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Virginia House of Delegates District 74
Current incumbentJoseph Morrissey Independent
Race33.2% White, 60.6% Black, 1.3% American Indian, 2.2% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1.8% Other, 0.9% Two or more races[1]
Ethnicity96.5% Not Hispanic, 3.5% Hispanic
Voting age76.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's seventy-fourth state house district is represented by Independent Representative Joseph Morrissey.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 79,594 civilians reside within Virginia's seventy-fourth 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 state legislative special elections, 2015

Joseph Morrissey (I) defeated Kevin J. Sullivan (D) and Matt D. Walton (R) in the special election on January 13, 2015.[10][11]

Morrissey's re-election drew controversy from both sides of the aisle. Leaders from both parties indicated that he may have been expelled from the chamber or censured when the legislature convened its session on January 14, 2015, though no such motion was ever passed.[11] Sen. Chap Petersen (D), who also works as a private attorney, suggested the legislature might be unable to do anything since the criminal action occurred prior to his re-election.[12][13]

The seat was vacant following Joseph Morrissey's (D) resignation on January 13, 2015, following his misdemeanor conviction on December 12 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.[14]

A special election for the position of Virginia House of Delegates District 74 was called for January 13. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 23, 2014.[15]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 74, Special Election, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Morrissey Incumbent 42.4% 2,840
     Democratic Kevin J. Sullivan 33.4% 2,242
     Republican Matt D. Walton 24.2% 1,622
Total Votes 6,704


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. Incumbent Joseph Morrissey (D) was unchallenged in the general election. Morrissey was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[16][17]

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for Virginia House of Delegates District 74 have raised a total of $1,034,177. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $64,636 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia House of Delegates District 74
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $195,057 2 $97,529
2009 $190,872 2 $95,436
2007 $251,977 5 $50,395
2005 $227,425 3 $75,808
2003 $25,799 1 $25,799
2001 $143,047 3 $47,682
Total $1,034,177 16 $64,636

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  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Legislative Services, Redistricting 2010, April 28, 2011
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  5., "Virginia State Legislature For Kids," accessed December 18, 2013
  6., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
  8. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
  9. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
  10. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official candidate list," accessed December 30, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "Morrissey, in midst of six-month jail term, wins special election to Virginia House," January 13, 2015
  12. Washington Post, "Jailed Del. Joseph Morrissey is sworn in as Virginia legislative session gets underway," January 14, 2015
  13. Virginia Department of Elections, "Official election results," accessed January 28, 2015
  14. NBC Washington, "Va. Lawmaker Joseph D. Morrissey Resigning After Teen Sex Case," December 18, 2014
  15. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Special elections," accessed December 30, 2014
  16. Virginia State Board of Elections, Unofficial Results - Primary Election, accessed November 12, 2013
  17. Virginia State Board of Elections, Unofficial Results - Primary Election, accessed November 12, 2013