David Ramadan

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David Ramadan
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Virginia House of Delegates District 87
Incumbent
In office
2012-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolInternational College
Bachelor'sGeorge Mason University
Master'sGeorge Mason University
Personal
ProfessionPresident of RAMA International Incorporated
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
David I. Ramadan is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 87. He was first elected in to the chamber in 2011.

Biography

Ramadan earned his M.A. in international trade and transactions from George Mason University and his B.A. in government and politics.

Ramadan worked as the President of RAMA International Incorporated, the President of RAMA Jewelry, the Chief Executive Officer at Expand to America, the President at David Ramadan Trust, and as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.

Ramadan summarizes his biography in a video available here.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
General laws
Privileges and Elections
Science and Technology

2012-2013

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Ramadan’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Taxes and Spending
Excerpt: "Since 2000, Virginia’s budget has nearly doubled. There is about as much of an appetite in Richmond for cutting spending as there is in Washington – but I intend to continue to work to change that. As your representative in Richmond, I will continue to work to ensure that state government keeps its spending focused on its main priorities – and ensure that proper controls and audits are in place to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. Further, I will continue to oppose increasing taxes."
  • Jobs, the Economy and the American Dream
Excerpt: "Reduce and review all existing government regulations. Implement bi-partisan Economic Development and Jobs Creation plans. Ensure that tax incentives for companies locating in Virginia are being used and in compliance with their stated objectives. Ensure that Virginia maintains its right-to-work status. Ensure that Virginia’s higher education system maintains its affordability and level of quality. Work towards achievable, affordable and realistic transportation solutions."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am passionate about maintaining our top state schools, and working to keep them affordable for all Virginians. I also want to make sure that our local schools are properly preparing our children for the next step in their education. With record spending in the public schools, lack of money should no longer be used as the 'excuse' for poor test grades and proper preparation. I also support the rights of parents as the first educators of their children, and will support and defend those who choose to Home-School their children."
  • Life and Family Issues
Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception. ...I believe that marriage as defined by God is between a man and a woman – and support Virginia’s attempts to keep it as such."
  • Personal Property, the 2nd Amendment and Constitutional Rights
Excerpt: "I will be an advocate for property rights and will oppose any and all efforts of the Government to confiscate private property. I believe that the Government closer to the people is more aware and better serves its constituents."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Ramadan won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 87. Ramadan ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary and defeated John Bell (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 87 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ramadan Incumbent 50.3% 10,274
     Democratic John Bell 49.3% 10,087
     Other Write-in 0.4% 80
Total Votes 20,441

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Ramadan won this seat in 2011 by only 51 votes, and donors have poured money into both sides of the race during Ramadan's bid for a second-term in this district on the western fringes of the Washington, DC, urban area. John Bell (D), an Air Force veteran who ran for the House of Delegates in 2009, was endorsed by Democracy for America and aimed to win in this district that President Barack Obama (D) won with 56 percent of the vote in 2012. However, Governor Bob McDonnell (R) carried this district with 59 percent of the vote in 2009, and although both candidates had raised substantial sums of money, Ramadan had a significant fundraising advantage as of early September. Bell was the first of the two candidates to run a television advertisement, which went on the air in mid-September.[3][4][5][6][7]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Ramadan ran in the 2011 election for Virginia House District 87. He defeated Jo-Ann Chase in the primary on August 23, 2011 and defeated Mike Kondratick in the November 8 general election.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 87 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ramadan 50.2% 5,435
     Democratic Mike Kondratick 49.8% 5,384
Total Votes 10,819

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Ramadan received $627,102 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Ramadan's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$104,450
Heavin, Howard Gary$75,000
Heavin, Howard Gary$75,000
Opportunity Virginia PAC$40,000
Ramadan, David$37,000
Total Raised in 2011 $627,102
Total Votes received in 2011 5,435
Cost of each vote received $115.38

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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

Endorsements


David Ramadan radio interview on the John Fredericks Show

2013

In 2013, Ramadan’s endorsements included the following:[10]

  • Frank Wolf, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Virginia Police Benevolent Association
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
  • Betsy Davis, Mayor of Middleburg
  • Ralph Buona, Supervisor, Ashburn District, Loudoun Board of Supervisors

Personal

Ramadan and his wife, Christie, live in Dulles, VA.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paula Miller
Virginia House of Delegates District 87
2012–present
Succeeded by
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