Matthew James

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Matthew James
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Virginia House of Delegates District 80
Incumbent
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHampton University
Master'sJ.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University
Personal
ProfessionPresident and CEO, Peninsula Council for Workforce Development
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Matthew James is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 80. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

James earned his B.A. in economics and mathematics from Hampton University and his M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He worked as the president and chief executive officer of Peninsula Council for Workforce Development and director of economic development for the City of Portsmouth.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce and Labor
Finance
Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

James won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 80. James ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic Primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[1]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, James won re-election to District 80 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[2]

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, James was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[3]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 80 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew James (D) 9,818
Jennifer Lee (R) 4,486

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, James received $45,664 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matthew James's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$4,855
Dominion$2,000
Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association$2,000
VCTA$1,500
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2011 $45,664

2009

Listed below are the top five donors to James' 2009 campaign:[5]

Contributor 2009 total
Kenneth Wright $3,500
Virginia Dental Association $3,000
Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association $2,000
Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association $2,000
Virginia Beverage Association $1,010

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

James and his wife, Karen, have two children.

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Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates District 80
2010–present
Succeeded by
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