E. Wayne Powell

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E. Wayne Powell
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 7
High schoolJohn Marshall High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Richmond
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin
J.D.T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Place of birthRichmond, Virginia
Campaign website
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E. Wayne Powell was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Virginia. Powell ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012. He lost in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Powell served in the U.S. Army for three decades, five years of which were on active duty. He also has a 30-year career as a lawyer, primarily as a trial lawyer, and is president of a law firm.[2]


Campaign themes

According to Powell's website, some of his campaign themes included:

  • Energy: "...we can create jobs and protect our natural resources by investing in new forms of energy."
  • Medicare: "To ensure the long-term financial viability of Medicare and Social Security, we must implement common sense reforms to lower costs and eliminate fraud and abuse."
  • Economy: "We must level the playing field for the middle class, and ensure that big multi-national corporations don’t ship our jobs to China, India, and other countries around the world."[3]



See also: Virginia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Powell ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 7th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced incumbent Eric Cantor (R) in the November general election.[4] Cantor won.[1]

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic E. Wayne Powell 41.4% 158,012
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor Incumbent 58.4% 222,983
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 914
Total Votes 381,909
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Powell's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Powell lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Powell's campaign committee raised a total of $815,546 and spent $800,647.[5]


Powell is married to his wife, Katherine. Together they have two children and five grandchildren.[6]

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