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  |Name = Barbara Comstock
 
  |Name = Barbara Comstock
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  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 34
 
  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 34
 
  |Status = Incumbent
 
  |Status = Incumbent
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|Current candidacy  = U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
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|Current candidacy election date = November 4, 2014
 
  |Tenure = January 13, 2010 - Present  
 
  |Tenure = January 13, 2010 - Present  
  |Term ends = January 8, 2014
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  |Term ends = January 13, 2016
 
  |Assumed office = 2010
 
  |Assumed office = 2010
 
  |Political party = Republican
 
  |Political party = Republican
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  |Base salary = $17,640/year
 
  |Base salary = $17,640/year
  |Per diem = $135/day
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  |Per diem = $170/day
 
  |Pension =
 
  |Pension =
  |Last election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011|November 8, 2011]]
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  |Last election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
 
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  |First elected = November 3, 2009
 
  |First elected = November 3, 2009
 
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  |Next election = [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
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  |Next election = November 4, 2014
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  |Prior office =McLean Community Center Governing Board
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  |Prior office years =1993-1996
 
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  |Bachelor's = Middlebury College
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  |Bachelor's = Middlebury College, 1981
 
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  |J.D. = Georgetown University Law Center
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  |J.D. = Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
 
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  |Birthday =June 30, 1959
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  |Place of birth =Springfield, MA
  |Profession = Founding Partner, Corallo Comstock
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  |Profession = Attorney & Founding Partner, Corallo Comstock
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  |Religion =Catholic
  |Office website = http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/8dbb94e3dd58674585256c0d00519439/c88f914d3afc3bed85257535005773cf?OpenDocument
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  |Office website = http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/1b68169bec1db69785257b64004568f0?OpenDocument
  |Campaign website = http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/
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  |Campaign website = http://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/
 
  |Personal website =  
 
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|Campaign logo = ComstockforCongresslogo.jpg
{{TOCnestright}}'''Barbara Comstock''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 34 since 2010.  
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  }}{{TOCnestright}}'''Barbara J. Comstock''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing [[Virginia House of Delegates District 34|District 34]]. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009.  
  
Comstock is a founding partner of Corallo Comstock. She previously worked as a Blank Rome, LLP and Blank Rome Government Relations, LLC. Comstock earned her B.A. in political science from Middlebury College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
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Comstock {{2014is}} a 2014 [[Republican]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014|the 10th Congressional District]] of [[Virginia]]. She is seeking her former boss, [[Frank Wolf]]'s, seat who announced he is not seeking re-election in 2014.<ref name=hill>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/194589-former-aide-to-rep-wolf-entering-race-for-his-seat ''The Hill'', "Comstock launches bid to succeed Wolf," accessed January 7, 2014]</ref>
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Comstock won the Republican nomination by defeating [[Rob Wasinger]], [[Marc Savitt]], [[Howie Lind]], [[Stephen Hollingshead]] and [[Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative|Bob Marshall]] in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.<ref name=win>[http://vagop10.org/news-information/ ''VAGOP10.org'', "April 26, 2014 Party Canvass: Unofficial Results," accessed April 28, 2014]</ref>
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==Biography==
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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.<ref name="bio">[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/c88f914d3afc3bed85257535005773cf?OpenDocument&Click=85256823005F1997.f0a3d2c6f9f07af1852570bd00646e36/$Body/0.1A96 ''General Assembly.gov'', "Personal Info," accessed March 24, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2014-2015===
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At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Comstock served on the following committees:
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|Chamber = House
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|Committee1 =Commerce and Labor
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|Committee2 = Science and Technology
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|Chair2=Chair
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|Committee3 = Transportation
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===2012-2013===
 
