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Jack Trammell
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGrove City College
Master'sVirginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D.Virginia Commonwealth University
Place of birthBerea, Kentucky
Campaign website
Jack Trammell was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Virginia.[1] Trammell, a professor at Randolph-Macon College, was defeated by his colleague David Brat, who is also a professor at Randolph-Macon, in the regular election. Trammell also lost Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election, which filled the two-month vacancy left by the resignation of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.[2][3]


Trammell is a sociology professor at Randolph-Macon College.[4] He earned a bachelor's degree from Grove City College and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.



See also: Virginia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Trammell ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 7th District. Jack Trammell lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

On June 9, 2014, Trammell announced his campaign for Congress on his Facebook page. He wrote, "We kicked off our campaign today after receiving a unanimous nomination from the 7th District Committee. I want to thank all of those who supported my nomination and endorsed me as a candidate. We are excited about the next few months on the campaign trail."[1]

Election results

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Brat 60.8% 148,026
     Democratic Jack Trammell 36.9% 89,914
     Libertarian James Carr 2.1% 5,086
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 325
Total Votes 243,351
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

See also: Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election, 2014

Trammell also ran in Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election.[2][3] He was defeated by Brat in the special election.

Election results

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Brat 61.7% 148,841
     Democratic Jack Trammell 37.8% 91,236
     N/A Write-in 0.5% 1,236
Total Votes 241,313
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

Race background

News of Trammell's nomination as the Democratic candidate officially broke on primary election night.

When news of Rep. Eric Cantor's defeat broke, the internet erupted with questions and comments. One of the main questions being asked was: "Who will face David Brat in the general election?"

As of Monday, June 9, the media was reporting that there was no Democratic nominee.[5] Many believed that active Twitter-user Mike Dickinson, who had appeared on Fox News and declared that he was the Democratic candidate in the 7th District, was indeed the nominee. The District's Democrats vehemently denied that Dickinson was running as an official Democrat.

Confusion continued until the 7th District Democratic Party nominee, Dr. Jack Trammell announced on social media that he was the nominee. The announcement came on primary election night, June 10.

Trammell's tweet from June 10, 2014

Although the road to the nomination seemed strange compared to the typical Democratic primary process, in Virginia this process is fairly common. After speaking with Abbi Easter, Chairwoman of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, Ballotpedia was told the steps that the party took in nominating Trammell.

  • December 2013: Each party in Virginia's 11 congressional districts decides the method by which they want to nominate their candidate. The 7th District Democrats opted for the caucus convention.
The duly constituted authorities of the state political party, as stated in a party's rules and bylaws, shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made.[6]
  • April 10, 2014: Mike Dickinson appeared on Fox News' "On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren," announcing that he was an official candidate for the 7th District; however, the filing deadline was at 5PM that day, at which point Dickinson was in the studio at Fox News and never filed to be an official candidate.[7] Despite this, Dickinson continued to use social media as though he was a filed candidate.
  • May 2, 2014: This was the date for the 7th District Democratic convention; however, because nobody filed to be considered at the convention, no convention was held. The party bylaws dictate that if this situation arises, the nomination is left up to the individual district party committees.
  • June 8, 2014: After officially calling a meeting a week prior, as required by party bylaws, the 7th District Democratic committee met. Dr. Jack Trammell had filled out all the necessary paperwork to file. At the meeting, the party committee unanimously voted to nominate Trammell. The deadline for nomination by convention was June 10, 2014.
  • June 9, 2014: Trammell officially filed his paperwork with the Virginia Board of Elections.

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 Trammell's reports.[8]

Jack Trammell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2014$0.00$155,003.13$(13,803.78)$141,199.35
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2014$141,199.35$280,840.41$(146,109.73)$275,930.03
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