Ken Plum

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Ken Plum
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Virginia House of Delegates District 36
Incumbent
In office
1982 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 32
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1981
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sOld Dominion University, 1965
Master'sUniversity of Virginia, 1967
Personal
Birthday11/03/1941
Place of birthShenandoah, VA
ProfessionEducation Administrator
ReligionEcumenical Christian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kenneth R. "Ken" Plum is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 1981. He is currently the Minority Caucus Chair.

Biography

Plum earned his B.A. at Old Dominion University in 1965 and his M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in 1967.

Plum was an Administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools from 1967 to 1997, a teacher from 1967 to 1997, and the Director of Adult and Community Education from 1966 to 1996.

He currently sits on the board of Celebrating Special Children, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association Board, and the Virginia Literacy Foundation.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Rules
Science and Technology

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Plum’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Working for a stable economy and job growth."
  • "Serving as a role model for civility in public life."
  • "Protecting and enhancing funding for public schools"
  • "Expanding transportation choices including rail in the Dulles Corridor."
  • "Safeguarding our environment."
  • "Keeping our community safe."

2007

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

  • "Work to improve quality of the environment and use of renewable energy."
  • "Expand mass transit"
  • "Strengthen our public education programs, pre-K through college"[2]

  • HB 2176 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Fund; established.
  • HB 2177 Rechargeable battery recycling; authorizes localities to ban disposal of certain.
  • HB 2538 Virginia Advisory Redistricting Commission; created.[3]

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Plum won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 36. Plum ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Plum won re-election to District 36 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Hugh Cannon (R) in the November 8 general election.[5]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 36 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKen Plum Incumbent 64.1% 9,522
     Republican Hugh Cannon 35.9% 5,327
Total Votes 14,849

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Plum was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Mac Cannon in the General Election.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 36 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Plum (D) 12,893
Mac Cannon (R) 8,581

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Plum received $281,141 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Plum's campaign in 2011
Dominion$20,500
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$6,500
Kfoury, Mr Jorge$5,456
Rice, Mr Edward H$5,000
M C Dean Inc$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $281,141
Total Votes received in 2011 9,522
Cost of each vote received $29.53

2009

The top five donors to Plum's 2009 campaign:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Bankers Assoc $8,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc $7,500
Virginia Assoc of Health Plans $5,342
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters $5,000
Virginia Assoc of Realtors $5,000

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

Plum and his wife, Jane, have four children.

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1982–present
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