Bob Brink

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Bob Brink
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Virginia House of Delegates District 48
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2014
Years in position 17
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMonmouth College
J.D.Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, 1978
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service2
Date of birth11/27/1946
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionLegislative consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Robert H. Brink is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 1997.


Brink earned his B.A. from Monmouth College in 1969 and his J.D. from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary in 1978.

Since 1997, Brink has worked as a legislative consultant. Prior to his election to the House, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General with the United States Department of Justice (1993-1997), and Deputy General Counsel, Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives (1989-1993).[1]

Brink's professional experience also includes working as a legislative consultant, deputy assistant attorney general for the United States Department of Justice, deputy general counsel for the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and counsel for the United States House of Representatives Government Operations Committee. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

Committee assignments


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


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

  • Transportation
    • Subcommittee #3
    • Subcommittee #4
  • Appropriations
    • Capital Outlay Subcommittee
    • Health and Human Resources Subcommittee
    • Technology Oversight and Government Activities Subcommittee


  • HB 1793 Citizen Advisory Redistricting Board; created.
  • HB 2007 Indoor Clean Air Act; smoking in restaurants in Northern Virginia.
  • HB 2389 Cigarette tax and tobacco products tax; increased.[2]

Campaign themes


Brink’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Health Care

Excerpt: "Getting all of Virginia’s kids off to a healthy start. Ensuring quality health care for elderly Virginians. Demanding adequate care for our most vulnerable citizens."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Sustaining first-class public schools, from pre-K to 12th grade. Protecting a world-class higher education system. Fostering research for a 21st century economy."

  • Transportation and the Environment

Excerpt: "Supporting a sustainable, comprehensive statewide transportation system. Protecting the Chesapeake Bay, our waterways and other fragile ecosystems. Advocating long-term renewable energy production to save the environment."

  • The Virginia We Want to Be

Excerpt: "Fighting against discrimination and for equality under the law. Preserving personal freedom and a woman’s right to choose. Promoting open government and fair elections."


Brink’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Personal Freedom

Excerpts: ""Preserving a woman’s right to choose," "Safeguarding the individual’s right to make end-of-life decisions," and "Standing up for the civil rights of all Virginians, regardless of their sexual orientation."

  • Transportation and Environment

Excerpts: "Advocating transit as a key to solving Northern Virginia's gridlock," "Backing land use policies that promote "smart growth," and "Protecting the Chesapeake, our wetlands, and other fragile ecosystems."


Brink's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides voters with a candidate's views on a number of issues. Brink did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[5]



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Brink is running for re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 48. Brink ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. The general election takes place on November 5, 2013.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Brink won re-election to District 48 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Janet Murphy (G) and Kathy Gillette-Mallard (I) in the November 8 general election.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 48 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Brink Incumbent 68.3% 11,492
     Independent Kathy Gillette-Mallard 24.2% 4,081
     Green Janet Murphy 6.9% 1,153
     Write-in Write-in 0.6% 103
Total Votes 16,829


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Brink was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Aaron Ringel in the General Election. [7]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 48 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Brink (D) 15,366
Aaron Ringel (R) 9,265

Delegate Brink on tax relief

Campaign donors


In 2011, Brink received $105,169 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Brink's campaign in 2011
Virginia Democratic Party$9,592
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association$2,750
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$2,500
Northern Virginia Technology Council$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $105,169
Total Votes received in 2011 11,492
Cost of each vote received $9.15


The top five donors to Brink's 2009 campaign:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
Democratic Party of Virginia $11,929
Dominion $4,500
Virginia Bankers Assoc $4,183
ActBlue $3,530
ReElect Senator Mary Margaret Whipple $3,000


Brink and his wife, Deborah, have two children.

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