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George Barker
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Virginia Senate District 39
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth08/24/1951
Place of birthEldorado, IL
ProfessionHealth Planner
Office website
Campaign website
George L. Barker (b. August 24, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Barker received a A.B at Harvard College and M.S. at Harvard University. Barker is a health planner.

Committee assignments


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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Barker served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Barker served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Barker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Transportation remains a top priority for our region. Leaving our needs unaddressed is damaging to our economy and quality of life, while traffic continues to clog our highways and slow our economic progress."
  • BRAC
Excerpt: "Senator Barker has opposed BRAC and its negative effects on our community since before he was elected to the Senate. As chair of Fairfax County's Transportation Advisory Commission, he helped get the Army to reduce by half the number of people at the old Engineering Proving Ground in Springfield."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "George is working with leaders from both parties to create jobs and investment opportunities."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "George works hard for Virginia veterans, and has passed several pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening our veteran community."
  • Protecting Our Communities
Excerpt: "Senator Barker wants to ensure that our communities remain safe and enjoyable places to live. He passed a major piece of legislation in 2011 that permits those in dating relationships and others beyond immediate family to seek protective orders when violence or harm is threatened."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Serving on the Education and Health Committee and the Joint Commission on Health Care, George is working to control health care costs, improve quality and outcomes, and make health care accessible for Virginia families."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We take pride in the caliber of our public schools, and our children have benefited immensely from the school systems we have in Northern Virginia."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "Protecting our environment is one of Senator Barker's top priorities, and he is an avid supporter of energy conservation."



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Barker won re-election to District 39 of the Virginia State Senate. He defeated Miller Baker (R) in the November 8 general election.[1]

Virginia State Senate, District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Barker Incumbent 53.2% 21,201
     Republican Miller Baker 46.8% 18,687
Total Votes 39,888


Barker and fellow Democratic incumbent Dave Marsden received more money from the Democratic Party of Virginia than any other Senate candidate through the September 30, 2011 filing period.[2]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Barker won election to the 39th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Jay O'Brien (R).[3]

Baker raised $976,911 for his campaign while O'Brien raised $893,431.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 39 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png George Barker (D) 19,892 50.92%
J.K. "Jay" O'Brien (R) 19,131 48.97%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Barker received $1,279,268 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Barker's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$593,178
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus$196,755
Bloomberg, Michael R$25,000
Virginia Professional Firefighters Cope Fund$12,000
Saslaw For Senate$10,000
Total Raised in 2011 $1,279,268
Total Votes received in 2011 21,201
Cost of each vote received $60.34


Below are Barker's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $281,419
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus $76,900
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee $50,000
Moving Virginia Forward $50,000
Rappaport Companies $32,500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Virginia

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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.

  • 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.


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.


Barker was born in Eldorado, Illinois, on August 24, 1951. Barker is a member of the Fairfax Presbyterian church.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jay O'Brien
Virginia Senate District 39
Succeeded by