Richard Stuart, Virginia Senator

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Richard Stuart
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Virginia Senate District 28
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sVirginia Wesleyan College
J.D.T.C. Williams School of Law
Personal
Date of birth01/06/1964
Place of birthFredericksburg, VA
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Richard H. Stuart (b. January 6, 1964) is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

Biography

Stuart received a B.A. at Virginia Wesleyan College and a J.D. at T.C. Williams School of Law. Stuart is an attorney at law.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
General Laws and Technology

2014 legislative session

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

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Stuart’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Education
Excerpt: "He is committed to recruiting and retaining the best teachers so that our children can excel. Public education is the backbone of our community."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "As our State Senator, Richard Stuart will deliver the resources to congested areas in Stafford that we deserve, and fight to maintain the rural character of the Northern Neck while improving traffic mobility and safety."
  • Smart Growth
Excerpt: "As our State Senator, Richard Stuart will use his experience as a land use attorney to reduce sprawl and maintain the character of our communities and our quality of life."
  • Safe Communities
Excerpt: "As a former prosecutor, Richard Stuart will work hard as our State Senator to strengthen our judicial system, and enact laws to keep our streets and communities safe."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "As our State Senator, Richard Stuart will not support the use of a single taxpayer dollar being spent on services for those here illegally, including in-state college tuition. In addition, he will support an agreement between the State Police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to give a certain number of troopers expanded immigration enforcement capabilities to include arresting undocumented individuals. Our government should not reward or encourage illegal behavior."
  • Conservation
Excerpt: "Richard is a strong conservationist who is committed to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and other area waterways, as well as maintaining the health of our forests and farms."
  • 2nd Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "...Richard is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment.
  • Defend Virginia Values
Excerpt: "Richard Stuart believes in the sanctity of life and, as your state senator, will vote pro-life. He believes in the public display of the Ten Commandments because it is the very foundation of our law in this country, and he also supports the right to pray in public."

Elections

2015

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[1]

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Stuart won re-election to District 28 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[2]

2007

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Stuart won election to the 28th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Albert Pollard (D).[3]

Stuart raised $1,139,583 for his campaign while Pollard raised $1,215,127.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 28 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Stuart (R) 21,496 50.61%
Albert Pollard (D) 20,896 49.20%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Stuart received $191,438 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Stuart, Virginia Senator's campaign in 2011
Quantico Business Center LLC$8,500
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$6,500
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$5,500
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$4,897
Allen Allen Allen & Allen$3,500
Total Raised in 2011 $191,438

2007

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

Contributor 2007 total
Virginia Senate Republican Leadership Trust $568,740
Republican State Leadership Committee $62,426
John Chichester for Senate $40,000
Republican Party of Virginia $38,802
Ryan McDougle for Virginia $36,000

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.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that VMA introduced or was part of an coalition that introduced it.

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

Stuart was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on January 6, 1964.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
J. Chichester
Virginia Senate District 28
2008-present
Succeeded by
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