Barbara Comstock

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Barbara Comstock
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
Member-elect
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates, District 34
January 13, 2010 - Present
McLean Community Center Governing Board
1993-1996
Education
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College, 1981
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
Personal
BirthdayJune 30, 1959
Place of birthSpringfield, MA
ProfessionAttorney & Founding Partner, Corallo Comstock
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara Comstock campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Barbara J. Comstock is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 34. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009.

Comstock won election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. She won her former boss, Frank Wolf's, seat. Wolf announced that he will retire when his term ends.[1]

Comstock won the Republican nomination by defeating Rob Wasinger, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead and Bob Marshall in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.[2] She will face Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D), Bill Redpath (L), Dianne Blais (G) and Brad Eickholt (I) in the general election.

Biography

Comstock earned her B.A. in political science from Middlebury College in 1981 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. Comstock is a founding partner of Corallo Comstock. She previously worked as a Blank Rome, LLP and Blank Rome Government Relations, LLC.[3]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Comstock served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce and Labor
Science and Technology, Chair
Transportation

2012-2013

During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Comstock served on the following committees:

2010-2011

During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Comstock served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Comstock listed the following priorities on her website:

AS YOUR CONGRESSWOMAN, I WILL . . .

Work to repeal and replace ObamaCare which already has caused millions of hardworking Americans to lose their health insurance and have their wellbeing and financial health threatened.

Pass meaningful tax relief for families and small businesses to keep more of your hard earned dollars in your hands and encourage job creation in Northern Virginia.

Protect our national security and protect our defense and national security infrastructure as well as the salaries and retirement of our dedicated military

Protect the U.S. Constitution and stand up for our shared common sense conservative values.[4]

—Barbara Comstock, https://web.archive.org/web/20141103191331/http://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/issues/

2013

Comstock’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Creating Jobs = Job #1

Excerpt: "Since being elected in 2009, Delegate Comstock has made Jobs her #1 priority. She has worked with her colleagues to turn a $6 billion deficit into a surplus, without raising taxes. With her help and hard work, Virginia is now one of the best states in the nation to do business- based on factors like average income, cost of living (based on the ACCRA Cost of Living Index), state income take rate and unemployment rate."

  • Transportation: Let's Get Virginia Moving

Excerpt: "Comstock co-patroned the transportation plan which passed the 2011 General Assembly Session. The plan will provide over $4 billion in much needed transportation infrastructure funding over the next three years without raising taxes. This multi-faceted transportation package, which is the single largest infusion of funding in decades, will fund over 900 projects across the Commonwealth, including work on widening Route 7 in Fairfax County and Loudoun County."

  • Education: A Passion For Excellence In Education

Excerpt: "Barbara’s family is a family of educators. ...She understands the sacrifice and commitment made by our teachers and educators who have had their salaries frozen while their classroom sizes and workloads increase."

  • Helping The Disabled Community

Excerpt: "The General Assembly passed legislation to fund the transition of people with serious mental and developmental disabilities from centralized hospital-type settings into community-based care centers. ...However, it is also clear that many families still will need services in an institutional setting. Delegate Comstock believes it is important that families and individuals have these choices to provide for some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community."

  • Quality Of Life

Excerpt: "Delegate Comstock passed a resolution to permanently designate May as Lyme Disease awareness month in Virginia. The resolution was passed by both the House of Delegates and the Senate unanimously and will help to raise awareness about this debilitating disease. Delegate Comstock is committed to helping to ensure that people living in high risk areas know how to protect themselves and their children and get the medical treatments they need."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Barbara Comstock endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Comstock won election to the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 10th District on November 4, 2014.[1]

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Virginia District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Foust 40.4% 89,957
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock 56.5% 125,914
     Libertarian Bill Redpath 1.5% 3,393
     Green Dianne Blais 0.4% 946
     Independent Brad Eickholt 1.1% 2,442
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 258
Total Votes 222,910
Source: Virginia Department of Elections
Primary results

Comstock defeated Rob Wasinger, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead and Bob Marshall in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.[2] She will face John Foust in the general election November 4, 2014.

Comstock said, “It is an honor and a privilege to win my party’s nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Congressman Frank Wolf. Now is the time for all Republicans to unite and pool our resources together to defend this seat from Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked candidate.”[7]

U.S. House, Virginia District 10 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock 53.9% 7,337
Bob Marshall 28.1% 3,829
Howie Lind 8.1% 1,108
Stephen Hollingshead 6% 816
Rob Wasinger 2.2% 301
Mark Savitt 1.6% 218
Total Votes 13,609
Source: VAGOP10.org, "Recapping the 2014 Party Canvass," accessed July 1, 2014

Endorsements

  • Conservative commentator Sean Hannity endorsed Comstock on April 10, 2014.[8]
    • "Barbara Comstock is a solid and reliable conservative. I've known her for many years. She'd make a great member of Congress. I am happy to join other conservatives and proudly endorse her candidacy," said Hannity.[8]

