Thomas Garrett

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Thomas Garrett
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Virginia State Senate District 22
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLouisa County High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Richmond
J.D.T.C. Williams School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1995-2000
Office website
Thomas A. Garrett, Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Garrett earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond. He went on to receive his J.D. from T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond.

Garrett has worked as a legislative aide to former delegate Bill Janis of the Virginia House of Delegates. He has also worked as an attorney/prosecutor.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Privileges and Elections

2014 legislative session

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


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


Campaign themes


Garrett's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Job Creation
  • Drug Testing for Welfare
Excerpt: "Tom has called for drug testing for welfare recipients. If law abiding citizens must go through drug testing for employment purposes, that at the very least welfare recipients should go through drug testing so that tax payer money does not go to subsidize illegal activity."
  • Pro-Life
Excerpt: "I assure you that on issues of life, I will vote to protect the first and foremost inalienable right given to us by the Creator. No exceptions."
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Rural Internet
Criticism of opponent

Garrett has stressed reduction of taxes as a means to create jobs, while saying of his opponent, “His problem is he can’t run on his own record. Since being in office in Lynchburg, he has voted for every proposed tax increase. Real estate property tax and personal property tax have gone up, and unemployment in the Lynchburg area has gone up while he was in office.”[1]

Ethics legislation

Garrett had submitted two bills barring state officials, both elected and unelected, from using their offices to retaliate against Virginia citizens who disagreed with their views. "(Lawmakers) don’t have special privileges just because they’ve been elected," Garrett said in an interview. Garrett submitted the legislation after Janet Howell, a fellow state senator came under fire in 2013 when she warned the Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC against endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.[2]



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Garrett won election to District 22 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated Mark Peake, Bryan Rhode, Brian Bates, and Claudia Tucker in the primary on August 23, 2011. He defeated Bert Dodson (D) in the general election on November 8, 2011.[3]

Virginia State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Garrett 58.2% 28,357
     Democratic Bert Dodson 41.8% 20,389
Total Votes 48,746
Virginia State Senate Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Garrett 25.9% 3,239
Brian Bates 24.6% 3,068
Mark Peake 22.5% 2,809
Bryan Rhode 20.5% 2,560
Claudia Tucker 6.5% 806
Total Votes 12,482

Campaign donors


In 2011, Garrett received $665,823 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Garrett's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$243,233
Middle Resolution PAC$70,485
Friends Of Bill Janis$33,000
7Th District Republican Cmte$22,500
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$15,927
Total Raised in 2011 $665,823
Total Votes received in 2011 28,357
Cost of each vote received $23.48


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

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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.


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.


Garrett has two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ralph Smith
Virginia State Senate District 22
Succeeded by