Ben Cline

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Ben Cline
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Virginia House of Delegates District 24
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolLexington High School
Bachelor'sBates College
J.D.University of Richmond, 2007
Date of birth02/29/1972
Place of birthStillwater, OK
ProfessionAssistant Commonwealth's Attorney
Office website
Campaign website
Ben Cline is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 24 since winning a special election on November 26, 2002.

Cline works as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the County of Rockingham. He has previously served as President for New Dominion Solutions LLC from 2002-2007, and in the office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte from 1994-2002. [1]

Cline earned his B.A. from Bates College in 1994 and his J.D. from the University of Richmond in 2007.

Committee assignments


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


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

  • 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.[2]


According to Cline's official website, he has worked to "lower the tax burden on working Virginians and reduce the costs of government for Virginia taxpayers," "cut spending and streamline the state bureaucracy," and "enable taxpayers to search agency budgets online for wasteful government spending."[3]

Law enforcement drones

Cline was the sponsor in the Virginia General Assembly of HB 2012, 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, and the drone moratorium now awaits Governor Bob McDonnell's signature.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Cline won re-election to District 24 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[4]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Cline was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Jeffery Price in the General Election. [5]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 24 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Cline (R) 13,723
Jeffery Price (D) 5,637

Delegate Cline speaking at the Buena Vista Labor Day Forum

Campaign donors


In 2011, Cline received $119,374 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

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
Appalachian Power$2,500
Anthem Inc$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $119,374


The top 5 donors to Cline's 2009 campaign:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia H. Butler $5,000
John G. Rocovich, Jr. $5,000
Virginia Bankers Assoc $4,800
Verizon $4,000
Virginia Dental Assoc $3,000


Cline has a wife, Elizabeth.

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Virginia House of Delegates District 24
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