Kenny Alexander

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Kenny Alexander
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Virginia State Senate District 5
Incumbent
In office
September 17, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates District 89
August 15, 2002 - September 2012
Education
Bachelor'sOld Dominion University, 1990
Associate'sJohn Tyler Community College, 1987
M.D.Norwich University
Personal
Birthday10/17/1966
Place of birthNorfolk, VA
ProfessionFuneral director/mortician
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kenneth C. "Kenny" Alexander is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber on September 4, 2012, taking office on September 17, 2012.[1]

Alexander served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 89 from August 15, 2002 to September 2012. He resigned his seat in the house following his win in a special election for the Senate on September 4, 2012.[2]

Biography

Alexander earned his A.A.S. from John Tyler Community College in 1987, his B.S. from Old Dominion University in 1990, and his M.A. from Norwich University. Alexander has worked as a funeral director/mortician, and an instructor at Tidewater Community College.[3]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

Legislation

  • HB 2221 Federal write-in absentee ballots; witness requirement.
  • HB 2495 Child labor; permits children 17 years of age satisfying enumerated criteria to drive automobiles.
  • HB 2496 Early voting pilot projects; State Board of Elections to establish for general elections in 2010.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Alexander was considered a potential Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2013.[5] Incumbent Bill Bolling (R) opted not to run for re-election this year, opening the seat.

The Democratic primary election took place on June 11, 2013, followed by the general election on November 5, 2013.

Race background

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling (R) did not seek re-election in 2013. Nine candidates filed to fill the imminently-open executive seat, including two Democrats and seven Republicans. State Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Aneesh Chopra for the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the June 11 primary election.[6] Northam's general election opponent was Republican E.W. Jackson. Jackson was nominated by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 17-18.[7] Northam and Jackson faced off in the Nov. 5, 2013 general election, and Northam won by a margin of over 10 percentage points.[8]

When Virginia voters elected Democrat L. Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves, as its 66th Governor in 1989, it was the first time an African-American was elected to the office in the nation's history.[9] Given the state's heritage of trailblazing, it is notable that until Jackson's convention victory, Virginia Republicans had not nominated an African-American for any statewide office since backing Maurice Dawkins' a quarter of a century ago.[10]

A minister at a non-denominational church and relatively new member of the Republican Party, Jackson edged out six primary opponents by emphasizing his commitment to hallmark conservative issues such as smaller government, gun rights and traditional family values. He appealed to the delegation with the promise, "We will not only win an election in November, we will open the hearts and minds of our people and save this commonwealth and save this country."[11]

Regardless of his post-convention promise, Jackson was an unwelcome choice for the state's Republican establishment from the start, thanks to his refusal to divert from, or soften the rhetoric of, his "liberty agenda." The agenda contained the issues mentioned above, none of which were earth-shattering stances for a conservative; Jackson was anti-Obamacare, pro-Second Amendment and anti-federal overreach. His approach to delivering these messages, however, rose more concerns - as well as eyebrows - from the party than was originally anticipated. In August, Jackson referred to the Democratic Party as the "anti-God party" because of its supportive position on same-sex marriage and abortion, cementing his reputation for being impermeable to warnings about how his often inflammatory rhetoric might alienate swing voters or more moderate Republican voters heading into the general election. Then on Sept. 4, The Washington Post reported that his independent streak also extended to his behind the scenes campaign style. After securing the nomination in May, Jackson had not taken advantage of the Virginia Republican Party's massive pool of campaign resources. He declined offers to utilize the party's voter databases and related logistical tools in addition to field office venues across the state- a "virtually unheard-of forfeiture of resources for a statewide candidate."[12]

On the Democratic end, Northam, a pediatric neurologist who was first elected to the state legislature's upper chamber in 2008, wanted to win the lt. governor's office in order to restore Democratic control over the state senate. His campaign focused on improving education and creating jobs in energy efficiency, in addition to reversing the direction the Republican leadership had taken the state on women's health issues. "Their crusades to shut down reproductive health centers and to mandate costly and invasive medical procedures for women seeking abortions have embarrassed the Commonwealth, and have inserted government between doctors and their patients."[13][14]

The final campaign finance reporting cycle prior to the general election showed Northam maintaining an ample fundraising lead over Jackson, adding to the consistent edge he had shown in the polls. Jackson's remarkable refusal to accept assistance from the Republican Party had no doubt hindered him from overtaking Northam in money and/or voter support. His proven difficulties adhering to the state board of elections' filing protocols, having twice needed to amend his documentation of loans or donations, likewise boded unfavorably for the GOP nominee heading into the home stretch of what was an ultimately unsuccessful campaign.[15][16]


2012

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Alexander ran unopposed in a special election for Virginia State Senate District 5. The seat was vacant following Yvonne Miller's (D) death on July 3. The special election took place September 4, 2012.[17][2]

Virginia State Senate, District 5, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKenny Alexander 98.5% 3,643
     Write-In Various 1.5% 55
Total Votes 3,698

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Alexander won re-election to District 89 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[18]

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Alexander was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[19]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 89 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenny Alexander (D) 10,659
Trip Triplin (I) 2,448

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Alexander received $86,301 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[20]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenny Alexander's campaign in 2011
Metropolitan Funeral Service$6,010
American Electric Power Co Virginia PAC$3,500
Verizon$3,000
Dominion$2,500
Virginia Bankers Association$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $86,301

2009

Listed below are the top five donors to Alexander's 2009 campaign:[21]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Legislative Black Caucus $5,000
Communications Workers of Virginia $5,000
Dominion $5,000
Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association $3,000
Verizon $3,000

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.

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.

Personal

Alexander and his wife, Donna, have two children.

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References

  1. Hampton Roads, "Norfolk's Alexander sworn into Va. Senate," September 17, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Washington Post, "Democrat Krupicka wins Virginia special election," September 4, 2012
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 28, 2014
  4. Legislative Information System, "Bill Tracking," accessed May 28, 2014
  5. The Washington Post, "Prince William’s Stewart announces run for lieutenant governor," April 10, 2012
  6. Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
  7. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  8. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2013 Statewide Unofficial Results," accessed November 6, 2013
  9. Encyclopedia Virginia, “L. Douglas Wilder (1931- ), accessed August 7, 2013
  10. Afro.com, "Virginia GOP Nominates Conservative Black Minister for Lt. Gov.," May 19, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Virginia GOP picks staunch conservatives as statewide candidates," May 18, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Jackson keeps GOP establishment at arm's length in Va. lieutenant governor campaign," September 4, 2013
  13. Official Campaign Website, "Issues," accessed March 20, 2013
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named demprim
  15. The Washington Post, "McAuliffe tops Cuccinelli in fundraising race for Virginia governor," September 17, 2013
  16. The Richmond Times-Dispatch, "McAuliffe maintains cash edge over Cuccineli," September 17, 2013
  17. The Republic, "Ken Alexander wins Democratic nomination to vie for Virginia Senate seat of late Yvonne Miller," August 2, 2012
  18. Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Yvonne Miller
Virginia State Senate District 5
September 2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates District 89
2002–September 2012
Succeeded by
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