Creigh Deeds

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Creigh Deeds
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Virginia Senate District 25
In office
2001 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 14
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sConcord College, 1980
J.D.Wake Forest University School of Law, 1984
Date of birth01/04/1958
Place of birthRichmond, VA
Office website
Personal website
R. Creigh Deeds is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2001.

Deeds served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 to 2001.

On November 19, 2013, Deeds's son, Gus, stabbed his father before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Creigh Deeds was hospitalized in critical condition. The representative was able to escape his property on foot, and was seen by his cousin on Route 42. The cousin took Deeds to his house, where Deeds then called police. Police stated they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the situation but were not looking for any suspects. Creigh Deeds recovered from his wounds and returned to the legislature.[1]


Deeds received a B.A. at Concord College in 1980 and a J.D. at Wake Forest University School of Law in 1984. Deeds is an attorney.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
General Laws and Technology
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

2014 legislative session

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


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


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


Campaign themes


Deeds's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Economic Opportunity for All Virginians
Excerpt: "He supports technical education and workforce training, knowing both are essential to maintain and enhance employment opportunities across Virginia. Creigh knows that investing in our infrastructure is vital to growing our economy."
  • Public Schools and Higher Education
Excerpt: "During Creigh Deeds’ 19 years in the General Assembly he has been a leader for our children, our public schools, and our colleges and universities. He supports smaller class sizes, early childhood education, classroom technology, vocational training, and increased teacher salaries."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "As a former prosecutor and member of the House Courts of Justice Committee, Creigh Deeds has fought to keep our families safe. He was the chief patron of Virginia’s “Megan’s Law” to protect children from sexual predators and also introduced legislation establishing the Amber Alert Program in Virginia."
  • Conservation and Environmental Protection
Excerpt: "Creigh Deeds led the fight to conserve open spaces and our rural landscapes, while promoting efforts to plan for growth and protect our clean air, clean water, and natural environment."
  • Affordable Access to Quality Healthcare
Excerpt: "Creigh Deeds was the chief sponsor of legislation to help elderly and disabled Virginians afford the rising costs of prescription drugs. He supports efforts to hold HMOs accountable when their actions hurt you or your family’s health."



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Deeds won re-election to District 25 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeatecd Thomas Aldous, Jr. in the November 8 general election.[2]

Virginia State Senate, District 23 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCreigh Deeds Incumbent 64.5% 32,409
     Republican Thomas Aldous, Jr. 35.5% 17,862
Total Votes 50,271


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Deeds won re-election to the 25th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate.[3]

Deeds raised $193,242 for his campaign.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 25 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Creigh Deeds 33,339 98.79%
Write-in 408 1.20%


On November 8, 2005, Robert F. McDonnell won election to the office of Attorney General of Virginia. He defeated R. Creigh Deeds (D) in the general election.

Attorney General of Virginia, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.png Robert F. McDonnell 50% 970,886
     Democratic R. Creigh Deeds 49.9% 970,563
     Write-In Various 0.1% 1,801
Total Votes 1,943,250
Election Results Via: Virginia State Board of Elections

Campaign donors


In 2011, Deeds received $267,512 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Creigh Deeds's campaign in 2011
Deeds For Virginia$47,456
Media Stra$17,540
Rice, Edward Hart$10,000
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$5,167
Smith, S Sonjia$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $267,512
Total Votes received in 2011 32,409
Cost of each vote received $8.25


Below are Creigh's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $11,500
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association $10,500
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association $8,500
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $7,000
Home Builders Association of Virginia $5,500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Virginia

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Deeds was born in Richmond, Virginia, on January 4, 1958. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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Preceded by
Emily Couric
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