A. Benton Chafin

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A. Benton Chafin
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Virginia House of Delegates, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 8, 2014
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 19, 2014
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAttorney and Farmer
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Augustus Benton Chafin, Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.

Chafin is a state senator-elect, having won the August 19, 2014, special election for District 38 of the Virginia State Senate.[1]

Biography

Chafin is a beef cattle farmer and an attorney with a local practice. He served as general counsel for the Russell County Industrial Development Authority for 18 years.[2]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Chafin served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Courts of Justice
Science and Technology

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2014

A. Benton Chafin (R) defeated Mike Hymes (D) and Rick A. Mullins (I) in the special election, which took place on August 19.[3][1]

This special election was particularly important because it determined which party controlled the chamber. The seat was vacant following Phillip Puckett's (D) resignation on June 9, 2014.[4]

A special election for the position of Virginia State Senate District 38 was called for August 19, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20. Candidates were chosen by the parties rather than through a primary.[5][6]

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Chafin won the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 4. Chafin ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[7]

Scorecards

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2014-2015

In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10. In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly will be in session from January 14 to February 28, 2015.

  • Legislators are scored based on their support of pro-business issues during the 2014 legislative session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on business and quality of life issues.

Personal

Chafin and his wife, Lora, have three children, Sophia Vance, Audra Chafin and Augustus Chafin III.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Johnson (D)
Virginia House of Delegates District 4
2014–present
Succeeded by
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