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Bob Marshall
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Virginia House of Delegates District 13
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 23
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1991
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBelmont Abbey College
Master'sCalifornia State University
Date of birth05/03/1944
Place of birthTacoma Park, MD
ProfessionIndependent research consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Robert G. Marshall is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 1991.

He was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Virginia.[1]

Marshall ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate. He was defeated by George Allen in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[2] In 2008, Marshall was a candidate for the United States Senate, but failed to obtain the Republican nomination.


Marshall earned his B.A. in history and philosophy from Belmont Abbey College and his M.A. in humanities from California State University.

Marshall currently is a self-employed research consultant. He has previously worked as Vice President for Business Development, Shenandoah Electronic Intelligence from 2001-2005, and Director of the American Life League.[3]

Committee assignments


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


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



In late 2010, Sen. John Chapman "Chap" Petersen and Del. Marshall introduced legislation to start reforming the foreclosure process by adding transparency and slowing the process.

“It would start to bring transparency to those who cut corners to make a profit,” Marshall said.

In Virginia, once a foreclosure notice of sale is posted, a house can be sold at auction just 14 days later in some cases, although most foreclosure processes take more time. Marshall is introducing a bill to make sure borrowers can easily find out who owns their mortgages. His bill would require county filing fees when a loan is transferred between lenders.

“I had constituents call me who didn’t know who owned their loans,” Marshall said.

“Currently, Virginia law does not require that assignments of mortgages be recorded,” said Tom Domonoske, a Harrisonburg attorney who has represented homeowners facing foreclosure.[4]

However, Marshall's bill was sent for more study by a House subcommittee in January 2011, effectively killing the bill. The vote was unrecorded, and only had one dissenter. Marshall called the vote "government of the banks, by the banks and for the banks."[5][6]


  • HB 1587 REAL ID Act; State will not comply with provision thereof that they determine would compromise.
  • HB 1639 Human beings, preborn; constitutional right to enjoyment of life from moment of fertilization.
  • HB 1656 Concealed handguns; allows faculty members at institutions of higher education to carry on campus.[7]

Campaign themes


Marshall's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

  • 2nd Amendment- "I strongly support the right of competent, law abiding citizens to own and possess arms in order to defend themselves, to hunt or to pursue sporting interests."
  • Marriage - Marshall authored the "Marriage Amendment” (one man, one woman) in Virginia, "we must protect the institution of marriage to keep the basic unit of society, the family, strong."
  • Taxes - "I never voted for a tax increase since I was elected in 1992 because I believe that Government should live within its means just as families must."
  • Conservation- "Because I believe that the fruits of the earth are gifts given for ourselves and our posterity, it is imperative that we remain good stewards and protect our natural resources."

Marshall's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides voters with an overview of a candidate's views on a number of issues. Marshall did not answer the question asking for his top priorities.[9]


According to his website, Marshall's campaign platform includes the following issues[10]

  • Reduced debt
  • School choice through vouchers or tax credits
  • Challenge Obamacare



See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Marshall ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 10th District. Marshall sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Marshall won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 13. Marshall ran unopposed in the June 11th Republican Primary. He defeated Atif Qarni (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[11]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 13 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Marshall Incumbent 51.3% 8,946
     Democratic Atif Qarni 48.5% 8,448
     Other Write-in 0.2% 35
Total Votes 17,429

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Bob Marshall (R), who ran for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate in both 2008 and 2012, authored the amendment to the Virginia Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman and faced a petition for his resignation after he made comments critical of women who undergo abortions. Although District 13 did yield 61 percent of the vote for Governor Bob McDonnell (R) in 2009, President Barack Obama (D) won 55 percent of the vote in 2012 from this district on the edge of Washington, DC's exurban area. Marshall's Democratic opponent, military veteran and mathematics teacher Qarni, won the support and resources of Democracy for America and opened a campaign office in the district in early August 2013. However, despite occasionally controversial comments, Marshall's base of support in the district was very strong.[12][13][14][15][16]


See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Marshall ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia. Marshall was defeated by George Allen in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[2]

