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|Virginia House of Delegates District 28|
|1988 - Present|
|Years in position||26|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 8, 2011|
|Bachelor's||Business Administration, University of Richmond|
|J.D.||University of Virginia School of Law|
|Place of birth||Washington, DC|
|Profession||Director, American Legislative Exchange Council|
Howell is the Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council. He is also Vice Chair of the Mary Washington Hospital Board and sits on the Board of Directors of the Moss Free Clinic, Rappahannock Goodwill, and Rappahannock Hospice.
Howell earned his B.S. in business administration from the University of Richmond and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Delegate Howell on Republican initiatives
- Rules (Chair)
- Joint Rules (Chair)
- HB 2224 Braille; certification of instructors.
- HB 2404 Virginia Universities Clean Energy Development and Economic Stimulus Foundation; created.
- HB 2463 Government Efficiency Review Commission; established. 
Howell is running for re-election to the District 28 seat of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and will be unopposed in the November 8 general election.
In 2009, Howell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Craig Ennis in the General Election. 
|Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 28 (2009)|
|Bill Howell (R)||14,909|
|Craig Ennis (I)||4,874|
Howell's official website lists some of his legislative accomplishments:
- Raised state support for public education, delivered higher student achievement, and made public schools better.
- Lowered taxes for the benefit of hard-working families, job-creating businesses, and a stronger economy.
- Protected Virginia's pro-business, pro-growth economic climate from attacks on the state's Right to Work statute and stopped misguided efforts to increase burdensome regulations and job-killing taxes.
- Focused scarce taxpayer dollars on the core responsibilities of state government and instituted fiscally responsible reforms to slow the rate of budget growth to help ensure state government runs more efficiently and effectively.
- Increased access to care for Virginia's most vulnerable citizens with mental illnesses, including returning veterans with post-traumatic stress disorders and brain injuries.
- Put free-market tools to work against “sprawl” and for land conservation and open space protection of Virginia’s natural resources while cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
The top 5 donors to Howell's 2009 campaign:
|Virginia Assoc of Realtors||$50,000|
|Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Assoc||$28,750|
|Virginia Wine Wholesalers Assoc||$27,750|
|Virginia Beer Wholesalers Assoc||$27,500|
|Medical Society of Virginia||$27,500|
The Repeal Amendment
Howell co-wrote an op-ed with Professor Randy Barnett in the Wall Street Journal on September 16, 2010 proposing an amendment to the US Constitution that would allow state legislatures to vote on and possibly repeal federal laws. The "Repeal Amendment" would allow states to overturn federal laws if two-thirds of states, or 34, vote to do so.
Howell and his wife, Cecelia, have two children.
- Delegate Bill Howell official website
- Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Howell
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions:2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999
- Richmond Sunlight profile
- Delegate Howell Facebook profile
- Project Vote Smart - Delegate Howell
- Bill Tracking - Legislation as Co- Patron
- Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
- William J. Howell Welcome
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
- "Howell proposes "Repeal Amendment" in WSJ column," Free Lance-Star, October 16, 2010
- "Repeal amendment boosts McDonnell’s conservative cred, but unrealistic," Virginia Statehouse News, October 12, 2010
|Virginia House of Delegates District 28
| Succeeded by|
State of Virginia
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | Auditor of Public Accounts | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Secretary of Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor and Industry | Chairman of State Corporation Commission |