|Virginia House of Delegates District 24|
|2002 - Present|
|January 13, 2016|
|Years in position||13|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|High school||Lexington High School|
|J.D.||University of Richmond, 2007|
|Date of birth||02/29/1972|
|Place of birth||Stillwater, OK|
|Profession||Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney|
Cline earned his B.A. from Bates College in 1994 and his J.D. from the University of Richmond in 2007.
Cline works as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the County of Rockingham. He previously served as President for New Dominion Solutions LLC from 2002 to 2007, and in the office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte from 1994 to 2002.
In the 2012-2013 session, Cline served on the following committees:
In the 2010-2011 session, Cline served on the following committees:
- Courts of Justice
- Criminal Law Subcommittee
- Judicial Systems Subcommittee
- Commerce and Labor
- Subcommittee #2
- Special Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee #1, Chair
- Militia, Police and Public Safety
- Subcommittee #2, Chair
Law enforcement drones
On January 9, 2013, Cline introduced HB 2012 in the Virginia House of Representatives, which would severely limit state and local law enforcement agencies' use of unmanned drone aircraft. Cline's bill would ban all use of drones by state and local agencies except for Amber Alerts and search and rescue operations until May 1, 2015. HB 2012 became the first of its kind to be passed nationwide when the General Assembly approved it 83-16 on February 5. The Senate bill, Senator Donald McEachin's SB 1331, also passed on February 5. Governor Bob McDonnell (R) proposed amendments to the moratorium that would create more openings for law enforcement use and industry research and production. The bill passed with McDonnell's amendments.
- HB 2285 Auditor of Public Accounts; duties, standard vendor accounting information to include certain info.
- HB 2633 Assault and battery; penalty when against campus police officer.
- HB 2634 Unborn child pain information; requires doctors to offer to anesthetize fetus prior to abortion.
Cline’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Jobs and Economic Growth
Excerpt: "Business needs a stable regulatory environment that encourages investment and growth. Lower taxes means more money for Virginia families and fewer of our dollars going to Richmond. As your delegate, one of my primary goals has been to help working families in our part of Virginia by encouraging economic growth and job creation."
- Government Reform and Transparency
Excerpt: "As Virginians and tax-paying citizens, we want to ensure our government is working for us. In an effort to reform state government and encourage transparency and accountability, I have fought to shine a spotlight on wasteful spending and am always seeking ways to make government programs work more efficiently."
Excerpt: "Securing a top-quality education for our students will ensure a highly-trained workforce for local employers, and it will help keep our young people from being forced to leave this area to find work. I believe that the focus of education should be learning, not administrative bureaucracy. We need to make sure the money spent in schools gets to the classroom where it can impact results because nothing less than the future of children is at stake. For this reason, I sponsored legislation in 2012 to require two-thirds of all education dollars go toward the classroom."
Excerpt: "For Virginia to encourage economic development and attract large employers to our region, we need to maintain one of the most comprehensive transportation infrastructure networks in the nation by investing in our system of roads, rail, airports, and seaports. That’s why I have supported legislation to dedicate a greater portion of General Fund revenues to transportation, as well as a “Lock Box” constitutional amendment to secure revenues for transportation."
- Public Safety
Excerpt: "I support making sure our public safety professionals have the tools and training they need to protect effectively. Safe communities mean productive communities, and productive communities mean better jobs. Without safe neighborhoods, no efforts in education or job creation will be successful."
Cline won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 24. Cline ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.
In 2009, Cline was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Jeffery Price in the General Election.
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 24 (2009)|
|Ben Cline (R)||13,723|
|Jeffery Price (D)||5,637|
Delegate Cline speaking at the Buena Vista Labor Day Forum
In 2011, Cline received $119,374 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Ben Cline's campaign in 2011|
|Butler, Mrs Virginia||$6,000|
|Virginia Bankers Association||$3,500|
|Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||$3,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$119,374|
The top five donors to Cline's 2009 campaign:
|Virginia H. Butler||$5,000|
|John G. Rocovich, Jr.||$5,000|
|Virginia Bankers Assoc||$4,800|
|Virginia Dental Assoc||$3,000|
Cline has a wife, Elizabeth.
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- Delegate Ben Cline official website
- Cline's LinkedIn page
- Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Cline
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003
- Rightside VA for Ben Cline
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Delegate Cline Facebook profile
- Delegate Ben Cline on Twitter
- Ben Cline speaking at Labor Day event
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate Cline
- Kevin Cirilli, Politico, "Bob McDonnell considers Virginia drone ban," February 6, 2013
- Michael Higham, Independent Voter News, "Virginia Drone Regulations First in Nation, Other States Could Follow," February 7, 2013
- Potomac Local, "McDonnell Amends Moratorium on Drones," March 28, 2013
- Potomac Local, "McDonnell Amends Moratorium on Drones," March 28, 2013
- Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
- Ben Cline, "On the Issues," accessed August 29, 2013
- Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
- Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
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