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  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 34
  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 34
  |Status = Incumbent
  |Status = Incumbent
|Current candidacy  = U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
|Current candidacy election date = November 4, 2014
  |Tenure = January 13, 2010 - Present  
  |Tenure = January 13, 2010 - Present  
  |Term ends = January 13, 2016
  |Term ends = January 13, 2016

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Barbara Comstock
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Virginia House of Delegates District 34
In office
January 13, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 5
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
McLean Community Center Governing Board
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College, 1981
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
Date of birthJune 30, 1959
Place of birthSpringfield, MA
ProfessionAttorney & Founding Partner, Corallo Comstock
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara Comstock campaign logo
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. She was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. She is seeking her former boss, Frank Wolf's, seat after he announced he is not seeking re-election in 2014.[1]


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.[2]

Committee assignments


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


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • 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."



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

Comstock ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 10th District. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Primary results

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

Comstock defeated Rob Wasinger, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead and Bob Marshall in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.[4] 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.”[5]


  • Conservative commentator Sean Hannity endorsed Barbara Comstock on April 10, 2014.[6]
    • "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.[6]

Comstock has also been endorsed by the following:[6][7]


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 June 11, 2013 Republican primary. She defeated Kathleen Murphy (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[9]

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

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.[10][11][12][13]


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.[14]

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


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.[15]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Comstock's reports.[16] 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.[17]


In 2011, Comstock received $898,370 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[21]

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


The top five donors to Comstock's 2009 campaign:[22]

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



In 2013, Comstock’s endorsements included the following:

  • Virginia Association of Realtors[23]
  • Virginia Farm Bureau Federation[24]
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce NOVABizPAC[25]

Presidential preference


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

Barbara Comstock endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [26]


Barbara and her husband, Elwyn Charles "Chip" have three children, Daniel, Peter, and Catharine.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Hill, "Comstock launches bid to succeed Wolf," accessed January 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 General Assembly.gov, "Personal Info," accessed March 24, 2014
  3. Comstock for Delegate, "Barbara On The Issues," accessed August 29, 2013
  4. VAGOP10.org, "April 26, 2014 Party Canvass: Unofficial Results," accessed April 28, 2014
  5. Politico, "Barbara Comstock wins Virginia ‘firehouse’ primary," accessed April 28, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 News Max, "Sean Hannity Endorses Comstock in Va. Congressional Race," accessed April 14, 2014
  7. BarbaraComstockforCongress.com, "Endorsements," accessed March 24, 2014
  8. The Hill, "AFP president backs Comstock in Va.," accessed January 17, 2014
  9. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  10. University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
  11. Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
  12. Leesburg Today, "Loudoun Again Cited As Key Battleground For State Races," September 9, 2013
  13. Democracy for America, "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
  14. Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
  15. Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Comstock 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Comstock 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 1, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  21. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  22. Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
  23. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed By Virginia Association of Realtors," August 27, 2013
  24. Comstock for Delegate, "Farm Bureau Federation Endorses Delegate Barbara Comstock," August 28, 2013
  25. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's NOVABizPAC," July 22, 2013
  26. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Virginia Leadership Team," December 29, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Vanderhye
Virginia House of Delegates District 34
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