Steve Newman

Stephen Newman 1


Current Position: State Senator for District 23 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



Stephen Newman

Source: Campaign page

Born: October 15, 1964

Family Status: Married to wife Kim; two sons Tyler and Wesley

– 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.

– 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


Work Experience

  • Vice President Of Marketing And Sales and Board member
    Delta Star, Inc


  • Lynchburg College

  • Central Virginia Community College


Born in Virginia on October 15, 1964
Married Kimberley Ann Newman


Legislative Assistants: Patti Dempsey, Emily Hasty



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


Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook


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 Senator

Stephen D. “Steve” Newman (R)47,37493.86%
Write-In (Write-in)3,1006.14%

2015 State Senator

Stephen Newman (R)27,30996.7%
Write In (Write-in)9233.3%

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System


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



Education and Health (Chair) ransportation
Commerce and Labor


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




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



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.


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.



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.



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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