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Joseph Morrissey

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Joseph Morrissey
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Virginia House of Delegates, District 74
Incumbent
In office
2008-2015, January 14, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position (current service)0
Years in position (previous service)7
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Last electionJanuary 13, 2015
First electedJanuary 13, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.Georgetown University Law School, 1982
OtherL.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin
Personal
Date of birth09/23/1957
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joseph D. Morrissey is an Independent member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 74. He previously held the seat as a Democrat from 2007 to January 13, 2015. He resigned following his conviction of a misdemeanor stemming from his relationship with a 17-year-old girl. He was re-elected to the seat as an Independent in a special election on January 13, 2015.[1][2]

On June 30, 2014, Morrissey was indicted by a grand jury on felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor, possession of pornographic images of an underage female and of solicitation to obtain the images.[3]

Biography

Morrissey earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia in 1979, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School in 1982, and his L.L.M. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003.

Morrissey is a businessman. He worked as a Law School Teacher in Ireland and Australia from 2001 to 2006, ran a private law practice from 1993 to 2000, and worked as a Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Richmond from 1990 to 1993.[4]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Education
Science and Technology

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

  • HB 1811 Deferred disposition; allows court to defer & dismiss any criminal case other than Class 4 felonies.
  • HB 1814 Plastic bags; bans use by retailers at point of sale unless designed & manufactured for reuse.
  • HB 2318 Firearms; any person who sells three or more firearms at show be licensed as a firearms dealer.[5]

Campaign themes

2007

Morrissey's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. He listed his top priorities as:[6]

  • 1. eliminate pay day loans
  • 2. eliminate/repeal abusive driver fees
  • 3. strong SCC supervision for any electric hike request

Elections

2015

See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2015

Joseph Morrissey (I) defeated Kevin J. Sullivan (D) and Matt D. Walton (R) in the special election on January 13, 2015.[7][8]

Morrissey's re-election drew controversy from both sides of the aisle. Leaders from both parties indicated that he may have been expelled from the chamber or censured when the legislature convened its session on January 14, 2015, though no such motion was ever passed.[8] Sen. Chap Petersen (D), who also works as a private attorney, suggested the legislature might be unable to do anything since the criminal action occurred prior to his re-election.[9][10]

The seat was vacant following Joseph Morrissey's (D) resignation on January 13, 2015, following his misdemeanor conviction on December 12 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.[11]

A special election for the position of Virginia House of Delegates District 74 was called for January 13. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 23, 2014.[12]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 74, Special Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Morrissey Incumbent 42.4% 2,840
     Democratic Kevin J. Sullivan 33.4% 2,242
     Republican Matt D. Walton 24.2% 1,622
Total Votes 6,704

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Morrissey won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 74. Morrissey ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[13]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Morrissey won re-election to District 74 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Dwayne Whitehead (I) in the November 8 general election.[14]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 74 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Morrissey Incumbent 73.2% 11,717
     Independent Dwayne Whitehead 26.8% 4,299
Total Votes 16,016

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Morrissey was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[15]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Morrissey (D) 14,605
Michael Gage(R) 4,537

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Morrissey received $170,234 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[16]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Morrissey's campaign in 2011
UA PAC$10,000
Tobacco Co Restaurant$7,500
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$6,000
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$5,750
Dominion$5,500
Total Raised in 2011 $170,234
Total Votes received in 2011 11,717
Cost of each vote received $14.53

2009

The top five donors to Morrissey's 2009 campaign:[17]

Contributor 2009 total
UA PAC $13,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $8,500
Merlin Industries Inc. $7,239
Democratic Party of Virginia $6,399
Virginia Dental Association $3,750

Scorecards

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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.

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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.

Controversies

Grand Jury Indictment

On June 30, 2014, a grand jury issued five indictments on felony charges of indecent liberties with a minor, possession of pornographic images of an underage female and of solicitation to obtain the images. Special prosecutor William Neely alleged that Morrissey had sex with a 17 year-old girl twice in his law office and texted someone about it. Morrissey's attorneys argued that a secretary in the representative's law office erroneously claimed the girl was 22 and that no sexual activity took place.[3] He was convicted of a misdemeanor and was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended.[1]

Personal

Morrissey is the father of three daughters, Angela, Lindsay and Kennedy. He lives in Henrico County, Virginia and is a Catholic.[18]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 NBC Washington, "Va. Lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey Resigning After Teen Sex Case," December 18, 2014
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named VAResultsTwo
  3. 3.0 3.1 Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Morrissey indicted on sex charges," June 30, 2014
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 28, 2014
  5. Legislative Information System, "Bill Tracking," accessed May 28, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed May 28, 2014
  7. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official candidate list," accessed December 30, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "Morrissey, in midst of six-month jail term, wins special election to Virginia House," January 13, 2015
  9. Washington Post, "Jailed Del. Joseph Morrissey is sworn in as Virginia legislative session gets underway," January 14, 2015
  10. Virginia Department of Elections, "Official election results," accessed January 28, 2015
  11. NBC Washington, "Va. Lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey Resigning After Teen Sex Case," December 18, 2014
  12. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Special elections," accessed December 30, 2014
  13. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  14. Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Morrissey & Goldman, "About Joe Morrissey," accessed July 6, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Morrissey (D)
Virginia House of Delegates - District 74
January 14, 2015-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates - District 74
2008–January 13, 2015
Succeeded by
Joseph Morrissey (I)