Richard Black

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Richard Black
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Virginia State Senate District 13
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House District 32
Bachelor'sUniversity of Florida
J.D.University of Florida
Military service
Years of service1963-1967
BirthdayMay 15, 1944
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
Office website
Campaign website
Richard H. Black is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011. He was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Virginia.[1] He dropped out of the race on January 22, 2014.[2]

Black served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1998 to 2006.


Black graduated from the University of Florida in 1973 and earned his J.D. in 1976. He is an attorney. Black joined the Marines in 1963. After the Vietnam War, he served as a flight instructor and attended engineer school.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services


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


Opposition to gubernatorial appointment

In April 2014, Black expressed opposition to Governor Terry McAuliffe's appointment of union lobbyist Carlton Davenport as the commissioner of the state's Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. “I think that appointing an AFL-CIO lobbyist as commissioner of the department is a slap in the face for Virginia business,” said Black, who is a strong supporter of right-to-work laws and who has tried to add them to the Virginia Constitution. Davenport is responsible for overseeing labor and employment laws, but Black expressed skepticism about Davenport's support for right-to-work.[4]

“The right-to-work laws really protect basic freedom,” Black said. “Workers are free to unionize if they want, but they’re not compelled to be members of unions. To me, that’s a basic human right to be free of forced unionization. What we find is that the majority of workers do not want to be forced into a union. And it makes states with right-to-work laws much more favorable for business. So you have many more jobs created in right to work states than you do compulsory union states.”[4]


Black's congressional campaign may be derailed by some controversial comments he's made. In 2003, Black opposed a statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son at the site of Tredegar Iron Works, a foundry that forged Confederate cannons. Lincoln and his son had visited the city following the Confederacy's retreat. Although some people saw Lincoln's visit as a victory lap, historians say Lincoln's unannounced visit was to tour the damage and restore the city. The statue was paid for with private funds. Black said, "We've got a Lincoln Memorial not that distant. It's a huge memorial right across the Potomac. I suppose you could put a Lincoln memorial in every city of the United States. I'm not sure what that accomplishes." He also added, "Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort of like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial."[5] In 2000, Black opposed emergency contraception pills saying, "This is a baby pesticide we're looking at. It's a toxic method of eliminating a child."[6] In a 2002 statement on the Virginia House floor, he said you couldn't prosecute spousal rape. He said, "I do not know how on a earth you can validly get a conviction of a husband/wife rape where they are living together, sleeping in the same bed, she's in a nightie, and so forth, there is no injury, no separation or anything."[7] In 1999, Black viewed violent porn on a library computer after filtering software was removed. Black did this to demonstrate policy problems he believed existed.[8] In 1996, Black said "military rape is as predictable as human nature" and added, "Think of yourself at 25. Wouldn't you love to have a group of 19-year-old girls under your control, day in, day out?"[9]

Campaign themes


Black’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs & Economy
Excerpt: "Jobs and the economy are the most pressing issues of our day. However, runaway spending and erratic policies of Democrats have made it difficult for businesses to expand and hire."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Transportation was my top priority during my eight years in Richmond. My most important legislation set the framework for building the Route 28 Freeway. I introduced HB735 and several other Rt. 28 bills in 2002. Our plan was to replace traffic lights with overpasses and to widen the road to eight lanes."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I believe in a smarter, more limited government. We should not increase the tax base by raising taxes but rather by supporting policies that unleash economic potential. The current high-tax approach can only harm the economy."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "We can’t rely on hostile powers for America’s energy. However, the continental shelf—including Virginia’s coasts—holds vast reserves of domestic oil. I’ll work to develop off-shore oil supplies--and to allocate funds they generate for highway construction."
  • Crime
Excerpt: "As a career prosecutor, I understand that justice requires fair trials and appropriate punishments. I have the experience necessary to make positive changes to keep our communities safe."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "As the only combat-wounded veteran in the General Assembly, I used firearms in battle and understand their value more than most. I would not be here today were it not for a Winchester M-14 that I carried in the jungles of Vietnam, as a young Marine officer. I understand the importance of protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights."
  • Life - Core Family Values
Excerpt: "I am pro-life from conception and a supporter of traditional marriage."



See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Black was running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 10th District. Black was seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. He dropped out of the race on January 22, 2014.[10] The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Black won election to District 13 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated Robert Fitzsimmonds and John Stirrup in the August 23 Republican primary election. He defeated J. Shawn Mitchell in the November 8 general election.[11]

Virginia State Senate, District 13 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Black 57.1% 20,786
     Democratic J. Shawn Mitchell 42.9% 15,613
Total Votes 36,399

Campaign donors


In 2011, Black received $623,062 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Black's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$330,563
Virginia State PAC$17,000
Reynolds, Brian$12,500
Opportunity Virginia PAC$11,500
Tradewraps LLC$6,050
Total Raised in 2011 $623,062
Total Votes received in 2011 20,786
Cost of each vote received $29.98


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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.
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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.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on Reproductive Health and Rights.
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  • Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation: 2013 Legislative Scorecard


Black and his wife, Barbara, have three children.

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Preceded by
Frederick Quayle (R)
Virginia State Senate District 13
Succeeded by