Frank Ruff

Frank Ruff 1


Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 15 since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 15

Mission Statement: N/A


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


  • 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


  • 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


Work Experience

  • Business Owner
    2019 to present

    furniture business in Clarksville


  • University of Richmond
    2019 to present


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


Legislative Assistant: Cindy Hosmer



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


Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook


Recent Elections

2015 State Senator for VA Senate District 15

Frank Ruff (R)32,74598.3%
Write In (Write-in)5721.7%

2019 State Senator for VA Senate District 15

Frank Ruff (R)36,19399.2%
Write In (Write-in)990.8%

2019 State Senator for VA Senate District 15

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System


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



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


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


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.


News Posts



Other Videos

Interview w/ Sen. Frank M. Ruff, Jr. (R-15th District, VA)
Published on January 26, 2011
By: GrapevineVA

The Grapevine Virginia’s J. Scott Leake sits with Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. on the Commonwealth’s education role in physical education and nutrition.

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