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 13, 2016
Years in position 13
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
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
Benjamin L. Cline is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on November 26, 2002.


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.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


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.[2][3][4][5]

  • 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.[6]

Campaign themes


Cline’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

  • 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."

  • Education

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."

  • Transportation

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."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

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.[8]


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.[9]


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. [10]

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.[11]

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 five donors to Cline's 2009 campaign:[12]

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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