===2012-2013===
In the 2012-2013 session, Comstock served on the following committees:
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Comstock served on the following committees:
* [[Commerce and Labor Committee, Virginia House|Commerce and Labor]]
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* [[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
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{{Committee Assignments
* [[Transportation Committee, Virginia House|Transportation]]
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|State = Virginia
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|year = 2012
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|Chamber = House
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|Committee1 =Commerce and Labor
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|Chair1=
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|Committee2 = Science and Technology
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|Chair2=
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|Committee3 = Transportation
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|Chair3=
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}}
  
 
===2010-2011===
 
===2010-2011===
In the 2010-2011 session, Comstock served on the following committees:
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In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Comstock served on the following committees:
* [[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
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* [[General laws Committee, Virginia House|General Laws]]
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{{Committee Assignments
**Housing Subcommittee
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|State = Virginia
**ABC/Gaming Subcommittee
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|Collapse=Yes
* [[Transportation Committee, Virginia House|Transportation]]
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|year = 2010
**Subcommittee #1
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|Chamber = House
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|Committee1 =Science and Technology
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|Chair1=
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|Committee2 = General laws
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|Chair2=
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|Committee3 = Transportation
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Presidential preference===
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===Campaign themes===
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2011/12/mitt-romney-announces-virginia-leadership-team ''Mitt Romney for President,'' "Mitt Romney Announces Virginia Leadership Team," December 29, 2011]</ref>
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====2013====
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Comstock’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/issues/default.aspx ''Comstock for Delegate'', "Barbara On The Issues," accessed August 29, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Creating Jobs = Job #1
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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."
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*'''Transportation: Let's Get Virginia Moving
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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."
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*'''Education: A Passion For Excellence In Education
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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."
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*'''Helping The Disabled Community
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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."
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*'''Quality Of Life
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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."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Comstock {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia, 2014|Virginia's]] [[Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014|10th District]]. {{Nov2014genelection}}<ref name=hill>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/194589-former-aide-to-rep-wolf-entering-race-for-his-seat ''The Hill'', "Comstock launches bid to succeed Wolf," accessed January 7, 2014]</ref>
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====Primary results====
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Comstock defeated [[Rob Wasinger]], [[Marc Savitt]], [[Howie Lind]], [[Stephen Hollingshead]] and [[Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative|Bob Marshall]] in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.<ref name=win/> She will face [[John Foust]] in the general election November 4, 2014.
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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.”<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/barbara-comstock-virginia-victory-106055.html ''Politico'', "Barbara Comstock wins Virginia ‘firehouse’ primary," accessed April 28, 2014]</ref>
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====Endorsements====
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*Conservative commentator Sean Hannity endorsed Comstock on April 10, 2014.<ref name="hannity">[http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Sean-Hannity-Barbara-Comstock-endorse-Virginia/2014/04/10/id/564856/ ''News Max'', "Sean Hannity Endorses Comstock in Va. Congressional Race," accessed April 14, 2014]</ref>
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**"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.<ref name="hannity"/>
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Comstock has also been endorsed by the following:<ref name="hannity"/><ref>[http://www.barbaracomstockforcongress.com/endorsements/ ''BarbaraComstockforCongress.com'', "Endorsements," accessed March 24, 2014]</ref>
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*[[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Paul Ryan]]
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*[[Mitt Romney]]
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*Conservative radio host Mark Levin
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*Former [[Governor of Virginia]] [[George Allen]]
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*Leadership Institute president Morton Blackwell
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*[[Speaker of the House]] [[Newt Gingrich]] and Callista Gingrich
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*[[United States House of Representatives|House Majority Leader]] [[Eric Cantor]]
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*UN Ambassador John Bolton
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*Former Ambassador to the Holy See Jim Nicholson
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*Senator [[Fred Thompson]]
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*Senator [[Rick Santorum]]
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*Brent Bozell, Founder and President of the Media Research Center
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*Penny Nance, President Concerned Women for America
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*Jane Abraham, President Susan B. Anthony List
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*Citizen’s United Political Victory Fund
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*American Conservative Union
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*VIEW (Value In Electing Women) PAC
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*GOPAC
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*Associated Builders and Contractors
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*RightNOW Women PAC
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*Tim Phillips, president of [[Americans for Prosperity]]<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/195762-americans-for-prosperity-president-endorses-establishment ''The Hill'', "AFP president backs Comstock in Va.," accessed January 17, 2014]</ref>
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===2013===
 
