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commission on
Water Commission, State

OTHER COMMISSIONS, BOARDS, ETC:

  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Environment Committee
  • NCSL Human Services and Welfare Committee
  • SLC Agriculture and Rural Development Committee
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (2011 Governor’s Appointment)
  • Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Governance

Protecting Taxpayers

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Richard Stuart has been one of the strongest voices for fiscal responsibility in Richmond. He has consistently put forth recommendations in balancing the state budget without raising taxes, and is willing to stand up to reckless policies from either party. Richard was a key player in the 2019 Virginia tax reform giving back $1 billion to taxpayers.

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment

Having served in the United States Marine Corps and as an avid hunter, Richard is strong supporter of the our 2nd Amendment rights. As our state senator, Richard will continue to ensure these rights are upheld by the Virginia General Assembly. Richard has continuously fought for the rights of law abiding concealed carry permit holders.

Education

Coming from a family full of teachers including his wife, mother, and sister-in-law, Richard Stuart understands that a great teacher can make a lifetime of difference in every child’s life. Public education is the backbone of the community, and  Richard is committed to recruiting and retaining the best teachers so that our children can excel. As our State Senator, Richard Stuart has advocated for teacher pay increases and ensuring the legislature does not pass unfunded mandates to the schools. Richard also understands the importance of higher education.  In the Senate, he has continuously been a supporter of the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant and has fought for greater transparency in tuition rates.

 

Environment

Conservation

As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, Richard has been a strong voice for conservation and keeping the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways clean. Richard has fought to prevent certain areas of Virginia from further polluting the Potomac River. Furthermore, he has put forth legislation to protect the sustainability of groundwater and control fracking.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Families should not have to plan their day to day lives around congestion. Time spent sitting in traffic means time away from our families, diminished productivity for businesses, and loss of the quality of life that makes living in Virginia so great. As our State Senator, Richard Stuart has recognized the unjust method of the state’s  prioritization of transportation project. This is why he has fought to revise the system so that more funding is given to the Stafford and Fredericksburg regions. Richard has also been a strong advocate to allow shoulder access on I-95 during rush hour, with a change expected soon. Finally, Richard has stood for finding new ways to dedicate funding to transportation without raising taxes.

Smart Growth

As our State Senator, Richard Stuart will continue to use his experience as a land use attorney to reduce sprawl and maintain the character of our communities and quality of life. Transportation and infrastructure needs must be addressed as we grow – not after we have out grown them! This is why he has put forth legislation allowing greater flexibility in the process for determining impacts to be addressed when counties are considering an application for development. Richard has also fought for expanding broadband access to rural areas of the Commonwealth.

Safety

Safe Communities

As a former prosecutor, Richard Stuart has worked hard as our State Senator to strengthen our judicial system, and enact laws to keep our streets and communities safe. He has worked to try to strengthen Virginia’s protective orders and help those who have been domestically abused. Richard understands the growing concerns of our children in schools. This is why he has worked on legislation to ensure there is a school security officer and school nurse at every Virginia public school.

Veterans

Active Duty Military and Veterans

Richard Stuart values the sacrifices of our active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. As Virginia has one of the largest active duty and veteran populations in the country and having served in the Marine Corps himself, Richard remains focus on providing employment and educational opportunities for service members and their families.

Defending Virginia Values

As a husband and father, Richard Stuart believes family and faith set the foundations of our community, state, and country. Richard has consistently fought for measures protecting religious liberties and right to life.

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