Bill R. DeSteph, Jr

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Bill DeSteph
William DeSteph.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates, District 82
In office
January 8, 2014
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Office website
Campaign website
William R. "Bill" DeSteph, Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 82. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.


DeSteph received his B.S. from the University of Maryland. He was a senior vice president and co-owner of AMTI from 1999 to 2006. DeSteph was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2006. He served in the United States Navy during Operation Desert Storm.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Counties, Cities and Towns
Science and Technology

2014 legislative session

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



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 9, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 9, 2015.[1]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

DeSteph won the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 82. DeSteph ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican primary. He defeated Bill Fleming (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 82 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill R. DeSteph, Jr 59.8% 13,995
     Democratic Bill Fleming 40% 9,372
     Other Write-in 0.2% 43
Total Votes 23,410

Race snapshot

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

This Virginia Beach-area open seat rests on a Republican-heavy district held by the retiring Bob Purkey (R), but Democratic candidate Bill Fleming, a physicist and a small business investor, was selected by Democracy for America as a good investment. Both candidates started the campaign as new to state legislative races, but Republican candidate DeSteph was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2006. This seat, though on the radar of possible switches and in a part of the state that is becoming increasingly favorable to Democrats, was likely to stay in Republican hands during the 2013 election cycle.[3][4][5]


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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.

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DeSteph has two children and currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Preceded by
Bob Purkey (R)
Virginia House of Delegates District 82
Succeeded by