A. Benton Chafin

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A. Benton Chafin
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Virginia State Senate, District 38
In office
September 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 19, 2014
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
District 4
January 2014-September 2014
ProfessionAttorney and Farmer
Office website
Augustus Benton Chafin, Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on August 19, 2014. He previously served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 4 from January 2014 to September 2014.


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.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Chafin served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rehabilitation and Social Services

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Chafin served on the following committees:



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[2]


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][4]

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.[5]

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.[6][7]

Virginia State Senate, District 38, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngA. Benton Chafin 59.6% 17,496
     Democratic Mike Hymes 31.8% 9,354
     Independent Rick A. Mullins 8.6% 2,517
     N/A Write-in 0% 13
Total Votes 29,380


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.[8]


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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.

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Chafin and his wife, Lora, have three children, Sophia Vance, Audra Chafin and Augustus Chafin III.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Phillip Puckett (D)
Virginia Senate District 38
September 2014-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joe Johnson (D)
Virginia House of Delegates District 4
January 2014-September 2014
Succeeded by
Todd E. Pillion (R)