Current Position: State Senator
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.
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
- Virginia House of Delegates, 2002-2013
- Chesapeake City Council, 1998-2001
- Commerce and Labor Committee
- Education and Health Committee
- Local Government Committee
- Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee
- 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
- etired Naval Officer
Old Dominion University
Born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
Married Sue Ann Cosgrove
Legislative Assistant: Christie New Craig
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Room No: E607
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7514
Fax: (804) 698-7651
P. O. Box 15483
Chesapeake, VA 23328
Phone: (757) 547-3422
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.
2019 State SenatorArray
|John A. Cosgrove Jr. (R)||36,370||60.16%|
|Rebecca E. Raveson (D)||23,949||39.61%|
2015 State SenatorArray
|John Cosgrove (R)||15,371||92.4%|
|Write In (Write-in)||1,266||7.6%|
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
Aerospace Advisory Council
Chesapeake Bay Commission
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Criminal Justice Diversion
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
High Speed Rail Compact Commission, Virginia-North Carolina
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Southern States Energy Board
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
Virtual Learning & Education Technology
See: Vote Smart
John Cosgrove, Senate of Virginia, 14th district
Published on September 19, 2017
By: 2019 Commemoration