|Virginia State Senate District 22|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|High school||Louisa County High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Richmond|
|J.D.||T.C. Williams School of Law|
|Years of service||1995-2000|
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.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Garrett served on the following committees:
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."
- 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.”
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.
- 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.
|Virginia State Senate, District 22 General Election, 2011|
|Virginia State Senate Republican Primary, 2011|
In 2011, Garrett received $665,823 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
Garrett has two children.
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- Goochland Gazette, "Candidates in new state senate 22nd District battle down to the wire," November 2, 2011
- WatchDog.org, "Bully for her: Sen. Howell is ready to oversee ethics reform," January 7, 2014
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
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