Barbara Comstock

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Barbara Comstock
Barbara Comstock.jpg
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
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College
J.D.Georgetown University Law Center
ProfessionFounding Partner, Corallo Comstock
Office website
Campaign website
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 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Comstock is a founding partner of Corallo Comstock. She previously worked as a Blank Rome, LLP and Blank Rome Government Relations, LLC.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Comstock’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • 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. Comstock sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


Comstock has been endorsed by Citizens United and radio-host Mark Levin.[3][4]

She has also been endorsed by Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips.[5]


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 11th Republican primary. She defeated Kathleen Murphy (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[6]

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

Incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) won re-election to the House of Delegates for a second term, but first won election by only a little over 400 votes and held on to her seat with just shy of 55 percent of the vote in 2011. 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 a consulting firm president and former federal employee Murphy. However, Comstock's fundraising abilities made her difficult to beat; she raised nearly $900,000 for her re-election bid in 2011. Democracy for America endorsed Murphy, and had donated $8,000 to her campaign as of early September 2013.[7][8][9][10]


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.[11]

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.[12]

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


In 2011, Comstock received $898,370 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[13]

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:[14]

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[15]
  • Virginia Farm Bureau Federation[16]
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce NOVABizPAC[17]

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. [18]


Barbara and her husband, Chip, have three children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Hill, "Comstock launches bid to succeed Wolf", accessed January 7, 2014
  2. Comstock for Delegate, "Barbara On The Issues," accessed August 29, 2013
  3. The Hill, "Citizens United endorses Comstock for Wolf's House seat", accessed January 14, 2014
  4. The Hill, "Mark Levin endorses Barbara Comstock for Wolf's House seat", accessed January 14, 2014
  5. The Hill, "AFP president backs Comstock in Va.", accessed January 17, 2014
  6. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  7. University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
  8. Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
  9. Leesburg Today, "Loudoun Again Cited As Key Battleground For State Races," September 9, 2013
  10. Democracy for America, "Kathleen Murphy for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
  11. Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
  12. Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
  13. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  14. Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
  15. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed By Virginia Association of Realtors," August 27, 2013
  16. Comstock for Delegate, "Farm Bureau Federation Endorses Delegate Barbara Comstock," August 28, 2013
  17. Comstock for Delegate, "Delegate Barbara Comstock Endorsed by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's NOVABizPAC," July 22, 2013
  18. 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
Succeeded by