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Bill Howell
Virginia House of Delegates District 28
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 2012
Political party Republican
Profession Director, American Legislative Exchange Council
Website House site
Bill Howell is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 28 since 1988. He is the current Speaker of the House.

He won re-election in 2009, defeating Craig Ennis in the general election.[1]

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.[2]

Delegate Howell on Republican initiatives

Issue positions

Howell's official website lists some of his legislative accomplishments:[3]

  • 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.

Committee assignments

  • 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]



In 2009, Howell was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Craig Ennis in the General Election. [5]

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


The top 5 donors to Howell's 2009 campaign:[6]

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

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.[7]

A month later, Gov. Bob McDonnell expressed support for the amendment at a Tea Party convention.[8]

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