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Susan Bates Hippen

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Susan Bates Hippen
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 21
High schoolRoxborough High School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1981-2004
Place of birthCleveland, OH
(dead link) Campaign website
Susan Bates Hippen was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 21 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Hippen graduated from Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, PA. She earned an associate's degree and a bachelor of science degree in Computer Information Systems while serving in the military. She has also completed an Associate of Applied Science Paralegal Studies-Litigation degree, and has worked to complete an associate's degree in web development at Tidewater Community College. Hippen spent her career in the United States Navy, joining in 1981 and ending her career in 2004 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.[2]


Campaign themes


Hippen’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Women’s Rights, both health and equality​

Excerpt: "I believe a woman has the right to choose who her health providers are and have access to whatever medical treatments and procedures she deems appropriate. No law should be enacted, nor should any administrative changes be made, to limit access to health care for women. ...I also believe women must be paid commensurate to their abilities and experience. No difference in pay should be made on the basis of gender."

  • Education funding and structure​

Excerpt: "Education is the key to the future of our Commonwealth and nation. I believe Virginia must properly fund schools so that teachers are not spending their own money for class supplies. Similarly, Pre-kindergarten through high schools need to promote an atmosphere of cooperation between parents and teachers. Public colleges and universities need to maintain tuition, book prices, and fees within reach of the average family. Community colleges will continue to be one of the important training resources for workers needing skill updates and retraining. I will fight to keep education available for every Virginian.​"

  • Voting rights​

Excerpt: "The right to vote is guaranteed to every citizen by the Constitution. Recent voter suppression laws signed by Governor McDonnell are morally and ethically wrong. I will fight to have laws enacted that ensure fair voting. I believe no one should have his or her right to vote obstructed or hindered in any way."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Hippen ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 21. Hippen ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Ronald Villanueva (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 21 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Villanueva Incumbent 54.4% 10,642
     Democratic Susan Bates Hippen 45.4% 8,895
     Other Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 19,575

Race snapshot

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

Incumbent Ronald Villanueva (R) chose to make a bid for his third-term in this district between Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The district gave Governor Bob McDonnell (R) 61 percent of the vote in 2009, but President Barack Obama (D) won it with 52 percent of the vote in 2012, which made this district a potential Democratic target and one Democrats likely needed to win to have a majority in the Virginia House of Delegates with the post-2011 redistricting map. However, observers did rate this district as likely to switch from Republican to Democratic.[5][6][7]



In 2013, Hippen’s endorsements included the following:[8]

  • State Senator Creigh Deeds
  • Candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe
  • Amelia Ross-Hammond, Virginia Beach City Council
  • The Farm Team
  • LGBT Democrats of Virginia PAC[9]
  • Women's Strike Force[10]


Hippen is a widow, and lives in Virginia Beach.

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