Virginia House of Delegates District 17

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Virginia House of Delegates District 17
Current incumbentChris Head Republican Party
Race88.4% White, 7.2% Black, 0.5% American Indian, 2.6% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.9% Other, 0.3% Two or more races[1]
Ethnicity97.4% Not Hispanic, 2.6% Hispanic
Voting age78.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's seventeenth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Chris Head.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 80,631 civilians reside within Virginia's seventeenth state house district.[2] Virginia's state delegates represent an average of 80,010 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 70,785 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Virginia House of Delegates serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Virginia legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.


Delegates must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the district they represent, and qualified to vote for members of the Virginia General Assembly.[5]


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Virginia House of Delegates are paid $17,640/year. Representatives receive $135/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, then a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat.[7] Within 15 days of the vacancy, the governing body of the county or city that represents the seat must petition to a circuit court to hold a special election. All special elections must be held promptly.[8] No special election can be held with less than 60 days remaining in the vacant Senator's term or less than 55 days before a statewide primary or general election.[9]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Elections for the office of Virginia House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on June 11, 2013, and a general election on November 5, 2013. Republican incumbent Chris Head defeated Democrat Freeda Cathcart in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[10][11]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 17 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Head Incumbent 62% 15,222
     Democratic Freeda Cathcart 37.7% 9,262
     Other Write-in 0.3% 68
Total Votes 24,552

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for Virginia House of Delegates District 17 have raised a total of $1,232,621. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $82,175 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia House of Delegates District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $115,081 2 $57,541
2009 $678,478 6 $113,080
2007 $76,315 2 $38,158
2005 $107,602 1 $107,602
2003 $234,395 3 $78,132
2001 $20,750 1 $20,750
Total $1,232,621 15 $82,175

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