Alfonso Lopez

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Alfonso Lopez
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Virginia House of Delegates District 49
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sVassar College
J.D.Tulane University, 1995
Personal
BirthdayJuly 28, 1970
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Alfonso H. Lopez is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 49. 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][2] Lopez ended his campaign on April 4, 2014.[3]

Biography

Lopez earned his B.A. from Vassar College and his J.D. in environmental law from Tulane University in 1995.

Lopez's professional experience includes working as a partner at Alcalde & Fay, director at Congressional and Federal Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia, assistant administrator for U.S. Small Business Administration, senior legislative assistant for a U.S. Democratic Senator and staff for the White House Council on Environment Quality.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Science and Technology

2012-2013

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Lopez’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Jobs and Small Business

Excerpt: "Alfonso will take the lead to sustain the success of our diverse small businesses – from shops and restaurants on Columbia Pike to the retailers and merchants in Bailey’s Crossroads."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Alfonso will support honoring our teachers with a professional wage so they don’t have to choose between making ends meet and serving our community."

Excerpt: "Alfonso recognizes that tomorrow’s leaders are in our local schools. It is imperative they all have equal access to a high-quality Virginia education. "

  • Transportation and Transit

Excerpt: "Alfonso believes we deserve to live in a community where transit is funded and transportation congestion is fixed."

Excerpt: "Alfonso will strongly oppose the use of general fund dollars allocated to public schools, first responders and social services to roads and off-ramps."

  • Energy and Environment

Excerpt: "Alfonso will fight for reduced greenhouse gases and dangerous emissions through energy efficiency programs, reductions in demand and promoting clean, renewable resources like biomass, wind and solar."

Excerpt: "Alfonso will protect air and water quality for your family based on his work on the Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and his efforts to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay."

  • Civil Rights

Excerpt: "Alfonso will fight for legislation to codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees."

2011

Lopez’s website highlighted themes similar to those listed during his 2013 campaign.

Elections

2014

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

Lopez ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 8th District.[2][1] Lopez ended his campaign on April 4, 2014.[3] He said he lacked the necessary funds to compete in a crowded Democratic primary.[3][5]

“It is clear to me that I do not have the resources necessary to run the campaign we wanted and that the people of the Eighth District deserved,” he wrote in a message to supporters.[3]

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Lopez won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 49. Lopez ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He defeated Terrence Modglin (G) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 49 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlfonso Lopez Incumbent 78% 13,087
     Green Terrence Modglin 20.9% 3,505
     Other Write-in 1.1% 191
Total Votes 16,783

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Lopez won election to District 49 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Stephanie Clifford in the primary on August 23, 2011. Lopez faced no opposition in the general election, which took place on November 8, 2011.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlfonso Lopez 66.1% 2,138
Stephanie Clifford 33.9% 1,098
Total Votes 3,236

Campaign donors


Alfonso Lopez announces his bid for the House of Delegates

2011

In 2011, Lopez received $97,029 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Alfonso Lopez's campaign in 2011
Lopez, Alfonso$12,000
Lopez, Alfonso$10,000
Lopez, Alfonso$5,000
Virginia Dental Association$3,000
Virginia League Of Conservation Voters PAC$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $97,029
Total Votes received in 2011 2,138
Cost of each vote received $45.38

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

2012-2013

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.
  • Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation: 2013 Legislative Scorecard

Personal

Lopez and his wife, Sarah, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adam Lopez
Virginia House of Delegates District 49
2012–present
Succeeded by
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