Bill Howell

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Bill Howell
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Virginia House of Delegates District 28
In office
1988 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 27
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1987
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBusiness Administration, University of Richmond
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law
Date of birth05/08/1943
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionDirector, American Legislative Exchange Council
Office website
Campaign website
William J. Howell is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 1987. He is the current Speaker of the House.


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.[1]


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.[2]

A month later, Gov. Bob McDonnell expressed support for the amendment at a Tea Party convention.[3]

Committee assignments


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


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

  • Rules, Chair
    • Joint Rules, Chair

Co-Sponsored legislation

  • 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. [4]

Delegate Howell on Republican initiatives



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Howell ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 28. Howell is opposed by Craig E. Ennis in the June 11 Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 5, 2013.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Howell won re-election to District 28 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[5]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Howell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Craig Ennis in the General Election. [6]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 28 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Howell (R) 14,909
Craig Ennis (I) 4,874

Campaign donors


In 2011, Howell received $659,480 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Howell's campaign in 2011
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$48,500
Virginia Medical Society$35,919
Virginia Bankers Association$26,213
Virginia Dental Association$25,919
Virginia Association Of Realtors$21,000
Total Raised in 2011 $659,480


The top 5 donors to Howell's 2009 campaign:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
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



In 2013, Howell was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.[9]


Howell and his wife, Cecelia, have two children and seven grandchildren. 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.[10]

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Virginia House of Delegates District 28
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