Adam Ebbin

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Adam Ebbin
Virginia State Senate District 30
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates District 49
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Date of birthNovember 10, 1963
Place of birthCommack, NY
ProfessionMarketing Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Adam P. Ebbin (b. November 10, 1963, in Commack, New York) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

He was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of Virginia.[1] He was defeated by Don Beyer in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014.[2]

He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2004 to 2012.


Ebbin worked as a marketing consultant. He worked as chief deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, and he was the campaign manager for Smedberg (2000) and Walker (1996-97) for Alexandria City Council.[3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
General Laws and Technology
Local Government

2014 legislative session

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


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Ebbin served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Ebbin served on the following committees:


  • HB 2009 Incandescent light bulbs; bans sale or distribution in State, effective July 1, 2010.
  • HB 2010 Paper and plastic bags; imposes fee on those used by purchasers to carry tangible personal property.
  • HB 2387 Green Public Buildings Act; certain new or renovated buildings to be built to certain standards.[4]

Campaign themes


Ebbin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Opposing the Abuses of Ken Cuccinelli
Excerpt: "Adam Ebbin has been the leading voice in the House of Delegates against the radical agenda of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. When Cuccinelli refused to allow our universities to include protections for LGBT Virginians in their official non-discrimination policies, Adam led members of the House Democratic caucus to denounce Cuccinelli's actions from the floor of the House of Delegates"
  • Defending LGBT Virginians
Excerpt: "As the founder of the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club and first openly gay member of the General Assembly, Adam Ebbin has been a leader in the fight for equality."
  • Protecting Virginia's Seniors
Excerpt: "As Senator, Adam Ebbin will defend services for seniors against budget cuts, and fight to ensure that elderly Virginians are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."
  • Welcoming New Americans
Excerpt: "When many politicians attempt to vilify Virginia's hardworking immigrant population, Adam Ebbin will not let their attacks go unanswered."
  • Defending Human Rights
Excerpt: "Few people are more vulnerable than victims of human trafficking. Delegate Ebbin has fought to ensure that their rights are not forgotten."
  • Investing in Public Schools
Excerpt: "A strong educational system for our children today is essential to maintaining Virginia's economic growth tomorrow. Adam Ebbin's commitment to our public schools has won him recognition from the Virginia Education Association."
  • Expanding Transit to Fight the BRAC Debacle
Excerpt: "Adam Ebbin has worked to address the looming traffic crisis at Seminary Rd and 395. He joined with Delegate Charniele Herring to secure state dollars for a ramp to help alleviate traffic congestion."
  • Fighting for a Greener Future
Excerpt: "Adam Ebbin will take his record of leadership on environmental issues with him to the Virginia Senate. In the House, Adam won support for a measure to foster greater use of green energy through a low-interest loan fund for solar panels (HB 2191) and worked with Governor Kaine to require green standards for new state buildings."



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.[5]


See also: Virginia's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Ebbin ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 8th District.[1] Don Beyer defeated Virginia State Delegate Patrick Hope, former northern Virginia Urban League chief Lavern Chatman, Ebbin, Alexandria Mayor William Euille, Virginia Tech professor Derek Hyra and radio talk-show host Mark Levine in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Virginia District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Beyer 45.8% 17,780
Patrick Hope 18.3% 7,092
Adam Ebbin 13.6% 5,272
William Euille 8.4% 3,251
Mark Levine 6.7% 2,613
Lavern Chatman 5.4% 2,116
Derek Hyra 1.2% 478
Charniele Herring 0.3% 126
Bruce Shuttleworth 0.2% 85
Satish Korpe 0.1% 42
Total Votes 38,855
Source: Results via Associated Press


  • The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund[6]
  • State Sen. Chap Petersen[7]
    • "What separates Adam? In my opinion, it is his ability to put aside the nefarious effect of money on public policy. Adam is not afraid to vote against the large interests, even if it means foregoing a large check in his next race. Nor is he afraid to ‘rock the boat,’ when it needs a good shake," Petersen said in a news release.[7]
  • Alexandria Mayor Patsy Ticer[7]
  • State Del. Mark Sickles[7]
    • “I am proud to endorse my friend and colleague, Adam Ebbin, for Congress. He is both a champion for the less fortunate among us, and for those not treated equally under the law. In doing his good work, he employs a bipartisan approach whenever possible — the kind of approach we so desperately need in Washington DC today,” Sickles said.[7]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Ebbin won election to District 30 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated Rob Krupicka and Libby Garvey in the August 23 primary. Ebbin defeated Timothy McGhee (R) in the November 8 general election.[8]

Virginia State Senate, District 30 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Ebbin 64.9% 20,968
     Republican Timothy McGhee 35.1% 11,349
Total Votes 32,317
Virginia State Senate Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Ebbin 38.8% 4,562
Rob Krupicka 36% 4,231
Libby Garvey 25.3% 2,976
Total Votes 11,769


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Ebbin was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He ran unopposed.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 49 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Adam Ebbin (D) 8,890

Delegate Ebbin giving a tour of the Capitol renovation

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ebbin's reports.[10]

Adam Ebbin 2014 Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$0.00$178,800.19$(63,921.65)$114,878.54
Running totals


In 2011, Ebbin received $393,026 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Adam Ebbin's campaign in 2011
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Non-Federal Virginia$43,000
Adam Ebbin For House Of Delegates$27,770
Virginia Democratic Party$13,388
Friedman, Mrs Lori$9,600
Ticer For Virginia Senate$5,500
Total Raised in 2011 $393,026
Total Votes received in 2011 20,968
Cost of each vote received $18.74


Listed below are the top five donors to Ebbin's 2009 campaign:[13]

Contributor 2009 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $6,363
Ms. Jennifer Walker $5,000
Mark D. Colley $4,500
Virginia Assoc of Realtors $3,500
Virginia Dental Association $2,750


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Virginia

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Virginia scorecards, email suggestions to

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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.

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that VMA introduced or was part of an coalition that introduced it.


In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly was in regular session from January 11 to March 10. In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 9 to February 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on Reproductive Health and Rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on important legislation affecting business and industry.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on the issue of equality.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record on the issues of the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.


Ebbin is the first openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly. He co-founded Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club in 1992.[14]

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Preceded by
Patricia Ticer
Virginia State Senate District 30
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates District 49
Succeeded by
Alfonso Lopez