===2013===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
  
Comstock is running for re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 34.  Comstock ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. The general election takes place on November 5, 2013.
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Comstock won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|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.<ref>[http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOD&map=CTY  ''Virginia Board of Elections'', “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Endorsements===
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In 2013, Comstock’s endorsements included the following:
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*Virginia Association of Realtors<ref>[http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/blog/read.aspx?id=487 ''Comstock for Delegate'', "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed By Virginia Association of Realtors," August 27, 2013]</ref>
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*Virginia Farm Bureau Federation<ref>[http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/blog/read.aspx?id=488 ''Comstock for Delegate'', "Farm Bureau Federation Endorses Delegate Barbara Comstock," August 28, 2013]</ref>
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*Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce NOVABizPAC<ref>[http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/blog2/read.aspx?id=478 ''Comstock for Delegate'', "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's NOVABizPAC," July 22, 2013]</ref>
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====Race snapshot====
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:: ''See also: [[2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates]]''
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Comstock ([[Republican|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]] ([[Democratic|D]]) and presidential candidate [[Mitt Romney]] ([[Republican|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.<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/republicans-certain-to-retain-control-of-virginia-house-of-delegates/ ''University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball'', "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/11/1197965/-A-look-at-the-2013-Virginia-House-of-Delegates-Elections ''Daily Kos'', "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013]</ref><ref name=Loudoun>[http://www.leesburgtoday.com/news/loudoun-again-cited-as-key-battleground-for-state-races/article_40769c76-1960-11e3-b3b2-001a4bcf887a.html ''Leesburg Today'', "Loudoun Again Cited As Key Battleground For State Races," September 9, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://democracyforamerica.com/campaigns/2787-kathleen-murphy-for-delegate ''Democracy for America'', "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013]</ref>
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===Presidential preference===
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{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2011/12/mitt-romney-announces-virginia-leadership-team ''Mitt Romney for President'', "Mitt Romney Announces Virginia Leadership Team," December 29, 2011]</ref>
  
 
===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
 
:: ''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]]. She was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated [[Pamela Danner]] (D) in the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
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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.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia.gov'', "Election results"]<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'', "November 2011 General Election Official Results," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
 
:: ''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. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2009#results_summary_H Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results]</ref>
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In 2009, Comstock was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She defeated incumbent [[Margaret Vanderhye]] in the General Election.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=VA&y=2009#results_summary_H ''Follow the Money'', "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===2014===
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{{Barbara Comstock 2014 FEC}}
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===2011===
 
===2011===
In 2011, Comstock received $898,370 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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In 2011, Comstock received $898,370 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable ''Follow the Money'', "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2009===
 
===2009===
The top 5 donors to Comstock's 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113917 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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The top five donors to Comstock's 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113917 ''Follow the Money'', "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014]</ref>
 
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Barbara and her husband, Chip, have three children.
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Barbara and her husband, Elwyn Charles "Chip" have three children, Daniel, Peter, and Catharine.<ref name="bio">[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/c88f914d3afc3bed85257535005773cf?OpenDocument&Click=85256823005F1997.f0a3d2c6f9f07af1852570bd00646e36/$Body/0.1A96 ''General Assembly.gov'', "Personal Info," accessed March 24, 2014]</ref>
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==Additional reading==
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*[http://mclean.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/realtors-back-comstock-in-reelection-bid ''McLean Patch'', "Virginia Realtors Association Backs Comstock in Re-Election Bid," August 28, 2013]
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
 
