Mark Cole

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Mark Cole
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Virginia House of Delegates District 88
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 13
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/06/1958
Place of birthLouisville, KY
ProfessionSystems Analyst/Project Manager
Office website
Campaign website
Mark L. Cole (b. June 6, 1958) is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 88. He was first elected to the chamber in 2001.


Cole served on the Board of Supervisors of Spotsylvania County from 2000 to 2002. He worked as a Systems Analyst/Project Manager, and served in the United States Navy.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Privileges and Elections, Chair

2014 legislative session

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


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


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


Implanted microchips

In 2010, Cole sponsored a bill that would outlaw employers and insurance companies from requiring that their customers or employees implant microchips inside of their bodies for rapid data collection. Cole cited privacy and health concerns as his primary reasons for sponsoring the bill. He also noted that some fundamentalist Christians believe that requiring the implanting of microchips may portend the Biblical "mark of the beast," which is described in the Book of Revelation as "the Beast" affecting humanity so that, "He causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Cole said he shares some of these concerns.[2]

"My understanding -- I'm not a theologian -- but there's a prophecy in the Bible that says you'll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times. ...Some people think these computer chips might be that mark," according to Cole. "I just think you should have the right to control your own body."[2]

Cole's bill passed the Virginia House of Representatives, but died in a subcommittee in the Virginia State Senate under a new rule allowing subcommittees to kill legislation before it reaches a full committee. Another bill of Cole's, which stated that all commerce that takes place solely within Virginia cannot be regulated by the federal government, also died in the same subcommittee.[3]

2011 redistricting

After the 2010 Census results were compiled, the General Assembly's Joint Reapportionment Committee chose to share the process on the Internet and allow Virginia voters to leave comments. Virginians will get to comment on how their district lines are drawn through a Web site that allows them to check out the new district maps and voice any concerns.

“We’ll certainly consider any input anyone provides us,” said Cole.

The Joint Reapportionment Committee met in Richmond to rough out the details of setting up a system to handle 2011 redistricting, when local, state and congressional district lines will be redrawn to reflect the results of the 2010 Census.[4]


  • HB 1666 Hunting permit, special; issued to patients from veterans or military hospitals.
  • HB 2528 Disposition of firearms; no participation in program if individuals are given valuable in exchange.
  • HB 2544 Election recounts; losing candidate may initiate when difference less than 5% of total vote cast.[5]

Campaign themes


Cole’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

  • Balancing The State Budget
Excerpt: "Opposed wasteful spending; Supported legislation to control the growth in government spending; Opposed attempts to raid transportation funds; Opposed tax increases and abusive driver fees"
  • Fought For Transportation Solutions
Excerpt: "Expanded the authority of localities to collect road impact fees from developers to include all localities in the 88th District; Secured funding for improvements to Garrisonville Road, Route 3, Route 17, the Opal Interchange, and the Falmoth Intersection among others; Passed legislation to permit localities to bond their transportation dollars in order to jump-start needed transportation projects; Supported land use and growth reforms to reduce sprawl and congestion"
  • Cracked Down On Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "Opposed efforts in the US Senate to grant amnesty to illegal aliens; Passed legislation denying state and local benefits to illegals; Sponsored legislation to make it against state law to be in Virginia illegally; Co-sponsored legislation to allow state and local law authorities to enforce immigration law"
  • Supporting Our Military And Veterans
Excerpt: "Sponsored legislation strengthening employment rights for National Guard and Reserve members called to active duty; Successfully sponsored legislation protecting military dependent voting rights; Co-sponsored legislation granting in-state tuition to military members"
  • Improving Education
Excerpt: "Led the fight to get additional state funds to increase teacher pay for our schools; Supported efforts to ensure that the state fully funded its share of the education budget; Worked to streamline bureaucracy to get more resources to the classroom; Opposed unfunded mandates and wasteful spending"


Delegate Cole's official website listed his major legislative accomplishments as: "Fought for transportation solutions, cracked down on illegal immigration, supporting our military and veterans, improving education, balancing the state budget, protecting families, supporting law enforcement and emergency services, and defending constitutional rights."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Cole won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 88. Cole ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary. He defeated Kathleen O'Halloran (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 88 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Cole Incumbent 61.4% 13,322
     Democratic Kathleen O'Halloran 38.4% 8,340
     Other Write-in 0.2% 52
Total Votes 21,714


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Cole won re-election to District 88 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He obtained the GOP nomination and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[8]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Cole was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[9]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 88 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Cole (R) 15,925

Campaign donors


In 2011, Cole received $53,301 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Cole's campaign in 2011
Bowman Co$1,400
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$1,250
Total Raised in 2011 $53,301


Listed below are the top five donors to Cole's 2009 campaign:[11]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Bankers Association $2,000
Anderson Financial Services DBA LoanMax $2,000
Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association $1,750
Altria $1,500
Virginia Dental Association $1,500


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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.

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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.

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Cole and his wife, Eugenia, have four children.[12]


Spotsylvania administrator conflict-of-interest

Cole was named the to the position of Spotsylvania County’s deputy county administrator in a unanimous vote among the three county supervisors, who all disclosed having received campaign donations from Cole in the past. The Board of Supervisors considered 104 applicants before settling on Cole for the $125,000 per year job. Cole said there would not be any conflict of interest between his job as the deputy county administrator and his role in the legislature, noting that other legislators have held local government positions in the past. The Spotsylvania County Democratic Party and other local Democrats expressed skepticism at Cole's ability to do both jobs without a conflict of interest.[13][14]

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