Comstock was also been endorsed by the following:[8][9]

Polls

General Election
Poll Barbara Comstock John FoustDiane BlaisBill RedpathBill EickholtUndecidedOtherRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Citizens United Political Victory Fund
October 17-18, 2014
51%35%2%1%1%8%1%1%+/-4.9404
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
General Election
Poll Barbara Comstock John FoustOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Tarrance Group
September 23-25, 2014
46%34%7%14%+/-4.9403
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
GOP Primary
Poll Barbara Comstock Bob MarshallStephen HollingsheadHowie LindMarc SavittRob WasingerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Citizen's United Political Victory Fund
April 4–5, 2014
44%10%3%3%1%3%30%+/-4.9402
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media


Comstock for Congress, "Trusted Aide Web Ad."

Comstock for Congress, "Trusted Aide TV Ad."

Comstock for Congress, "Right Choice."

Comstock for Congress, "Leadership, Action, Results."

Comstock for Congress, "Taxman."

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Comstock won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 34. Comstock ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 11, 2013. She defeated Kathleen Murphy (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[11]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 34 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock Incumbent 50.6% 14,962
     Democratic Kathleen Murphy 49.2% 14,540
     Other Write-in 0.2% 51
Total Votes 29,553

Endorsements

In 2013, Comstock’s endorsements included the following:

  • Virginia Association of Realtors[12]
  • Virginia Farm Bureau Federation[13]
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce NOVABizPAC[14]

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Comstock (R) won re-election to the House of Delegates for a third term in 2013 by only a little over 400 votes. This suburban and exurban district split evenly between President Barack Obama (D) and presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) in 2012, and Democrats forwarded a bid to win it again with consulting firm president and former federal employee Kathleen Murphy. Democracy for America endorsed Murphy and donated $8,000 to her campaign as of early September 2013. Comstock's fundraising abilities, however, made her difficult to beat.[15][16][17][18]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Comstock won re-election to District 34 of the Virginia House of Delegates with 54.8 percent of the vote. She was uncontested in the August 23, 2011, primary, and she and defeated Pamela Danner (D) in the November 8, 2011, general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia House of Delegates, District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock Incumbent 54.8% 11,628
     Democratic Pamela Danner 45.2% 9,573
Total Votes 21,201

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Comstock was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She defeated incumbent Margaret Vanderhye in the General Election.[19]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 34 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Comstock (R) 12,636
Margaret Vanderhye (D) 12,214

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Comstock's reports.[20]

Barbara Comstock (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention Report[21]April 14, 2014$0.00$761,354.23$(241,323.98)$520,030.25
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$520,030.25$610,797.62$(554,937.35)$575,890.52
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2014$575,890.52$1,300,412.84$(1,075,722.43)$800,580.93
Running totals
$2,672,564.69$(1,871,983.76)

2011

In 2011, Comstock received $898,370 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[24]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Barbara Comstock's campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$107,177
Dominion Leadership Trust$104,104
Opportunity Virginia PAC$35,101
Howell For Delegate$35,000
Singer, Paul$25,000
Total Raised in 2011 $898,370
Total Votes received in 2011 11,628
Cost of each vote received $77.26

2009

The top five donors to Comstock's 2009 campaign are listed below:[25]

Contributor 2009 total
Republican Party of Virginia $130,577
Dominion Leadership Trust $28,075
Paul Singer $25,000
Presidential Coalition LLC $15,000
Bob J. Perry $3,500

Scorecards

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2014-2015

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.

2012-2013

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.
  • Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation: 2013 Legislative Scorecard

Personal

Barbara and her husband, Elwyn Charles "Chip," have three children, Daniel, Peter and Catharine.[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Hill, "Comstock launches bid to succeed Wolf," accessed January 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 VAGOP10.org, "April 26, 2014 Party Canvass: Unofficial Results," accessed April 28, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 General Assembly.gov, "Personal Info," accessed March 24, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. Comstock for Delegate, "Barbara On The Issues," accessed August 29, 2013
  6. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Virginia Leadership Team," December 29, 2011
  7. Politico, "Barbara Comstock wins Virginia ‘firehouse’ primary," accessed April 28, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 News Max, "Sean Hannity Endorses Comstock in Va. Congressional Race," accessed April 14, 2014
  9. BarbaraComstockforCongress.com, "Endorsements," accessed March 24, 2014
  10. The Hill, "AFP president backs Comstock in Va.," accessed January 17, 2014
  11. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  12. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed By Virginia Association of Realtors," August 27, 2013
  13. Comstock for Delegate, "Farm Bureau Federation Endorses Delegate Barbara Comstock," August 28, 2013
  14. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's NOVABizPAC," July 22, 2013
  15. University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
  16. Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
  17. Leesburg Today, "Loudoun Again Cited As Key Battleground For State Races," September 9, 2013
  18. Democracy for America, "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
  19. Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Comstock 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 1, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  24. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  25. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Vanderhye
Virginia House of Delegates District 34
2010-present
Succeeded by
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