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Barbara + Comstock + Virginia + House'''"
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Barbara + Comstock + Virginia + Congress'''"
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Barbara+Comstock+Virginia+House&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Barbara Comstock News Feed</rss>
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==See also==
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*[[Virginia State Legislature]]
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*[[Virginia House of Delegates]]
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*[[Virginia House of Delegates#Standing committees|Virginia House of Delegates Committees]]
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*[[Virginia state legislative districts]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives]]
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*[[Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
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*[[Virginia's 10th Congressional District]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/ Comstock for Delegate official campaign site]
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*[http://www.comstockfordelegate.com/ Campaign site]
*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/c88f914d3afc3bed85257535005773cf?OpenDocument House of Delegates page]
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*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/1b68169bec1db69785257b64004568f0?OpenDocument House of Delegates page]
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*[http://openstates.org/va/legislators/VAL000060/barbara-j-comstock/ Profile from Open States]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=112252 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=112252 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=112252 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=112252 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113917 2009]
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113917 2009]
*[http://www.facebook.com/ComstockforDelegate Barbara Comstock on Facebook]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraComstockVA Barbara Comstock on Facebook]
 
*[http://twitter.com/barbaracomstock Barbara Comstock on Twitter]
 
*[http://twitter.com/barbaracomstock Barbara Comstock on Twitter]
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*[http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/67243 ''Virginia Public Access Project'' profile]
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*[http://www.richmondsunlight.com/legislator/bjcomstock/ ''Richmond Sunlight'' page]
  
 
==References==
 
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Barbara Comstock
BarbaraComstock.jpg
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 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$170/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
McLean Community Center Governing Board
1993-1996
Education
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College, 1981
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
Personal
BirthdayJune 30, 1959
Place of birthSpringfield, MA
ProfessionAttorney & Founding Partner, Corallo Comstock
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara Comstock campaign logo
CandidateVerification
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.

Comstock is 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 who announced he is not seeking re-election in 2014.[1]

Comstock won the Republican nomination by defeating Rob Wasinger, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead and Bob Marshall in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.[2]

Biography

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.[3]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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
Transportation

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Comstock’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

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

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

Primary results

Comstock defeated Rob Wasinger, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead and Bob Marshall in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.[2] 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]

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

Endorsements

  • Conservative commentator Sean Hannity endorsed 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]

2013

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

Endorsements

In 2013, Comstock’s endorsements included the following:

  • Virginia Association of Realtors[10]
  • Virginia Farm Bureau Federation[11]
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce NOVABizPAC[12]

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.[13][14][15][16]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Barbara Comstock endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

2011

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.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

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

2009

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.[18]

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

2014

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.[19]

Barbara Comstock (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention Report[20]April 14, 2014$0.00$761,354.23$(241,323.98)$520,030.25
Running totals
$761,354.23$(241,323.98)

2011

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

2009

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

Personal

Barbara and her husband, Elwyn Charles "Chip" have three children, Daniel, Peter, and Catharine.[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Hill, "Comstock launches bid to succeed Wolf," accessed January 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 VAGOP10.org, "April 26, 2014 Party Canvass: Unofficial Results," accessed April 28, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 General Assembly.gov, "Personal Info," accessed March 24, 2014
  4. Comstock for Delegate, "Barbara On The Issues," accessed August 29, 2013
  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. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed By Virginia Association of Realtors," August 27, 2013
  11. Comstock for Delegate, "Farm Bureau Federation Endorses Delegate Barbara Comstock," August 28, 2013
  12. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's NOVABizPAC," July 22, 2013
  13. University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
  14. Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
  15. Leesburg Today, "Loudoun Again Cited As Key Battleground For State Races," September 9, 2013
  16. Democracy for America, "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
  17. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Virginia Leadership Team," December 29, 2011
  18. Follow the Money, "Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Comstock 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 1, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention Report," accessed May 1, 2014
  21. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  22. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Vanderhye
Virginia House of Delegates District 34
2010-present
Succeeded by
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