Terry Austin

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Terry Austin
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Virginia House of Delegates, District 19
In office
January 8, 2014
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Botetourt County Board of Supervisors
High schoolJames River High School
Office website
Campaign website
Terry L. Austin is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.


Austin graduated from James River High School and later attended Virginia Western Community College. He worked as an electrician and is the owner of Austin Electrical Construction. Austin has served on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors since 1997.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Counties, Cities and Towns

2014 legislative session

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


Campaign themes


Austin's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Keeping taxes low

"On the Board of Supervisors, Terry has helped keep local taxes low while ensuring local schools remain top notch and public safety was fully funded. As your next Delegate, he will use that experience to insist that Richmond stretches every hard-earned dollar you pay in taxes and to ensure that taxes are kept low."

  • Attracting new jobs

"As your next Delegate, Terry will work to reduce red tape and unnecessary regulation on small business owners so they can better compete and grow. And Terry will push for common-sense economic development programs that help market Western Virginia as a prime location for businesses looking to relocate or expand."

  • Standing up for your gun rights

"Terry is committed to upholding and defending your liberties and constitutional rights as your next Delegate, especially your right to own and carry a firearm. He is a gun owner and staunch supporter of the Second Amendment."

  • Defending the traditional values that build strong communities

"He is proudly pro-life and will support additional efforts to protect the unborn. Terry also supports laws that protect every Virginian’s right to openly proclaim and practice their faith."

  • Making sure Western Virginia children have world-class schools

"As your next Delegate, Terry will continue to stand up for educational excellence that is measurable so that parents can continually assess their local school’s quality. And Terry will work to ensure that Virginia’s public colleges and universities continue to be among the best in the nation."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Austin won the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 19. Austin won the Republican primary held on May 7, 2013. He defeated Lewis Medlin, Jr. (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 19 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Austin 70% 16,156
     Democratic Lewis Medlin, Jr 29.7% 6,849
     Other Write-in 0.4% 90
Total Votes 23,095


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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.
  • 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.


Austin and his wife, Kathy, have three children and five grandchildren. They currently reside in Buchanan, Virginia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lacey Putney (I)
Virginia House of Delegates District 19
Succeeded by