Allen was at one point considered the front-runner, as he initially outraised his Republican challengers and had the benefit of greater name recognition. Marshall ran to the right of Allen, although all four candidates agreed on most issues.[17]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would impact the political fate of which party ended up with control in 2013.[18] The seat rated a toss-up that Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was most likely to depend on the outcome of the Presidential election in November is the Senate seat in Virginia.[18] According to the article, "outcome of this race will largely be determined by which party claims Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in November."[18]

U.S. Senate Virginia Representative Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge F. Allen 65.5% 167,452
Jamie L. Radtke 23.1% 58,980
Bob Marshall 6.8% 17,308
E. W. Jackson 4.7% 12,086
Total Votes 255,826


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Marshall won re-election to District 13 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Carl Genthner in the November 8 general election.[19]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 13 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Marshall Incumbent 59.7% 6,008
     Democratic Carl Genthner 40.3% 4,054
Total Votes 10,062


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Marshall was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated John Bell in the General Election.[20]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 13 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Marshall (R) 22,982
John Bell (D) 14,472

Virgina House of Delegates, General Election, District 13 (2009)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Marshall (R) 22,974 61.37%
John J. Bell (D) 14,462 38.63%


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2007

In 2007, Marshall was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He defeated Bruce Roemmelt in the General Election.[21]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 13 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bob Marshall (R) 14,866
Bruce Roemmelt (D) 10,578

Campaign donors


In 2011, Marshall received $144,599 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[22]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob Marshall, Virginia Representative's campaign in 2011
John C Grimberg Co Inc$6,500
Fabyanic, Col Thomas$5,000
Fabyanic, Col Thomas$5,000
Fabyanic, Col Thomas$5,000
Curt, Mr Walter$4,855
Total Raised in 2011 $144,599
Total Votes received in 2011 6,008
Cost of each vote received $24.07


Delegate Marshall speaking to the Fairfax County Republicans

The top 5 donors to Marshall's 2009 campaign:[23]

Contributor 2009 total
Dominion Leadership Trust $9,000
NCS Technologies, Inc $5,000
Richard Gilliam $5,000
Paula O'Keefe $5,000
Walter M. Curt $5,000


Marshall and his wife, Catherine, have five children.


Disabled children

At a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood on February 18, 2010, Marshall suggested that disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.

He stated:

"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children. In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."[24]

The remarks led to a firestorm of controversy, especially on the Internet, and on February 22, Marshall released a formal apology, stating:

"No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion. I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families."[25]

Many called for Marshall's resignation, including Richard Anthony, a Democrat who was then running for Congress. Anthony started an online petition to this effect, which simply stated, "Enough is enough. The name calling and outrageous language must stop. Bob Marshall’s comments are offensive and totally unacceptable. Attacking the families of disabled children for crass political gain should not and will not be tolerated. Del. Marshall, you should resign."

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  1. Washington Post, "Bob Marshall jumps into crowded GOP race to succeed Frank Wolf in Congress," accessed February 15, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Virginia State Board of Elections "Election Results" Accessed June 12, 2012
  3. Project Vote Smart - Delegate Marshall
  4. "Lawmakers set out to reform quick foreclosures," Virginia Statehouse News, December 8, 2010
  5. WHSV, "Vote Effectively Kills Bills to Slow Pace of Foreclosures in VA," January 25, 2011
  6. The Associated Press, "Va. bills slow foreclosures, tighten land records," January 18, 2011
  7. Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
  8. Delegate Bob Marshall Issues
  9. Project Vote Smart - Delegate Marshall Issue Positions
  10. Bob Marshall campaign website "Issues," Accessed June 9, 2012
  11. Virginia Board of Elections, “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013
  12. Manassas Patch, "Bob Marshall Challenger Atif Qarni Opens Campaign Office in Manassas," August 6, 2013
  13. Democracy for America, "Qarni for Delegate," accessed October 3, 2013
  14. University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
  15. Politico, "Robert Marshall: ‘Sodomy not a civil right’," May 17, 2012
  16. VPAP, "House of Delegates District 13," accessed October 3, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "Virginia’s Republican Senate race is the main event in Tuesday’s primaries," June 9, 2012
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  19. Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
  20. Virginia House of Delegates 2009 General Election Results
  21. [1]
  22. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  23. Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
  24. News Leader, "Legislator: Disabled kids are God's punishment (Audio added)," February 22, 2010
  25. Washington Post, "Del. Marshall says abortion remark misconstrued, apologizes," February 23, 2010
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