Rob Bell

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Rob Bell
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Virginia House of Delegates District 58
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 13
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law, 1995
Date of birth04/23/1967
Place of birthPalo Alto, CA
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Robert B. Bell is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 58. He was first elected to the chamber in 2001.


Bell earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. Bell's professional experience includes working as an attorney, state prosecutor, and legal representative.

Bell ran unsuccessfully for attorney general of Virginia in 2013, losing to State Sen. Mark Obenshain at the Republican primary nominating convention on May 18, 2013.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice, Vice-Chair
Health, Welfare and Institutions

2014 legislative session

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


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


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


  • HB 2391 Foreign service; search warrant for electronic communications.
  • HB 2404 Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; created.
  • HB 2650 Citizens' Right to Know: Pretrial Release Act; pretrial agencies keep detailed record & case record.[3]

Campaign themes


Bell’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Mental health reform

Excerpt: "established clear lines of responsibility and oversight over those receiving outpatient care," "revised standard for involuntary commitment," and "colleges can inform parents when their child might seriously harm himself or others."

  • Better schools

Excerpt: "Ban criminal sex offenders from schools during school hours," "Require schools to establish bullying prevention programs," "Require schools to notify parents when a child is a victim of a crime," and "Require additional background checks for school teachers."

  • Public safety

Excerpt: "New drunk driving laws crack down on repeat offenders and 'super drunk' drivers," "Laws to mandate jail for drunks who drive with children in the car," "Laws to promote prosecution of child pornographers and sexual predators," and "Laws to keep violent sexual predators off of school property during school hours."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Virginia House of Delegates 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.[4]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Bell won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 58. Bell ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[5]

See also: Virginia attorney general election, 2013

Bell ran for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2013.[6] Bell lost to Harrisonburg State Senator Mark Obenshain at the Republican Party of Virginia's statewide primary nominating convention on May 17-18. The general election took place on November 5, 2013.

Race background

In March 2013, Governing magazine rated Virginia's open attorney general seat as "vulnerable" heading into the 2013-2014 elections because incumbent Republican Ken Cuccinelli was not running for re-election.[7]

The race to replace Cuccinelli began at the primary nomination stage; both Republican convention and Democratic election candidates drew primary contests. On May 18, two "strong fiscal and social conservatives"[7] -- state Sen. Mark Obenshain and state Rep. Rob Bell -- competed for delegate votes at the Republican Party of Virginia's closed nominating convention, which Obenshain won.[8] The nominee's late father, GOP politician Richard Obenshain, died in a plane crash during his 1978 campaign for U.S. Senate. Obenshain faced state Sen. Mark Herring in the general election. Herring defeated former assistant U.S. Attorney for Virginia Justin Fairfax in the Democratic primary election, which took place on June 11, 2013.[9][7]

Although Obenshain was considered the early front-runner, polls showed Herring leading by a very slim margin in late October 2013, a likely effect, or occupational hazard, for Obenshain, of sharing what had become a contaminated GOP ticket. One week before election day, at least two influential backers - Planned Parenthood and Independence USA PAC - hoped to widen the gap with roughly one million dollars worth of media spots lampooning Obenshain for his past support of a "personhood" amendment, which would have banned birth control and abortions regardless of the circumstances," in addition to his stance against increased background checks on prospective gun owners. Independence USA PAC was heavily driven by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The PAC had already invested millions into ads hammering "far-right" Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli for his affiliation with the National Rifle Assocation (NRA), and the buys against Obenshain sought to lump the lesser-known AG contender together with Cuccinelli, who was the most recognizable, and possiblly most troubled, candidate appearing on the party's statewide ticket in 2013. Meanwhile, the NRA went on the counterattack; the organization unleashed a $500,000 anti-Herring ad into targeted Virginia markets.[10][11] The NRA's assistance paled in comparison, however, to the $2.6 million infusion from the Republican State Leadership Committee into the effort to elect Obenshain, whom the committee viewed as the only hope for preventing Democrats from scoring a clean sweep of the state-row races in 2013.[12]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Bell won re-election to District 58 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed the November 8 general election.[13]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Bell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.[14]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 58 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rob Bell (R) 18,402
Cynthia Neff (D) 8,948

Delegate Bell at a tax day tea party

Campaign donors


In 2011, Bell received $405,559 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rob Bell's campaign in 2011
Piedmont Leadership PAC$50,000
Gilliam Sr, Richard B$40,000
Gilliam Sr, Richard B$12,500
Galbraith, John W$10,000
Fort Hill Investors LLC$7,500
Total Raised in 2011 $405,559


The top five donors to Bell's 2009 campaign:[16]

Contributor 2009 total
Piedmont Leadership PAC $314,544
Richard B Gilliam Sr. $30,000
R. Ted Weschler $16,000
Barbara J. Fried $10,000
Fort Hill Limited Partnership $10,000


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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.



