Bill Carrico

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2011

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Todd Pillion

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

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

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

Ken Heath

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

Overview: N/A

Bill Carrico 1Bill Carrico

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2011

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2011

Overview: N/A

About

Bill Carrico

Source: Campaign page

Charles William “Bill” Carrico, Sr. is currently a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 40th District. A lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, Senator Bill Carrico served the region in the House of Delegates for ten years before winning election to the Senate in 2011.

Senator Carrico serves all of Grayson, Lee, Scott, and Washington Counties; all of the
City of Bristol; and part of Smyth, Wise, and Wythe Counties.

As a retired state trooper, Senator Carrico has worked in the General Assembly on public safety issues and has developed a reputation as a reliable conservative voice. In the Senate, he fights for low taxes, improved education, rural economic development, and promotion of coal and agriculture.

His local roots and leadership experience make him an effective voice for Southwest Virginia families. Senator Carrico married Paula Denise Sweet and is a member of the Cliffview Church of God

Experience

Work Experience

  • Retired Senior Trooper
    Virginia State Police

Personal

Born in Marion, Virginia on November 6, 1961
Married Paula Denise Sweet

Membership & Affiliation

Cliffview Church of God

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Elisha M. Untiedt

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E519
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7540
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7540

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Tenure and issues

In 2005, Carrico introduced an amendment to the religious freedom clause of the Virginia state constitution, based on the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson. The amendment posited a positive right to permit prayer on “public property, including public schools”. The proposed amendment passed the House but died in the Virginia State Senate.

Carrico was the Republican nominee for Virginia’s 9th congressional district in the 2006 midterm elections, but was defeated by Democraticincumbent Rick Boucher.

In January 2013, Carrico introduced a measure to reapportion Virginia’s presidential electoral votes away from a winner-takes-all system to a proportional system similar to those in Maine and Nebraska.

On the issue of marijuana, Carrico said in 2014, “I think it’s a gateway drug. It enhances and gives reason for people to do things that are a lot stronger than marijuana. I believe … that it can become abused and it’s like other drugs we have problems with like oxycodone … that once it’s out there, it can be a harmful drug and get in the hands of others and start the trend of abuse.

In 2015, Carrico introduced SB 40, which would provide “that a clerk or deputy clerk shall not be required to issue a marriage license if such clerk has an objection to the issuance of such license on personal, ethical, moral, or religious grounds.” Along with this he introduced SB 41, which would provide “that no individual authorized to solemnize any marriage shall be required to do so and no religious organization shall be required to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization of any marriage if the action would cause the individual or organization to violate a sincerely held religious belief.”

Recent Elections

2019 US SenatorArray

Bill Carrico (R)36,83898.4%
Write in (Write-in)5951.6%
TOTAL37,433

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Transportation (Chair)
Education and Health
Finance
Local Government
Rules

Appointments

Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Criminal Justice Services Board
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Interstate 81 Commission
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
School Facility Modernization
Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Southwest Virginia Health Authority
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Youth, Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Todd Pillion 1Todd Pillion

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Todd Pillion

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

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

Education

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Phone: (276) 220-1209

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Transportation
Appropriations

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

GETTING RESULTS FOR SWVA

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

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

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

Civil Rights

Abortion

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

Economy

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

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

Health Care

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION

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

Safety

2nd Amendment

Advocate for protecting people’s 2nd Amendment rights

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Ken Heath

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

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