Bill Stanley

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Bill Stanley
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Virginia Senate District 20
In office
January 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$178/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedJanuary 11, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
William M. "Bill" Stanley Jr. is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on January 11, 2011, to Senate District 19. He was displaced by redistricting and re-elected to the District 20 in 2011.


Stanley, the son of a navy pilot, moved to Franklin County in his youth. He graduated from Hampden Sydney College and the D.C. School of Law. He began his law practice with Gil Davis, a former candidate for attorney general. At this practice, Stanly was involved in the case of Paula Jones v. Bill Clinton, which allowed civil lawsuits against a sitting president.[1] In 1999, he returned to Franklin County to practice law and support his mother's goal of becoming a lawyer.[2]


Campaign themes


Stanley's 2011 special election website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "I will never vote to raise your taxes or user fees at any time."
  • "I will fight to reduce state spending and the size of state government."
  • "I will fight to protect our rural, conservative values & way of life here in the 19th State Senate district."
  • "I will fight to keep the "19th the 19th" during this year of re-districting. Southern Campbell, Franklin, Pittsylvania counties & the City of Danville are the power in the south to counter the influence of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. We cannot split this senatorial district up as the democrats in the State Senate want."
  • "I will fight to strengthen our immigration policy – I will ensure that our commonwealth will enforce the state law if the federal government will not."
  • "I support the "Repeal Amendment," and will be a stalwart in preserving the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of Virginia over the over-reaching power of the federal government."
  • "I will always fight to protect human life as sacred, and will defend our citizen’s right to keep and bear arms under the 2nd amendment of our Constitution."
  • "I will strictly adhere to the United States & Virginia Constitutions, as well as the Republican Creed."
  • "I will fight to reduce taxes & and the crushing government regulations on small businesses in order to make the 19th a business-friendly area for new businesses to start, and existing businesses to expand and grow."
  • "I will never vote for a bill that will raise our utility rates."
  • "I will seek to lessen the grip of AEP on the rights of individual property owners around Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes."
  • "I will support Del. Kathy Byron’s bill to repeal the law that made HPV vaccinations mandatory for the daughters of Virginia parents."

Committee assignments


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


2011 General election

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

At least two incumbent Republican senators affected by state legislative redistricting have moved to avoid primary contests with other incumbents. As a result of the moves, Bill Stanley challenged incumbent Roscoe Reynolds (D) in Senate District 20, a contentious race that was expected to draw millions in campaign contributions. [3]

On November 8, 2011, Stanley won election to District 20 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary election and defeated incumbent Roscoe Reynolds (D) and W. Jeff Evans (I) in the November 8 general election.[4]

Virginia State Senate, District 20 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Stanley 46.8% 23,975
     Democratic Roscoe Reynolds Incumbent 45.6% 23,331
     Independent W. Jeff Evans 7.6% 3,887
Total Votes 51,193

Race to watch

More than $1 million has been raised for the race as of October 2011.[5]

2011 Special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Virginia state legislative special elections, 2011

Stanley defeated Hank Davis (D) in the January 11, 2011 special election to Virginia State Senate District 19.[6]

State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations

Campaign donors

2011 general election

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Stanley's campaign in 2011
Republican Party of Virginia$652,560
Friends of Steve Newman$100,000
Middle Resolution PAC$93,503
Opportunity Virginia PAC$83,409
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus$35,334
Total Raised in 2011 $1,209,257
Total Votes received in 2011 23,975
Cost of each vote received $50.44

2011 special election

An early January 2011 report showed Stanley raised $64,875 in campaign funds. His opponent, Hank Davis (D), had raised $52,258.[7]



In 2011, Stanley’s endorsements included the following:

  • The Lynchburg Tea Party[8]


Stanley has served as the Franklin County Republican Chairman and the 5th District Republican Party Chairman.

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Preceded by
Roscoe Reynolds
Virginia Senate District 20
Succeeded by