In 2013, Bell's endorsements included the following:

5th Congressional District: Congressman Robert Hurt

Albemarle County: Sheriff Chip Harding Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor

Amelia County: Honorable Jim Bennett, County Supervisor

Bland County: Honorable Nick Asbury, County Supervisor & Republican Committee Chair

Botetourt County: Delegate Christopher Head

Buchanan County: Honorable Roger Rife, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Campbell County: Delegate Matt Fariss

Caroline County: Delegate Robert Orrock Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair

Chesapeake: Honorable Rick West, City Councilor Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney Dr. John de Triquet, Vice Mayor Honorable Christie New Craig, Vice Chairman, Chesapeake School Board

Chesterfield County: Delegate Roxann Robinson Sheriff Dennis Proffitt

City of Hopewell: Sheriff Greg Anderson

Colonial Heights: Delegate Kirk Cox Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor

Danville: Delegate Daniel Marshall III

Emporia: Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair Woody Harris, Emporia City Council

Fairfax: Delegate David Albo Delegate Thomas Rust Honorable John C. Cook, County Supervisor Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD

Fauquier County: Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor

Fluvanna County: Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair

Franklin County: Delegate Charles Poindexter

Giles County: Mae Midkiff, Republican Committee Chair

Grayson County: State Senator Bill Carrico

Greene County: Sheriff Steven Smith Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair

Halifax County: Delegate James Edmunds

Hanover County: Delegate Christopher Peace Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney Sheriff Dave Hines Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor Former Delegate Frank Hargrove Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor

Henrico County: Delegate John O’Bannon Former Delegate Bill Janis Sheriff Mike Wade

Isle of Wight County: Delegate Rick Morris Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair

Loudoun County: Delegate Tag Greason Delegate Joe May Delegate David Ramadan

Louisa County: State Senator Tom Garrett Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair

Lunenburg County: Delegate Thomas Wright Jr. Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair

Madison County: Delegate Edward Scott Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair

Manassas City: Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair

Newport News: Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair

Norfolk: Joyce Mathews, Republican Committee Secretary Nottoway County Ronald L. Chipper, Republican Committee Chair

Orange County: Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair Sheriff Mark Amos Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Petersburg: Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women

Pittsylvania County: Delegate Donald Merricks Chris Carter, Former Republican Committee Chair

Poquoson: Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr. Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair

Portsmouth: Honorable Ted Lamb, School Board

Powhatan County: Delegate Lee Ware Jr.

Prince George County: Barbara Tabb, Former Republican Committee Chair

Prince William County: Delegate Richard Anderson Delegate Jackson Miller Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor

Richmond: Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair

Roanoke County: Former Delegate William Fralin

Scott County: Delegate Terry Kilgore

Spotsylvania County: Delegate Mark Cole

Stafford County: Delegate Mark Dudenhefer Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates

Tazewell County: Delegate James W. Morefield

Virginia Beach: Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto Delegate Barry Knight Delegate Harry Purkey Delegate Christopher Stolle Delegate Ronald Villanueva Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member

Washington County: Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Westmoreland County: Delegate Margaret Ransone


Bell and his wife, Jessica, have one child.

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  1. Washington Post, "Del. Bell to run for Virginia attorney general," December 5, 2011
  2. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  3. Legislative Information System, "Bill Tracking," accessed May 28, 2014
  4. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2015 November Election Calendar," accessed January 2, 2015
  5. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  6. Rob Bell for AG, "Official Campaign Website 2013," accessed December 10, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot," May 19, 2013
  9. Blue Virginia, "Virginia Primary Election Results Live Blog," June 11, 2013
  10. Politico, "Michael Bloomberg hits Virginia attorney general candidate," October 29, 2013
  11. Politico, "Planned Parenthood targets Mark Obenshain in ad," October 29, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "National Republican group gives an additional $660K to Obenshain campaign for Virginia AG," October 26, 2013
  13. Virginia State Board of Elections, "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
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