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Les R. Adams

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Les Adams
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Virginia House of Delegates, District 16
In office
January 8, 2014
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLiberty University
J.D.University of Richmond
Office website
Campaign website
Leslie R. Adams is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.


Adams received his bachelor's degree from Liberty University. He later received his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. Adams has been an adjunct professor and prosecutor. He is currently a partner at Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Adams served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Courts of Justice
Science and Technology

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Adams served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Adams's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Our Values

Excerpt: "The citizens of the 16th House District will always know that I stand firm on my commitment to protect life and defend the 2nd Amendment. My commitment to our Constitution and founding principles will not waver."

  • Taxes

Excerpt: "Simply put, the more money that politicians take out of your pocket, the less freedom that you have. Make no mistake, government must levy taxes to provide for core government functions, but the role of government should be to maximize our personal freedom, while also having the means to protect that freedom."

  • Spending

Excerpt: "I believe that it is the duty of every public official to be prudent and wise with every dollar that comes from the pocket of a hard-working taxpayer. In a time where government budgets have ballooned, I’ll work to reduce government spending, while also ensuring that state government spends your dollars more efficiently."

  • Jobs and the Economy

Excerpt: "I believe that government doesn’t create jobs; hard-working Americans create jobs. As your state Delegate, I’ll fight to make it easier for local businesses to grow, and I’ll actively recruit new employers to our area."

  • Education

Excerpt: "As your Delegate, I’ll push to give parents and localities more control over our children’s education. Ensuring that each child has access to a high-quality education is instrumental to our future."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Adams won election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 16. Adams defeated Kenneth L. Bowman in the June 11 Republican primary. He defeated Elizabeth Jones (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2][3]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 16 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLes R. Adams 63.1% 13,292
     Democratic Elizabeth Jones 36.7% 7,740
     Other Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 21,070


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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.



In 2013, Adams was endorsed by the following:[4]

  • David Grimes
  • Tim Barber
  • Jerry Hagerman
  • Coy Harville
  • James Snead


Adams and his wife, Melanie, have one child. They currently reside in Chatham, Virginia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Merricks (R)
Virginia House of Delegates District 16
Succeeded by