Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.
Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Delegate Israel O’Quinn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 8, 2011. He represents the 5th House District which is comprised of Bristol City, Galax City, Grayson County, Smyth County (part) and Washington County (part).
As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel serves as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee. Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
As a citizen legislator, Israel is employed by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of the Food City retail supermarket chain. He currently directs the company’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, in addition to chairing the company’s Energy Conservation Committee, which has implemented a number of energy conservation measures throughout the K-VA-T distribution center and numerous stores. Prior to joining the K-VA-T team in 2006, Israel served in various roles in government and campaigns. He spent two years in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and worked on a number of political campaigns, including those for Governor, Attorney General, US Senate, House of Delegates and various local offices.
Israel is Past Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, which has Five Star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Israel is a recipient of the The Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, as well as Emory & Henry College’s Young Alumnus of the Year award. While at Emory & Henry College, Israel played on the varsity baseball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History. Israel is also a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.
Israel and his wife, Emily, reside in Washington County, Virginia. Emily works as a corporate communications professional and she is an avid supporter of community organizations at both the state and local levels. Over the years, her service on a number of boards has focused on various business and philanthropic initiatives including expanding educational opportunities for children and increasing access to the arts.
- B.A., Political Science/History
Emory & Henry College
Emory & Henry College, Young Alumnus of the Year (2006)
Business Journals, 40 Under 40 (2008)
Virginia Retail Merchants, Legislator of the Year (2014)
Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Business Advocate of the Year (2015)
- Birth Year: 1980
- Place of Birth: Abingdon, VA
- Gender: Male
- Race(s): Caucasian
- Religion: Baptist
- Spouse: Emily Lauren Gentry
Membership & Affiliation
Bristol Chamber of Commerce (former chairman)
Virginia Tobacco Commission (former commissioner)
Virginia Public Safety Foundation (board member)
Tennessee Valley Corridor (former board member)
Virginia Coal and Energy Commission
K-VA-T Food Stores Charitable Foundation (board member)
Food Marketing Institute (committee member)
Legislative Assistant: Jacob Holmes
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1005
101 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bristol, VA 24201
Phone: (276) 525-1311
2019 State DelegateArray
|Israel O’Quinn (R)||18,490||97.66%|
|Write In (Write-in)||444||2.34%|
2017 State DelegateArray
|Israel O’Quinn (R)||18,402||97.26%|
|Write In (Write-in)||518||2.74%|
- Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
- Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
- House Commerce and Labor
- House Militia Police and Public Safety
- House Privileges and Elections
- Prevention and Response Protocol Subcommittee
- Southern States Energy Board
- Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
- Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
- Western Virginia Public Education Consortium
See: Vote Smart
Source: Virginia Legislative Information System
Israel O’Quinn Defends Jobs in Southwest Virginia
Published on January 28, 2015